DVD releases: ‘The Book Thief’

Robert Gastman

THE BOOK THIEF This adaptation of Markus Zusak’s 2005 bestseller is unobjectionable and sentimental. A tale of World War II Germany as seen through the eyes of a young girl (Sophie Nélisse), it re-creates the novel’s events while keeping them generic enough for everyone to agree on. Geoffrey Rush, as the heroine’s adoptive father, is the best thing here. Extras: deleted scenes, trailer. (20th Century Fox, $29.98; Blu-ray, $39.99)

THE PATIENCE STONE A startling fantasy of Muslim feminist empowerment that allows the Iranian-born actress Golshifteh Farahani to put on what amounts to a one-woman show. She plays an Afghan wife whose husband lies in a coma; she fills the silence with monologues of anger, fear, and lust. The film’s stagy but stunning. Extras: making-of featurette. (Sony, $30.99)

HOMEFRONT There’s a lot of talk in this Louisiana-set Jason Statham vehicle about old-fashioned country feuds and how downright nasty they can get. That’s as sturdy an action tease as the prospect of seeing the entertainingly one-note Statham tossed together with chronically versatile James Franco — in a movie scripted by Sylvester Stallone, no less. Extras: deleted scenes, making-of featurette. (Universal, $29.98; Blu-ray, $34.98)


EASY MONEY: HARD TO KILL In this sequel to “Easy Money” (2012), newly paroled money launderer Joel Kinnaman (“RoboCop”) has his hopes for something better dashed by an unscrupulous connection, while drug dealer Matias Varela grabs more of the spotlight. The most resonant drama in this Swedish crime thriller is all about conveying a self-loathing born of inescapable circumstances. Extras: behind-the-scenes footage. (New Video Group, $29.95)

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THE LEGEND OF COOL DISCO DAN This documentary about a phantom graffiti artist who intrigued Washington, D.C., for years digresses ambitiously but disjointedly into a cultural, social, and political history of the city’s black neighborhoods as discussed by assorted talking heads. (R Rock Enterprises, $14.95)

THE BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN This Belgian best foreign language Oscar nominee about husband-and-wife performers in a bluegrass band who must endure a potentially tragic crisis scores musically but falls flat as drama. The cliches and sentimentality are all the more egregious when compared to the emotional honesty and simplicity of the songs. Extras: director interview. (New Video Group, $26.95)