December 20, 2012

DVD Releases

New on the shelf: 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days' / 'Pitch Perfect' / 'Total Recall' / 'Trouble with the Curve' / 'Liberal Arts'

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Clint Eastwood and Amy Adams in “Trouble With the Curve.”

Warner Bros.

Suggested retail price: $24.98; Blu-ray $29.98


"CALIFORNICATION: THE FIFTH SEASON," starring David Duchovny and Evan Handler. Everybody's favorite middle-aged adolescent Hank Moody (Duchovny, fun as always) is back for another season of laconic debauchery, lending his writing talents to one Samurai Apocalypse (rapper-turned-actor RZA), who has commissioned Moody to script what would appear to be a pretty lousy action-comedy. It's a job Moody takes to with little enthusiasm until he makes the acquaintance of Samurai beautiful girlfriend (Meagan Good). From there, the patented uncomfortable situations come flying fast and furious, but Duchovny's sarcastic charm continues to save the day. Not rated; contains language, nudity and strong sexual content. Running time: 5:42

Suggested retail price: $45.98

"SHAMELESS: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON," starring William H. Macy and Emmy Rossum. Certainly one of the more aptly titled series on television, Showtime's dysfunctional family extraordinaire, led by a perpetually soused Macy, somehow manages to strike just the right note between outrageously offensive and genuinely heartbreaking, resulting in far and away one of the network's most consistent offerings to date. Not rated; contains language and sexual content. Running time: 10:00

Suggested retail price: $39.98; Blu-ray $49.99


"THE LIFE AND TIMES OF TIM," animated with the voices of Steve Dildarian and M.J. Otto. Fans of this improv-heavy HBO cartoon were devastated upon learning of its cancellation, then delighted anew when the network unexpectedly chose to bring it back, much like "Family Guy" and "Futurama" before it. A wise decision on their part, as "Tim" just gets better and better, with its hapless protagonist forever getting himself into dangerous and downright surreal situations via his complete and utter passivity and bad habit of telling inconsequential white lies that snowball terribly and hilariously. Not rated; contains language and crude humor. Running time: 5:00

Suggested retail price: $29.98

"SLEEPWALK WITH ME," starring Mike Birbiglia and Lauren Ambrose. In a business rife with angry contrarians and detached personas, comedians don't come much more likable than Birbiglia. The stand-up favorite and "This American Life" contributor brings his acclaimed one-man show to the big screen in this hilarious and compelling fact-based tale, which deals with the comic's rocky rise up through the comedic ranks despite obstacles in the form of a longtime relationship that he may need to end and a seriously hazardous sleep disorder that finds him crashing through windows and awakening in unfamiliar, occasionally deadly locales. Birbiglia guides the audiences through his trials in his trademark, goofy-little-brother manner. Rated PG-13. Running time: 1:21

Suggested retail price: $24.98; Blu-ray $29.98

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