May 9, 2013

DVD Releases

New on the shelf: 'Jack Reacher' / 'Mama' / 'Safe Haven' / '30:Rock: Season Seven'

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Jai Courtney, left, faces off against Tom Cruise in “Jack Reacher.”


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Nikolaj Coster-Waldeau and Jessica Chastain in “Mama.”

Universal Pictures

Once a worldwide phenomenon, the overwhelmingly '70s styles and attitudes on display have since rendered "Jesus" more of a curiosity than essential viewing, but the fantastic songs (some of the best of Webber's career) and sheer spectacle of it all can't be denied. Special features include a commentary from director Norman Jewison and Neeley. Rated G. Running time: 1:48

Suggested retail price: $19.98 


"REVENGE FOR JOLLY!" starring Brian Petsos and Oscar Isaac. The curious, unbreakable and inevitably tragic bond between a man and his dog has rarely been explored to such extreme lengths as in this droll, deadpan comedy that follows lowlife Harry (Petros, who also scripted) and his cousin Cecil (Isaac) on an increasingly violent mission to find out who killed Harry's dog, the ill-fated "Jolly" of the title.

Though much of what ensues is played for laughs, Petros' script belies a clear love for animals, and despite the over-the-top revenge tactics, the idea that someone would get this upset about the death of a dog is never played for laughs. Rated R. Running time: 1:24

Suggested retail price: $22.99

"UPSTREAM COLOR," starring Amy Seimetz and Shane Carruth. When director Carruth came from seemingly nowhere to sweep Sundance in 2004 with "Primer" -- one of the best time-travel movies ever made and a marvel of low-budget filmmaking -- critics and audiences waited with baited breath for his sure-to-be-excellent follow-up. And waited. And waited.

Here we are nine years later, and again, out of seemingly nowhere, Carruth has blindsided audiences with another masterpiece, and furthermore, one that's as emotionally stirring as "Primer" was cold and detached -- though they share a plot that defies any hope of easy encapsulation. Suffice it to say that it involves a pair of young lovers drawn together through disturbing circumstances and some unthinkably bizarre development that alter their relationship in a cataclysmic, otherworldly fashion. Also, pigs are involved. Not rated. Running time: 1:35

Suggested retail price: $24.95; Blu-ray $29.95

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