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HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE Hayao Miyazaki’s 2004 feature contains 10 times more imagination, wonder, and sheer visual beauty than anything you’ll find in Hollywood animation. It features the voices of Emily Mortimer, Christian Bale, Jean Simmons, and Billy Crystal. Extras: original storyboards, featurettes on vocal talent, and a Miyazaki visit to Pixar Animation Studios. (Disney, $39.99, Blu-ray)

GREGORY CREWDSON: BRIEF ENCOUNTERS Ben Shapiro’s documentary focuses on a series of Crewdson photographs called “Beneath the Roses,” which includes many images shot in Western Massachusetts. This film gives terrific insights into Crewdson’s working processes, and his relationships with the communities he shoots in. Extras: deleted scenes, Q&A with Shapiro, Crewdson, and novelist Jonathan Lethem. (Zeitgeist Film, $29.99)

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YOSSI Director Eytan Fox offers a sensitive sequel to his 2002 “Yossi and Jagger,” a love story about two Israeli soldiers. Older and pudgier, Yossi is still wrapped in protective grief over the battlefield death of his lover at the end of the first film. Meeting a handsome openly gay soldier, Yossi struggles to shed his shell. (Strand Releasing, $29.99)

MEDIUM COOL Art and politics, fact and fiction, clash in Haskell Wexler’s celebrated 1969 film about a TV cameraman (Robert Forster) covering the 1968 Democratic Convention. Extras: digital restoration, Wexler audio commentary, making-of featurette, theatrical trailer. (Criterion Collection, $29.95; $39.95, Blu-ray)

3:10 TO YUMA Rancher Van Heflin is tasked with getting outlaw Glenn Ford to court in Delmer Daves’s tautly understated 1957 western/thriller based on an Elmer Leonard short story. Extras: high-definition digital restoration, interviews with Ford’s son and Leonard. (Criterion Collection, $29.95; $39.95, Blu-ray, available now)

CROSSFIRE HURRICANE Has any musical group had more documentaries about them than the Rolling Stones? Probably about as many as have been called the world’s greatest rock ’n’ roll band and survived for 50 years. Director Brett Morgen’s film is the latest. Extras: bonus concert performances from 1964 and 1965 broadcasts. (Eagle Rock Entertainment, $14.98)


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