WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 6/20/2014

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 (LIMITED RELEASE):

Coherence: Described as “part cerebral sci-fi and part relationship drama,” this reality-bending debut is garnering comparisons to s Primer for its mix of hard science and low budget. Opening this week in New York and Los Angeles with summer screenings in major cities to follow. Coherence official site.

SCREENINGS – (Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Bing Theater, Tuesday, June 24):

Jump [Salto] (1965): A man jumps off of a train and lands in a strange, nearly abandoned town. A rare work of Communist-era Polish surrealism. Jump at LACMA screening.

NEW ON DVD:

A Measure of the Sin (2013): An orphaned girl moves to a strange house with a tyrannical patriarch and a bear that only she can see. A very under-the-radar independent arthouse horror film that sounds strange and picked up a few good notices in the horror press. Buy A Measure of the Sin.

Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975): The remaining residents of an Australian girls’ school are haunted by the unexplained disappearance of three of their classmates from a school outing. Chief among the extras on this Criterion Collection 2 DVD set is director Peter Weir’s earliest feature-length narrative not shot for television, the 50-minute Homesdale, a weird-sounding black comedy about an eccentric who forces his houseguests to play strange, dangerous games. This is a dual DVD/Blu-ray set (one of the last ones Criterion will be issuing, as they’ve decided to release the two formats separately going forward). Buy Picnic at Hanging Rock [Criterion Collection Blu-ray/DVD].

NEW ON BLU-RAY:

Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975): See description in DVD above. Buy Picnic at Hanging Rock [Criterion Collection Blu-ray/DVD].

FREE (LEGITIMATE RELEASE) MOVIES ON YOUTUBE:

The Book Of Revelation (2013): A literal, amateur animated version of the Book of Revelation. Purple-faced prophets with robotic voices are one of the least weird things about this reverently (if not revelatory) hallucinatory oddity. Props to lester 1/2jr for discovering this.

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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