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New releases: ‘Ernest and Celestine’

ERNEST AND CELESTINE

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ERNEST AND CELESTINE

HOUSE OF CARDS: SEASON 2 Nothing short of a government shutdown, and probably not even that, could have kept Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright from their political nefariousness during the second go-round for their acclaimed Netflix series. Extras: featurettes on table reads and original British miniseries. (Sony, $55.9; $65.99)

ERNEST AND CELESTINE An Oscar nominee and winner of France’s César for best animated film, this tale of a misfit bear and an artistic mouse finding companionship and love is a Gallic delight. It’s touching, funny, and almost magically beautiful to look at. Like bears, it also has bite. Extras: making-of featurette. (New Video Group, $29.95; Blu-ray, $34.95)

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JOE It’s good to see Nicolas Cage, in the title role, returning to serious work, but there’s something not right about a filmmaker caricaturing the lives of disadvantaged people. David Gordon Green’s stereotypes and miserabilism debase this adaptation of Larry Brown’s 1991 novel about a damaged man with a good heart and a bad temper infuriated by injustice. Extras: deleted scenes, making-of featurette. (Lionsgate, $19..9; Blu-ray, $24.99)

TRUE BELIEVER A solidly professional genre movie, from 1989. Aging hippie lawyer James Woods stops defending drug dealers and reconnects with his counterculture idealism after being needled by Robert Downey Jr. into reopening a Chinatown murder case. (Mill Creek Entertainment, $9.98)

QUADROPHENIA:
LIVE IN LONDON
The Who marked the 40th anniversary of the release of the band’s second rock opera by performing it in concert in its entirety. This disc captures the July 8 concert at London’s Wembley Arena. Extras:
bonus tracks. (UMe, $19.97; Blu-ray, $24.98, available now)


LORD JIM Richard Brooks directs Peter O’Toole as the title character in this 1965 adaptation of Joseph Conrad’s classic novel of cowardice and redemption. James Mason, Jack Hawkins, and Eli Wallach also star. (Mill Creek Entertainment, $9.98)

THE GREAT FLOOD Bill Morrison’s dreamlike documentary about the catastrophic 1927 Mississippi River flood is a bit too arty for its own good. At its best, the film is hypnotic — at its worst, tedious. What Morrison has made is a kind of duet, actually, between the often-remarkable archival footage he’s unearthed and the spiky, unhurried score composed and performed by the guitarist Bill Frisell. (Icarus Films, $24.98, available now)

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