WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 12/12/2014

Our weekly look at what’s weird in theaters, on hot-off-the-presses DVDs, and on more distant horizons…

Trailers of new release movies are generally available on the official site links.

IN THEATERS (WIDE RELEASE):

Inherent Vice (2014): A pot-smoking detective investigates a labyrinthine plot that eventually leads him to a mysterious organization of dentists known as the “Golden Fang” (among many other subplots). becomes the first director to adapt a novel, which is reason enough to salivate. Inherent Vice official site.

NEW ON DVD:

Frank (2014): Read G. Smalley’s review in a giant papier-mâché head. ‘Nuff said. Buy Frank.

Safe (1995): A wealthy woman flees to a New Age spa in the desert when she becomes afraid that she is “allergic to the 20th century.” From the man who brought us Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story, so you know Safe is anything but. Buy Safe.

The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears (2013): Read Alex Kittle’s review. Buy the DVD for the “reversible sleeve with uncensored artwork!” (We’re thinking that means nipples!) Buy The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears.

NEW ON BLU-RAY:

“Fox Searchlight Pictures: 20th Anniversary Collection”: Fox Searchlight does good work, but we’re always skeptical about collections of films that have nothing to do with each other except that they were released under the same studio imprint. Nonetheless, we’ll point out that you will find the Certified Weird Beasts of the Southern Wild and Black Swan among the 21 arthouse disks here (and that the price per Blu in this set turns out to be a bargain at $6 each). Buy “Fox Searchlight Pictures: 20th Anniversary Collection” [Blu-ray].

Frank (2014): See description in DVD above. Buy Frank [Blu-ray].

Natural Born Killers (1994): Woody Harrelson and Juliet Lewis star as a pair of serial killers on a hallucinogenic rampage across a bloody pop-culture landscape. This “20th Anniversary” edition includes both the theatrical and director’s cuts and the new featurette “Natural Born Killers: Method in the Madness,” and comes in “Diamond Luxe” packaging. Buy Natural Born Killers [20th Anniversary Blu-ray]

Safe (1995): See description in DVD above. Buy Safe [Blu-ray].

The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears (2013): See description in DVD above. Buy The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears [Blu-ray].

Time Bandits (1981): Read the Certified Weird review! The Criterion Collection’s on again/off again affair with the rights to Terry Gilliam‘s movies is on again. This Blu features a lenticular cover. Buy Time Bandits [Blu-ray].

What are you looking forward to? If you have any weird movie leads that I have overlooked, feel free to leave them in the COMMENTS section.

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