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DVD releases: ‘The Kings of Summer’


CBS Films


THE KINGS OF SUMMER What if Henry Thoreau moved to Walden just to get away from his parents? That’s the conceit behind this stylish, funny teenage coming-of-age story about a 15-year-old kid (Nick Robinson) who builds his own house in the woods of suburbia. With Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally. Extras: director and cast commentary. (Sony, $30.99; Blu-ray, $35.99)

UNFINISHED SONG This might have been another trite tale of codgers acting cute if not for the performances of two great actors. Vanessa Redgrave brings vivacity and depth to the role of a cancer victim who wants to sing in the choir; Terence Stamp is cranky and majestic as her naysaying mate. When things get manipulative and formulaic, those two elevate the sentiment to genuine emotion. Extras: outtakes and deleted scenes. (Starz/Anchor Bay, $24.98)

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LOST AND FOUND: AMERICAN TREASURES FROM THE NEW ZEALAND FILM ARCHIVE Treasures isn’t too strong a word. Among the more than three hours of material on this one disc are lost works from John Ford, Alfred Hitchcock, and a Mabel Normand comedy. Extras: interactive screens, new scores, illustrated catalog. (Image Entertainment, $24.98)

THE BIG COMBO Forget the stars, Cornel Wilde (as an honest cop) and Richard Conte (as a crime boss). It’s the behind-the-scenes lineup that makes this 1955 noir a classic of the genre: directed by Joseph H. Lewis, written by Philip Yordan, scored by David Raksin, shot by John Alton (who almost single-handedly perfected the look of noir). (Olive, $19.95; Blu-ray, $29.95)

WE STEAL SECRETS: THE STORY OF WIKILEAKS Just in time for the release of the Benedict Cumberbatch-starring “Fifth Estate,” Alex Gibney’s documentary arrives on disc. Julian Assange, silver-haired freedom fighter or creepy cyber-guru? Bradley Manning, courageous whistle-blower or tormented info-traitor? Overlong but fascinating, the film lets you grasp the 2010 Wikileaks scandal in its entirety, even if the questions raised are left for us to resolve. (Universal, $19.98, available now)

PHIL SPECTOR Al Pacino plays the music legend accused of murder in this HBO film, which earned 11 Emmy nominations, with Helen Mirren as his attorney. Written and directed by David Mamet. (HBO, $19.98, available now)


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