Staff at the renowned video store and nonprofit archive highlight the best in this month’s new DVD and Blu-ray releases.
Z.P.G.: Zero Population Growth
This is one of the weirdest dystopian sci-fi films of the ’70s. Overpopulation has led to a worldwide ban on childbearing, but one couple (Oliver Reed and Geraldine Chaplin) decide to risk everything to fulfill their dreams of parenthood—contending with Big Brother and their sometimes violent friends and family who are jealous that they have a real child when everyone else is issued robot babies by the government. –Matt Lynch
His Girl Friday (Criterion Collection)
While preparing this filmed adaptation of the play The Front Page, director Howard Hawks swapped the gender of one of the lead roles—and thus begat one of the most beloved and best works of the screwball comedy era. Rosalind Russell plays Hildy, a part originally written for a man, and as journalists she and co-star Cary Grant have a refreshing onscreen relationship based on professional admiration, mutual respect and intellectual rapport. –Spenser Hoyt
The Man Who Fell to Earth
At the height of his fame in 1976, David Bowie teamed up with iconoclastic director Nicolas Roeg (Performance, Don’t Look Now) for his first feature role as an alien who comes to Earth looking for water to bring back to his dying planet. Seventies icons Rip Torn, Candy Clark and Buck Henry play the earthlings who alternately help and hinder our hero in this searing critique of capitalist society. –Mark Steiner
In a 1950s factory town, a young boy begins to suspect that his straight-laced family just might be murderous cannibals. Parents walks a thin line between comedy and horror, with just enough of both to keep viewers on edge and a little off balance. What if the people we trust the most really are monsters? What then? You’ll never look at leftovers the same way. –Rhias Hall