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Cecil Kellaway (left), John Garfield, and Lana Turner in “The Postman Always Rings Twice.”

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Cecil Kellaway (left), John Garfield, and Lana Turner in “The Postman Always Rings Twice.”

2 DAYS IN NEW YORK
Actress-writer-director Julie Delpy’s follow-up to 2007’s
“2 Days in Paris” is an engagingly sloppy comedy about the ways our families drive us nuts. Chris Rock is the movie’s secret weapon as the star’s long-suffering boyfriend enduring a visit from her boorish French relatives. (Magnolia, $26.98; Blu-ray, $29.98)

THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE Somehow Tay Garnett’s 1946 adaptation of James M. Cain’s sultry novel made it through Production Code censorship. Neither John Garfield nor Lana Turner has ever been better than in this tale of infidelity, murder, and the strange forms justice can take. (Warner, Blu-ray, $19.98)

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EMPIRE OF THE SUN It’s
Steven Spielberg at his most characteristic — a young hero, the pull of the past — and least so (has he made a grimmer, less comfortable movie?). Christian Bale (above) is an English boy in a Japanese detention camp. John Malkovich is the scrounging American who takes him under his wing. Extras: remixed soundtrack, behind-the-scenes documentary. (Warner, Blu-ray, $34.99)

WEEKEND Jean-Luc Godard’s 1967 social satire presents the filmmaker at an artistic height — and just before he headed off the ideological deep end. Horns honk, pistols fire, and goofball menace is the order of the day in this apocalypse of affluence. A highlight is a nearly endless traffic jam that Godard (assisted by his great cinematographer Raoul Coutard) presents in a single tracking shot. Extras: trailers, television excerpt with on-set footage, archival interviews with lead actors, newly restored high-definition digital transfer. (Criterion Collection, $29.95; Blu-ray, $39.95)

COMPANY In 1970, Stephen Sondheim’s musical about a single man and his married friends announced that Sondheim was taking the Broadway musical in directions it had not previously gone. The extremely interesting cast of this 2011 New York Philharmonic concert staging features Neil Patrick Harris, Stephen Colbert, Jon Cryer, Christina Hendricks, and Patti LuPone, who feasts on “The Ladies Who Lunch.” (Image Entertainment, $24.98; Blu-ray, $29.98)

THE INCREDIBLE MEL BROOKS The man is a farce of nature. This six-disc set (five DVDs, one CD), includes 11 hours of material. Contents include talk-show appearances, episodes of “Get Smart” (which he co-created), an overview of his movies, and Brooks on his most famous character, the 2000 Year Old Man. (Shout! Factory, $89.93)GLOBE STAFF

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