October 31, 2013

DVD Releases

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Mike, voiced by Billy Crystal, and Sully, voiced by John Goodman, in “Monsters University”

Pixar

Suggested retail price: $39.95.

VIDEOPORT PICKS

“FAMILY TREE: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON,” Chris O’Dowd, Tom Bennett. We’ve long thought that the unfailingly funny mockumentaries of Christopher Guest (“Waiting for Guffman,” “Spinal Tap”) and company would make for an excellent TV series, and here we have “Family Tree,” which follows Tom (O’Dowd, “Bridesmaids”), a somewhat rudderless young man whose quest to explore his family heritage puts him in contact with one oddball after another, usually offering even more surprising information than the last. With appearances from such Guest standbys as Michael McKean, Fred Willard, Jim Piddock, and Ed Begley Jr., “Family Tree” ably maintains the balance of goofy humor and affecting pathos that has informed the rest of Guest’s body of work. Not rated. Running time: 4:00.

Suggested retail price: $29.98.

“SHEPARD & DARK,” documentary. The complex longtime friendship between bad boy playwright and actor Sam Shepard (“True West”) and average joe/supermarket employee Johnny Dark is engagingly explored in this thoroughly enjoyable doc, which is at its best when it’s simply hanging out with its subjects, who have continued to keep in touch through exuberant and unflinchingly honest letters throughout the years and are reuniting for the occasion of publishing said letters for an upcoming book. Not rated. Running time: 1:29. Suggested retail price: $29.95.

– Courtesy of Videoport

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