WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 12/21/2012

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):

Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away 3D:A woman is enticed to enter a strange circus tent and finds herself traveling through multiple carnivalesque dimensions, each of which just happens to be based on a separate Cirque du Soleil production. This “movie” is little more than a sampler/ad for CdS’s semi-surreal live shows, but it is cheaper than dropping a C-note to get into one of their Vegas showrooms. Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away 3D official site.

NEW ON DVD:

Gandu (2010): The life of a young man who lives with his mother—a kept woman—becomes increasingly hallucinatory as he experiments with drugs, pornography and rap music in an attempt to find meaning in life. A rare slice of surrealism from the Indian subcontinent, decidedly un-Bollywood (the boxcover proudly proclaims, “Banned in India”). This is the first DVD release from a distributor with an interesting name—Artsploitation Films. Buy Gandu.

Sokurov: Early Masterworks (Whispering Pages/Stone/Save and Protect): Three literary avant-garde movies made by Russian Aleksandr Sokurov (Russian Ark) in the early 90s: Whispering Pages is based on “Crime and Punishment,” Stone involves the ghost of Chekov, and Save and Protect is an adaptation of Madame Bovary. According to the product description all of the movies are on DVD, but there is a bonus Whispering Pages Blu-ray disc. This surprising Cinema Guild set also contains 6 short Sokurov films. Buy “Sokurov: Early Masterworks” [Blu-ray and DVD].

NEW ON BLU-RAY:

Sokurov: Early Masterworks (Whispering Pages): See description in DVD above. Buy “Sokurov: Early Masterworks” [Blu-ray and DVD],

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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