DVD of the Week – Be Kind Rewind (2008)
by HELEN GEIB
When I reviewed Be Kind Rewind, I wrote that it was a sweet comedy that celebrates popular art and the importance of community life. I don’t really have anything to add to that summary, and I still think it ought to be enough to convince anyone this movie is worth seeing.
That, and the side-splitting movies within the movie (having suffered through Rush Hour 2 in the theater, I can attest that the Be Kind Rewind remake is waaaay more entertaining than the original, and the Ghostbusters remake is an inspired tribute to a great comedy).
I really, really liked this movie. If you haven’t seen it, go rent it. Now.
The DVD release is bare bones, without any extras except a behind the scenes short feature. The lack of features is particularly surprising for a film that has all the hallmarks of a labor of love by the cast and writer-director Michel Gondry and a story that revolves around the magic of moviemaking. The publicity website for the film’s release had more features than this DVD. I suspect either a total lack of studio confidence, or a special edition in the works.
Other new releases this week: The Bucket List, Funny Games, Jumper, The Other Boleyn Girl, Witless Protection