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DVD releases: ‘Cutie and the Boxer’




BAGGAGE CLAIM Spurred on by a monstrous mother who wants to see her eldest daughter married, flight attendant Paula Patton has 30 days before her younger sister’s wedding to recheck old exes in various cities to see if she overlooked Mr. Right. Will she land on time or stay stuck in a holding pattern? Extras: cast interview, director’s commentary. (20th
Century Fox, $29.98; Blu-ray, $39.99)

ROMEO & JULIET  Apparently aimed at a youth audience weaned on “Gossip Girl,” this version cuts most of Shakespeare’s speeches, invents new dialogue, and features young actors who are clueless (Douglas Booth and Hailee Steinfeld play the star-crossed lovers) and old pros who overact. It’s a movie that only a 13-year-old girl with an English paper due could love. Extras: making-of, set design, and hair and makeup featurettes. (20th Century Fox, $22.98; Blu-ray, $29.99)

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FREE BIRDS  Owen Wilson and Woody Harrelson provide the voices of cartoon turkeys who go time-traveling back to the first Thanksgiving to get their species off the menu. Sounds fun, right? Of course, if the movie could have given us a little story development beyond just the premise, that would have been nice, too. With Amy Poehler.
Extras: trailer, behind-the-scenes animation featurettes. (20th Century Fox, $29.98; Blu-ray, $39.99)

DEATH WISH: 40TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION This disquietingly influential vigilante thriller made its lead, Charles Bronson, a major international star. It also urbanized and updated the classic vengeance narrative of the western. Extras: trailer. (Warner, Blu-ray, $19.98)

JULES AND JIM  In Francois Truffaut’s third feature, from 1962, it’s the years before World War I and the title characters love the same woman, Catherine. How could they not, since she’s played by Jeanne Moreau in what may be her most vibrant performance. Extras: audio interview and French television interviews with Truffaut; 1985 documentary about Henri-Pierre Roché, author of the novel the film’s based on. (Criterion
Collection DVD/Blu-ray, $39.95)

CUTIE AND THE BOXER A marriage between two artists doesn’t always lead to domestic tranquility, as Zachary Heinzerling’s impressionistic documentary about Ushio and Noriko Shinohara demonstrates. The Japanese-born couple have stayed together for 40 years, still pursuing their art and squabbling in their garret-like Brooklyn, N.Y., loft. This portrait of the artists, Oscar nominated for best feature documentary, is all the more inspiring because of its harsh honesty. (Starz/Anchor Bay, $24.98; Blu-ray, $29.99)


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