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“Upside Down.”

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“Upside Down.”

It’s funny that the packaging for “Upside Down” (2013) trumpets how the movie is unlike anything we’ve seen. Other points of reference are precisely what come to mind — in a good way — watching writer-director Juan Solanas’s melancholy, agreeably gimmicky love story. Jim Sturgess and Kirsten Dunst are Adam and Eden, a guy and a girl living on twinned planets locked in a fantastical “double gravity” configuration, with mountain peaks and city skylines reaching for each other like cave formations. Physics works against the couple, and so do class issues: He’s from Down Below, the world of have-nots, and she’s from Up Above, where life is sunnier (at least until she turns amnesiac). Can these two soul mates find a way? It’s a movie that begs to be watched with other viewing that’s had fun turning the world on its head. Among the things that (hand)spring to mind: Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s rotating-corridor trick in “Inception,” Fred Astaire’s dance on the ceiling in “Royal Wedding,” and Lionel Richie’s big-’80s video homage. Pixar’s ladder-to-the-moon short, “La Luna.” The topsy-turvy cruise-disaster action of “The Poseidon Adventure.” Last summer’s “Total Recall” remake, whose few fresh touches included a gravity-flipping elevator tunneling clear through Earth. And how could we ever forget Dunst’s iconic smooch with another upside-down loverboy, Tobey Maguire, in “Spider-Man”? Extras: A featurette with Argentine-born, French-speaking Solanas and the cast offers glimpses behind the movie’s terrifically disorienting effects, and also at Solanas’s whimsical career-making short, “The Man Without a Head.” (Millennium, $22.98; Blu-ray, $34.99)

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THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE (2013)

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And this year’s award for the project most thoroughly failing to deliver on its hilarious teaser posters goes
to . . . Steve Carell, Jim Carrey, and the rest of the “Wonderstone” collection of Vegas-magician caricatures. Carell plays big-coiffed headliner Burt, who obnoxiously implodes his tired act with his stage partner (Steve Buscemi) at the worst possible time, as a Criss
Angel-ic challenger (Carrey) is right there to grab the spotlight. The whole thing coasts pretty lazily on
parodic glitz and magic tricks until a satisfying final stretch. Extras: On
Blu-ray, cameo player David Copperfield breaks down one of Carell and Buscemi’s showstoppers. (Warner, $28.98; Blu-ray, $35.99)

“Fat Albert and The Cosby Kids.”

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FAT ALBERT AND THE COSBY KIDS: THE COMPLETE SERIES (1972-85)

Albert and the gang are back in a collection covering all 110 episodes of Bill Cosby’s groundbreaking, urban-set life lessons ’toon, from its initial four-season run to revivals in the late ’70s and mid-’80s. A new 40-minute retrospective, “Hey, Hey, Hey . . . It’s the Story of Fat Albert,” is both a reminder of the show’s intentions — yep, even Mushmouth was conceived with acceptance in mind — and a fun-facts parade. (Jazz trumpeter and mush-speak talent Johnny Coles was supposed to do voicework, but was “camera” shy.)
Cosby recalls the show’s roots in his UMass EdD work, among other reminiscences. (Shout! Factory, $119.99)

Tom Russo can be reached at trusso2222@gmail.com.
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