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Tony Hardmon

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TAKEN 2 This is the sort of sequel that seems to make perfect sense to the people who made it but none to us. The Albanian relatives of the men killed in the first movie by the former CIA operative Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) seek revenge. The first movie was the divorced dad’s revenge fantasy done up as action-movie brutality. This one is action-movie camp. (20th Century Fox, $29.98; Blu-ray, $39.99)

5 BROKEN CAMERAS One of this year’s Oscar nominees for best documentary. The title items belong to co-director, narrator, and principal photographer Emad Burnat. A Palestinian olive farmer on the West Bank, he starts using a video camera to document protests against the presence of an Israeli-built barrier in his village. While the film overall can feel wayward and repetitive, Burnat’s footage is often moving, sometimes startling, and increasingly angry-making. In Arabic and Hebrew, with subtitles. (Kino Lorber, $29.95)

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THE OTHER DREAM TEAM The gold-medal 1992 US Olympic basketball team you know about. The Lithuanian squad, who took bronze, you don’t. This smart, lively, if somewhat hectic documentary shows how hoops became part of a small Baltic nation’s identity. If the final 20 minutes don’t leave you a bit wet-eyed, you don’t care about sports, geopolitics, or the Grateful Dead. In English and Lithuanian, with subtitles. (Lionsgate, $24.98)

FAREWELL, MY QUEEN The immediate aftermath of the fall of the Bastille, as seen from Versailles — more precisely, as seen through the kitty-cat eyes of Léa Seydoux, who plays Marie Antoinette’s book reader. Diane Kruger is the queen. Benoît Jacquot’s film is interesting enough, but would its sense of social fabric (a crucial element) seem more nuanced without the jittery, hand-held camerawork? In French, with subtitles. Extras: interviews with actors and Jacquot, trailer. (Entertainment One, $24.98; Blu-ray, $29.98)

THE TIN DRUM Günter Grass’s 1959 novel is a modern classic, and Volker Schlöndorff’s adaptation of it won both the Palme d’Or at Cannes 20 years later and the Academy Award for best foreign-language picture. Extras: new, director-approved digital transfer; new English subtitles; audio of Grass reading from the novel; interview with Schlöndorff; trailer. (Criterion, $29.95; Blu-ray, $39.95)

DETROPIA Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady’s loose yet assured documentary looks at Detroit as urban dystopia. Despite a somewhat upbeat finish (artists are buying lofts downtown!), the only things alleviating the grimness are the film’s calm tone and the personable presence of its two chief talking heads, the president of a UAW local and the owner of a small restaurant and lounge. (Docurama, $29.95)

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