DVD Obscura: Ethan Hawke Shines in ‘First Reformed,’ Plus More Essentials for Home Video Fans

We’ve gathered together a wide array of recent titles for home video fans, divided into areas of interest: indie, foreign, documentary, grindhouse, classics and television. Feast on the buffet below!

New Indie

First Reformed (A24/Lionsgate) definitely sees writer-director Paul Schrader tipping his hat to one of his major influences – Robert Bresson’s minimalist classic Diary of a Country Priest – but it’s no empty homage. Ethan Hawke gives one of the best performances in his storied career as a conflicted, alcoholic cleric who starts asking hard questions about himself and his commitment to his community when he gets close to a troubled woman (played by Amanda Seyfried) in his parish. Schrader also gets a terrific supporting performance from…
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