New on DVD
New this week on DVD/Blu-ray:
“300: Rise of an Empire” This sequel to the 2006 hit “300” has ancient Greek forces united to do battle with the Persians, led by Xerxes, a mortal-turned-god, and Artemisia, its naval leader. Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Lena Headey, Hans Matheson and Rodrigo Santoro star.
Extras include the featurettes “3 Days in Hell,” “Taking the Battle to the Sea,” “Real Leaders & Legends,” “Women Warriors” and “Becoming a Warrior.” (Warner Home Video, $28.98 DVD, $44.98 3D Blu-ray/Blu-ray/DVD combo)
“Winter’s Tale” A lot of talent is wasted in a snow-covered winter tale that turns out to be one hot mess. In trying to capture the magical realism of Mark Helprin’s novel of the same name, Academy Award-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman, making his directing debut, creates a muddled and occasionally silly movie. Colin Farrell, Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly star.
The disc includes additional scenes and the featurettes “Winter’s Tale: A Timeless Love” and “Characters of Good & Evil.” (Warner Home Video, $28.98 DVD, $35.99 Blu-ray / DVD combo)
“Enemy” Jake Gyllenhaal reteams with “Prisoners” director Denis Villeneuve to play a professor who discovers a man who appears to be his doppelganger, and their two lives become intertwined. Melanie Laurent, Sarah Gadon and Isabella Rossellini costar.
“Lucid Dreams: The Making of Enemy” is the only bonus feature. (Lionsgate Home Entertainment, $19.98 DVD, $24.99 Blu-ray)
“Blood Ties” A cop (Billy Crudup) with career aspirations must decide whether to help his brother (Clive Owen), a career criminal in trouble once again, in this drama with Marion Cotillard, Mila Kunis and Zoe Saldana.
The disc includes a making-of featurette. (Lionsgate Home Entertainment, $19.98 DVD, $24.99 Blu-ray)
“Rob the Mob” A couple (Michael Pitt, Nina Arianda) robs a mob social club and ends up with a list of every mobster in the various crime families. The information gets them pursued by the mob and the FBI in this crime drama with Andy Garcia, Ray Romano, Burt Young, Michael Rispoli and Griffin Dunne.
Director Raymond De Felitta provides a commentary track, and the disc also includes deleted scenes. (Millennium Media, $28.99 DVD, $29.99 Blu-ray)
“Repentance” Anthony Mackie plays a life coach/author who is kidnapped by a past client (Forest Whitaker), who uses the author’s messages about karma to terrorize him. Mike Epps, Nicole Ari Parker and Sanaa Lathan costar.
A making-of featurette is included on the DVD. (Lionsgate Home Entertainment, $26.98 DVD)
“Wolf Creek 2” Another vacationing student in the Australian outback means another potential victim for Mick Taylor (John Jarratt) in this sequel to the 2005 horror film. (Image Entertainment, $29.96 DVD, $34.97 Blu-ray)
“Anita: Speaking Truth to Power” This documentary looks back at Anita Hill’s testimony during Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas’ confirmation hearing as well as her legacy and her life today. (First Run Features, $24.95 DVD)
“Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me” This documentary looks at the life of Broadway legend Elaine Stritch, who continues to perform at age 87. The film includes interviews with some of her collaborators, including Stephen Sondheim, Tina Fey and Nathan Lane. (MPI Home Video, $24.98 DVD)
New on DVD
New this week on DVD and Blu-ray:
“The LEGO Movie” – This animated feature is one of the biggest hits so far this year with Chris Pratt providing the voice of Emmet, an ordinary LEGO figure mistaken for the all-powerful MasterBuilder. He is charged with leading a quest to save the LEGO universe. The voice cast also features Will Ferrell, Morgan Freeman, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie and Charlie Day.
The Blu-ray edition is loaded with extras, including a commentary track, deleted scenes, outtakes, an “Everything Is Awesome” sing-along and multiple featurettes. The 3D edition has additional bonus features, including a LEGO Vitruvius minifigure, a 3D Emmet photo and the featurette “Dream Job: Meet the LEGO Builders.” (Warner Home Video, $28.98 DVD, $35.99 Blu-ray/DVD combo, $50.98 3D Blu-ray/Blu-ray/DVD combo)
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” – Wes Anderson’s most commercially successful film also is one of his best. The detail-filled production design, precise shot composition and quirky tone of his past work remains, but this tale of an Eastern European hotel in the early days of World War II has more dramatic heft than most of Anderson’s work. The cast includes Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori, Saoirse Ronan, F. Murray Abraham, Willem Dafoe, Adrien Brody, Jude Law, Tilda Swinton, Edward Norton, Jason Schwartzman, Tom Wilkinson, Owen Wilson and Bill Murray.
Extras include a four-part making-of featurette along with “Bill Murray Tours the Town,” “Kuntsmuseum Zubrowka Lecture,” “The Society of the Crossed Keys” and “Mendl’s Secret Recipe.” (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, $29.98 DVD, $39.99 Blu-ray)
“Joe” – Nicolas Cage plays the title character, an ex-con who befriends a 15-year-old boy (Tye Sheridan) dealing with a violent, destitute father. David Gordon Green directs the film, based on a novel by Larry Brown.
Green is joined by composer David Wingo and cast member Brian D. Mays for a commentary track. Other extras include deleted scenes and the featurettes “The Making of Joe” and “The Long Gravel Drive: The Origins of Joe.” (Lionsgate Home Entertainment, $19.98 DVD, $24.99 Blu-ray)
“Walk of Shame” – Elizabeth Banks plays a TV news anchor who goes out for a wild night of drinking after she thinks she lost out on her dream job. She wakes up to a message that job is hers, but she needs to get across town without money, her phone or her car in order to claim it. She gets involved in plenty of misadventures along the way in a comedy with James Marsden, Gillian Jacobs, Ethan Suplee and Bill Burr. (Universal Studios Home Entertainment, $19.98 DVD, $26.98 Blu-ray)
“Ernest and Celestine” – Forest Whitaker, Paul Giamatti, Lauren Bacall and William H. Macy provide the voices for the English-language vocal track to this animated French film about a civilization of mice that live below ground, and the bears that live above them.
The disc includes both the original French audio track (with English subtitles) and the English audio track as well as a making-of documentary and an interview with codirector Benjamin Renner. (New Video Group, $29.95 DVD, $34.95 Blu-ray)
“13 Sins” – In this film from Daniel Stamm, director of “The Last Exorcism,” a desperate man gets a phone call offering him great riches if he completes 13 challenges, each one worst than the last. (Anchor Bay, $24.98 DVD, $29.99 Blu-ray)
“A Fighting Man” – Dominic Purcell plays a washed-up fighter who get a chance to return to the ring against a younger, faster opponent. With the help of his old team (James Caan, Michael Ironside), he trains for the ring and to battle his old demons. Louis Gossett Jr., Kim Coates and Famke Janssen costar. (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, $26.99 DVD)
“The Final Member” – This documentary chronicles the efforts of Siggi Hjartarson to add a human specimen to his Icelandic museum devoted to the male reproductive organ. (Cinedigm, $27.95 DVD, $29.95 Blu-ray)
New on DVD
“Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” – This attempt to reboot the franchise based on Tom Clancy’s best-selling novels failed to generate the box-office heat to guarantee a sequel. Chris Pine plays the title character, an ex-Marine and financial analyst who uncovers a plot to destroy the U.S. economy. Keira Knightley, Kevin Costner and Colm Feore costar, and Kenneth Branagh does double duty as the film’s director and villain.
Branagh and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura recorded a commentary track. Additional bonus features include deleted and extended scenes with optional commentary and the featurettes “Jack Ryan: The Smartest Guy in the Room,” “Sir Kenneth Branagh: The Tsar of Shadow Recruit,” “Jack Ryan: A Thinking Man of Action” and “Old Enemies Return.” (Paramount Home Entertainment, $29.98 DVD, $39.99 Blu-ray)
“Non-Stop” – Liam Neeson plays a U.S. air marshal who received a text that a terrorist on board his plane will kill a passenger every 20 minutes if $150 million isn’t transferred into an off-shore account. Complicating his efforts to find the killer is that some believe he is behind the plot. Julianne Moore, Michelle Dockery and Lupita Nyong’o costar.
Extras include the featurettes “Non-Stop Action” and “Suspense at 40,000 Feet.” (Universal Studios Home Entertainment, $29.98 DVD, $34.98 Blu-ray)
“Devil’s Knot” – Colin Firth and Reese Witherspoon star in a film inspired by the true story of the West Memphis Three: three teenagers suspected of devil worship who were convicted of killing three young boys. The cast was well chronicled in three “Paradise Lost” documentaries by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky as well as “West of Memphis,” produced by Peter Jackson. Atom Egoyan directs this version, which also features Amy Ryan, Mireille Enos and Stephen Moyer.
Extras include deleted scenes and the featurettes “The Making of Devil’s Knot” and “Getting Into Character: The Cast of Devil’s Knot.” (Image Entertainment, $29.96 DVD, $34.97 Blu-ray)
“Alan Partridge” – Steve Coogan reprises his role from British television as a DJ whose radio station is bought by a giant corporation and he starts fearing for his job.
Extras include a behind-the-scenes featurette and an AXS TV special on the film. (Magnolia Home Entertainment, $26.98 DVD, $29.98 Blu-ray)
“Patrick: Evil Awakens” – Sharni Vinson, Charles Dance and Rachel Griffiths star in a remake of the 1978 Aussie horror film “Patrick” about a comatose patient who uses his telekinetic power to control a nurse with whom he becomes obsessed. (Phase 4 Films, $22.99 Blu-ray/DVD combo)
New on DVD
By ANDY GRAY
New this week on DVD / Blu-ray:
“Lone Survivor” – Based on the true story of “Operation Red Wings,” a 2005 mission during the Iraq-Afghanistan war, a Navy SEAL team is sent to kill a Taliban leader. Things go horribly wrong, and the title of the movie essentially gives away the outcome.
The movie has a clear agenda in arguing how both the rules of engagement and military protocols put forces in danger. There are a couple moments that veer too far toward jingoism and war movie cliches, but they are relatively few. Instead, writer-director Peter Berg keeps the focus on the men whose lives are affected by those policies. Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Ben Foster and Emile Hirsch star in the tense and gripping film.
All versions include two featurettes, “Bringing the Story to Light” and “The Fallen Heroes of Operation Red Wings.” The Blu-ray comes with four additional featurettes – “Will of the Warrior,” “Recreating the Firefight,” “Learning the Basics” and “The Pashtun Code of Life.” (Universal Studios Home Entertainment, $29.98 DVD, $34.98 Blu-ray)
“RoboCop” – The 1980s action film gets remade with Joel Kinnaman playing the cop who, after being injured in the line of duty, is transformed into a half-man, half-robot law-enforcement machine by OmniCorp, a multinational conglomerate. Samuel L. Jackson, Douglas Urbanski, Abbie Cornish, Jay Baruchel, and Michael Keaton costar.
Extras include deleted scenes and the three-part featurette “RoboCop: Engineered for the 21st Century.” (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, $29.98 DVD, $39.99 Blu-ray)
“Son of God” – Footage from the History Channel’s miniseries “The Bible” is recut (with additional footage) to focus on the life of Jesus. Extras include the featurette “Son of God: Reborn.” (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, $29.98 DVD, $39.99 Blu-ray)
“In the Blood” – Gina Carano stars as a woman whose husband (Cam Gigandet) disappears on their Caribbean honeymoon, and she goes in search of the people she believes are responsible in an action film costarring Luis Guzman, Treat Williams, Stephen Lang and Danny Trejo.
The disc includes a behind-the-scenes featurette. (Anchor Bay, $24.98 DVD, $30.99 Blu-ray)
“The Motel Life” – Two brothers (Emile Hirsch, Stephen Dorff) flee town when one is involved in a hit-and-run accident, but avoiding the law doesn’t mean they avoid their problems. Dakota Fanning and Kris Kristofferson costar. Extras include a making-of featurette and an illustration gallery. (Cinedigm, $17.97 DVD, $19.97 Blu-ray)
“Parts Per Billion” – Three couples face relationship problems in the wake of an apocalyptic event. Josh Hartnett, Teresa Palmer, Alexis Bledel, Rosario Dawson, Penn Badgley, Gene Rowlands and Frank Langella star. (Millennium, $28.99 DVD, $29.99 Blu-ray)
“Goodbye World” – Following a cyber attack, a group of people seek shelter in a remote cabin, where they must deal with outside forces and in-fighting. Adrien Grenier, Scott Mescudi, Ben McKenzie Gaby Hoffmann and Kerry Bishe star. (Phase 4 Films, $16.99 DVD or Blu-ray)