November 29, 2012

DVD Releases

'Lawless' / 'Men in Black 3' / 'Paranorman' / 'Step Up Revolution' / 'Sparkle' / 'The Apparition'

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Shia LaBeouf and Mia Wasikowska in “Lawless.”

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Suggested retail price: $28.98; Blu-ray $29.98


"HOT IN CLEVELAND: SEASON THREE," starring Valerie Bertinelli and Betty White. Proudly retro TV Land hit brings back the glory days of the '70s and '80s sitcoms, with comedy vets Bertinelli, Emmy nominee White, Jane Leeves and Wendie Malick slinging the one-liners and double entendres with sass and aplomb. Not rated; contains mild language and crude humor. Running time: 8:48

Suggested retail price: $29.98


"LUCK: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON," starring Dustin Hoffman and Dennis Farina. Before we wholeheartedly recommend this excellent scripted and perfectly cast horse-racing drama from HBO, we have to warn you not to get too attached, for there will be no season two. The tragic, accidental death of some of the many horses involved in bringing this series to life forced production to come to an unexpected, and reportedly final, halt.

But what creator David Mirch ("Deadwood") has left us with is a sophisticated slow burn of a drama, with Hoffman channeling his inner mobster as Ace Bernstein, a former kingpin orchestrating a complex revenge plot revolving around the local racetrack and getting assistance from his loyal chauffeur (Farina). Rounding out the letter-perfect cast are Nick Nolte as a horse owner and Richard Kind as a pathetic agent. A brilliant beginning that will unfortunately not be receiving a proper ending. Not rated; contains language and violence. Running time: 9:00

Suggested retail price: $59.99; Blu-ray $79.98

"RITES OF SPRING," starring Katherine Randolph and Anessa Ramsey. Ambitious and atmospheric, this debut feature from writer-director Padraig Reynolds attempts to combine the effectively simple scares from '80s horror with the goriest aspects of more recent fright flicks, with some '70s grindhouse thrown in for good measure. That is to say, there's more going on here than your average low-budget horror movie, and while there is some spotty acting and unavoidably cliched elements, this tale of a kidnapping gone horribly awry in a creepy farming town throws so much at the viewer that it's impossible not to get wrapped up in it all. It'll be interesting to see what Reynolds comes up with the next time around with a little more backing. Not rated; contains language, sexual content and violence. Running time: 1:21

Suggested retail price: $24.98

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