NEW ON THE SHELF:

“Mortdecai,” Johnny Depp, Paul Bettany. Based on the novel by Kyri Bonfigliolo, this curious caper failed to catch on at the box office, but fans of Depp in goofball mode and viewers who can appreciate good old-fashioned slapstick should have fun with this farce. Depp hams it up with his usual abandon as the titular buffoon, an art dealer/scam artist fallen on hard times who accepts an MI5 mission to retrieve a stolen Goya painting. Favorably recalling the films of Peter Sellers and Mike Myers’ “Austin Powers” series, “Mortdecai” stands to enjoy a deserved rebirth on home video now that the overblown ad campaign is a distant memory. Rated R. Running time: 1:47. Suggested retail price: $19.98; Blu-ray $19.99

“Still Alice,” Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin. A well-deserved Oscar for Julianne Moore further distinguishes this unforgettably moving drama, with Moore’s portrayal of a linguistics professor struggling to reckon with her early onset Alzheimer’s Disease, and the toll it takes on her family when the wife and mother they once knew begins to seem like another person entirely. Avoiding the usual pitfalls of sentimentality and caricature that can often befall such productions, “Still Alice” is an unavoidably troubling but excellent film from directors Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland (“The Last of Robin Hood”). Rated PG-13. Suggested retail price: $30.99; Blu-ray $34.99

VIDEOPORT PICKS:

“Blackhat,” Chris Hemsworth, Viola Davis. Six years is a long time for cinephiles to be without a new film by director Michael Mann (“Heat”), but thankfully he appears to have come out of hibernation swinging with this kinetic cyber-thriller, wherein jailed hacker Hemsworth is sprung from prison to assist in an FBI investigation after a cyber-terrorist attack on a nuclear reactor throws China into an understandable panic. In Mann’s hands, “Blackhat” brings a much needed highbrow sensibility to an oft lunkheaded genre. Rated R. Running time: 2:14. Suggested retail price: $29.98; Blu-ray $34.98

“A Year in Champagne,” documentary. Revered wine importer Martine Saunier is our most welcome guide to the ins and out of the beverage in question, observing a series of local houses and growers as they worry over their grapes and toil tirelessly to come up with the perfect bottle. Breezy and informative, it’s hard to imagine not wanting to uncork a bottle of bubbly after David Kennard’s effervescent doc. Not rated. Running time: 1:22. Suggested retail price: $24.95.

NEW TO DVD:

“Bob’s Burgers: Season Four,” animated, with the voices of H. Jon Benjamin, Dan Mintz. Another animated comedy success story for FOX, the fourth season of this hilariously ridiculous cartoon sitcom offers more chaotic shenanigans from put-upon burger joint proprietor Bob (yet another brilliantly deadpan turn from Benjamin, best known these days as “Archer”) and his generally more enthusiastic and troublesome family. Sort of a cross between “The Simpsons” and “The Middle,” “Bob’s Burgers” is a funny and even occasionally touching half hour of off-the-wall entertainment. Not rated. Running time: 8:04. Suggested retail price: $29.95

“Just Before I Go,” Seann William Scott, Kate Walsh. TV mainstay Courtney Cox makes her directorial debut with this agreeable, somewhat dark comedy, following suicidal everyman Ted (Scott, “Goon”) as he takes it upon himself to tie up a few loose ends dangling from his trouble past back in his old hometown before throwing in the towel for good. Endeavoring to help him in his quest is documentarian friend Great (Olivia Thirlby) and even former playground bully Rawly (Rob Riggle, giving easily his most enjoyable performance to date). Scott’s innate likability carries the film through some of its crasser scenes, but for the most part “Just Before I Go” marks a promising debut for the former “Friends” castmate. Rated R. Running time: 1:31. Suggested retail price: $22.98; Blu-ray $26.99

NEW TO BLU-RAY:

“Battlestar Galactica: The Definitive Collection,” Richard Hatch, Keri McCord. The short-lived but widely influential sci-fi series that inspired the (far more acclaimed) 2004 update is now available in lovingly remastered high definition, including not only the 1978-79 original but the “Galactica 80” follow up. Not rated. Running time: 57:00. Suggested retail price: $149.98.

“Wet Hot American Summer,” Michael Showalter, Janeane Garofalo. Enduring 1997 cult favorite is an anything-goes, proudly profane send-up of the summer camp comedies of yore (think “Meatballs,” “G.O.R.P.,” etc.) as interpreted by members of The State, who are joined by Paul Rudd, Christopher Meloni and David Hyde Pierce, all of whom enthusiastically give in to the smartass silliness of it all. Fans of director David Wain’s more recent efforts such as “Role Models” and “They Came Together” will find much to enjoy here as well. Rated R. Running time: 1:37. Suggested retail price: $19.98


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