4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
Genius Products, $24.95
Taking place over one harrowing weekend in '80s Bucharest, "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days" follows a frazzled woman trying to secure an illegal abortion for her university roommate. Aside from the political commentary -- which is matter-of-fact enough that both pro-lifers and pro-choicers could see the movie as supporting their position -- "4 Months" offers an intense re-creation of what it's like to be isolated in crisis mode, unable to commiserate with anyone else. The DVD adds lengthy, probative interviews with writer-director Cristian Mungiu and his cinematographer, Oleg Mutu, plus a fascinating 15-minute documentary about how the film was received when it toured Romania.
Burn Notice: Season 1
20th Century Fox, $49.98
Between the glamorous Miami setting, the high-tech capering and the dry humor, it's no wonder that "Burn Notice" became one of basic cable's biggest hits when it debuted last summer. The USA series stars Jeffrey Donovan as a disavowed spy who picks up some extra cash as a private investigator while trying to learn who sold him out. The 11 episodes on the DVD set breeze by easily, aided by commentary tracks from Donovan and creator Matt Nix. Special features also include a gag reel and short montages of the first season's best scenes.
Californication: Season 1
Bringing nudity and bad behavior back to pay cable in a big way, "Californication" presents David Duchovny as a terminally blocked L.A. novelist who embarks on a new career as a blogger while juggling ex-girlfriends, a precocious preteen daughter and a string of kinky dates. Duchovny lends his charm to a commentary track, this DVD set's lone extra.
Warner, $28.98; Blu-ray, $35.95
This beach-hopping adventure might have been just the ticket in the dead of winter, but now that it's summer and swimsuits and sun aren't so rare, the prospect of watching Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson lope around the waterfront looking for treasure isn't quite so enticing. The DVD includes a featurette and a gag reel.
And . . .
"The Carmen Miranda Collection" (20th Century Fox, $49.98); "Caramel" (Lionsgate, $27.98); "Just Add Water" ( Sony, $24.96); "Rails and Ties" (Warner, $27.98); "Super High Me" (Universal, $24.98); "The Sword in the Stone: 45th Anniversary Edition" ( Walt Disney, $29.99); "Under the Same Moon" (20th Century Fox, $29.99); "Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins" (Universal, $29.98).
Noel MurrayCopyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times