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“Licorice Pizza”

One of the best movies of 2021, Paul Thomas Anderson’s coming-of-age comedy-drama is also one of the latest awards season movies to hit the domestic market. And the output looks a bit like a placeholder with no commentary or deleted scenes. Does that mean a special edition is on the way? Most likely. Until then, take it for the movie itself, a lovingly made character study of two people bound by a series of adventures in 70s Los Angeles. Alana Haim and Cooper Hoffman are phenomenal in a film that has sparked some of the most interesting conversations about cinema in the past six months. Love it or hate it, the movie got people talking. I wish more movies did that.

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Special Features
Camera Tests – Pre-production camera tests and unused takes
The Handman Scene – A deleted scene from the movie
Fat Bernie’s Commercial – An in-universe advertisement for Fat Bernie’s photographed by Gary Valentine
Behind the Scenes – A behind-the-scenes look at Licorice Pizza through a collection of on-set photos and videos


“Mr. Klein” (Criterion)

Joseph Losey directed this compelling historical drama in the mid-1970s, starring the timeless Alain Delon in the title role. A Kafkaesque study of identity and class is the story of a Parisian art dealer who profits from the Holocaust when he is mistaken for a Jewish man of the same name. Unable to prove he isn’t the Klein the Nazis are looking for, Delon’s character embarks on a doomed journey that won the film the grand prize at the César Awards that year. An unexpected choice for Criterion’s 4K processing, it’s an engaging film, one that’s easy to get lost in, especially with such a detailed restoration. There’s also a powerful documentary on the disc about the real roundup of Jews in France which the film uses as its climax.

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Special Features
New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
Interviews with critic Michel Ciment and publisher Henri Lanoë
1976 interviews with director Joseph Losey and actor Alain Delon
Story of a Day, a 1986 documentary about the actual Vél d’Hiv Roundup, a central historical feature of Mr. Klein
Trailer
New translation of English subtitles
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“Going Red”

Disney is going through something weird with its little brother Pixar, pushing most of its new movies to Disney+ instead of being theatrical. That’s how most people watched the latest from the animation giants, Domee Shi’s sweet and clever coming-of-age comedy about a girl who becomes a giant red panda. The first solo Pixar film directed by a woman, “Turning Red” delivers a new voice in the world of animation, reaching audiences never seen before in children’s entertainment. Some of the allegory feels a bit too direct, but it’s an incredibly likable and intelligent film, and representation matters.

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