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The Cary Grant Box Set

Arriving just in time for Valentine’s Day, this handsomely packaged box set pays tribute to arguably the most beloved of golden-age luminaries. All dating from the late ’30s and early ’40s, the five films here pair Grant with some of the era’s most prominent leading ladies (Irene Dunne, Katharine Hepburn, Rosalind Russell, Jean Arthur) and directors (George Cukor, Howard Hawks, Leo McCarey, George Stevens). The big news here is Cukor’s classic comedy of class Holiday, on disc for the first time. Also included: The Awful Truth, His Girl Friday, Only Angels Have Wings, and The Talk of the Town. Supplements include a fistful of brand-new featurettes, commentary tracks, and a set of 10 postcards adorned with vintage photos.


Fans of Japanese director Shinya Tsukamoto may be a bit disappointed by this direct-to-video (in the U.S., at least) 2004 chiller about a medical student who, after surviving a car accident, becomes obsessed with the dead woman he’s dissecting in class. Plentiful surgery footage allows Tsukamoto to vent his body-horror obsessions, but never living up to its name, Vital lacks the experimental spirit of his best work (Tetsuo), and as a genre-stretching exercise it’s far inferior to 2002’s A Snake of June.