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Dylan and more

THE LIFE OF DYLAN
I’m Not There made waves when it was first released, not least because of Cate Blanchett’s star turn as the film’s subject – Bob Dylan. Academy Award nominated director Todd Haynes delivers this experimental and unconventional journey into the life and times of one of music’s most revered and enigmatic artists. An all-star cast including Blanchett, Richard Gere, Christian Bale and the late Heath Ledger portray the six distinct stages of Dylan’s life as a series of shifting personae – from the public to the private to the fantastical – weaving together an interesting portrait of this American icon. Michelle Williams and Julianne Moore also star and special features include a conversation with Todd Haynes, along with a tribute to Ledger. I’m Not There is released on DVD on July 14.

FRASIER’S TENTH SEASON
Diehard Frasier fans will be delighted at the release of the sitcom’s tenth season. Episode highlights include ‘Enemy at the Gate’, when the loveable shrink causes a parking garage backup while protesting a $2 parking fee and ‘Farewell, Nervosa’, which sees him trying to find a suitable new coffee shop after his regular haunt Café Nervosa hires a folk singer (Elvis Costello). The guest stars don’t disappoint either with Desperate Housewives favourite Felicity Huffman appearing in a recurring role, along with Jeanne Tripplehorn and Bob Hoskins, who shows up as Frasier’s former gym teacher. The tenth season of Frasier is released on DVD on July 25.

FAMILY MATTERS
Starring Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Jack Black, Margot at the Wedding is a wry look at family dynamics and the odd ways we express love for each other. It strives to take an honest and often humorous look at two sisters who are each other’s best friend – but the boundaries between sisterhood and friendship raise conflicts from childhood. On the eve of her estranged sister Pauline’s (Leigh) wedding to unemployed musician/artist/depressive (Black), Margot (Kidman) shows up unexpectedly at the family seaside home to rekindle the sisterly bond and offer her own brand of ‘support’. Margot at the Wedding goes on DVD release on July 14.

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