This Week in DVD: The Reader, The Spirit, and More

This Week in DVD is a column that compiles all the latest info regarding new DVD releases, sales, and exclusive deals from stores including Target, Best Buy and Fry’s.

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THE READER
For some, The Reader is a gripping tale of morality anchored by its excellent performances. For others, it’s nothing more than that one Oscar-bait Holocaust movie that somehow earned itself a Best Picture nomination despite its middling reviews and lackluster response. As for me, I know it simply as the movie that fulfilled the Kate Winslet Oscar prophecy. Those who watch Extras will know what I’m referring to, but for those who don’t

Andy: I’d just like to say you doing this is so commendable. You know, using your profile to keep the message alive about the Holocaust.
Kate Winslet: My God I’m not doing it for that. I mean, I don’t think we need another film about the Holocaust, do we? It’s like, how many have there been? No, we get it, it was grim, move on. No, I’m doing this because I’ve noticed that if you do a film about the Holocaust, guaranteed an Oscar. I’ve been nominated four times. Never won. The whole world is going, ‘Why hasn’t Winslet won one?’ …’Schindler’s List.’ ‘The Piano.’ Oscars coming out their arse.

Well said, Kate. Well said.
Blu-ray? Will be available next Tuesday (April 28).
Notable Extras: Deleted scenes, and 5 featurettes (“Adapting A Timeless Masterpiece: Making The Reader”, “A Conversation with David Kross And Stephen Daldry”, “Kate Winslet On The Art Of Aging Hanna Schmitz”, “A New Voice: A Look At Composer Nico Muhly”, “Coming To Grips With The Past: Production Designer Brigitte Broch”).

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What? Get Miss Potter for $5 when you buy The Reader.
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