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New on DVD: ‘Invisible Man’ puts new twist on old story


A new twist on an old tale leads DVD releases for May 26.

• “Invisible Man”: “I see you.” This simple statement might be the most dangerous thing an abuse victim can say to their abuser. Because abusers operate in the dark, twisting their own warped reality into the truth. Cecilia (Elisabeth Moss) shouts “I see you” to a seemingly empty room. The declaration is the first step to redemption in Leigh Whannell’s riveting twist on “The Invisible Man,” says Tribune News Service film critic Katie Walsh.

Walsh writes that Whannell has flipped the notion of invisibility. In this take, invisibility is no superpower, and no affliction, but rather, it’s a threat. In his script, Whannell centers a woman, Cecilia, as the target of the invisible man, who is her abusive, vindictive tech mogul partner, Adrian (Oliver Jackson-Cohen).

Working with a cool, gray palette allows Whannell and cinematographer Stefan Duscio’s camerawork to remain at the forefront of their visual storytelling, Walsh says. At the center of the film is Moss, who gives a virtuosic leading performance as the twitchy, terrified and tentative Cecilia.

Also new on DVD

• “Adventures of Rufus: Fantastic Pet”: Kids help creature save a dying world.

• “Endings, Beginnings”: Love triangle starring Shailene Woodley, Jamie Dornan and Sebastian Stan.

• “Once Were Brothers: Robby Robertson and the Band”: Documentary based in part on Robertson’s memoir.

New on digital HD

• “I Will Make You Mine” Three women confront past relationships with the same man. Written and directed by Lynn Chen.

• “The Man Standing Next” Political thriller set during the presidency of South Korea’s Park Chung-hee, who was assassinated in 1979. Based on a novel of the same name.