Could Harrison Ford win best supporting actor for his role in “42” as Jackie Robinson mentor Branch Rickey? You wonder if this could be Ford’s last best hope for not joining Cary Grant on the short list of stars awarded a Lifetime Achievement
Oscar because the Academy blew it when they had a more timely chance. If the body-of-work scenario does play out, though, “The Fugitive” (1993) should come right after Indiana Jones and Han Solo on the merit list, as the film’s Blu-ray debut reminds us. (We rank Ford’s turn as Richard Kimble with “Blade Runner,” “Witness,” and “Frantic” among our second-tier faves.) Tommy Lee Jones grabbed much of the attention, of course — and an Oscar — for his henhouse-outhouse-doghouse intensity as federal marshal Gerard. But Ford is equally intense as falsely accused, tangibly haunted Kimble — and he even throws in the occasional subtle physical nod to TV series predecessor David Janssen, to boot. It’s not easy: When grim-protagonist territory isn’t navigated so skillfully, you end up with fizzlers like Ford’s “Firewall.” But here, there’s no forgetting that train wreck en route to the death house — decent in hi-def, if not quite the arrhythmia-inducing theatrical experience. It’s a sequence heightened by Ford’s performance, as is that harrowing dam leap, which Ford sets up with wordless fear, desperation, and resignation. As director Andrew Davis recalls in a new half-hour retrospective, “I remember thinking, He’s the best silent actor in the world.” (Warner, $19.98)
NOW YOU SEE ME (2013)
The sleight of hand is a whole lot of fun and the procedural twists are a whole lot of dopey in this magic-themed heist movie. Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, and Dave Franco are a dream team of street magicians recruited to stage baffling robberies — in front of an audience — in Vegas, New Orleans, and New York. FBI agent Mark Ruffalo ultimately has the meatiest role, if a weakly written one, while Morgan Freeman plays a secrets-spilling veteran illusionist. Extras: In commentary, director Louis Leterrier (“Clash of the Titans”) and a producer talk filming details more than magic tricks. (Summit, $29.95; Blu-ray, $39.99)
THE LORDS OF SALEM (2013)
Rob Zombie injects his familiar brand of trippy horror with some dark local color in a portrait of vengeful occult torment. Sheri Moon Zombie, the director’s wife, plays a Salem radio DJ who falls under the satanic influence of modern-day witches with long memories (including fun-as-ever Patricia Quinn, “Rocky Horror”). There are echoes of “Rosemary’s Baby” that are impossible to miss, and the movie grows visually and tonally crazier as it goes. But there comes a point where inaccessibility breaks even the most potent genre spell. Extras: Zombie commentary. (Anchor Bay, $26.98; Blu-ray, $30.99)
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