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New on DVD: 'Possessor,' 'She Dies Tomorrow'

By Tribune News Service, Tribune News Service on

Published in Entertainment News

Two creepy but creative films top this week's new releases.

"Possessor Uncut": Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips described this second film from writer-director Brandon Cronenberg as "crazy-gory." Here, Cronenberg follows in the footsteps of his famous filmmaker father, David.

In "Possessor," the consciousness of a contract killer is implanted into the body of another person in order to carry out a murder. It's not for the faint of heart, but Phillips writes: "The best of Cronenberg's nightmare is pure, imaginative immersion."

"She Dies Tomorrow": This is a plague story with real relevance, about a virus of sorts that's passed from person to person. It's not a pathogen, but an idea: knowing that you will die tomorrow.

Tribune News Service film critic Katie Walsh found it infectious. In her review, Walsh wrote: "Using simple but effective lighting, sound and editing techniques, coupled with performance, director Amy Seimetz creates a terrifyingly unsettling experience of transmission. Editing and sound are superbly intertwined into an unsteady rhythm, as editor Kate Brokaw's cutting lulls and lingers before it smashes. With a sparse script, this mastery of film craft and form fills in the rest, creating a sensory cinematic experience of what the characters undergo emotionally."

NEW ON DVD DEC. 1

 

"Mario Puzo's The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone": A new edit of "The Godfather III" on the 30th anniversary of its release

"Hawaii Five-0 (2010): The Complete Series": All 10 seasons of the CBS drama starring Alex O'Loughlin and Scott Caan.

"Mister Roberts": (1955) Henry Fonda, James Cagney and Jack Lemmon star in John Ford film about misfit crew of World War II supply ship. Lemmon won a best supporting actor Oscar for his role.

"Bobbleheads: The Movie": Ballpark novelty gifts come to life.

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