Big new DVDs: 'Breaking Bad,' 'L'Eclisse,' and 'Omar'

Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston (right) in Season 5 of "Breaking Bad."
Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston (right) in Season 5 of "Breaking Bad." (AMC)
Posted: June 14, 2014

Walter White, the antihero of AMC's ingenious drama Breaking Bad, once was a good man.

A brilliant scientist and chemistry teacher devoted to helping his students expand their knowledge, he also was a dedicated husband.

Then it all hit the fan.

When Walt is told he has only a short time to live, he realizes he needs to leave his wife a decent nest egg. He also realizes his life has been meaningless, as has been his decision to be a good, law-abiding citizen.

So he turns to drugs, becoming one of the biggest manufacturers and suppliers of methamphetamine in the Southwest.

See Walt's complex journey over the drama's five seasons with Breaking Bad: The Complete Series, a gorgeous boxed set that contains all 2,563 minutes of the series plus a slew of extra features.

( www.sonypictures.com/movies/discanddigital/; $160.99 DVD; $230.99 Blu-ray; not rated)

Other releases of note

Resurrected. Paul Greengrass, who directed United 93, Green Zone, and two of the exciting Jason Bourne films, made his debut with this hard-hitting British production about the aftermath of the Falklands War. Based on a true story, the 1989 film stars David Thewlis as a soldier who is presumed dead and left behind - but who returns home to face a chilling reception. It's available for the first time on Blu-ray directly from Screen Archives. ( www.screenarchives.com; $24.95; not rated)

Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison. A moving, if not altogether traditional romance, John Huston's 1957 film about the Pacific theater during World War II stars Robert Mitchum as a Marine who evades the Japanese on a remote island with the help of a nun (Deborah Kerr). It's available for the first time on Blu-ray directly from Screen Archives. ( www.screenarchives.com; $29.95; not rated)

Jimmy P. Set at the end of WWII, this remarkable, inspiring drama stars Benicio Del Toro as an American Indian Blackfoot, diagnosed schizophrenic at an Army hospital, who comes out of his shell with the help of a French anthropologist and scholar of American Indian culture played by the great Mathieu Amalric. It's due Tuesday from IFC Films. ( www.mpihomevideo.com; $24.98; not rated)

Omar. Israeli-born Palestinian director Hany Abu-Assad won the Jury Prize at Cannes with this unique film - part love story, part espionage yarn - about a young Palestinian man forced to spy on his friends for Israeli Intelligence. ( http://adoptfilms.com/; $29.95; not rated)

Suits: Season 3. Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams, and the formidable, statuesque Gina Torres return for more legal (and illegal) high jinks in this singular dramedy set at a high-price law firm in Manhattan. ( www.nbcuni.com; $44.98; not rated)

L'Eclisse. Michelangelo Antonioni completes his loosely linked trilogy about the corrosion of relationships by contemporary existential ennui with this remarkable follow-up to L'Avventura (1960) and La Notte (1961). Set in Rome, this story about the end of a love affair and its aftermath stars Monica Vitti as a literary translator who breaks up with her beau (Francisco Rabal) after a series of desperate conversations. Exquisite, deliberate in its pacing, the film chronicles the woman's attempts to work through her ambivalent feelings for the man through conversations with family and friends. This Italian classic is available for the first time on Blu-ray in a dual-format set from the Criterion Collection. ( www.criterion.com; $39.95 DVD/Blu-ray Combo; not rated)


Most titles also available for digital download from major retailers.

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