NEW ON DVD AND BLU-RAY

“CARS 2,” animated with the voices of Larry the Cable Guy and Owen Wilson. It seems few were expecting a high-energy James Bond spoof from this sequel to the 2006 Pixar hit about the lives and loves of talking cars, but that’s exactly what they got. While it may lack the emotional depth that Pixar has become famous for in such films as “WALL-E” and “Up”, this sequel is a lot of fun in its own right. Rated G. Running time: 1:46

Suggested retail price: DVD $29.99; Blu-ray $39.99

“CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE,” starring Steve Carell and Ryan Gosling. Middle-aged milquetoast Cal (Carell) reels from an unexpected announcement of infidelity from his wife of 25 years (Julianne Moore) and seeks refuge in the local bar, where his inept attempts to hook up are witnessed and remedied by Jacob (Gosling), a young Casanova who takes the cuckolded nebbish under his wing. Cleverly directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa and perfectly acted by the top-notch cast (which also includes Kevin Bacon, Marisa Tomei and Emma Stone), “Love” is that rare romantic comedy that seeks to fully entertain both male and female audiences. Rated PG-13. Running time: 1:58

Suggested retail price: DVD $28.98; Blu-ray $35.99

NEW ON DVD

“CALIFORNICATION: THE FOURTH SEASON,” starring David Duchovny and Evan Handler. Having been hauled off to jail for assaulting the boyfriend of one of his many hook-ups, writer/sex fiend Hank Moody (Duchovny) finds his career and fame skyrocketing from the resultant scandal, a development he handles with the lack of discretion we’ve come to know and love. Running time: 5:38

Suggested retail price: $39.98.

“HOT COFFEE,” documentary. Beginning with the notorious lawsuit in which a women sued McDonald’s after burning herself on their coffee, this probing if not entirely well-rounded doc from director Susan Saladoff provides an eye-opening look at perceived “jackpot justice”: Cases successfully presented and derided as frivolous by the media in what many consider an attempt to protect corporate interest. Angering and informative like the best documentaries so often are, Saladoff states her case effectively, and will have you thinking twice before buying into the next court-centered media blitz. Not rated; contains some disturbing images. Running time: 1:28
Suggested retail price: $29.95

“TRESPASS,” starring Nicholas Cage and Nicole Kidman. Very briefly released thriller from director Joel Schumacher (“Falling Down”) failed to make much of an impression despite the presence of A-listers Cage and Kidman, who play residents of the posh estate invaded by a group of thugs intent on relieving Cage of the contents of his state-of-the-art safe. Running time: 1:31

Suggested retail price: $28.99; Blu-ray $34.99

NEW ON BLU-RAY

“THE BIG COUNTRY,” starring Gregory Peck and Jean Simmons. Gorgeous Southwestern scenery and larger-than-life performances inform this epic 1958 Western from director William Wyler, which concerns James McKay (Peck), an eastern “greenhorn” who moves out West with designs on marrying the daughter (Carroll Baker) of ranch owner Henry Terrill (Charles Bickford). This relocation places McKay firmly in the center of a multi-layered power/class struggle, with ranch hand Charlton Heston competing none too fairly for Baker’s affections and a particularly unfriendly neighbor clashing with the Terrills over cattle watering rights. Not rated; contains violence. Running time: 2:45

Suggested retail price: $19.99

VIDEOPORT PICKS

“MAGIC TRIP,” documentary. Author Ken Kesey (“One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”) and his band of Merry Pranksters famously embarked on a colorful, drug-fueled road trip across America in 1964, piling into a garishly painted, beat-up school bus and setting a destination for the New York World’s Fair, inviting the mortified curiosity of mild-mannered American citizens everywhere and dropping LSD with wild abandon. What’s not as widely known is the fact that Kesey had intended to make a movie about the experience, and several movie cameras were brought along. Rated R. Running time: 1:47

Suggested retail price: $26.98

“TABLOID,” documentary. When all is said and done, filmmaker Errol Morris may go down in history as our finest documentarian. Here, he sets his sights on a story that rocked tabloids back in the mid-’70s, when a young Mormon missionary claimed to have been kidnapped and raped repeatedly by a former Miss Wyoming. While the real challenge would be to make an uninteresting documentary about a subject that ripe with possibility, Morris delves even deeper than most, gleaning the most intriguing bits of info from Miss Wyoming herself, Joyce McKinney, a clearly disturbed but oddly disarming character. Rated R. Running time: 1:27

Suggested retail price: $24.98

— Courtesy of Videoport