New on DVD & Blu-Ray: The Unknown Known and more

Only a few noteworthy choices hit shelves this week.

There aren't any major releases at all this week on home video. So if you're looking for something to play in the background while you're setting off your fireworks, you might be better off looking at some of the other releases that have come out in recent weeks. That said, here's what you can pick up tomorrow:

The Unknown Known

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Errol Morris trains his gifted documentarian eye on former US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld in his latest film, The Unknown Known, and critics say it's mostly a triumph, even if it isn't as probing as some would have liked. Utilizing both archival footage and direct interviews, the film is a look back on Rumsfeld's career, which spanned several presidencies, focusing on the most prominent military engagements of the past few decades (Vietnam, Desert Storm, etc). While the end result was fascinating enough to earn a Certified Fresh 83% on the Tomatometer, some critics were disappointed that Morris never quite squeezed any shockingly candid confessions from Rumsfeld or took him to task for what many have considered poor judgment. Still, it's plenty engrossing on its own and should provide for some thought-provoking conversation for politically-minded viewers.

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Also available this week:

  • Certified Fresh Indian import The Lunchbox (95%), a romantic drama about a woman who bonds with a stranger when he mistakenly becomes the recipient of lunchbox meals intended for the woman's husband.
  • Certified Fresh Japanese import Like Father, Like Son (87%), a drama about two families whose lives become intertwined when the discover their six-year-olds were switched at birth.
  • Season One of the Certified Fresh SyFy series Helix (81%), about a team of scientists researching a disease outbreak in the arctic.
  • There's also a DVD collection of classic Twilight Zone episodes packaged as Twilight Zone: Essential Episodes (55th Anniversary Collection), which contains some of the most memorable and iconic stories from the program, including favorites like "Time Enough At Last," "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet," and "The Eye of the Beholder," among others.

Comments

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

I love Errol Morris, and I'll definitely be seeing this film. I already have the complete Twilight Zones. The rest of you should be ashamed of yourself. You know what you did.

Jun 30 - 05:23 PM

Vits

Vicente Torres

What?

Jun 30 - 06:10 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Shame.

Jun 30 - 06:13 PM

Infernal D.

Infernal Dude 2.0

I think the world will move on just fine.

Jul 1 - 05:32 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Like bowels.

Jul 1 - 06:11 PM

Infernal D.

Infernal Dude 2.0

Icky, yet accurate.

Jul 1 - 09:55 PM

Hugo Emanuel Melo

Hugo Emanuel Melo

Should I infer that it has something to do with giant robots?

Jul 1 - 03:37 AM

Harry Thomas

Harry Thomas

my best friend's ex-wife made $19574 last month. she is getting paid on the computer and got a $395200 house. All she did was get blessed and use the instructions made clear on this link ,,,,,,,, ,,,,,,,, WWW.WORKJURY.COM

Jul 2 - 10:30 PM

Vits

Vicente Torres

What?

Jun 30 - 06:10 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Shame.

Jun 30 - 06:13 PM

Infernal D.

Infernal Dude 2.0

I think the world will move on just fine.

Jul 1 - 05:32 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Like bowels.

Jul 1 - 06:11 PM

Infernal D.

Infernal Dude 2.0

Icky, yet accurate.

Jul 1 - 09:55 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Shame.

Jun 30 - 06:13 PM

Infernal D.

Infernal Dude 2.0

I think the world will move on just fine.

Jul 1 - 05:32 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Like bowels.

Jul 1 - 06:11 PM

Infernal D.

Infernal Dude 2.0

Icky, yet accurate.

Jul 1 - 09:55 PM

Hugo Emanuel Melo

Hugo Emanuel Melo

Despite Errol Morris being a great documentary Director, I don't feel in the least compelled to watch this documentary not only due to it's subject (someone I loathe immensely) but mainly because I get the distinct inpression that US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld tip-toed trough the all interview and gave Morris absolutely nothing new to work with - in a way outwitted him.
I am actually new to The Twilight Zone (I am currently halfway through it's second season and man, the show is brilliant). This Twilight Zone collection seems nice, but I would recommend getting either the complete collection or the season to season DVD's. The reason for this is that, despite the full seasons containing a few mediocre to awfull episodes, most of them are great to amazing. Furthermore, some of the episodes most people consider to the the best are not so, im ny opinion. "Monsters Are Due On Maple Street", for example, is a fan favorite and is included in this collection; however I find it to be one of the weakest of the show (the mounting paranoia achieves it's peak too early and it's based almost solely on a young boy's doubtfull intelligence, and "Mirror Image" is too plot-hole ridden to be entirely satisfactory; on the other end much ignored episodes like "A World Of Difference", "The fever" or "Nightmare As A Child" surpass in my opinion some of the more acclaimed ones I mentioned before.
Can't say I care for any of the other releases despite it's high tomatometer numbers.

Jul 1 - 03:35 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Rumsfeld hardly outwitted Morris. Morris' intention was to reveal Rumsfeld's smugness, how his confidence outweighs his actual wit. In that sense, Morris knew that simply showing Rumsfeld's sophism on camera spoke more truth about the man's dishonesty and disingenuity, and ultimately, delusion. As Morris put it, he seems like a naughty child who thinks he's gotten away with something.

The Twilight Zone series is indeed brilliant, and although I disagree with you about "Maple Street" (but I do agree about "World of Difference"), I don't think any of the episodes are less than interesting, and it's best to see them all and judge for yourself.

Jul 1 - 04:55 AM

Hugo Emanuel Melo

Hugo Emanuel Melo

That's one way to look at it, but I have my doubts wether Morris did not indeed hope to get more out of him than he actually did. And in a way he did get away with it - even if he eventually lost political support due to the scandals concerning his responses to the 9/11 attacks and torure of prisioners he never the less was never indicted for absolutely nothing; was Director, CEO or Chairman of different profitable corporations; was awarded with all sorts of govermmental commendations, CEO Awards, amogst many other honors. So even if his attrocities and crimes are well known enougth to merit dirty looks and much valid criticism from the general population he still came out quite unscathed - his bank account is sure to be quite healthy as well.

Altough the vast (and I do mean vast) majority of the episodes are great to amazing, there are, I am afraid, a few exceptions - "The Mighty Casey" was a chore to finish, as were "A passage For Trumpet", "Man In The Bottle" and "The Big Tall Whish" (despite the latter having the great merit of being one of the fist shows of the time to feature african-american characters as stars in an american show). But I agree, it's without a doubt better to watch them all - even the odd bad episode will not take much time away from your life as they are less than an half an hour long.

Jul 1 - 09:45 AM

Hugo Emanuel Melo

Hugo Emanuel Melo

Should I infer that it has something to do with giant robots?

Jul 1 - 03:37 AM

Harry Thomas

Harry Thomas

my best friend's ex-wife made $19574 last month. she is getting paid on the computer and got a $395200 house. All she did was get blessed and use the instructions made clear on this link ,,,,,,,, ,,,,,,,, WWW.WORKJURY.COM

Jul 2 - 10:30 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Rumsfeld hardly outwitted Morris. Morris' intention was to reveal Rumsfeld's smugness, how his confidence outweighs his actual wit. In that sense, Morris knew that simply showing Rumsfeld's sophism on camera spoke more truth about the man's dishonesty and disingenuity, and ultimately, delusion. As Morris put it, he seems like a naughty child who thinks he's gotten away with something.

The Twilight Zone series is indeed brilliant, and although I disagree with you about "Maple Street" (but I do agree about "World of Difference"), I don't think any of the episodes are less than interesting, and it's best to see them all and judge for yourself.

Jul 1 - 04:55 AM

Hugo Emanuel Melo

Hugo Emanuel Melo

That's one way to look at it, but I have my doubts wether Morris did not indeed hope to get more out of him than he actually did. And in a way he did get away with it - even if he eventually lost political support due to the scandals concerning his responses to the 9/11 attacks and torure of prisioners he never the less was never indicted for absolutely nothing; was Director, CEO or Chairman of different profitable corporations; was awarded with all sorts of govermmental commendations, CEO Awards, amogst many other honors. So even if his attrocities and crimes are well known enougth to merit dirty looks and much valid criticism from the general population he still came out quite unscathed - his bank account is sure to be quite healthy as well.

Altough the vast (and I do mean vast) majority of the episodes are great to amazing, there are, I am afraid, a few exceptions - "The Mighty Casey" was a chore to finish, as were "A passage For Trumpet", "Man In The Bottle" and "The Big Tall Whish" (despite the latter having the great merit of being one of the fist shows of the time to feature african-american characters as stars in an american show). But I agree, it's without a doubt better to watch them all - even the odd bad episode will not take much time away from your life as they are less than an half an hour long.

Jul 1 - 09:45 AM

Hugo Emanuel Melo

Hugo Emanuel Melo

That's one way to look at it, but I have my doubts wether Morris did not indeed hope to get more out of him than he actually did. And in a way he did get away with it - even if he eventually lost political support due to the scandals concerning his responses to the 9/11 attacks and torure of prisioners he never the less was never indicted for absolutely nothing; was Director, CEO or Chairman of different profitable corporations; was awarded with all sorts of govermmental commendations, CEO Awards, amogst many other honors. So even if his attrocities and crimes are well known enougth to merit dirty looks and much valid criticism from the general population he still came out quite unscathed - his bank account is sure to be quite healthy as well.

Altough the vast (and I do mean vast) majority of the episodes are great to amazing, there are, I am afraid, a few exceptions - "The Mighty Casey" was a chore to finish, as were "A passage For Trumpet", "Man In The Bottle" and "The Big Tall Whish" (despite the latter having the great merit of being one of the fist shows of the time to feature african-american characters as stars in an american show). But I agree, it's without a doubt better to watch them all - even the odd bad episode will not take much time away from your life as they are less than an half an hour long.

Jul 1 - 09:45 AM

Infernal D.

Infernal Dude 2.0

I think the world will move on just fine.

Jul 1 - 05:32 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Like bowels.

Jul 1 - 06:11 PM

Infernal D.

Infernal Dude 2.0

Icky, yet accurate.

Jul 1 - 09:55 PM

Dave J

Dave J

Always a fan of Rod Serling's "Twilight Zone" television series so that's an obvious one! "The Lunchbox", "Like Father, Like Son" and "The Unknown Known" look interesting watches!

Jul 2 - 12:53 PM

Harry Thomas

Harry Thomas

my best friend's ex-wife made $19574 last month. she is getting paid on the computer and got a $395200 house. All she did was get blessed and use the instructions made clear on this link ,,,,,,,, ,,,,,,,, WWW.WORKJURY.COM

Jul 2 - 10:30 PM

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