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New on DVD: In spectacular ‘Mission Impossible — Rogue Nation,’ Tom Cruise & Co. go underground

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Rebecca Ferguson and Tom Cruise in “Mission: Impossible -- Rogue Nation.”
(Paramount Pictures)

Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation

Paramount, $29.99; Blu-ray, $39.99

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Nearly 20 years after the first “Mission: Impossible” movie, Tom Cruise’s stylish action-adventure series remains one of the most reliable bets in blockbusterdom: a money-making franchise loaded with talent both behind and in front of the camera. For “Rogue Nation,” writer-director Christopher McQuarrie takes the helm, telling a story that sends IMF agent Ethan Hunt and his team underground. As always, the stunts are spectacular and the repartee snappy, with memorable supporting performances by the likes of Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames and Rebecca Ferguson. But the real star of the show here is Cruise, who’s been the driving force and charismatic center of this series from the start. The DVD and Blu-ray add a Cruise/McQuarrie commentary track and featurettes aplenty.

Fantastic Four

20th Century Fox, $29.98; Blu-ray, $39.99

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Given how much money there is to be made in superheroes — and how much potential there is in the original “Fantastic Four” comics — it’s not that surprising that Fox tried to reboot a franchise that had stalled out after only two entries. But the studio definitely needed more of a raison d'être for this latest movie, which is a disaster of the highest order: needlessly dark, awkwardly “hip” and relentlessly ugly. The best thing that can be said is that its box office performance might’ve been mediocre enough to persuade the studio to sell the property back to Marvel, which would surely have a better idea of what to do with it. In the meantime, for those who can’t help gawking at crime scenes, the new DVD and Blu-ray come with a few cursory featurettes.

Burroughs: The Movie

Criterion, $29.95; Blu-ray, $39.95

In the late 1970s, while he was in New York University’s film program, Howard Brookner started shooting a film about Beat Generation icon William S. Burroughs, made alongside his classmates (and future art-house heroes) Jim Jarmusch and Tom DiCillo. This documentary had a brief festival and TV run after Brookner finished it in 1983 — at a time when the writer’s transgressive life seemed all the more shocking — then all but disappeared until recently, when a crowdfunded restoration campaign brought it back. Criterion’s DVD and Blu-ray do justice to a great bio-doc, adding bonus footage, archival interviews with the late Brookner and a Jarmusch commentary.

Time Out of Mind

IFC, $24.98; Blu-ray, $29.98

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Writer-director Oren Moverman applies the gritty immediacy of his earlier films “Rampart” and “The Messenger” to a quieter drama, about a homeless man who endures the grind of New York City’s social services for the chance to get back in touch with his grown daughter. Richard Gere stars in a role that may seem like a showy play for year-end awards but that is actually low-key and moving. It’s a predictable tale of redemption but laced with quiet anger, evident in Gere’s nuanced performance and Overman’s raw, impressionistic style.

And…

The Car

Shout! Factory, $14.98; Blu-ray, $29.99

He Named Me Malala

20th Century Fox, $29.98

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

20th Century Fox, $29.98; Blu-ray, $39.99

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Ted 2

Universal, $29.98; Blu-ray, $34.98

Now available on VOD

Wolf Totem

Sony, $30.99; Blu-ray, $34.99


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