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Filmmaker's look at the season's DVD releases.

Okie Noodling 2 Data Panic Distribution, July 12

Ten years after making the cult hit Okie Noodling, Bradley Beesley returns to the catfish infested rivers and streams of Oklahoma to find that hand fishing (aka noodling) has become a pop-culture phenomena. It now holds a tournament and has even been highlighted on ESPN and MTV. In the sequel, Beesley catches up with the entertaining noodlers he met a decade ago as well as some new ones, like a Missouri man who's dedicated his life to the legalization of noodling, and also highlights a few females who've gotten into the sport. -Jason Guerrasio

The Year My Parents Went on Vacation City Lights, July is Cao Hamburger's feature film debut presents Brazil in 1970 through the bright blue eyes of little Mauro, who is being sent to his grandfather's while his left-wing parents hide from the right-wing government. Unfortunately news of his grandfather's death had not yet reached his parents and Mauro is left to fend for himself in the lively Jewish community in São Paulo. The film's understated approach blends innocent comedy with intrigue as Mauro comes of age against a tumultuous political backdrop. Young newcomers Michel Joelsas and Daniela Piepszyk give outstanding breakout performances. - Benjamin Crossley-Marra

The Band's Visit Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, July 29 Israeli writer-director Eran Kolirin's debut got a lot of column inches last year because of its controversial disqualification from the Foreign Language Oscar race, all of which distracted somewhat from how great the film actually is. …

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