|I remember a time when it would take more than two years for a movie to come out on video. Now it can be as fast as two months. To make up for it, Hollywood is reissuing a whole load of classics. Whatever your preference, there are a lot of new releases to check out.
· Arakimentari (2005, dir. Travis Klose, Genius Products Inc.) This documentary explores the world of visionary and controversial Japanese photographer Nobuyoshi Araki.
· Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969, dir. George Roy Hill, 20th Century Fox) This iconic revisionist western gave us the name of the pre-eminent indie film fest and the song "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head." Paul Newman and Robert Redford set the bar for buddy westerns as this two-disc reissue takes you behind the scenes.
· Cache (Hidden) (2005, dir. Michael Haneke, Sony) With all of Hanekes previous work reissued last month, you should be primed for his latest misanthropic thriller. When a family gets mysterious videotapes of themselves in the mail, their relationships start to implode. Unflinching, brilliant cinema.
· Cemetery Man (1994, dir. Michele Soavi, Anchor Bay) This cult splatter flick sees Rupert Everett killing off zombies as they rise from the grave. Sexy, gory, goofy fun.
· Dave Chappelles Block Party (2005, dir. Michel Gondry, Focus) Fans of this colourful music documentary featuring The Roots, The Fugees and Kanye West might want to check out this unrated version.
· Equinox (1970, dir. Jack Woods, Criterion) This one has Video Vulture written all over it. Originally a student film for future Star Wars special effects god Dennis Murien, this cult horror classic was made for $6,500 as a tribute to classic monster movies.
· Heart of Gold (2006, dir. Ward Serrill, Miramax) Seven years in the making, this documentary about a girls high school basketball team from Seattle became a film fest favourite. Narrated by Chris "Ludacris" Bridges.
· The Hills Have Eyes (2005, dir. Alexandre Aja, 20th Century Fox) If this remake of Wes Cravens classic thriller about a band of hermit desert killers didnt have enough gore for you in the theatre, here is the unrated version.
· À nos amours (1983, dir. Maurice Pialat, Criterion) The film debut of Pialat, known as the John Cassavetes of French cinema, is a tender and violent story of sexual awakening and coming of age.
· Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005, dir. Shane Black, Warner Bros.) The writer of The Last Boy Scout makes a comeback with this critically acclaimed mystery featuring outstanding performances by odd couple Robert Downey Jr. and Val Kilmer.
· The Omen (1976, dir. Richard Donner, 20th Century Fox) If the big screen remake just didnt cut it, the original tale of Damien the devil spawn gets a two-disc reissue. But no amount of re-mastering can fix one of the cheesiest onscreen decapitations, or Gregory Pecks hair.
· The Princess Bride: Dread Pirate Edition (1987, dir. Rob Reiner, MGM) Inconceivable. This tale of love, adventure and rodents of unusual size became a sleeper hit. This version features multiple commentaries and loads of behind- the-scenes footage. Plus its Carey Elwess only good performance.
· The Searchers (1956, dir. John Ford, Warner Bros.) The ultimate Ford western gets a double-disc treatment. John Wayne goes hunting for a kidnapped girl and loses himself in the process. Features a brand new transfer, commentary by Peter Bogdanovich and a disc of documentaries. Keep an eye out for a Ford box set from Warner, too.
· Seu Jorge: Live at Montreux (2005, Red Distribution) Remember the guy who did all those David Bowie covers in Portuguese in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou? This is him.
· Slings and Arrows: Season One (2004, Acorn) This little seen but acclaimed Canadian series takes a behind-the-scenes look at a dysfunctional theatre troupe. Starring Paul Gross, Don McKellar, Mark McKinney and a then-unknown Rachel McAdams.
· The Three Burials of Melquiadas Estrada (2005, dir. Tommy Lee Jones, Sony Pictures Classics) Another revisionist western, this one by first-time director Jones. He stars with the always-masterful Barry Pepper in this tale of vigilante justice in an untamed frontier.
· Ultraviolet (2006, dir. Kurt Wimmer, Screen Gems) Did you wonder why Milla Jovovichs futuristic action flick disappeared from theatres? For fans of Resident Evil: Apocalypse both of you.
· Why We Fight (2006, dir. Eugene Jarecki, Sony Pictures Classics) If you missed this compelling doc in theatres, do yourself a favour and watch it now. Jarecki deftly examines a half-century of American military policy in an attempt to answer the titular question. The thinking persons Fahrenheit 9/11.