New Release: Today's Special DVD

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Aasif Mandvi and Jess Weixler put the cooking on hold in Today's Special.

New Video released the food-filled 2009 comedy movie Today’s Special, starring comic Aasif Mandvi (Funny People) and Jess Weixler (Teeth), on DVD on May 24, 2011.

In the independent film, Mandvi plays Samir, a traditionally trained chef who needs to look after the family business — a dingy Indian restaurant in Queens, N.Y. — after his father (Harish Patel) suffers a severe heart attack. Samir has spent years learning to prepare gourmet cuisine, but he hasn’t had much experience making Indian food, and his mother (Madhur Jaffrey, Cotton Mary) is singularly unimpressed with his efforts. In time, Samir learns about the soul of Indian cuisine, along with a few things about himself, as he also makes time for Carrie (Weixler), whom he used to work with at an upscale restaurant in Manhattan.

Directed by David Kaplan (Year of the Fish) and co-written by Mandvi and Jonathan Bines (TV’s The Daily Show With Jon Stewart), Today’s Special is based on a play written by Mandvi. The film received a limited release in theaters in November, grossing approximately $400,000 at the box office.

The DVD carries a list price of $19.95.

Here’s the movie’s trailer. What do you think?


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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.