“Wreck-It Ralph” (Disney/Blu-ray 3D, 2012, PG, four discs, $49.99; Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD and digital versions; deleted/alternate scenes, featurettes, faux commercials, Oscar-winning animated short “Paperman”). Clever, funny spoof of video games, both modern and especially vintage, has the title character (voiced by John C. Reilly) tired of being the bad guy, so he escapes to explore other opportunities.
Naturally, this leads to a disruption of the video game universe and Ralph’s encounters with a variety of characters from myriad familiar games is action-filled and often hilarious. Thirtysomethings who grew up with the games referenced here will have an especially good time.
And be sure to watch the utterly charming “Paperman,” the black-and-white, dialogue-free short cartoon that won an Oscar last month, which is a bonus feature here. (Also on Blu-ray combo, $39.99, and DVD, $29.99)
“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2” (Summit/Blu-ray, 2012, PG-13, $39.99, Blu-ray and digital versions, audio commentary, featurettes, music video; also on DVD, $30.98).
“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1: Extended Edition” (Summit/Blu-ray, 2011, PG-13, $29.99, Blu-ray and digital versions, theatrical and extended versions, audio commentary; also on DVD, $22.98). “Part 2” is, of course, the finale of the quadrilogy ( er pentalogy?) of Stephenie Meyer's vampire/werewolf stories, this one wrapping things up as the Cullens and Volturi go to war. “Part 1” extends the film by eight minutes but also includes the theatrical version.
“The Intouchables” (Sony/Blu-ray, 2012; R for language, drugs; $35.99, in French with English subtitles, Blu-ray and digital versions, deleted scenes). A Senegalese man living in a Paris slum becomes the unlikely caretaker to a wealthy quadriplegic in this true story that has been an around-the-world crowd-pleaser. Excellent all the way, and laced with a surprising amount of comedy, some of it very funny. (Also on DVD, $30.99)
“Playing for Keeps” (Sony, 2012, PG-13, $30.99, deleted scenes, featurettes). Predictable comedy has Gerard Butler as an over-the-hill former soccer star trying desperately to win a job as a sportscaster. Meanwhile, he begins coaching a youth soccer team in an attempt to reconnect with his estranged son and perhaps win back his ex-wife (Jessica Biel). Dennis Quaid is a benefactor with an agenda, and Uma Thurman and Catherine Zeta-Jones are among the soccer moms pursuing Butler. (Also on Blu-ray, $35.99)
“The Bay” (Lionsgate, 2012; R for violence, language, $27.98, audio commentary, featurette). Barry Levinson (“Rain Man,” “The Natural”) directed this found-footage horror movie, a faux documentary about suppressed tapes recorded by a rookie TV reporter and her cameraman, along with amateur sources, revealing a Fourth of July parasitic outbreak in a small New England town. Better than most with enough jolts to please fright-flick fans.
“Abducted: The Carlina White Story” (Lionsgate, 2012, not rated, $19.98, featurette). Lifetime cable movie tells the true story of the title character, kidnapped as an infant, raised by a woman who was not her mother and ultimately uncovering the truth as an adult.
“The Seven Year Itch” (Gaiam, 2012, not rated, $14.93). Romantic comedy about a career woman (Natalie Hall) who has let a slacker pal (Darin Brooks) live in her home for seven years. Now she’s about to marry someone else — unaware that her fiancé is a cheat — unless her friend reveals his true feelings and saves the day.
“Midnight Stallion” (Vivendi, 2013, not rated, $14.93, featurette). Straight-to-video family-friendly yarn focuses on 15-year-old Megan Shepard (Jodelle Ferland) whose parents are struggling to save their farm. When the girl discovers a wild stallion, it just may be the answer to their prayers.
“Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You” (FilmBuff, 2012, not rated, $24.98, music video, photo gallery, trailer). Despite a veteran cast, including a pair of Oscar-winners (Ellen Burstyn, Marcia Gay Harden), this comedy-drama (based on a popular young-adult novel) is an overly familiar tale of an angst-ridden teen (Toby Regbo) at a crossroads between his high school and college years. Lucy Liu, as his therapist, comes off best.
“Collaborator” (eOne, 2013, not rated, $19.98, featurette). Character actor Martin Donovan stars in this comedy-drama that also marks his writing/directing debut. He’s a famous playwright coming off a Broadway flop and the temptation of an old flame (Olivia Williams) when he visits his mother (Katherine Helmond) and is eventually held hostage by a an ex-con (David Morse) he knew when they were children.
“A Dark Truth” (Sony, 2013; R for violence; $30.99, featurette). A former CIA operative (Andy Garcia) now hosting a radio talk show heads to Ecuador to look into a cover-up of tainted water causing disease and falls in with revolutionaries Forest Whitaker and Eva Longoria. Awkward mix of environmental-message film and action flick.
“Interview With a Hitman” (Well Go, 2012, not rated, $19.98, featurette, trailer). Romanian assassin (Luke Goss) is betrayed by the man who made him what he is, so he fakes his death, moves to London and joins a new mob family while still looking for a way out, all of which is revealed in flashbacks as he talks with a journalist. (Also on Blu-ray, $29.98)
“Muay Thai Warrior” (Well Go/Blu-ray, 2013, not rated, $24.98, in Thai and Japanese with English subtitles). Martial arts action film based on true story of a samurai left for dead by Japanese soldiers and nursed to health in a monastery. There, he trains in Thai boxing, preparing for the day when he will again meet his oppressors. (Also on DVD, $19.98)
“Gun Hill Road” (Virgil, 2013; R for sex, language, violence; $19.99, featurette). Esai Morales stars in this melodrama as an ex-con who returns home to his dysfunctional family and finds his ingrained stereotypes about manhood at odds with reality.
“Eaters” (eOne, 2013, not rated, $19.98, featurette). Yet another living-dead tale follows a scientist and two zombie hunters on a road trip as they encounter a bevy of eccentrics, including a mysterious teenage girl and a band of neo-Nazis.
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