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    POWER OF MYTH WITH BILL MOYERS This three-disc 25th anniversary edition of the PBS series includes new introductions by Moyers to each of the six episodes, as well as interviews with Joseph Campbell from “Bill Moyers Journal.” (Acorn, $59.99)

    LAURA Too lush to be a noir, yet too dark to be a standard mystery, Otto Preminger’s 1944 film is a classic. Even the name of Clifton Webb’s character, Waldo Lydecker, is memorable — though not as memorable as David Raksin’s haunting score. (20th Century Fox, Blu-ray, $24.99)

    CELESTE AND JESSE FOREVER A mostly charming LA comedy-drama, co-written by star Rashida Jones with a warm, slightly blinkered insider’s eye to the city. Despite the title (and Andy Samberg’s genial performance as Jesse), it’s mostly about the furiously prim Celeste (Jones) and how she learns to accept other people’s imperfections and her own. (Sony, $30.99; Blu-ray, $35.99)


    A LATE QUARTET A smartly cast, discreetly contrived melodrama about classical musicians, with retiring cellist Christopher Walken upsetting the delicate balance of his string quartet. Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, and Mark Ivanir are the other players; the music’s sublime but the situations feel pat. Fans of the actors (and of Beethoven) should check it out, though. (20th Century Fox, $22.98; Blu-ray, $29.99)

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    THE BALLAD OF NARAYAMA The actors playing a son (Ken Ogata) and mother (Sumiko Sakamoto) in an archaic village are touching, especially when he must obey tribal law and haul her to a mountaintop to die on her 70th birthday. But Shohei Imamura’s lush visual style and exuberant celebration of the natural world seem at odds with the grimness and starvation he’s ostensibly describing. Extras: new digital transfer and subtitles. (Criterion Collection, $19.95; Blu-ray, $29.95)

    LITTLE WHITE LIES A group of bourgeois Parisians repair to a beach house where their various hypocrisies acquire a nasty sunburn. The all-star cast (Marion Cotillard; François Cluzet, of “The Intouchables”; Jean Dujardin, of “The Artist”) is easy on the eyes, but writer-director Guillame Canet can’t figure out whether to judge or embrace his characters. Extras: behind-the-scenes featurette, trailer. (MPI, $24.98; Blu-ray, $29.98)

    MY WORST NIGHTMARE Isabelle Huppert plays an icy museum director who falls in love with the Belgian sleaze bag — played by Benoit Poelvoorde — who’s done repair work on her palatial Paris apartment. A movie like this needs almost no further explanation since, as movie-comedy love goes, this is Old Testament ancient. But the movie has more writing than you’d get in an American version of similar material. (Strand, $27.99)