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DVD releases: Broadway Melody of 1940




SUPER BOWL XLVIII CHAMPIONS: SEATTLE SEAHAWKS Turn down the volume control on your DVD player (those Seahawks fans are notoriously noisy) for this three-hour look at the season that brought the Lombardi Trophy to the Pacific Northwest. Don’t expect to find this in Peyton Manning’s DVD player. (NFL Productions, $24.99)

BROADWAY MELODY OF 1940 Everyone knows that the greatest Fred Astaire musicals are the RKO ones, with Ginger Rogers, and the MGM ones, like “The Band Wagon.” But people who know their Astaire musicals swear that his single greatest number is here. It’s Cole Porter’s “Begin the Beguine,” with Eleanor Powell as partner. Seeing is believing. Extras: featurette on Porter in Hollywood, Our Gang short, trailer. (Warner Archive Collection, $14.95, available now)

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THE GRANDMASTER Hong Kong filmmaker Wong Kar-wai’s evocative biopic of legendary kung fu master Ip Man makes up for what it lacks in conventional narrative with poetic imagery and emotional depth. A treat for martial arts fans and for those enamored of Wong’s lush imagery, existentially damaged characters, and abiding mood of ennui and sorrow. Extras: featurette on Man and Bruce Lee, behind-the-scenes footage. (Anchor Bay, $24.98; Blu-ray, $29.99)

BOB DYLAN 30th ANNIVERSARY CONCERT CELEBRATION (DELUXE EDITION) In 1992, an all-star lineup gathered at Madison Square Garden to celebrate three decades of Bob Dylan on disc. On hand were George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Lou Reed, Tom Petty, Willie Nelson, Johnny and June Carter Cash, Eddie Vedder . . . you get the idea. The guest of honor was there, too. Extras: behind-the-scenes featurette, bonus tracks. (Sony, $21.98; Blu-ray, $24.98)

THE YEAR OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY Peter Weir directed this 1983 romantic thriller in which Mel Gibson plays an Australian reporter covering upheaval in Indonesia in 1965. He falls for British diplomat Sigourney Weaver. Notable as the chemistry between them is, the film is best remembered for Linda Hunt’s Oscar-winning performance as a male photographer. (Warner Archive Collection, $14.95, available now)

THE IRAN JOB Kevin Sheppard, an African-American, is a classic fish out of water, as he plays point guard for an Iranian professional basketball team. Till Schauder’s lively, engaging documentary follows Sheppard during the 2008-09 season. As intriguing as the situation is — can you say “hoop dreams” in Farsi? — what makes the documentary is Sheppard’s exuberant personality. (Film Movement, $24.95)


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