February 14, 2013

DVD Releases

New on the shelf: 'Bully' / 'The Main with the Iron Fists' / 'The Perks of Being a Wallflower' / 'Skyfall' / 'Nurse Jackie: Season Four' / 'Weeds: Season Eight' / 'The Sessions'

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Russell Crowe in “The Man with the Iron Fists.”

Universal Pictures

Suggested retail price: $22.98; Blu-ray $29.99

NEW TO BLU-RAY

"DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER," starring Sean Connery and Jill St. John. A selection of Bond Blu-rays from each of the respective actors who played the iconic role is being released the week in tandem with "Skyfall," but this 1971 Connery caper is arguably the best of the lot, featuring diamond smugglers, a terrific chase scene through Las Vegas in its heyday, and last but certainly not least, a hand-to-hand battle with a pair of killer bikini-clad gymnasts named Bambi and Thumper. A bit on the goofy side for a Connery entry, but no less fun for it. Rated PG. Running time: 2:00

Suggested retail price: $19.99

VIDEOPORT PICKS

"THE KID WITH A BIKE," starring Thomas Doret and Cecile De France. Viewers unfamiliar with the works of the Dardenne brothers may want to read up a little on their techniques and tendencies before diving right into "Kid," a brilliantly spare but potentially frustrating drama focusing mainly on Cyril (Doret), a 12-year-old boy struggling mightily to contend with the fact that not only has his father abandoned him at a group home, but has sold off his beloved bike. Betrayed and confused, Cyril ends up turning to his hairdresser (De France) for solace and guidance, a task that proves to be a bit more than she can handle once he falls in with the wrong crowd. Rated PG-13. Running time: 1:27

Suggested retail price: $29.95; Blu-ray $39.95

"ROBOT & FRANK," starring Frank Langella and Peter Sarsgaard. Just when you thought all the possible "buddy movie" combinations had been exhausted, along comes "Robot & Frank," which memorably pairs aging, Alzheimer's-afflicted ex-con Frank (Langella, continuing to turn out the best work of his career in his golden years) with a nameless robot butler, voiced by Sarsgaard and astonishingly embodied by Rachael Ma. Gifted the robot by his concerned son, Frank's initial irritation with the machine takes a turn when he discovers that Robot can be put to intriguing uses beyond housework tasks -- namely, breaking and entering. Rated PG-13. Running time: 1:29.

Suggested retail price: $30.99

- Courtesy of Videoport

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