Although it took in less than $3 million at the box office, the low-budget independent comedy-drama Junebug has been receiving a lot of attention this awards season, especially for Amy Adams, who steals the film as Ashley, an eternally optimistic young wife who is nine months pregnant.
Directed by Phil Morrison, Junebug stars Embeth Davidtz as a sophisticated Chicago art dealer who wants to represent an eccentric artist living in rural North Carolina. When she goes to North Carolina to meet with the artist, she decides to take a side trip with her husband George (Alessandro Nivola) to his parents' home nearby. Ashley, who is married to George's surly younger brother (Benjamin McKenzie), immediately bonds with the art dealer.
Adams not only won a special jury prize a year ago at the Sundance Film Festival, she also won the Gotham Awards' breakthrough award, the National Society of Film Critics best supporting actress honors and the Southwestern Film Critics Association award for supporting actress. Adams is also in contention for an Independent Spirit Award and Screen Actors Guild Award.
The DVD of Junebug features several concise featurettes, deleted scenes and commentary between Davidtz and Adams.
Enron -- The Smartest Guys in the Room
Nominated for an Independent Spirit Award, the fascinating documentary based on the book by Forbes reporters Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind focuses on one of the biggest business scandals in American history. Included on the DVD is compelling commentary with writer-director Alex Gibney, an above-average "making of" documentary, an update on the executives and traders, a look at the bizarre company skits that were performed at Enron, a gallery of Enron cartoons and interviews with the Forbes reporters.
Two for the Money
Tepidly received drama starring Al Pacino and Matthew McConaughey set in the world of sports gambling. Extras on the digital edition include deleted scenes, an interview with the man on whom McConaughey's character is based and passable commentary with director D.J. Caruso and writer Dan Gilroy.
[New Line] $28
The talents of Samuel L. Jackson and Eugene Levy are wasted in this trifling buddy comedy. The DVD extras are on the puny side with an unfunny gag reel, a few deleted scenes and featurettes.
Good Morning World
[S'More Entertainment] $50
Before Goldie Hawn achieved fame in 1968 as the ditzy blond on Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, she was a regular on this 1967-68 CBS comedy series about a Los Angeles disc jockey team (played by Joby Baker and Ronnie Schell). Julie Parrish played the wife of Baker, and Hawn was Parrish' dumb blond friend and Schell's love interest. Veteran comedic character actor Billy De Wolfe played the officious station manager. The DVD set has all 27 episodes, an interview with Schell, a Hawn bio and a trivia quiz about the sitcom.