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‘The Great Gatsby,’ Moulin Rouged

“The Great Gatsby.”

Warner Bros. Pictures

“The Great Gatsby.”

For all the ways that Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby” (2013) strives to offer a different vision of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic, it’s also a familiar one. The film plays like a sequel-in-spirit to Luhrmann’s “Moulin Rouge!,” another showy period piece front-loaded with dizzying, pop-scored freneticism that eventually gives way to contemplative drama. Leonardo DiCaprio stars as Jay Gatsby, the enigmatic, high-living Jazz Age millionaire who pulls aspiring writer Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) into his orbit. Carey Mulligan is Nick’s glamorous cousin, Daisy Buchanan, fateful object of Gatsby’s affections. In supplements, Luhrmann discusses his goal of finding a way to cinematically externalize the largely internalized tale Nick relates. The results are debatable, but the novelty of seeing Fitzgerald revisited in 3-D (in theaters or on Blu-ray) is one of the more compelling reasons lately to splurge on the format. Extras: A 90-minute assortment of featurettes touches on all the obvious points, from the film’s genesis to its look and sound. Luhrmann recalls becoming fixated on an adaptation while listening to “Gatsby” on tape during a Trans-Siberian Railway trip — a bucket-list excursion that was fast turning monotonous before he pressed play. And the director and Jay Z explain what the movie’s jazz and hip-hop fusion is all about, for any who missed the point. “I’m doing that to [give] a feeling of when the audience read the book in 1925,” says Luhrmann. “There was jazz in there! It was dangerous and intoxicating.” (Warner, $28.98; Blu-ray, $35.99; 3-D, $44.95)

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PAIN & GAIN (2013)

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Michael Bay tries to have a few laughs, for a change — and keep from being laughed at quite so much — with a modestly scaled true-crime story. Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, and Anthony Mackie are muscleheaded bodybuilders in ’90s Miami who cook up a dimwitted scheme to kidnap rich personal-training client Tony Shalhoub. Not quite Carl Hiaasen, but not “Transformers,” either. Extras: None — our clue, maybe, that Bay has had enough of the snickering? (Paramount, $29.99; Blu-ray, $39.99)

"Prime Suspect."

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"Prime Suspect."

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PRIME SUSPECT: THE COMPLETE
COLLECTION
(1992-2006)

It’s funny how “RED 2” slickly sells Helen Mirren as the refined star of “The Queen” doing down and dirty. As if grit is anything new for Mirren, whose career-defining role will always be Jane Tennison, the driven, fascinatingly flawed London police inspector she played over the span of a decade and a half. The series’ seven chapters, newly collected on Blu-ray, offer a striking portrait of Tennison’s determination in working both her cases and the system — and the toll it takes on her over time. Extras: Fifty-minute retrospective on 2006’s sign-off, “The Final Act.” (Acorn Media, $124.99)

Tom Russo can be reached at trusso2222@gmail.com.
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