New on DVD: Sept. 9 

What we all predicted in 1998 has come to pass: Joel and Ethan Coen's low-strung bowling noir about a middle-aged stoner trying to replace his pee-stained Oriental rug has become a Zen-like pathway to universal enlightenment--at least to chapters of the Little Lebowski Urban Achievers in cities across the U.S. (Is this what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps?) The Dude abides in a new DVD edition housed in a bowling-ball case, which you’re welcome to polish as vigorously as John Turturro's Jesus Quintana. Also in stores this week: Tarsem’s color-saturated phantasmagoria The Fall; Criterion's bare-bones $19.95 "Essential Art House" editions of canonical titles such as Grand Illusion, Knife in the Water and Beauty and the Beast; Dragon Dynasty's 2-disc reissue of the Jet Li martial-arts classic Fist of Legend; and the Tina Fey-Amy Poehler vehicle Baby Mama.
Sept. 9-15, 2008


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