NEW ON DVD AND BLU-RAY

“THE DILEMMA,” starring Vince Vaughn and Kevin James. Uncharacteristically polarizing comedy from director Ron Howard (“Apollo 13”) finds longtime friends and business partners Vaughn and James reaching a crossroads in their relationship when Vaughn discovers James’ wife (Winona Ryder) out with another man (Channing Tatum, in a rare and very funny comedic performance) and agonizes over whether to spill the beans or not. Though offering plenty of laughs, “The Dilemma” proved to be a bit more uncomfortably honest than many audiences seemed prepared for, with trailers that barely hinted at some of the darker material. Rated PG-13. Running time: 1:51.

Suggested retail price: DVD $29.98; Blu-ray $39.98.

“FROM PRADA TO NADA,” starring Camilla Belle and Alexa Vega. Lively take on Jane Austen’s “Sense and Sensibility” upends the privileged lives of Nora (Belle) and Mary (Vega) when their father’s sudden passing forces them to move in with their considerably less wealthy Aunt Aurelia (Adriana Barraza). Harmless fluff doesn’t try to reinvent the wheel, but displays enough charm to mostly make up for its weaknesses. Rated PG-13. Running time: 1:47.

Suggested retail price: DVD $19.98; Blu-ray $19.99.

“THE GREEN HORNET,” starring Seth Rogen and Jay Chou. Amiable stoner poster boy Rogen generally fails to spring to mind when the phrase “superhero” is bandied about, but he has fun trying in this goofily stylish reimagining of the 1930s radio serial and 1960s TV show. A layabout playboy (Rogen) puts his late father’s wealth to interesting use when he takes it upon himself to fight crime with the indispensable help of Dad’s valet, Kato (a scene-stealing Chou). As directed by visionary Michel Gondry (“Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”), “Hornet” is impressive to behold but almost by design never quite coheres, resulting in more of an entertaining experiment rather than a quality action reboot. That said, there’s cult potential all over this thing. Rated PG-13. Running time: 1:59.

Suggested retail price: DVD $28.98; Blu-ray $34.95.

 

NEW ON DVD

“BEING HUMAN: SEASON THREE,” starring Russell Tovey and Lenora Crichlow. In which a vampire, a werewolf and a ghost attempt to put their various differences aside and go about their day. Leave it to the BBC to find the humor in the mundane aspects of supernatural monster life, and find it they do, as “Human” is one of the funniest and most addictive Brit series to come about since the original “Office.” Pure fun through and through, sort of a “Twilight” for people who hate “Twilight.” Not rated, contains language, sexual content and violence. Running time: 5:45.

Suggested retail price: $49.98.

 

“PENN & TELLER: BULL—-: THE COMPLETE EIGHTH SEASON,” starring Penn Jillette and Teller. When not alternately wowing and cracking up capacity crowds with their irreverent magic act, the ever-enterprising Penn & Teller can be found on Showtime debunking myth after myth in their enjoyably caustic fashion. For their eighth season, the boys take on cheerleaders, fast food, vaccinations and several more hot-button topics. Not rated, contains language. Running time: 4:35.

Suggested retail price: $31.99.

 

NEW ON BLU-RAY

“FAT GIRL,” starring Anais Reboux and Roxane Mesquida. Devastating coming-of-age drama from provocateur Catherine Breillat follows sisters Anais and Roxane, the former a chubby tagalong and the latter a teenage beauty, as a dull vacation with their parents becomes alternately more interesting and tragic when they make the acquaintance of Fernando, a law student with untoward intentions. In no way pleasant (especially the controversial ending), but extremely well made and acted for those in the mood for an uncompromising drama. Not rated, contains language, nudity, violence and graphic sexual content. Running time: 1:26.

Suggested retail price: $39.95.

 

“FROM DUSK TILL DAWN,” starring George Clooney and Quentin Tarantino. Director Robert Rodriguez can always be counted on to entertain, and this 1996 action-comedy-horror does nothing-but for its entire running time, with enough explosions, one-liners, lovely ladies and gory deaths for several movies. Clooney and Tarantino are ne’er-do-well brothers whose crime spree comes to an abrupt end when they patronize a bar that turns out to be a vampire hangout. Rated R. Running time: 1:48.

Suggested retail price: $19.99.

 

VIDEOPORT PICKS

“MEGAN IS MISSING,” starring Amber Perkins and Rachel Quinn. Unflinching, all-too-believable drama avoids Lifetime movie trappings to deliver a hard-hitting dramatization of what happens when an Internet predator connects with a target, in this case the titular young woman (Quinn). A popular high-schooler, her hard-partying lifestyle takes a disturbing turn when she agrees to meet Josh, a supposed fellow teenager and chat-room participant, in person. When Megan inevitably goes missing, it leaves her far-less-popular best friend, Amy (Perkins), behind to both weather the ensuing media storm and attempt to track her friend down herself. Not rated, contains language, violence, strong sexual content and drinking — all involving teens. Running time: 1:25.

Suggested retail price: $26.97.

 

“A SOMEWHAT GENTLE MAN,” starring Stellan Skarsgard and Bjorn Floberg. The normally dour and intimidating Skarsgard has an underused flair for deadpan comedy, put to perfect use in this Norwegian treat from director Hans Petter Moland. The film finds Skarsgard’s none-too-swift Ulrik being released from a 12-year stint in jail only to be thrown right back into dealing with his former crime boss (Floberg). His boss sets him up with a mechanic job as a front, expecting him to continue to commit crimes on the side, but events conspire against the ex-con when his new life as a workaday joe begins to suit him. Not rated, contains language, violence, nudity and strong sexual content. Running time: 1:43.

— Courtesy of Videoport