DVD reviews: ‘Rise of the Guardians’

“Rise of the Guardians” centers on a dream team of children’s icons.


“Rise of the Guardians” centers on a dream team of children’s icons.

Happily, this 3-D animated dream-teaming of Santa (Alec Baldwin), the Easter Bunny (Hugh Jackman), and the Tooth Fairy (Isla Fisher) doesn’t just coast on familiar lore. Jack Frost (Chris Pine) is placed at the center of the adventure, joining them against boogeyman Pitch (Jude Law) in an adaptation of kid-lit author William Joyce’s books. Distinctive, but could push its crossover gimmick more aggressively. Extras: behind-the-scenes featurette; games. (Dreamworks
Animation, $29.99; Blu-ray, $39.99)

SAMSON & DELILAH There are no swords and sandals quite like Old Testament swords and sandals, especially when it’s Cecil B. DeMille behind the blades and footwear. In this 1949 Old Testament epic, Victor Mature lets his hair down to Hedy Lamarr. Big mistake. (Paramount, $19.99)


Joseph Dorman offers a vigorously intelligent look at the life and work of the Yiddish master whose stories inspired “Fiddler on the Roof.’’ This 2011 documentary doubles as a portrait of both the world of the Eastern European shtetl and the man who so famously recorded it.
: featurettes on Aleichem and the making of the film. (Docurama, $29.95)

Iran’s Jafar Panahi has been banned from making movies for 20 years, so this is, technically, “not a film.” What is it, then? A day under house arrest and a deflected plea for the freedom to speak, to create, to live. In short, it’s the world within an apartment, and it’s quietly devastating. Extras: scholarly commentary, 2008 interview with Panahi. (Palisades Tartan, $19.95)

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TRISTANA  Luis Bunuel, as director, and Catherine Deneuve, as leading lady, are reunited in 1970 after the scandalous success of “Belle du Jour.” Fernando Rey and Franco Nero play Deneuve’s love interests (well, actually, the interest is more Rey’s). Extras: Deneuve audio commentary;
alternate ending; featurette. (Cohen Media Group, $19.98; Blu-ray, $24.98)

THE HUDSUCKER PROXY In their fifth feature, from 1994, the Coen brothers continue their love affair with Hollywood genre, this time reimagining Frank Capra — with some help from Tim Robbins, Paul Newman, and Jennifer Jason Leigh, channeling her inner Katharine Hepburn. (Warner Archive Collection, Blu-ray, $21.95, already available)

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