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DVD reviews: ‘Gatekeepers’

THE GATEKEEPERS

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THE GATEKEEPERS

TYLER PERRY’S TEMPTATION A married couple (Jurnee Smollett-Bell and Lance Gross) live in Washington, D.C. He’s a druggist. She works at a high-end dating service. A social-media tycoon (Robbie Jones) seeks her input on his site’s dating feature. Pretty soon, the dating input he seeks doesn’t involve the site. Perry’s ability to be simultaneously hokey and slick is a wonder. So is his reliance on contrivance. (Lionsgate, $29.95; Blu-ray, $39.99)

THE LIFE OF OHARU Kenji Mizoguchi used historic epochs and neighborhood locales as settings for his eternal subject: the agony and ecstasy of womanhood. Perhaps the most tragic and unforgiving of his depictions of female sacrifice, “Oharu” (1952) is nevertheless effortlessly watchable, the director finding a Shakespearean beauty in womanly resilience. The star is Kinuyo Tanaka, who appeared in 15 Mizoguchi films and increasingly became his pliant, suffering muse. Extras: new high-definition digital film restoration, 2009 documentary on Tanaka, new English subtitles. (Criterion Collection, $29.95; Blu-ray, $39.95)

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THE GATEKEEPERS In Dror Moreh’s stunning documentary — one of this year’s Oscar nominees in the category — a handful of grizzled old men talk openly about their experiences running Shin Bet, Israel’s internal security service. It plays a little like “Zero Dark Thirty” as directed by Errol Morris. Extras: director commentary and Q and A. (Sony, $30.99; Blu-ray, $35.99)

CHARADE Stanley Donen’s 1963 comedy/romance/thriller, which stars Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, and Paris, gets the 50th-anniversary edition treatment on Blu-ray. What’s not to like? It also boasts what may be the most delightful rhetorical question in film history. “Do you know what’s wrong with you?” Hepburn asks Grant. “Nothing.” (Universal, $19.98)

GATTACA Intelligent and visually impressive, but curiously affectless. This 1997 sci-fi thriller features a genetically engineered master race that lacks the heart and desire of the underclass, struggling along without designer genes. Ethan Hawke stars as the defective everyman determined to sneak into the ruling supercorporation and become an astronaut. (Image Entertainment, $17.97)

BOY A Maori kid (the charming James Rolleston) copes with a wayward jailbird dad (writer-director Taika Waititi). The movie rollicks along with style and energy, but the visual exuberance feels defensive, a way to address anxieties that are too hard to look in the eye. An art-house crowd-pleaser, nonetheless. Extras: Waititi short, “Two Cars, One Night” (Kino Lorber, $26.95; Blu-ray, $29.95)

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