Tablet Life & Arts

New on DVD: ‘Noah,’ starring Russell Crowe

DVD Noah : Old Testament fury has rarely come to such spectacularly fearsome life than in Noah, Darren Aronofsky’s audacious adaptation of one of the Bible’s best-known but still enigmatic chapters. Be warned: Anyone familiar with the 500-year-old man and his ark may need to check some of their most cherished visualizations of him at the door. No cozy two-by-two images of beatific giraffes grace this Noah. Like any good artist, Aronofsky has avoided predictable, literalist retellings of beloved Sunday-school stories, inserting new characters, bringing parenthetical figures to the fore and making one of history’s most enduring and universal myths his very own.

So much of Noah is so good, and so impressively executed, that when discordant notes are sounded, they do so with clanging dissonance. Taking ill-advised pages from both 1950s animator Ray Harryhausen and the current big-studio predilection for comic-book movies and young-adult teen romances, Aronofsky creates characters and story lines that feel wildly out of place. On DVD and Blu-ray/DVD combo.

— Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post

Also new: Finding Vivian Maier; The Other Woman; Bad Johnson; Half of a Yellow Sun; Lullaby; Cuban Fury; The Protector 2; Ong Bak Trilogy