New on DVD
Paramount, $29.99; Blu-ray, $39.99
Joel and Ethan Coen had their biggest hit with their version of Charles Portis’ classic western novel. “True Grit” tells the rip-roaring story of headstrong young girl Mattie Ross (played by formidable newcomer Hailee Steinfeld) who enlists drunken lawman Rooster Cogburn (Jeff Bridges) and cocky Texas Ranger LaBoeuf (Matt Damon) to bring the man who killed her father to bloody justice. But this “True Grit” is also very Coens-y; the brothers retain Portis’ flavorfully archaic language and quirky characters, all in service of a funny, thrilling and touching piece of Americana, with the visual splendor and deep weirdness that have become the Coens’ trademark. The DVD and Blu-ray add a full assortment of featurettes.
Sony DVD/Blu-ray, $38.96
British filmmaker Mike Leigh’s latest examination of the subtleties of social interaction stars Jim Broadbent and Ruth Sheen as a happily married older couple whose contentedness derives in part from not letting their more miserable friends get too close. “Another Year” consists of a few lengthy, loosely related vignettes, divided into the four seasons of the year, and the early scenes are much stronger than the later ones, which focus too much on a particularly sad-sack acquaintance (Lesley Manville). Still, on the whole, this is another rich, at times painfully real Leigh drama. Leigh contributes a commentary track to the “Another Year” DVD/Blu-ray combo pack, which also includes featurettes.
Just Go With It
Sony, $28.95; Blu-ray, $34.95/$38.96
Adam Sandler’s latest starring vehicle “Just Go With It” is better than last year’s miserable “Grown Ups,” if only by degrees. Sandler’s in sweetheart mode here, playing a womanizing plastic surgeon who pretends to be married to his assistant (Jennifer Aniston) to seduce a sexy young woman (Brooklyn Decker). “Just Go With It” has a predictable plot, cribbed from the ‘60s comedy “Cactus Flower,” and it has an often needlessly gross sense of humor for what’s ostensibly a light romantic comedy. Sandler can make good movies when he wants to; why does he so rarely try? As always with Sandler films, there’s more fun to be had with the DVD and Blu-ray, which contain jokey featurettes, a commentary track and copious deleted scenes.
Universal, $29.98; Blu-ray, $39.98/$49.98
The spelunking/diving adventure “Sanctum” follows a group of well-bankrolled explorers as they risk their lives getting in and out of a spectacular underwater cave system in Papua New Guinea. The scenery is amazing, and the action is often gripping, but the stock characters and the wooden dialogue — alternately tech-heavy and snippy — makes the whole endeavor much less special than it could’ve been. The DVD and Blu-ray include a commentary track and featurettes; a 3-D Blu-ray version is also available.
“American: The Bill Hicks Story” (BBC, $28.99; Blu-ray, $29.99); “The Big C: The Complete First Season” (Sony, $34.95); “Breaking Bad: The Complete Third Season” (Sony, $39.95; Blu-ray, $49.95); “The Company Men” (Starz/Anchor Bay, $29.98; Blu-ray, $39.99); “Green Lantern: Emerald Knights” (Warner Bros., $19.98; Blu-ray, $24.98); “The Housemaid” (MPI, $24.98); “Pretty Little Liars: The Complete First Season” (Warner Bros., $59.98); “Rubber” (Magnolia, $26.98; Blu-ray, $29.98); “The Stunt Man” (Severin, $14.98/$24.98; Blu-ray, $29.98); “Superman: The Motion Picture Anthology” (Warner Bros. Blu-ray, $129.98)
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