We have some terrific new DVDs and blu-ray discs to lend that I’d like to draw your attention to. We took advantage of a sale on Criterion items and purchased some that we are lucky to have. First of all, we got the luscious, new World of Wong Kar Wai boxed set, seven films by one of the most exciting filmmakers of the 1990s, some of which are available on disc for the first time in decades. We will lend the discs individually rather than as a set.
The boxed set of Les Blank’s films has been around for a few years, but this is the first time it is available from a Minerva library. Blank made numerous short documentaries, and American folkways were often his subjects, particularly music and food. I don’t think there is a film on the 5-DVD set longer than 30 minutes. All five discs will circulate as a set.
We have had the 3-disc set of Luis Bunuel’s late films since roughly January, but it doesn’t hurt to highlight it one more time. These blu-rays will circulate as a set.
The 3-disc set of Wim Wenders’s early films is a few years old but brand new to us and to Minerva.
The dream of the 90s is alive at MML, with Hou Hsaio-hsien’s Flowers of Shanghai from 1998 which made several best-of-decade lists; Nanni Moretti’s Caro Diaro, a love letter to his home city of Rome; Slacker, which almost single-handedly defined 90s indie; and The GoodTimesKid, which was made in 2005 but embodies the spirit of 90s.