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THE RAILWAY MAN A World War II POW movie experienced mostly in the POW’s head decades later. Strictly speaking, it’s a PTSD melodrama, muddling earnestly between grueling flashbacks and modern-day drama. But it also has Colin Firth, who’s better than anyone at portraying Britain’s stiff upper lip cracking under extreme duress. With Nicole Kidman. Extras: making-of featurette, director’s commentary. (Anchor Bay, $29.98; Blu-ray, $34.99)

THE MARX BROTHERS TV COLLECTION Yes, Groucho hosted “You Bet Your Life.” Boy, did he! But the brothers’s relationship with television extended well beyond that. More than 50 appearances — on variety shows, commercials, and other game shows — are featured on these two discs. A highlight is the 1959 teleplay “The Incredible Jewel Robbery.” (Shout! Factory, $39.97)

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SEX PISTOLS — THE TV TAPES The Marxes aren’t the only anarchic group to have their small-screen appearances brought together on disc. The Pistols were a bit louder, though. (Odeon Entertainment, $16.95)

MR. MAJESTYK Charles Bronson’s title character in this 1974 action movie has had it tough. He’s an ex-con who served in Vietnam. All he wants to do now is farm. That’s right, farm. The Mafia — that’s right, the Mafia — has other plans. Let’s just say they find themselves with a tough row to hoe. Elmore Leonard wrote the script. (Kino Lorber, $19.95; Blu-ray, $29.95)

DANCING IN JAFFA Hilla Medalia’s uplifting documentary about ballroom dancing champion Pierre Dulaine’s attempt to bring together Palestinian and Jewish schoolchildren in his native Jaffa by teaching them to dance rushes through the messy process. The laborious practicing, conflicts, and disappointments barely register, but his success is impressive enough without the step-by-step details. (MPI Home Video, $24.98)

LOVE STREAMS After being separated for many years, a self-destructive writer and sister are reunited. That’s an emotionally complicated situation — made all the more so by the fact that John Cassavetes and Gena Rowlands play the siblings and Cassavetes directed. This 1984 drama was his next-to-last directorial effort. Extras: video essay on Rowlands, making-of featurette, trailer. (Criterion Collection, DVD/Blu-ray combo, $39.95).


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