TRANCE (2013, Fox, R, $22) -- From "Trainspotting" to "Slumdog Millionaire," director Danny Boyle has never met a movie he couldn't enliven with his trademark razzle-dazzle. With "Trance," he turns a heist picture on its head by injecting it with a lurid trippiness that recalls both "Inception" and Hitchcock's "Spellbound." Vincent Cassel stars as a thief who, in the course of an art gallery robbery, bonks an auctioneer (James McAvoy) on the head, giving him a bad case of amnesia. Afterwards, McAvoy, who is in on the burglary, can't remember where he's stashed a priceless painting. Enter a hypnotherapist (Rosario Dawson) who specializes in memory extraction. Full of outlandish twists and turns, "Trance" is a rabbit hole disguised as a movie. Extras: deleted scenes and featurettes.
THE SILENCE (2013, Music Box, unrated, $30) -- The miracle of this hypnotic and haunting thriller from Switzerland's Baran Bo Odar is that it works both as a mystery and a character study of a handful of tragedy-blasted souls. When a teenage girl disappears in 2009, it brings up memories of a similar, unsolved slaying from 1986 when a young woman was brutally murdered in the middle of a wheat field. As the police try to solve the new crime, the action expands to include the mother (Katrin Sass) of the original victim, a widowed detective (Sebastian Blomberg) and an accomplice (Wotan Wilke Mohring) to the 1986 killing. Not since David Fincher's "Zodiac" has a whodunit dug so deep to bring such grave themes to dramatic life. Extras: featurette and two shorts by Odar.
GINGER & ROSA (2013, Lionsgate, PG-13, $20) -- A stunning performance from Elle Fanning ("Super 8") is all but wasted in this pretentious, Cold War-era rites-of-passage pic about two inseparable teenagers who begin to slowly drift apart. Ginger (Fanning) becomes obsessed with the ban-the-bomb movement while Rosa (Alice Englert) sets her sights on Ginger's irresponsible father (Alessandro Nivola). Annette Bening, Oliver Platt and "Mad Men's" Christina Hendricks waft in and out of the movie, which writer/director Sally Potter ("Orlando") seems to have fashioned to be as anti-dramatic as possible. Despite the good performances, it's a real slog. Extras: featurettes, deleted scenes and Potter commentary.
WILD BILL (2013, Cinedigm, unrated, $27) -- When a two-bit thug named Bill (Charlie Creed-Miles) gets out of prison, he returns to his dingy Manchester flat and discovers that his 11- and 15-year- old sons (Sammy Williams, Will Poulter) have been abandoned by their mother and forced to fend for themselves. Initially, Bill decides to take a powder too. But after being forced to stick around long enough to satisfy his parole officer (Olivia Williams), he slowly develops a conscience and opts to become a real father to his kids. Heart-warming without being gooey, this low-budget indie benefits from Creed-Miles' astonishing turn as a gangster who grows into a man of feeling. Extras: deleted scenes and featurette.
WOULD YOU RATHER (2013, IFC, unrated, $25) -- In this sadistic yet strangely effective horror thriller, a handful of hard-up strangers (Brittany Snow, John Heard, Eddie Steeples, Sasha Grey and "Mad Men's" Charlie Hofheimer) are gathered together by a creepy millionaire ("Re-Animator's" Jeffrey Combs) for an exclusive dinner party that includes a parlor game full of electric shocks, ice picks and whips. Only the winner gets out alive. "Would You Rather" might have benefited from a twist or two but, then again, the repetitive nature of the game is what gives the movie such a claustrophobic intensity. Extras: commentary with filmmakers.
LOVE IS A MANY-SPLENDORED THING (1955, Twilight Time, unrated, $30) -- Blu-ray gives a big boost to one of the swooniest romances from the 1950s. Thanks to hi-def, you can gawk not only at the stunning Hong Kong locations but also at William Holden and Jennifer Jones in one of the sexiest swimming scenes in Hollywood history. Holden is a dashing newspaperman and Jones is a Eurasian doctor who fall in love despite the fact that he's married. "Love" casts an intoxicating spell. Extras: commentaries and vintage newsreel footage.
THE LIFE OF OHARU (1952, Criterion, unrated, $30) -- Japanese master Kenji Mizoguchi had already been working for decades when he delivered his breakthrough film, a moving portrait of a 17th century Japanese woman's (Kinuyo Tanaka) fall from grace. At the beginning of the film, Tanaka is an imperial lady-in-waiting but after a series of bad-luck breaks she winds up descending into street prostitution. Told largely in flashblacks, "The Life of Oharu" is one of those movies that lives on in your memory long after the credits have rolled. Extras: commentary and featurette.
MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000: XXVII -- (2013, Shout Factory, unrated, $60) If you're a fan of Joel, Mike, Tom Servo and Crow, you won't want to miss the snark-meisters sassing the B-movie likes of "The Slime People" (1963), "Rocket Attack USA" (1961), "Village of the Giants" (1965) and "The Deadly Mantis" (1957). Extras: featurettes.
-- Amy Longsdorf
Tuesday -- "Black Rock," "G.I. Joe: Retaliation."
Aug. 6 -- "A Boy and His Dog," "Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal," "Mud," "Oblivion," "The Place Beyond the Pines," "West of Memphis."
Aug. 13 -- "The Big Wedding," "The Company You Keep," "Emperor."
-- Jaclyn Antonacci
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