This week’s new DVD releases range from historical to hysterical.
Chastain’s riveting Lady Macbeth-like performance as Anna Morales elevates “A Most Violent Year” from a standard mugs and thugs tale into a thought-provoking look at the struggle for power. That struggle gets even more complicated when the lines between good and evil are as faint as a contract killer’s conscience.
“A Most Violent Year” never feels rushed. Director J.C. Chandor sets a tempo that allows Oscar Isaac to play his character with control, while giving Chastain the time she needs to manipulate behind the throne.
This is a wonderful story that looks at the atrocities of slavery much in the way “Roots” did almost 40 years ago. At the same time, it’s a moving and compelling tale of a woman who lived through this period and it became as much a part of her life as it is in American history.
The jokes were delivered by one of the best ensemble casts to ever grace network TV with the likes of Kelsey Grammer, David Hyde Pierce and John Mahoney .
This is one series that should be in all DVD libraries.
Also new on DVD April 7