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    DVD releases: ‘Amour’

    Sony Pictures Classics

    AMOUR A simple yet devastatingly profound story of an elderly French couple (Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva, pictured) during the long, squalid months of the wife’s decline. Writer-director Michael Haneke (“Caché”) observes his subject with an unadorned style that takes on aspects of the holy. The movie avoids melodrama; instead, it’s just extraordinarily intimate. Winner of this year’s best foreign language Oscar, and nominated for four others, including best picture. Extras: making-of featurette, Q&A with Haneke.

    (Sony, $30.99; Blu-ray, $35.99)

    DON’T STOP BELIEVIN’: EVERYMAN’S JOURNEY This overcoming-adversity documentary from director Ramona S. Diaz follows the story of Arnel Pineda, who stepped into the very large shoes of Steve Perry as lead singer of Journey. It’s an inspiring, if slightly by-the-numbers, rags-to-riches story. Who wouldn’t root for Pineda (other than maybe Perry)? (Docurama, $29.95)


    FREE ANGELA AND ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS Angela Davis is that rare totemic figure of the ’60s who remains totemic today. Icily articulate and still beautiful as she nears 70, she compels attention on screen. Shola Lynch’s documentary has terrific archival footage and news photos, a jittery rhythm and sense of urgency. But it’s too easy on Davis, not asking her — or her history — any hard questions. (Lionsgate, $26.98)

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    POST TENEBRAS LUX Despite or because of the film’s extreme scenes of sex and violence, Mexican director Carlos Reygadas has created another genuinely religious work with this chronologically cockeyed, nightmarish, and transgressive meditation on the lives of an upper-class family and their lumpen counterparts. Set at a country estate, it combines stunning beauty and wrenching ugliness to achieve a kind of transcendence. (Strand, $27.99)


    ESSENTIAL COLLECTION, VOL. 1 Twelve shorts, newly remastered, featuring the sexiest cartoon star of the ’30s — and sexiest cartoon star, period, pre-Jessica Rabbit. (Olive Films, $24.95; Blu-ray, $29.95)

    LIFEGUARD Long before becoming the voice of the “Beef, it’s what’s for dinner” ads, Sam Elliot was a pinup tan with a mustache in this summer-soaked coming-of-age story from 1976. He plays a career lifeguard grappling with the sunset of his youth. Anne Archer is the woman he should be settling down with, Kathleen Quinlan the jailbait he should have outgrown. A forerunner to “Baywatch,” with Parker Stevenson as Pamela Anderson. (Warner Archive Collection, $18.95, available now) GLOBE STAFF