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LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT Eugene O’Neill’s masterpiece may or may not be the greatest American play, and Sidney Lumet’s 1962 version may or may not be the greatest film version of an American play. But a strong argument can be made for both. The peerless cast includes Katharine Hepburn, Ralph Richardson, Jason Robards, and Dean Stockwell. Boris Kaufman (“L’Atalante,” “On the Waterfront”) shot it. Ralph Rosenblum (“Annie Hall”) edited it. Richard Sylbert (“The Manchurian Candidate,” “Chinatown”) did the production design. The disc has been remastered from a vintage 35mm print. (Olive Films, $24.95; $29.95, Blu-ray)

COMPLETE FRACTURED FAIRY TALES The most subversive TV animated comedy before “The Simpsons”? That would be the several iterations of “The Rocky & Bullwinkle Show,” which ran from 1959 to 1964. “Fractured Fairy Tales” (the title is self-explanatory) was a sweetly deranged entr’acte within many R&B episodes. Edward Everett Horton provided the antic yet blissful narration. You keep expecting to hear him exclaim, “Positively tonsils!” On two discs. (Classic Media, $20.78)

POLISSE This electrifying epic emotional thriller is about a Paris police endangered-child unit and the tight, tense bond among the detectives. It grabs your throat, knees you in the groin, drives you to the hospital, helps you fill out the injury report, and asks you out to dinner, where you both laugh and cry over everything. Directed and co-written by Maïwenn, who costars. In French, with English subtitles. (MPI, $24.98)


Archie grumped and Edith fluttered through 208 episodes, and they’re all here. It’s hard to see how this ’70s sitcom transformed television, but that says more about television than it does about the sitcom. Extras: Interview with series creator Norman Lear, series pilots (there were two), pilots for spinoffs “Archie Bunker’s Place” and “Gloria” (about Archie and Edith’s daughter), documentary featurettes. (Shout! Factory, $199.99)

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RUBY SPARKS Zoe Kazan, who wrote the script, plays the title character in this Pygmalion update. A very real Ruby emerges from the pages of Paul Dano’s novel-in-progress. Kazan and Dano have unmistakable chemistry. When the film isn’t being cutesy-quirky or attempting deep thoughts about free will, it’s quite winning. Annette Bening and (especially) Antonio Banderas have a ball as Dano’s mother and stepfather. Extras: Four featurettes, including one each on Los Angeles in the movie and both the directors (Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris) and leads being couples in real life. (20th Century Fox, $29.98, DVD and Blu-ray)

It’s been 30 years since Glenn Gould’s death, yet the pianist’s mystique remains undimmed on these three discs directed by Bruno Monsaingeon. Discs 1 and 2, “A Question of Instrument” and “An Art of Fugue,” consist of the director interviewing Gould at the keyboard, where he offers brief illustrative examples from Bach. Disc 3 offers Gould in 1981 playing the Goldberg Variations in a performance that’s rapturous and absorbing. (Sony Masterworks, $34.98)