'Pride,' 'The Equalizer,' 'The Good Lie' and more

New on DVD: 'Pride,' 'The Equalizer,' 'The Good Lie,' 'The Trip to Italy,' 'Dominion,' 'Elsa & Fred,' more


Sony, $30.99; Blu-ray, $34.99

Available on VOD

A genuinely inspiring movie (in a year that could use one), this historical dramedy is about the intersection of two left-wing movements in the U.K. in the early 1980s: labor activists and gay pride groups, who marched together against the policies of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Initially wary of each other — and of muddying up their respective messages — they found common ground once they realized their homeland was becoming increasingly hostile both to workers and "deviants." Populated by great actors including Paddy Considine, Bill Nighy and Imelda Staunton and scored with terrific '80s British pop, "Pride" isn't just a socially important look back, it's highly entertaining. The DVD and Blu-ray tack on deleted scenes, plus a short documentary about the true story.

The Equalizer

Sony, $30.99; Blu-ray, $34.99

Available on VOD Tuesday

During the four seasons that "The Equalizer" aired on CBS from 1985 to 1989, it was a perfectly serviceable, slam-bang procedural starring Edward Woodward as a former secret agent named Robert McCall, who helped the helpless. The same could be said of director Antoine Fuqua's movie version. Denzel Washington makes for a cool, affable McCall, and Richard Wenk's script is stripped-down and pulpy, dealing with the hero's efforts to bust up the Russian mob's human-trafficking organization. But the movie as a whole is fairly generic action fare: a few punch-outs, a few shootouts, nothing special. It's just an R-rated version of the TV show, which is fine as far as it goes. The DVD and Blu-ray include featurettes and a "vengeance mode," where Fuqua and Washington interrupt the action occasionally for behind-the-scenes material.

The Good Lie

Warner Bros. Blu-ray, $35.99

Available on VOD

Reese Witherspoon is credited as the lead actress in this drama, in which she plays a Midwestern employment counselor who helps three Sudanese refugees adjust to life in the United States. But in a refreshing change of pace, director Philippe Falardeau and writer Margaret Nagle make the movie more about these "lost boys of Sudan" and not about the good-hearted white American, who's really more of a supporting player. This is a well-intentioned, well-observed film about displaced people who are trying to make a new start. The DVD/Blu-ray combo-pack adds deleted scenes and a featurette.

The Trip to Italy

MPI/IFC, $24.98; Blu-ray, $29.98

Fans of Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon's hilarious 2010 film "The Trip" will be pleased to know that this sequel is every bit as funny, sending the comedians (playing versions of themselves) on an eating tour of the ancient world. Meanwhile, those who found "The Trip" to be a shapeless abridgment of a much longer TV show — which it was — will be disappointed to learn that the follow-up is yet another three-hour series edited down to a choppy two-hour movie. (And neither the DVD nor Blu-ray edition contains the missing hour, or any bonus features at all.) Still, any movie that gives Coogan and Brydon the opportunity to riff and do impressions is nothing to nitpick. It's something to be treasured.


Dominion: Season One

Universal, $44.98; Blu-ray, $59.98

Elsa & Fred

Millennium, $19.99; Blu-ray, $24.99

Reach Me

Millennium, $19.99; Blu-ray, $24.99


Lionsgate, $19.98; Blu-ray, $24.99

Available on VOD

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