DVD releases: ‘Before Midnight’

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BEFORE MIDNIGHT The third installment in director Richard Linklater’s saga of Celine (Julie Delpy) and Jesse (Ethan Hawke) is richer, riskier, and more bleakly perceptive about what it takes for love to endure (or not) over the long haul. Like Michael Ap-ted’s “Up” documentaries, this series offers a touching and humbling time-lapse study of human nature. Extras: commentary and Q&A with Linklater, Delpy, and Hawke. (Sony, $30.99; Blu-ray, $35.99)

THE UNINVITED Lewis Allen’s 1944 ghost story features Ray Milland and Ruth Hussey as siblings who buy a cliffside house in Cornwall. Not a good idea. Extras: digital restoration, two radio adaptations, trailer. (Criterion Collection, $19.95; Blu-ray, $29.95)

THE CONJURING A trim, effective haunted-house spookshow that’s both a throwback to ’70s real estate shriekers like “The Amityville Horror” and a big-studio response to the “Paranormal Activity” found-footage genre. Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga play married paranormal investigators, and Lili Taylor and Ron Livingston are a couple whose dream home has a bad case of the Beelzebubs. Extras: featurette on horror effects. (Warner Bros., $29.98; Blu-ray, $35.99)



Peter Nicks’s observant, warm documentary spends 24 hours in Highland Hospital, which serves Oakland’s Alameda County. It’s a public-service facility and, according to a nurse, a place of last resort. What’s captured is a great deal of stress and worry and wincing — and that’s just on the faces of the staff. Nicks isn’t lobbying. He’s storytelling. The aggregation of those stories is its own editorial. Extras: Nicks commentary, outtakes, extended scenes. (Docurama, $29.95)

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JUST LIKE A WOMAN French-Algerian director Rachid Bouchareb’s first English-language film misses an opportunity to explore issues of misogyny and xenophobia in America. In this road movie reminiscent of “Thelma & Louise,” two Chicago women from different backgrounds flee oppressive households. There’s an inventive plot twist — they belly-dance in bars and restaurants to earn money — but otherwise they encounter familiar stereotypes along the way. Extras: photo gallery, trailer. (Cohen Media Group/Entertainment One, $24.98; Blu-ray, $34.98)

JOHN CASSAVETES: FIVE FILMS Love Cassavetes’s work or loathe it, he is one of the inescapable mavericks of American film. A quintet of titles comes to Blu-ray: “Shadows” (1959), “Faces” (1968), “A Woman Under the Influence” (1974), “The Killing of a Chinese Bookie” (1976), and “Opening Night” (1977). Extras: high-definition restoration of all five titles, actor interviews, alternate opening sequence for “Faces,” trailers, 1970s audio interview with Cassavetes. (Criterion Collection, $124.95)