MOVIES

As a newspaper drama, 'Spotlight' is available for home views

Spotlight

Universal, $29.98; Blu-ray, $34.98

Available on VOD Tuesday

One of the best newspaper dramas ever made, the multi-Oscar-nominated film is based on the true story of a Boston Globe investigative reporting team that uncovered a pattern of sexual abuse and hush-money payoffs within their local Catholic diocese. Writer-director Tom McCarthy and co-writer Josh Singer look into the decay of venerable institutions, like the church, the government that protected priests "for the good of the community" and a press shedding necessary resources in the Internet age. The film avoids big speeches and instead just watches as a talented cast (including Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams) inhabits the roles of diligent professionals doing some of the most important work of their lives. The "Spotlight" DVD and Blu-ray offers strong follow-up with a trio of featurettes that look at the movie, its source material and the future of journalism.

The Good Dinosaur

Disney/Buena Vista, $29.99; Blu-ray, $39.99

Available on VOD Tuesday

Pixar suffered a rare box-office disappointment last year with this somewhat confusing mash-up of feel-good buddy comedy and throwback western. The movie's something of a salvage job, fashioned from the bones of a different film that Pixar scrapped — which may explain why it's much slighter than what the studio usually produces. But the retooled "Good Dinosaur" is plenty entertaining, telling the story of nervous young apatosaurus named Arlo who has to grow up fast when a flooded river takes him far away from home, into a country filled with devious predators and one helpful primitive human. The wannabe-heartwarming material doesn't work that well, but the film's scenery is stunning and its action sequences thrilling. Just a few months after it came out, "The Good Dinosaur" is already ripe for rediscovery. The DVD and Blu-ray add featurettes galore, plus the fantastic Oscar-nominated short film "Sanjay's Super Team."

Entertainment

Magnolia, $26.98; Blu-ray, $29.98

Available now on VOD

Comedian Gregg Turkington is best known for the character he plays on stage, "Neil Hamburger," a sweaty shock-comic with a stammering delivery. Writer-director Rick Alverson's ironically titled "Entertainment" imagines what a fellow like Hamburger would do during his off-days, following him as he staves off loneliness by drinking a lot and hitting all the tourist attractions in the California desert. Deeply sad and only sporadically hilarious, "Entertainment" is meant to provoke audiences. Many won't enjoy how slow, bleak and absurd it is, but the movie's been made with obvious care and artistry and may well connect hard with those who appreciate monochromatic melancholy. The DVD and Blu-ray contain deleted and extended scenes.

 

Spies

Kino Classics, $24.95; Blu-ray, $29.95

Woman in the Moon

Kino Classics, $24.95; Blu-ray, $29.95

In 1931, German director Fritz Lang made his first sound film, the underworld classic M, and he began to shift away from the fantasy stories he'd specialized in throughout the 1920s. But before he said farewell to silent cinema — and left movies like his groundbreaking 1927 science-fiction pic "Metropolis" behind — Lang made a pair of minor-but-fascinating films: 1928's "Spies" and 1929's "Woman in the Moon." The former's about an international criminal conspiracy, while the latter's a space-travel saga that deals with the complicated grind of rocketing to the stars. Both mix stunning set-pieces with hard-hitting realism. Kino's new DVD and Blu-ray editions of these two oft-overlooked Langs present 2K digital restorations and retrospective documentaries.

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And …

Fargo: The Complete Second Season

MGM/UA, $39.99; Blu-ray, $49.99

My All-American

Universal, $29.98; Blu-ray, $34.98

Available on VOD Tuesday

Racing Extinction

Lionsgate, $19.98; Blu-ray, $19.99

Secret in Their Eyes

Universal, $29.98; Blu-ray, $34.98

Available on VOD Tuesday

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