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New on DVD: Find joy in the mundane to enjoy ‘Perfect Days’

Tribune News Service (TNS)

An Oscar nominee for best international film tops the DVD releases for the week of July 16.

“Perfect Days”: Criterion Collection release of Wim Wenders’ 2023 drama centered on a Tokyo sanitation worker (Cannes best actor winner Koji Yakusho) who spends his days cleaning toilets in the city’s public restrooms.

“‘Perfect Days’ is about the importance of beauty and art in the lives of even the most humble among us,” writes former Boston Herald critic James Verniere in his review. “The film started out as a Tokyo-funded short to celebrate the architecturally significant Tokyo public park toilet system. Then, it became Wenders’ most acclaimed and art house-friendly effort in years.”

ALSO NEW ON DVD JULY 16

“Blue Lights: Year 1”: This BBC procedural follows a trio of fresh recruits to the Police Service of Northern Ireland as they make their way on the job in Belfast under the guidance of a group of seasoned vets.

“The Last Stop in Yuma County”: Two bank robbers shake up the day when they arrive at a rural roadside diner in this thriller.

“Water Horse”: Horror thriller in which a woman who investigates supernatural phenomenon realizes seemingly random events actually pertain to her mother’s disappearance.

“Valleyheart”: Set amid a blazing hot San Fernando Valley summer, a woman must decide how far she will go to help her small-time criminal brother out of a jam with the Russian mob in this crime thriller.

“Black God, White Devil”: Brazilian director Glauber Rocha’s 1964 allegorical Western joins the Criterion Collection ranks with a new 4K digital restoration.

OUT ON DIGITAL HD JULY 16

“The Strangers: Chapter 1”: The first of three entries in the 2024 horror trilogy from director Renny Harlin (“Die Hard 2”) finds a young couple encountering masked ne’er-do-wells while at a remote rental cabin.

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