Week in DVD, streaming and pay-per-view September 29

On DVD, streaming and pay-per-view Sept. 29

No new releases

Once Upon a Time Film Festival:

“Once Upon a Time…” The title contains a promise: This film is going to be operatic, overstated, overstuffed, a fantasy that will give fans of the genre everything that they want to see. Yes, these ambitious, larger-than-life works should be experienced in a theater, but since that is not an option now, turn off your phone, dim the lights, get an extra-large popcorn and forget about everything else for two hours+. Sergio Leone started the subgenre and made two of the best. His cinematic descendants Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino have continued the tradition.

Once Upon a Time in the West (1969, PG-13) Western – Following the world-wide success of his Dollars trilogy with Clint Eastwood, director Sergio Leone went to Monument Valley for a larger canvas upon which to paint a vivid picture of the opening of the West. With Charles Bronson, Claudia Cardinale and Henry Fonda at his best as the icy villain Frank.

Once Upon a Time in America (1984, R) Drama – Leone’s epic gangster story has always been controversial. Not surprising for a story that is told, in part, as one character’s opium fueled dream. Childhood friends in New York’s Lower East Side of the 1930s grow up to become partners in crime. Starring Robert De Niro, James Woods and Joe Pesci.

Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003, R) Drama – Robert Rodriguez brings back his “El Mariachi” character as the hero of a freewheeling tale of drug gangs and corrupt cops. With Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek and Johnny Depp.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019, R) Drama – Quentin Tarantino’s sprawling retelling of life in L.A. during the time of the Manson family may be his best film. It’s certainly his most ambitious, and it also reveals more on repeated viewings. With Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie.

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