New on DVD

2013-03-07T00:00:00Z New on DVDRich Heldenfels Akron Beacon Journal Arizona Daily Star
March 07, 2013 12:00 am  • 

The world of video games has inspired quite a few movies, but it's hard to think of one as clever as "Wreck-It Ralph."

The tale of a video-game villain who wants to be seen as good received overwhelmingly positive reviews, did relatively well at the box office and was nominated for an Academy Award for best animated feature. ("Brave" won the Oscar.) The more than able voice cast includes John C. Reilly, Jane Lynch, Sarah Silverman and Ed O'Neill.

The pace is good, and the visuals (especially in Blu-ray) work nicely, particularly when they are used to contrast the styles of different video games.

Also released Tuesday was Steven Spielberg's classic "Schindler's List" in a restored, 20th-anniversary set. One of Spielberg's greatest films, it is also a thematic companion to his "Saving Private Ryan", particularly on the question of sacrifice for others. Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson, in his best performance) is confronted not only by what he has done, but also whether he could have done more to save Jews from the nightmares of the Holocaust; "Private Ryan" ends on the question of how people must live to justify others' sacrifice on their behalf.

The third-season premiere of "Duck Dynasty" did extraordinary numbers for A&E, reportedly topping even some broadcast-network shows among young-adult viewers. You can backtrack on the beard-laden phenomenon with the Tuesday release of "Duck Dynasty: Season 2 Volume 1."

In case you're looking for Oscar winners: "Argo," winner of the Academy Award for both best picture and best adapted screenplay (by Chris Terrio), is currently available on Blu-ray and DVD. So is a documentary feature "Searching for Sugar Man." "Life of Pi," from best-director winner Ang Lee, will be on DVD, Blu-ray and 3-D Blu-ray on March 12. "Django Unchained" (best supporting actor, Christoph Waltz, and original screenplay, Quentin Tarantino) arrives April 16, "Les Miserables" (best supporting actress, Anne Hathaway) is due March 22. "Lincoln," with best actor Daniel Day-Lewis, still has not announced a release date, nor has "Silver Linings Playbook" (best actress, Jennifer Lawrence).

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