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"Chronicle: Director's Cut: The Lost Footage Edition" (Fox/Blu-ray + DVD + Digital, 2012, PG-13, two discs, $39.99). "Chronicle" is one of those trendy found-footage faux-documentary tales, supposedly revealed through video discovered in a camera, a la "The Blair Witch Project" and "Paranormal Activity." Here, three teens receive telekinetic powers, which they initially use for mischief, but which gradually drives them to darker efforts. Interesting low-budget picture already boasts a devoted following.
Extras: widescreen; Blu-ray, DVD and digital versions; theatrical and extended versions, deleted scenes, featurettes(also on single-disc DVD, $29..98).
"The Grey" (Universal/Blu-ray + DVD + Digital, 2012; R for violence, language; two discs, $34.98). Liam Neeson's annual tough-guy action picture this time tackles a man-against-the-elements motif, with the added danger of vicious wolves getting the scent of plane-crash victims in the Alaskan wilderness. Gruesome but well made.
Extras: widescreen; Blu-ray, DVD and digital versions; deleted scenes, audio commentary (also on single-disc DVD, $29.98)
"The First Beautiful Thing (La Prima Cosa Bella)" (eOne, 2010, $24..98). This Italian tale of an estranged son returning to the fold when his mother contracts cancer is overly familiar and hampered by too many flashbacks, some of which are way too long. But both the flashback story of a dysfunctional mother with two young children and the contemporary story of a son coming to terms with his troubled roots are well played and wring the desired tears.
Extras: widescreen, in Italian with English subtitles, (also on Blu-ray, $29.98)
"Perfect Sense" (IFC/Blu-ray, 2012; R for language, sex, nudity; $29.98). Is it because it's 2012? What else explains all the recent end-of-the-world flicks? "Melancholia," "4:44 Last Day on Earth," the upcoming "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World," etc., and this downbeat parable about a couple (Ewan McGregor and Eva Green) in Glasgow who come together as an epidemic begins to cause mass sensory deprivation. Odd and aloof but certainly a unique concept.
Extras: widescreen, featurette, trailer (also on Blu-ray, $29.98)
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