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DVD releases: ‘From Up On Poppy Hill’



FROM UP ON POPPY HILL The new animated drama from Japan’s Studio Ghibli is a lesser project, not surprising since the legendary Hayao Miyazaki only co-wrote the script while his son Goro directed. It’s a gentle fable about a young girl’s coming of age in 1962 Tokyo, perfectly fine but not a patch on “Spirited Away.” Sarah Bolger and Anton Yelchin lead the English-language voice cast. Extras: feature-length storyboards, cast recording featurette, music video, Goro Miyazaki interview. (Cinedigm, $29.98; Blu-ray, $34.95)

STORIES WE TELL Is it possible to be anything but subjective when it comes to our families and their stories? This is the endlessly complicated subject of Sarah Polley’s ingenious, multi-leveled meta-documentary. (Lionsgate, $19.98)

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EARLY FASSBINDER As part of its Eclipse series, the Criterion Collection brings together five films from the prodigiously gifted, and even more prodigiously prolific, Rainer Werner Fassbinder: “Love Is Colder Than Death,” “Katzelmacher,” “Gods of the Plague” (all 1969), “The American Soldier” (1970), and “Beware of a Holy Whore” (1971). ($69.95)

BLANCANIEVES Spanish director Pablo Berger applies the silent treatment of “The Artist” to the trend of modernized fairy tales such as “Mirror, Mirror” in this adaptation of “Snow White.” Here she’s an amnesiac bullfighter in a troupe of dwarf toreadors in 1920s Spain. The film features a photogenic Macarena Garcia, in the title role, and a wicked Maribel Verdú, as the stepmother. Extras: Berger introduction, making-of featurette. (Cohen Media Group, $29.98; Blu-ray, $44.98)

PENNY SERENADE George Stevens directed Irene Dunne and Cary Grant (who earned a best actor Oscar nomination) in this 1941 drama about a couple who adopt a child after learning they can’t be biological parents. (Olive Films, $19.95; Blu-ray, $29.95, available now)

SCATTER MY ASHES AT BERGDORF’S More of a mildly entertaining infomercial about the pricey Fifth Avenue department store than a story about the people behind it. Writer-director Matthew Miele stuffs his film full of top-name designers to prove how important the store is, but it lacks what makes a fashion documentary riveting: drama. Extras: additional interviews. (Entertainment One, $24.98, available now)


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