Out on DVD and Blu-Ray this week: A retired second-story man is drawn into a final heist with his home aid robot as an accessory; and a busty dominatrix finds herself at the heart of a fight against a forced-happiness future dystopia.
For those of you who were uneasily awaiting the advent of computers replacing at least half of the dynamic pairings in buddy films, here you go. For those of you who have long championed Frank Langella as an actor so talented as to be able to carry off emotionally moving dialog even with a kitchen appliance, it's your birthday.
The story: Set in the near future, Frank, a retired cat burglar, has two grown kids who are concerned he can no longer live alone. They are tempted to place him in a nursing home until Frank's son chooses a different option: against the old man's wishes, he buys Frank a walking, talking humanoid robot programmed to improve his physical and mental health. What follows is an often hilarious and somewhat heartbreaking story about finding friends and family in the most unexpected places.
Starring: Frank Langella (Frank), James Marsden (Hunter), Liv Tyler (Madison), Susan Sarandon (Jennifer), Peter Sarsgaard (Robot), Jeremy Strong (Jake), Dario Barosso (Flattop), Bonnie Bentley (Ava), Ana Gasteyer (Shoplady), Rachael Ma (Robot), Joshua Ormond (Freckles), Jeremy Sisto (Sheriff Rowlings), Katherine Waterston (Shopgirl).
Directed by: Jake Schreier.
Features: Commentary with Director Jake Schreier And Writer Christopher Ford.
Government-enforced happiness in a future dystopian society may bring to mind a certain 1980s Doctor Who story, but this is an Australian indie, Troma-distributed B-movie we're talking about, so expect naughtier women and gleefully perverse plot twists ... featuring a cast of ex-Neighbours supernumeraries ... on the budget of a 1980s Doctor Who story.
The story: In a utilitarian, genetically engineered parallel universe, Layla, a BDSM mistress, just wants to fit and be happy…but her nemesis won't let her.
Starring: Sarah Breen, Michael F. Cahill, Mark Doggett.
Directed by: David King.
Features: Introduction by Lloyd Kaufman; Conversations about Purge at the BUT Film Festival, The Netherlands; Film experts talk about Troma and the struggle of the independent filmmaker; Tromatic Extras.