This week: If you don’t want to put on your dancing shoes and feel a little romance, you’d better escape to L.A.
Nine: Do you long for the days of a little glitz, a little glamour, a little razzmatazz? Director Rob Marshall answered your prayers in 2002 with Chicago, and the musical-lovin’ Academy showered it with Oscars. Nine—based on the Federico Fellini film 8½ and starring Daniel Day Lewis, Penélope Cruz, Kate Hudson, Nicole Kidman, Marion Cotillard, Stacy Ferguson, Judi Dench and Sophia Loren—had a disjointed story and didn’t garner the same attention despite its sumptuous sets and costumes as well as spirited choreography. Extras: Both the DVD and Blu-ray have a number of behind-the-scenes featurettes and interviews; the BD adds a panel discussion and an interview with Loren about her early days in the Italian movie industry. Blu-ray Bob’s Verdict: Buy Me (if you have a framed poster of Chicago and still sing “All That Jazz” in the shower); Forget Me (if you’re allergic to musicals)
Doctor Zhivago: 45th Anniversary Edition: Director David Lean’s 1965 historical epic stars Omar Sharif in the title role as a married surgeon in love with a nurse (Julie Christie) during the Russian Bolshevik Revolution. The lush romance was nominated for 10 Oscars and won five, including one for Maurice Jarre’s sweeping score featuring the ever popular “Lara’s Theme.” Extras: Both the DVD and Blu-ray will contain a new documentary about the film’s legacy as well as commentaries and vintage featurettes; the Blu-ray comes packaged with a handsome 44-page booklet containing essays, cast photos and historical facts as well as a CD with eight selections from the soundtrack. Blu-ray Bob’s Verdict: Buy Me (for Mother’s Day on BD)
Leap Year: Amy Adams stars as a young woman who, frustrated that she hasn’t got a marriage proposal in four years with her boyfriend (Adam Scott), travels to Ireland to investigate a tradition that allows women to propose to men on February 29. She enlists the help of hunky Matthew Goode to get across the Emerald Isle and—guess what?—romance ensues. Extras: The DVD and Blu-ray both have deleted scenes. Blu-ray Bob’s Verdict: Rent Me (if you have XX chromosomes)
Escape From L.A. (Blu-ray): Director John Carpenter’s follow-up to his cult classic Escape From New York brings back Kurt Russell as outlaw Snake Plissken, who is cornered into retrieving a powerful device from the wasteland of Los Angeles island in 2013 by the president. Escape From L.A. might not be Carpenter’s or Russell’s best work, but this slice of macho action cheese has a choice supporting cast of tough-talkin’ characters played by Pam Grier, Michelle Forbes, Steve Buscemi, Bruce Campbell and Peter Fonda. Some of the too-clean 1996 CG effects haven’t aged well, but Snake has never looked better than he does here in high definition. Extras: This bare-bones BD only has a theatrical trailer. Blu-ray Bob’s Verdict: Rent Me (if you have XY chromosomes)
Also New This Week: Dirty Dancing (Limited Keepsake Edition), Preacher’s Kid, Tooth Fairy, Dirt: The Complete Second Season and Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy