Common themes for the new DVD releases this week are romance, war, adventure, and vengeance. This makes for an interesting week on our screens.
Top Ten DVD List for April 14, 2015
The King of Masks is a Chinese tale of an old street performer who teaches a young child. We wee warm humanity but not undue sentiment. Set about seventy years ago, the central character is the elderly Wang Bian Lian, who travels the streets performing with his pet monkey.
One look at him is enough to convince you he is just an old man, but he has a special skill. He is a master of the rapid changing face mask technique that characterizes Sichuan opera.
Out of more than 3,000 rottentomatoes readers who saw this film, 90% of them liked it. There were 16 positive reviews and 2 negative.
In Like Sunday, Like Rain, Eleanor, a lonely teenager played by Leighton Meester, finds good company with a sympathetic nanny.
Eleanor has had enough of her struggling musician boyfriend’s philandering ways. Eventually, there is an angry break up, and Eleanor is pushed into settling for any job available, and she applies to be a nanny to a wealthy young teenager.