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DVD releases: ‘Queen Margot’


Miramax Films


BLENDED Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore are back together, this time as single parents whose families bond on an African vacation. Barrymore plays harried, reminding us that she’s a mom in real life now, and that it’s been a while since “The Wedding Singer” and “50 First Dates.” The movie could use a lot more of her familiar infectiousness. Extras: deleted scenes, featurette on Sandler and Barrymore reunion. (Warner Home Video, $28.98; Blu-ray, $35.99)

WHAT’S NEW PUSSYCAT? Woody Allen’s wildly uneven first script, from 1965, is a Paris-set sex farce. Peter O’Toole stars as a magazine editor women go wild for. Peter Sellers, sporting a Beatle’s moptop crossed with a mullet, is his shrink. Romy Schneider, Capucine, and Paula Prentiss are the women in O’Toole’s life. Allen, making his screen debut, shows up, too. Extras: trailer. (Kino Lorber, $19.95; Blu-ray, $29.95)

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ALL THAT JAZZ A virtuoso performance by Roy Scheider, cast against type as a choreographer-director, is illuminated by Bob Fosse’s imaginative choreography and direction. Winner of four Oscars and nominated for another five, including best picture. Extras: Fosse interviews and 2007 documentary about him, on-set footage, Scheider commentary. (Criterion Collection, $29.95; DVD/Blu-ray combo, $39.95)

THE DOUBLE Jesse Eisenberg plays both a meek office clerk and the swaggering look-alike who upends his life. The second film by actor-turned-director Richard Ayoade (“Submarine”) updates a Dostoyevsky novel to the land of Kafka, Orwell, and “Brazil.” Although the movie’s visually striking, its paranoia feels weirdly old hat. With Mia Wasikowska. Extras: deleted and extended scenes. (Magnolia, $26.98; Blu-ray, $29.98)

QUEEN MARGOT Director Patrice Chereau never lets this 1994 historical drama about events surrounding the 1572 St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre lapse into deadening processionals and tableaux. Close-ups, cutting, and in-your-face framing (not to mention simmering sexuality) help Isabelle Adjani, Daniel Auteuil, and Virna Lisi bring this melodrama to urgent life. Extras: trailer. (Cohen Media Group, Blu-ray, $39.98)

THE NORMAL HEART Larry Kramer did the script for this 2014 cable adaptation of his Tony Award-winning drama about the onset of the AIDS crisis in 1980s New York. It earned 16 Emmy nominations. A stellar cast includes Mark Ruffalo, Matt Bomer, Jim Parsons, Taylor Kitsch, Julia Roberts, and Alfred Molina. (HBO, $19.97)


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