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DVDs

Supernatural and super chemistry on DVD

“Star Trek into Darkness.”

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“Star Trek into Darkness.”

DVD and Blu-ray are offering viewers all sorts of opportunities to take flight over the next few months, including superheroes, starships, magical nannies, and perps comedically dropped from fire escapes by a female cop duo. Notable picks include:

ACTION

Star Trek Into Darkness J.J. Abrams and the rebooted “Trek” franchise boldly go . . . back over ground that’s been covered before? The disc’s packaging doesn’t even bother trying to keep the secret anymore: Kirk (Chris Pine), Spock (Zachary Quinto), and the rest of the Enterprise crew square off against Khan (Benedict Cumberbatch, reworking Ricardo Montalban’s classic villain). The story’s inventiveness might be debatable, but there’s no question the cast has chemistry, which has always been the biggest selling point for “Trek.” Abrams and company relive the fun in an assortment of hi-def featurettes. (Paramount, Sept. 10)

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World War Z UN operative Brad Pitt faces zombie armageddon. Slick, creepy thrills, even if the movie does just feel like a bigger, noisier version of “28 Days Later.” Includes unrated footage. (Paramount, Sept. 17)

Iron Man 3 Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark is back, this time tangling with serious self-doubt and the terrorist known as the Mandarin (Ben Kingsley, who, bless him, finds a way to make his heinous character palatable). Extras include director’s commentary (your chance to meet Shane Black, who takes over from Jon Favreau), and a breakdown of the movie’s Air Force One set piece, last summer’s most thrilling action sequence. Plus – Avengers alert! – a look at Marvel’s upcoming “Thor: The Dark World.” (Disney, Sept. 24)

Man of Steel Henry Cavill (“The Tudors”), director Zack Snyder (“Watchmen”), and producer Christopher Nolan give Superman the “Dark Knight” treatment. Extras include a segment on the regimen that sculpted actor into hero – which we’re curious to see, given how he’s talked of being tagged as “Fat Cavill” as a kid. (Warner, Nov. 12)

COMEDY AND DRAMA

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Behind the Candelabra Michael Douglas is Liberace and Matt Damon is the flamboyant entertainer’s lover, Scott Thorson, in Steven Soderbergh’s unlikely – but oh-so-fabulous – cable drama. (HBO, Sept. 17)

This Is the End Starring as themselves – or zany facsimiles, anyway – James Franco, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, and Craig Robinson show us that the apocalypse is a drag for celebs, too. Includes improv reel and the original short that inspired the movie. (Sony, Oct. 1)

The Hangover Part III And the end draws nigh for another rowdy group of buds, too, as the Wolfpack hits the road for one last hard-R misadventure. (Warner, Oct. 8)

Much Ado About Nothing Joss Whedon clears his head between “Avengers” slugfests with a contemporary Shakespeare adaptation. Featuring Amy Acker and Alexis Denisof (“Angel”), Nathan Fillion, and other regulars from Whedon’s troupe. The director chats it up on a pair of commentaries, including one with his cast. (Lionsgate, Oct. 8)

The Heat Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy tour their unlikely-buddy-cops act all around Boston – and do a bit of product placement for Spanx and the Pawsox Team Store. (Warner, Oct. 15)

The Way, Way Back Local guy Nat Faxon and writing partner Jim Rash follow up their Oscar-winning work on “The Descendants” with their Sundance-darling directing debut. Liam James (AMC’s “The Killing”) plays an introverted teen on a Massachusetts summer vacation with his divorced mom (Toni Collette) and her pompous-jerk boyfriend (Steve Carell). Fortunately, the kid finds a much-needed pal in subversive Sam Rockwell and the crew at Water Wizz (yep, of East Wareham fame). (Fox, Oct. 22)

Before Midnight Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, and director Richard Linklater reunite for another free-form conversation about life and love in their follow-up to “Before Sunrise” and “Before Sunset.” (Sony, Oct. 22)

The Internship Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson goof around at Google. Finally, the search engine movie you’ve been itching for. (Fox, Oct. 22)

The Dark Knight Trilogy: Ultimate Collector’s Edition

The Dark Knight Trilogy: Ultimate Collector’s Edition

CLASSICS AND REISSUES

3 Films by Roberto Rossellini Starring Ingrid Bergman So much was made of the affair between Bergman and the Italian neorealist auteur that the work they did together was inevitably overshadowed. Cineaste vault-minders aim to right this wrong with a set collecting “Stromboli,” “Europe ’51,” and “Journey to Italy.” (Criterion, Sept. 24)

The Dark Knight Trilogy: Ultimate Collector’s Edition Think Ben Affleck’s Bat-casting is intriguing news? Alarming news? Either way, appreciate what’s led up to this point with a look back at Christian Bale’s run. New supplements include a conversation between Christopher Nolan and “Superman” director Richard Donner, and thoughts from Michael Mann, Guillermo del Toro, Damon Lindelof, and others. (Warner, Sept. 24)

Twilight Forever: The Complete Saga All five movies in the bubblegum-goth franchise are collected in a multi-disc set, complete with two hours of new supplements and all previously released bonus material. Packaged in a box with Bella and Edward on one side and Jacob on the other, (super)naturally. (Summit, Nov. 5)

FAMILY

The Little Mermaid Under the sea, in 3-D. (Disney, Oct. 1)

The Croods Our notion of the modern Stone Age family gets tweaked by DreamWorks Animation, as cutely brutish cavegirl Emma Stone butts heads with overprotective, monobrowed dad Nicolas Cage. (Fox, Oct. 1)

Monsters University Bad-dreams team Mike (Billy Crystal) and Sulley (John Goodman) go to college for a prequel. Extras mostly aim to educate the fam on Pixar’s behind-the-scenes process. (Disney, Oct. 29)

Mary Poppins December marks the theatrical release of “Saving Mr. Banks,” a portrait of “Poppins” source novelist P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) and her contentious relationship with Walt Disney (Tom Hanks). So naturally, the Julie Andrews classic gets a Blu-ray reissue – marking its imminent 50th anniversary, if the other peg seems off-puttingly synergistic. (Disney, Dec. 10)

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