December 19, 2013

DVD releases

New on the shelf: ‘Elysium’ / ‘The Family’ / 'Kick-Ass 2' / 'The Lone Ranger' / 'Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters' / 'Prisoners'

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Matt Damon in “Elysium.”

TriStar Pictures

NEW TO DVD

“JUSTIFIED: THE COMPLETE SEASON FOUR,” Timothy Olyphant, Walton Goggins. One of those rare shows we can confidently recommend to almost anybody, “Justified” just keeps getting better with each successive season, no mean feat considering the debut season was fantastic. Season four finds Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens (Olyphant) attempting to unravel a cold case that turns out to directly involve his own family. Not rated. Suggested retail price: $55.99; Blu-ray $65.99.

“ONE DIRECTION: THIS IS US,” documentary. Attention parents of tween girls: This is exclusively what you’ll be watching for the next month, a lively and well assembled doc that follows insanely popular band of the moment One Direction. Director Morgan Spurlock (“Super Size Me”) shows One Direction as a genuinely likable and rather humble group of guys, who assure their naysayers they’re just as surprised about their runaway success as you are. Special features include 20 minutes of new footage and four additional songs. Rated PG. Running time: 1:32. Suggested retail price: $30.99; Blu-ray $35.99.

“SHAMELESS: THE COMPLETE SEASON THREE,” William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum. Showtime seems to specialize in morally questionable protagonists, and they don’t get much more morally questionable than The Gallaghers, led by the perpetually inebriated Frank (Macy) and eldest daughter Fiona (Rossum), saddled with caring for the other five Gallagher kids. An enjoyably rambunctious underdog of a comedy series that seems primed to catch on big. Not rated. Suggested retail price: $39.98; Blu-ray $49.99.

NEW TO BLU-RAY

“THE INDIANA JONES TRILOGY,” Harrison Ford, Karen Allen. A hi-def re-release of the ever-popular adventures of everybody’s favorite surly archaeologist, including “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (1981), “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” (1984), and “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” (1989), just in time for the Gen Xer on your holiday list. Rated PG and PG-13. Suggested retail price: $26.98 (each disc).

VIDEOPORT PICKS

“BRONIES: THE EXTREMELY UNEXPECTED ADULT FANS OF MY LITTLE PONY” documentary. In which we’re asked to consider the brony: one of the growing legions of adult males obsessed with the cartoon “My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic,” an animated reboot of the popular ’80s franchise squarely aimed at young girls. It’s more of a phenomenon than one might suspect, and this doc manages to cater to both viewers understandably confused by the situation as well as bronies themselves, who are given ample opportunity to try to explain themselves by director Laurent Malaquais (“Men from Nowhere”). A trip to Bronycon, an annual gathering for card-carrying bronies, is the highlight of this affectionate and informative look at an amusing but clearly dedicated fringe group. Not rated. Running time: 1:30. Suggested retail price: $16.95; Blu-ray: $39.99.

– Courtesy of Videoport

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