Ten notable titles from nonmajor suppliers
Now available on DVD
Think “Sicko” makes the U.S. healthcare system look wacky? This Oscar-nominated docu explores the introduction of the Nile perch in Tanzania’s Lake Victoria. Local fishermen are able to sell the predator to European supermarkets. But since the species has wiped out all other fish types, it’s a Faustian bargain.
July 10 on DVD
A Sundance Jury Award nom in 2005, this most unconventional of crime films tracks the inner life of a recent West African immigrant as he performs his job as a bicycle cop in urban Seattle while dealing with his girlfriend’s suspected infidelity. Variety called it a “distinctive, physically ravishing indie.”
SHARK WEEK: 20TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION
Available July 10 on DVD
In NBC’s “30 Rock” last season, eccentric TV star Tracy Jordan hilariously implored network page Kenneth “to live every week like it’s ‘Shark Week.’ ” Now, we can all live that way thanks to this four-disc collection of Discovery Channel ocean-predator-themed programs.
July 24 on DVD, Blu-ray and HD DVD
“On almost every level, there’s never been a horror movie quite like ‘The Host,'” reads the Variety review. A standard DVD release includes deleted scenes and commentaries from Korean helmer Bong Joon-ho, but the collector’s edition and hi-def versions are monsterously packed.
New York Times reviewer Manohla Dargis called this David Lynch work “one of the few films I’ve seen this year that deserves to be called art.” Extras include 75 minutes of additional scenes (there’s lots to choose from here, since Lynch developed the script during a production that took more than two years to complete).
Aug. 14 on DVD and Blu-ray
While the multiplexes are crowded by “Spider-Man” and “The Fantastic Four” this summer, another Marvel character will make a splash in this animated direct-to-disc feature. This one seeks to introduce mystic superhero Dr. Michael Strange — star of his own 1960s comicbook series — to a new gen.
Aug. 21 on DVD
“A pitch-perfect lead performance by Parker Posey and debuting feature writer-helmer Zoe Cassavetes’ deft, low-key approach raise ‘Broken English’ a couple notches above the usual run of lonely single-woman-seeking-romance-in-the-big-city yarns,’ wrote Variety of this Sundance Jury Award nom.
Aug. 28 on DVD
A Jury Prize winner at Cannes last year, this thriller was helmed by Andrea Arnold, an Oscar winner for her short, “Wasp.” The feature follows the life of a Glasgow woman whose job as a closed-circuit camera operator leads her to a confrontation with a man from her past.
THE WIND THAT SHAKES THE BARLEY
Sept. 4 on DVD
This Palme d’Or winner about 1920s Irish Republicans starring Cillian Murphy didn’t overperform at the box office, but crix had plenty of nice things to say about it, with the New Yorker calling it a “somberly beautiful dream of a violent Irish past.”
STRANGER THAN PARADISE
Out of print for several years, this revitalization of Jim Jarmusch’s 1984 slacker film includes the usual Criterion bounty of cast and helmer interviews, featurettes and on-set photos. Jarmusch’s 1980 feature, “Permanent Vacation,” is thrown into the package for good measure.