New on DVD/Blu-ray: Why 'The Unknown Known' Is One of the Most Fascinating Movies of the Year

New on DVD/Blu-ray: Why 'The Unknown Known' Is One of the Most Fascinating Movies of the Year

Jul 01, 2014

The Unknown Known - RadiusTWC - Blu-ray and DVD
Director: Errol Morris
Cast: Donald Rumsfeld

The Unknown Known is one of the most fascinating movies of the year. It doesn't matter what your politics are, this is an engrossing look inside the brain of a highly influential man in world politics, and the many different ways people are able to rationalize and justify actions taken against others. In this case, that person just so happens to have been an integral component of America's war on terror. But as with brilliant documentarian Errol Morris' equally brilliant documentary The Fog of War, what makes The Unknown Known work so well as a film is its ability to live with its subject, and to understand and observe it without passing any kind of overt judgment.

 

Other Notable New Releases


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This week is pretty lite on the new releases. Aside from The Unknown Known above, there are only two other noteworthy 2014 films hitting store shelves this week, and they couldn't be more different. The first is Afflicted, CBS' found-footage film that's very easily described as Chronicle but with vampires swapped out for superheroes. And then there's The Lunchbox, a major hit in India, about a romance that forms between two people through letters delivered by a uniquely Indian lunchbox service. While I've seen neither, I've heard great things about both.

This week also has a few cool classic movies hitting Blu-ray. Bring It On is probably better than you remember it being, unless you already remember that it's a genuinely funny, infectious movie. And then there's The Final Terror, an early '80s slasher from The Fugitive director about some coeds who end up wandering into the wrong person's corner of the deep woods. It's got charms, and a few good moments, but it's a largely forgettable piece of '80s horror history.

And for the TV fans out there who dig sci-fi, the first season of Helix hits store shelves this week. It's a new show from executive producer Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica) about an investigation into some strange deaths in a secret government facility that winds up being a cross between The Thing and The Andromeda Strain. If you dig either of those, give it a shot.

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