I don’t think I would be bragging or hyperbolic when i say that the GRPL has one of the best DVD/Video collections of any library in the state, maybe even in the whole U S of A. This has been a focus of our collection dating back to the days of VHS when we had a printed version of our video catalog available for patrons to take home. Not only do we make an effort to carry the latest blockbusters and TV shows, you can also find a healthy collection of documentaries, classics, silent, and international films. Nearly every time I browse the shelves I come across something I didn’t realize we had before, be it a film noir, modern Korean thriller, or an Australian teen adventure comedy.
Here are some other recent discoveries:
I am usually loath to attempt to watch any British Television drama, But Luther combines the right amount of a police procedural thriller with a heavy melancholy air. Idris Elba (The Office, Prometheus) plays a detective who hunts down Britain’s most dangerous killers while battling his own psychological demons. The claustrophobic camera snakes through the icy modern architecture of London giving the show a very somber tone.
Long before Saving Private Ryan introduced us to the horrors of war, A Bridge Too Far (1976) showed us the ultimate futility of battle. This massive production about the failed Operation Market Garden of World War II boasts one of the largest all-star casts ever assembled, including Sean Connery, Robert Redford, Laurence Olivier, Anthony Hopkins, Gene Hackman, and many more.
A vacationing family’s ill fated trip to the mysterious town of Nilbog is the plot of one of the most wonderfully inept films of all time. Your brain will not believe what your eyes are telling it. Pair it with this documentary about the film and it’s cult status for a most excellent double feature.
Samuel Fuller’s bombastic tale of a hooker who escapes the evils of the big city only to find that the idyllic small town may hold an even worse secret is a cinematic slap in the face to the ideals of the suburban dream of the 50’s and 60’s. Written in the same cigar chomping style as Fuller’s many war films, the staccato dialog briefly gives way to one of the strangest musical interludes ever captured on film and is not to be missed.