DVD reviews

Rebel Wilson (left) and Anna Kendrick in “Pitch Perfect.”
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Rebel Wilson (left) and Anna Kendrick in “Pitch Perfect.”

PITCH PERFECT Anna Kendrick stars in this college singing-group comedy in which the throwaway lines are so many and so expertly deployed that you basically spend the whole movie digging through the trash. But the scenes of crassness, broadness, and projectile vomit point to the exasperating possibility that the moviemakers have learned the wrong lesson from “Bridesmaids.” With Brittany Snow and Rebel Wilson. Extras: music video, deleted and extended scenes, director commentary. (Universal, $29.98; Blu-ray, $34.98)

ARBITRAGE Nicholas Jarecki’s debut feature casts Richard Gere as a sleek Wall Street tycoon having a very bad week. The movie’s smooth, professional, well acted, and never adds up to much, perhaps because it lacks the righteous anger the rest of us feel toward such men. With Susan Sarandon, Brit Marling, and Tim Roth. (Lionsgate, $19.98; Blu-ray, $24.99)

KILLER JOE A vicious, ripely made sleazefest from director William Friedkin (“The Exorcist,” “The French Connection”), based on Tracy Letts’s stage play about a clan of lowlife idiots and the tall Texas hit man (Matthew McConaughey) they hire. Juno Temple, Emile Hirsch, and Gina Gershon all do solid work, but it’s McConaughey’s show. Not at all for the squeamish. (Lionsgate, $19.98; Blu-ray, $24.99)


PREMIUM RUSH The title of this movie about a Manhattan bicycle messenger sounds like an energy drink. Energy it has — too much. Trickiness, ditto. If the plot had any more gears — a romantic triangle, gambling debts, Chinatown gangsters, a race against time — it would be a mountain bike.

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt, as the messenger, is smart and fast and looks utterly plausible hunched over a set of handlebars. (Sony, $29.98; Blu-ray, $34.98)

SLEEPWALK WITH ME The talented comedian and storyteller Mike Birbiglia directed, co-wrote, and stars in this droopy dramatization of some of his stage material about how he found his voice and lost a relationship that feels doomed the minute you see that Lauren Ambrose is his costar. She’s alive. Offstage, he’s a patch of moss. Birbiglia needs a movie or cable series that wakes him and his material and sets them loose. (MPI Home Video, $24.98; $29.98)

LIBERAL ARTS Newly single, 35-year-old Jesse (Josh Radnor, who also wrote and directed) returns to his Midwestern college campus for the retirement party of a beloved professor (Richard

Jenkins). Filled with nostalgia, Jesse begins a cautious flirtation with Zibby (Elizabeth


Olsen, intelligent and radiant), a sophomore theater major. It’s a bit talky, but the film is smarter, if more sentimental, than the typical college comedy about frat-house hijinks and hooking up. (MPI Home Video, $24.98; Blu-ray, $29.98)