DVD releases: ‘Kon-Tiki’

Weinstein Company

KON-TIKI This Oscar-nominated Norwegian drama (in English) re-creates Thor Heyerdahl’s famous 1947 crossing of the Pacific — 4,300 miles in 101 days — on a balsa-wood raft. It’s rousing and epic and undercut by compromises onscreen and off. Twelve-year-old kids of all ages will love the shark attack, even if it never happened. With Pål Sverre Hagen.
Extras: visual effects
featurette, documentary on Heyerdahl’s voyage. (Anchor Bay, $24.98; Blu-ray, $29.99)

It sounds like a prescription for disaster: Jack Benny and Carole Lombard starring in a 1942 comedy about, um, the Nazi invasion of Poland? Instead Ernst Lubitsch applied his legendary directorial touch and a classic was the result. Extras: restored digital transfer, 2010 Lubitsch documentary, trailer. (Criterion Collection, $29.95; Blu-ray, $39.95)

CHEKHOV — UNCLE VANYA Laurence Olivier, who plays Astrov, directed this 1963 Chichester Festival Theatre production of Anton Chekhov’s classic. With Michael Redgrave in the title role, the cast also includes Joan Plowright, as Sonia, Rosemary
Harris, as Yelena, and Dame Sybil Thorndike, as the Nurse. (Kultur Video, $24.99)


KOCH Ed Koch, who died in February, is an unlikely movie star. That’s OK, since he was an unlikely political star. As their mayor, New Yorkers elected this bald, bullying, squawky man no fewer than three times; and in Neil Barsky’s documentary he has a born leading man’s command of the screen. The film’s a valentine, but no whitewash.
Extras: Barsky interview; Koch Q&A from his final public appearance. (Zeitgeist, $29.99)

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AT ANY PRICE Dennis Quaid tears into his most complex role in years as Henry Whipple: Iowa farmer, seed salesman for an agribusiness giant, and hollow man. Director Ramin Bahrani (“Goodbye Solo”) moves closer to the Hollywood mainstream, with ambitious themes that strain for the Shakespearean. That he doesn’t quite pull it off doesn’t mean he shouldn’t have tried. With Zac Efron. Extras: Bahrani and Quaid
commentary, rehearsal footage. (Sony, $30.99; Blu-ray, $35.99)

Mira Nair (“Monsoon Wedding”) adapts Mohsin Hamid’s acclaimed
novel about a young Pakistani (Riz Ahmed, the best thing in the film) who attains the American dream on the eve of 9/11. A quiet character study on the page has been given a high-stakes political-thriller frame, and not for the best. With Kate Hudson, Liev Schreiber, and Kiefer Sutherland. Extras: making-of
featurette, trailer. (MPI Home Video, $24.98; Blu-ray, $29.98)