New on DVD
Nowhere Boy; Broadcast News; The Films of Rita Hayworth
Nowhere Boy(Sony/Weinstein, $29)Beatles fans will likely appreciate this look at John Lennon’s early life, said The Philadelphia Inquirer. But the film also has strong “universal appeal” as a story about a 15-year-old trying to reconnect with the unbalanced mother he hasn’t known since he was a toddler.
Broadcast News(Criterion, $40)James L. Brooks’ 1987 newsroom comedy-drama looks great in its new, Blu-ray edition, said The Wall Street Journal. But what makes this package worthwhile are the extras—including an interview with a real-life counterpart of Holly Hunter’s driven news producer.
The Films of Rita Hayworth(Sony, $60)In the early 1940s, “Rita Hayworth led a revolution” on-screen, said The New York Times. Sensual yet “decent and demure,” she redefined American beauty at a time when Hollywood producers needed a new starlet who could be a flag bearer for “good, clean, censor-proof sex.”