DVD releases: ‘Mother Of George’

Oscilloscope Laboratories

AFTERNOON DELIGHT An upscale Los Angeles mother (Kathryn Hahn) goes so far around the bend from boredom that she brings home a stripper (Juno Temple) as a combination best friend/nanny. Alternately funny and touching, it’s good enough to make you hope writer-director Jill Soloway gets out of Silver Lake and starts to take a look around. Extras: making-of featurette, commentary with Soloway and Hahn. (Docurama, $29.99; Blu-ray, $34.95)

NURSE JACKIE: SEASON 5 It was a busy 10 episodes last year for Edie Falco’s title character on the Showtime series: leaving rehab, ending her marriage, dating (a New York cop, no less). Extras: cast and crew commentaries, deleted scenes, gag reel. (Lionsgate, $39.98; Blu-ray, $39.97)

FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT Windmill blades go backward. Joel McCrea wears a derby. George Sanders has to cancel his rhumba lesson. They’re all in the mix in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1940 anti-Nazi thriller, as are an assassination, a plane crash, and the outbreak of World War II. Extras: featurette on effects in the film, 1972 Hitchcock interview with Dick Cavett, 1946 radio adaptation, trailer. (Criterion Collection, DVD/Blu-ray package, $39.95)


THE PERVERT’S GUIDE TO IDEOLOGY Sophie Fiennes’s follow-up to 2006’s “The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema” once again allows Slovenian cultural critic Slavoj Zizek to playfully deconstruct movies and other media imagery from within. Imagine an affable and only slightly mad professor/entertainer provoking you to think way outside the box. Extras: Q&A with Zizek and Fiennes, trailer. (Zeitgeist, $29.99)

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MOTHER OF GEORGE This melodrama about a young wife who fails to conceive a child is set in a Nigerian community in Brooklyn whose seemingly alien traditions and customs prove not much different from most. The lush cinematography and outstanding performances draw in the viewer and bring close to home a near-biblical drama about a terrible dilemma. Extras: deleted scenes, director’s commentary. (Oscilloscope, $32.99; Blu-ray, $34.99, available now)

FANTASTIC MR. FOX A dry stop-motion delight. Director Wes Anderson adapts Roald Dahl’s 1970 kids’ book to his usual obsessions (irresponsible dads, confused children). George Clooney voices the hero, raiding henhouses in a midlife crisis. A fairy tale for adults that’s gracious enough to let everyone play along. With the voices of Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, and Bill Murray. Extras: Anderson commentary, storyboards, cast and crew interview, documentary on Dahl and recording of him reading his book. (Criterion Collection, DVD/Blu-ray package, $39.95)