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DVD releases: ‘Much Ado About Nothing’

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

Elsa Guillet-Chapuis/Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING Just about the sloppiest Shakespeare ever put on the screen, Joss Whedon’s black-and-white house party may also be the most exhilarating — a profound, crowd-pleasing trifle that reminds you how close Shakespeare’s comedies verge on darkness before pirouetting back into the light. Amy Acker and Alexis Denisof are wonderful as sparring lovers Beatrice and Bene-dick. Extras: making-of featurette, Whedon and cast commentary, music video. (Lionsgate, $19.98; Blu-ray, $24.99)

EUROPA REPORT A six-person crew heads for Europa, a moon of Jupiter. Among those on board are Michael Nyqvist, Sharlto Copley, and Anamaria Marinca. The plot’s straightforward — is there such a thing as an outer-space procedural? — but formally the movie is heavy on trickeration. Director Sebastián Cordero combines surveillance footage, news reports, talking-head interviews, and video for a docudrama feel. Extras: deleted scenes, effects featurette, trailer. (Magnolia, $26.98; Blu-ray, $29.98)

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TWO MEN IN MANHATTAN Jean-Pierre Melville, the French master of stylish cinematic crime, shot this 1959 thriller in (where else) New York. Melville stars as a journalist on the trail of a missing French United Nations delegate. Extras: trailers. (Cohen Media Group, $29.98; Blu-ray, $39.98, available now)

THE HANGOVER PART III It doesn’t bother to photocopy the original 2009 hit comedy, as 2011’s witless “Hangover 2” did. Instead, it heads in different, if utterly formulaic, directions. So it’s not terrible. The gang (Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis) returns, and so, unfortunately, does Ken Jeong’s prissy-pottymouth gangsta, Mr. Chow. Extras: extended scenes, deleted scenes, featurette on Chow. (Warner, $28.98; Blu-ray, $35.99)

LOVE IS A RACKET Playing a gossip columnist, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. is anything but his future suave self in this fast-paced, tough-talking pre-Code comedy-melodrama from 1932. William A. Wellman directed. Ann Dvorak, Frances Dee, and the great Lee Tracy costar. Extras: trailer. (Warner Archive Collection, $18.95, available now)

INTERNAL AFFAIRS Richard Gere has never been more engaging, playing a crooked LA cop in this 1990 thriller, which makes its Blu-ray debut. Andy Garcia is Gere’s good-cop nemesis, with Nancy Travis as Garcia’s wife and Laurie Metcalf as his police partner. Mike Figgis directed Henry Bean’s canny script. (Paramount, $19.98)

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