As Netflix announces a batch of original new titles from well-known actors during the month of April, this puts a strain on new DVD releases, as is reflected in our additions to the library’s collection this month. Streaming services such as Amazon, Disney+, Hulu and HBO Max continue to dominate, while Hollywood’s fragmented release of new material has waned.
Here is some of what we’re adding to our collection:
Have a laugh with the release of Acorn Media’s Finding Joy, Series 2. This Irish comedy stars Amy Huberman, following her journey as she continues to come to terms with the demise of a long-term relationship. She lands herself a new job as a vlogger which becomes a hit, much to her surprise. The Washington Post calls the series a “delightful and often ribald screwball comedy.”
From the Criterion collection, grab the 1937 classic History is Made at Night, a romantic drama with elements of comedy and spectacle featuring Jean Arthur, Charles Boyer and Colin Clive. It deals with a love triangle among a possessive shipping magnate, his beautiful wife and a French head waiter, with a spectacular ocean liner as a backdrop.
Also, from the Criterion collection, we’ve added Memories of Murder, a police procedural based on the actual case of the first recorded serial killer in Korea's history. The murders began in 1986 in Hwaseong, a small village south of Seoul, and continued for several years during a time of political upheaval in South Korea. The film won several awards at the 2003 San Sebastián Film Festival, and was also shown at the 2004 New York Korean Film Festival.
In the documentary Some Kind of Heaven, we follow four residents of America's largest retirement community, The Villages, struggling to find happiness and meaning in life's final chapters. The film, produced by Darren Aronofsky, The New York Times, and Los Angeles Media Fund premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival.
You can view the entire list here.