New on DVD and Blu-ray
Russian Ark; John Ford: The Columbia Films; The Wolverine
Russian Ark(Kino Lorber, $30) This 2002 film features “one of the most staggering technical achievements in cinema,” said the Chicago Reader. Part 2,000-actor pageant and part essay on Russian history, it was shot in a single, 96-minute take on a camera that snaked through St. Petersburg’s Hermitage Museum.
John Ford: The Columbia Films(Turner Classic, $55) Five underappreciated movies from the “dean of American filmmakers” compose this “most welcome” boxed set, said The New York Times. Two have been out of print. The Whole Town’s Talking, Gideon’s Day, and Two Rode Together had never before been released on DVD.
The Wolverine(20th Century Fox, $30) This recent X-Men spin-off proved that “a little novelty and enthusiasm” can do wonders for a superhero flick, said the San Francisco Chronicle. Here, star Hugh Jackman is sent to Japan to defend the daughter of a mentor, and “for once,” his clawed character gets a decent script.