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DVD reviews: ‘This is 40’

From left: Iris and Maude Apatow, Paul Rudd, and Leslie Mann in “This Is 40.”

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From left: Iris and Maude Apatow, Paul Rudd, and Leslie Mann in “This Is 40.”

THIS IS 40 A “sort-of sequel” to 2007’s “Knocked Up” that focuses on that film’s supporting characters, Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann), as they grapple with a stalled marriage. Judd Apatow has made a contradiction in terms —
a personal Hollywood comedy — that has good coarse laughs without ever coming to a point. Extras: gag reel, Apatow commentary, deleted scenes.
(Universal, $29.98; Blu-ray, $34.98)

LOVE FOR LEVON The late Levon Helm, drummer and singer with the Band, was a revered figure among musicians. This concert last year at New Jersey’s Meadowlands Arena paid tribute to his life and music. Participants include Gregg Allman, Marc Cohn, Jakob Dylan, John Hiatt, and Roger Waters. (Time Life, $24.99; Blu-ray, $29.99)

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RUST AND BONE From Jacques Audiard (“A Prophet”), a twisted yet surprisingly ordinary love story about a kickboxing single dad (Matthias Schoenaerts) and a killer whale trainer (Marion Cotillard) whose legs get bitten off. Cotillard’s fear­some intensity and the glowing Antibes vibe make it worth seeing. Extras: making-of documentary, deleted scenes, special-effects featurette. (Sony, $30.99; Blu-ray, $35.99)

Malick made a memorable debut, writing and directing this fictionalized
version of the Charles Starkweather/Caril-Ann Fugate murder spree. Martin Sheen is the Starkweather character, and Sissy Spacek steals the movie as his love interest-accomplice. Extras: Malick-approved restored digital transfer, making-of featurette, trailer, “American Justice” episode on Starkweather. (Criterion Collection, $29.95; Blu-ray, $39.95)

LIVE AT MONTREUX 1991 It was almost as if Miles Davis knew this would be his last recorded performance. He did something he hadn’t done in more than two decades, draw on his older, classic work. The set list consisted of Gil Evans’s arrangements from the Davis discography, played with an orchestra specially assembled by Quincy Jones and festival organizer Claude Nobs. Extras: interviews with Davis and Nobs. (Eagle Rock, $14.98;
Blu-ray, $19.98)

THE LIFE AND DEATH OF COLONEL BLIMP Roger Livesey (what a voice) plays a British army officer in this 1943 film. His service spans the years from the Boer War to World War II. Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, who jointly wrote and directed, use his experiences as a stalking horse for British history during that period. Their use of Technicolor is breath­taking. Extras: Powell and Martin Scorsese commentary, new digital master, video introduction by Scorsese, featurette on the film. (Criterion Collection, $29.95)

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