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Portrait of ‘Drew: The Man Behind the Poster’

Kino Lorber Inc.

Even if you don’t know movie poster artist Drew Struzan by name, you know his dazzlingly evocative portraiture. His transporting brand of heightened realism served as an initial entrée to numerous blockbusters, including multiple “Indiana Jones” and “Star Wars” installments, the “Back to the Future” trilogy, “E.T.,” and “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.” There have been some very worthwhile coffee table books showcasing Struzan’s imagery, but never an industry salute as comprehensive as the documentary “Drew: The Man Behind the Poster” (2013). This 90-minute survey from filmmaker Erik P. Sharkey and crew doesn’t linger on individual pieces quite as long as you might have when they originally hung in theater lobbies. But there’s a great trade-off: insightful new interviews not only with the Zen-minded Struzan and his family, but with the likes of Michael J. Fox, who gushes about having been a Struzan portrait subject. In another nice moment, the schmooze-averse artist finally meets Harrison Ford for the first time — after having memorably painted his likeness almost too many times to count. (“When I think of Harrison Ford,” film historian Leonard Maltin confesses, “I’m often thinking of Drew Struzan’s image of [Ford] as much as the actor himself.”) Segments with George Lucas and Steven Spielberg make their appreciation clear, but an even likelier candidate for Struzan fan club president is director Frank Darabont (“The Green Mile”). “Having Drew Struzan do your poster,” says Darabont, “is almost worth making the movie just for that.” (Kino Lorber, $26.95)

“The World’s End.” Laurie Sparham/Focus Features via AP




Simon Pegg, best mate Nick Frost, and director Edgar Wright follow up cult hits “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz” with a comparatively introspective look at middle-age guys reenacting an epic teenage pub crawl. Until all sci-fi hell breaks loose, anyway. You wonder if Pegg, Frost, and Wright scoff a bit at the commercializing of an in-joke that caps their “Cornetto Trilogy.” (There’s even a three-movie combo package labeled as such.) Still, that hasn’t stopped them from loading up the Blu-ray with bonuses spotlighting their process, including a pair of commentaries, rehearsal and stunt footage, and more. (Universal, $29.98; Blu-ray, $34.98)




Jason Sudeikis cleans up his act, in a manner of speaking, as a pot dealer who tackles a dicey smuggling run by posing as an RV-driving family man. The family: a stripper (Jennifer Aniston), a dorky neighbor kid (Will Poulter), and a pierced runaway (Emma Roberts). At times it feels like an updated riff on Chevy Chase’s “Vacation” in a good way (see the sly goofing on trashy folk), and at other times in a not-so-good way (see the boilerplate sentimentality). With Ed Helms as the blithely smarmy suit pulling Sudeikis’s strings. Extras: Unrated footage; outtakes. (Warner, $28.98; Blu-ray, $35.99)

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