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‘Titanic’ still provides great spectacle in new Blu-ray edition

Published: Wednesday, Sept. 12 2012 4:02 p.m. MDT

"Titanic"

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Will “Titanic’s” 3-D theatrical success earlier this year translate into Blu-ray sales? That’s the question as James Cameron’s epic disaster flick leads this week’s movies that are new to DVD and Blu-ray.

“Titanic” (Paramount/Blu-ray + DVD + Digital, 1997, PG-13, four discs, $39.99, deleted scenes, audio commentaries, documentaries, featurettes, music video, photo galleries, trailers, TV spots, parodies). Among the selling points for this new Blu-ray edition, aside from the obvious visual enhancements, are more than two-and-half hours of never-before-released bonus footage, so, yes, it’s going to be big on the video charts.

Watching it now, my complaints from 1997 are pretty much the same — silly dialogue in places, over-the-top soap-opera histrionics, the infamously gratuitous nude scene — but the performances by Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet are first-rate, and, as with all of Cameron’s work, it moves fast enough and is so spectacular in so many ways that its weaknesses are easily forgiven.

Spoiler alert: The ship still sinks. But Cameron’s incredibly successful, multiple Oscar-winning film, especially that last hour devoted to the nightmarish crash into the iceberg and the ship going down, is riveting cinematic stuff that even non-diehard fans (like me) can’t deny. (Also in four-disc 3D/Blu-ray/DVD combo, $44.99, and two disc DVD, $29.99.)

“Snow White and the Huntsman” (Universal/Blu-ray + DVD + Digital, 2012, PG-13, two discs, $34.98, theatrical/extended versions, audio commentary, featurettes). Charlize Theron as the queen dominates this dark revisionist fairy tale with a shrill performance and Kristen Stewart (who goes from demure princess to warrior) is barely there; only Chris Hemsworth as the huntsman and familiar character players as the seven dwarfs register. (Also on DVD, $29.98.)

“What to Expect When You’re Expecting” (Lionsgate, 2012, PG-13, $29.95, deleted scenes, featurettes, trailer). Ensemble comedy about pregnancy is really just a series of overstuffed skits. But the women (Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Elizabeth Banks, etc.) are likable even when the script lets them down. Chris Rock stands out as the leader of pack of dads in the park with their babies. (Also on Blu-ray, $39.99.)

“Girl in Progress” (Lionsgate, 2012, PG-13, $19.98, featurette). Eva Mendes plays a struggling single mother whose own arrested development is challenged when her teenage daughter (Cierra Ramirez) plots a shortcut to becoming an “adult.” Mendes is great but the movie can’t decide whether to be a sitcom or a soap opera. Matthew Modine co-stars.

“Where Do We Go Now?” (Sony Classic/Blu-ray, 2011, PG-13, $45.99, in Arabic with English subtitles, audio commentary, featurettes). The women of a remote Lebanese village filled with both Christians and Muslims try to keep their husbands from declaring a holy war on each other. Charming, funny and sometimes uncomfortable in its tonal shifts, this is a one-of-a-kind comedy-drama about religious tolerance. (Also on DVD, $30.99.)

“Cleanskin” (eOne/Blu-ray, 2012, not rated, $29.99, featurette). Tense, violent action film with Sean Bean as a secret agent going “off the grid” to take down a suicide bomber, whose journey is also chronicled. (Also on DVD, $24.98.)

“6 Bullets” (Sony, 2012; R for violence, language, sex; $26.99). Jean-Claude Van Damme stars in this straight-to-DVD thriller as a mercenary helping a mixed martial artist (Joe Flanigan) rescue his kidnapped daughter.

“Beyond the Black Rainbow” (Magnolia/Blu-ray, 2012; R for violence, sex, language, drugs; $29.98). Strange, slow sci-fi (set in 1983) about a kidnapped girl subjected to mind-control experiments. This one is for those who think David Lynch is too conventional. (Also on DVD, $26.98.)

“Karate-Robo Zaborgar” (Well Go, 2011, not rated, $19.98, in Japanese with English subtitles, short films, trailers). Bizarre, campy yarn has a cop using a super robot (with some “Transformers” abilities) to take down bad guys. (Also on Blu-ray, $24.98.)

“The Loved Ones” (Paramount, 2010, not rated, $19.99, featurettes). Bloody torture is the name of the game as a girl who’s been stalking a troubled boy gets “revenge” on him for rebuffing her overtures and makes him the centerpiece for her own twisted “prom.”

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