WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 6/28/2013

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 DEVELOPMENT:

Nymphomaniac (2013): We’re not convinced that ‘s latest provocation, which is actually about a nymphomaniac (played by the ever-game ) and will be released in both hardcore and softcore versions, will be super-duper certifiably weird on the level of an Antichrist, but we thought you would want to know about it. Plus, this teaser clip from the film was just released today, and we wanted you to be able to tell your friends you saw it here first. Nymphomaniac official site.

NEW ON DVD:

Comment Ca Va? (1978): Two newspaper workers set out to make a movie, resulting in a lot of voiceover philosophizing. Even this film’s staunchest defenders consider the experience like attending a lecture on Derrida. Olive Film is slowly releasing the lesser known works of (and there are lots of them). Buy Comment Ca Va.

Keep Your Right Up (1987): Jean-Luc Godard plays a director struggling to deliver a film to a producer in 24 hours in this slapstick/surrealist experiment. Reputedly one of the director’s weirdest. Buy Keep Your Right Up.

The Rambler (2013): Read our review. Expect this horror/black comedy about a stoic wanderer’s surreal adventures in the Weird West to show up on some “Weirdest Movie of 2013” ballots (i.e., ours). Buy The Rambler.

Upside Down (2013): A Romeo/Juliet romance in a bizarre setting: twin planets with opposing gravity, one sitting on top of the other. Surely there’s nothing weird here besides the high concept and the visuals, but those should be strange enough to earn this movie a mention. Buy Upside Down.

NEW ON BLU-RAY:

The Big Lebowski (1998): Bowling stoner “Dude” Lebowski’s tranquil life is turned upside down when he’s mistaken for “Big” Lebowski, the millionaire. Maybe not the strangest movie we’ve covered in these pages, but it has some weirdophilic comic dream sequences and is a cult film par excellence. This Steelbook release also contains a DVD and the usual digital copies and is advertised as a “limited edition.” Buy The Big Lebowski [Blu-ray].

Comment Ca Va? (1978): See description in DVD above. Buy Comment Ca Va [Blu-ray].

Keep Your Right Up (1987): See description in DVD above. Buy Keep Your Right Up [Blu-ray].

The Rambler (2013): See description in DVD above. Buy The Rambler [Blu-ray].

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010): Read our review. Another “limited edition” Universal Steelbook release (director Edgar Wright’s other, less weird, cult movies, including Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, are getting a similar deluxe treatment this week). Buy Scott Pilgrim vs. the World [Blu-ray].

Upside Down (2013): See description in DVD above. This Blu-ray includes 3D capabilities, if you have a 3D TV. Buy Upside Down [Blu-ray + 3D].

FREE (LEGITIMATE RELEASE) MOVIES ON YOUTUBE:

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920): This early silent adaptation of the Robert Louis Stevenson novella stars John Barrymore in creepy pinhead makeup, and is a worthy precursor to the talkie versions starring Frederic March (1931) and Spencer Tracy (1941). Watch for a hallucinated tarantula.

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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