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New DVD and Blu-Ray Releases to Crave This Week: Blow Out with 3 Idiots

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By Chris Kavan - 04/26/11 at 11:16 AM CT

Hollywood must be taking a breather this week, as I can honestly say this is the first time I've seen a week with no major films being released. That's not to say there aren't some great entries, just some that would be below the radar.

1) While it's not a new film, the Criterion release of Blow Out gives Brian De Palma (and John Travolta) fans reason to be happy. Combining parts of Michelangelo Antonioni's Blow up with the paranoia of Francis Ford Coppola's Conversation, it is none-the-less De Palma's own. Some may say it's a bit indulgent, but sometimes the best films can be a little indulgent.

2) As an anime fan, I approve the releases of Eden of the East: The King of Eden and the re-release of the long out-of-print 5 Centimeters Per Second. If you're a fan of anime at all and haven't seen Eden of the East - watch the short 12 episode run before checking out King of Eden. I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the animation and the depth of the story as it progressed. On the other hand 5 Centimeters Per Second is a movie I've heard a lot about but haven't seen yet due it being so hard to find at a decent price. Now that it's up for sale again, I've put it on my buy list.

3) To prove that India can keep up with the times 3 Idiots looks to have a Bollywood take on the comedic road trip. It seems to be popular with fans and is a good place to start if you've never seen a Hindi movie before. So if you've ever been curious about Hindi films, this seems like the place to start.

4) Finally, a diverse line-up of new-to-Blu-Ray films are also coming your way. First and foremost is the Criterion release of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Based on Hunter S. Thompson's psychedelic road trip novel, Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro give it their all to bring it to life - no matter how wild it gets. Also up Being releases is another fan-favorite anime, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time. I have it sitting on my to-watch DVD pile, but haven't got around to it quite yet. If you're looking for something humorous yet heartwarming, this one is for you. Finally, for those who like their films really, really, REALLY bizarre, the double bill of Alejandro Jodorowsky's El Topo and The Holy Mountain are sure to keep you scratching your head for days. Are they deep films or just demented images from a disturbed mind? I've watched them both and I admit I'm still not sure.

The pickings might be a bit slim this week, but you can find information on all the new releases on the FilmCrave New DVD Releases and FilmCrave New Blu-Ray Releases pages today.

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