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New On DVD/Blu-ray - "Jumping The Broom" & "Battle Of Algiers"

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act August 9, 2011 at 8:58AM

Family/wedding dramedy Jumping The Broom hits the home video market (DVD & Blu-ray) today, so, if you didn't catch it in theaters, you can give it a go as a rental or purchase.
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Family/wedding dramedy Jumping The Broom hits the home video market (DVD & Blu-ray) today, so, if you didn't catch it in theaters, you can give it a go as a rental or purchase.

Your reactions to the film were mixed - some enjoyed it, others didn't. C'est la vie... so it goes.

Bonus materials include: Commentary with director Salim Akil, Paula Patton and Laz Alonso; "You’re Invited: Behind the Scenes” featurette; “Honoring the Tradition of Jumping the Broom” featurette; and a Blu-ray exclusive: movieIQ+sync.

The Blu-ray prices in at $35.99 SRP and DVD, $30.99 SRP.

The film managed a $37,710,610 worldwide box office gross; not bad, considering the budget.

Also worth noting, the Criterion Blu-ray release of one of my all-time favorite films, Battle of Algiers.

November 1, 1954, in North Africa, Algerian nationalists began their successful 8-year rebellion against French rule, a period that’s realistically and rivetingly documented in Gillo Pontecorvo’s landmark 1966 film - one we’ve talked about previously on this site, and strongly recommend, if you haven’t already seen it! Netflix has it both on DVD (the Criterion Collection 3-disc set, which is loaded with very informative extra features), and as an instant streaming feature, just a few clicks away; Take your pick…

Or... if you prefer the image quality Blu-ray affords, then pick up the just released HD Blu-ray package of a film that's considered one of the most influential in the history of cinema.

The two-disc set, featuring 1080p video, and an uncompressed mono soundtrack, will contain several extra features, most of which are on the current DVD version.

Those supplements include Gillo Pontecorvo: The Dictatorship of Truth, a documentary narrated by literary critic Edward Said; Marxist Poetry: The Making of "The Battle of Algiers, a documentary featuring interviews with Pontecorvo, composer Ennio Morricone, and others; Interviews with Spike Lee, Mira Nair, Julian Schnabel, Steven Soderbergh, and Oliver Stone on the film's influence, style, and importance; Remembering History, a documentary reconstructing the Algerian experience of the battle for independence; États d'armes, a documentary featuring senior French military officers recalling the use of torture and execution to combat the Algerian rebellion; The Battle of Algiers: A Case Study, a documentary featuring U.S. counter-terrorism experts; Gillo Pontecorvo's Return to Algiers, a documentary in which the filmmaker revisits the country after three decades of independence; a production gallery; theatrical and re-release trailers; and a booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Peter Matthews, excerpts from Algeria's National Liberation Front leader Saadi Yacef's original account of his arrest, excerpts from the film's screenplay, a reprinted interview with co-writer Franco Solinas, and biographical sketches of key figures in the French-Algerian War.

Like I said, informative...

And how much will this cost you? Suggested list price for the Blu-ray is $49.95. Though Amazon.com has it for $15 less, at $34.99.

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