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‘Dinosaur 13’ finds a fossil in South Dakota

Not that we were expecting next summer’s “Jurassic World” to completely transform the franchise, but it was disappointing to catch the sequel’s first trailer and see what looks like a virtual “Jurassic Park” remake done with updated effects. Couldn’t they give rising star (lord) Chris Pratt something fresher? Still, for genuine prehistoric surprise, viewers can always check out “Dinosaur 13” (2014), an intrigue-packed documentary that bypassed area theaters. The film tells the story of a tyrannosaur named Sue, a T. rex fossil unearthed on South Dakota ranch land in 1990, and the largest and most complete specimen ever found. Those unfamiliar with national media reports on the ensuing, torturous “custody battle” to determine the fossil’s ownership will find plenty of suspense in how it all plays out, from Midwest courtrooms to the Manhattan auction block. But those who followed the coverage should still find unexpected twists in the film’s main thrust: the odyssey of research-minded fossil hunter Pete Larson and friends, whose discovery of the T. rex turned from thrill of a lifetime into life-changing nightmare. Director Todd Douglas Miller’s account of feds going after Larson plays like a David and Goliath story, all right — only minus the game-changing slingshot. Extras: “The Continuing Story of Sue” takes us from the case’s 2000 resolution to the present. Other bonuses include the short “How to Build a Dinosaur.” (Lionsgate, $19.98; Blu-ray, $19.99)

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BOYHOOD (2014)

Austin, Texas, indie auteur Richard Linklater (“Before Midnight”) and friends have been rightly praised for the remarkable, committed work that went into recording Ellar Coltrane and his fictionalized coming of age over a 12-year span. That said, viewers are required to give the film a pass for its lack of polish, which can be distracting anytime Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette aren’t there to give the non-pros a boost. We’d also argue that this one could just as easily have been dubbed “Childhood,” given how entertaining Linklater’s daughter, Lorelei, is as Coltrane’s sis. Extras: Q&A with Linklater and cast. (Paramount, $29.99; Blu-ray, $41.99)

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GET ON UP (2014)

Chadwick Boseman bookends his “42” turn as Jackie Robinson with a portrait of another pioneering figure in this James Brown drama. We’d suggest watching the two biopics together, but there’s another videofest we’re hankering for at the moment: Boseman’s Godfather of Soul act paired with next week’s “Jimi: All Is By My Side,” featuring Andre Benjamin’s Hendrix. And naturally, we’ll be flashing back to Brown’s showstopping “Rocky IV” cameo as our appetizer. Help me! Extras: commentary and featurettes with director Tate Taylor (“The Help”). (Universal, $29.98; Blu-ray, $34.98)