Oscar nominees arrive on disc

Michael B. Jordan (left) and Sylvester Stallone in “Creed.”
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Michael B. Jordan (left) and Sylvester Stallone in “Creed.”

If odds-on favorite “The Revenant” dominates the Academy Awards and you’ve been planning to catch it on DVD, then you’ll have to wait — a release date is TBA. But it’s still a pretty good week if the Oscars leave you eager to check out some other nominated fare newly available on disc. Sylvester Stallone earned a well-deserved supporting actor nomination for “Rocky” spinoff “Creed,” his first and only acting nod since the franchise’s original installment. This one revolves around the potentially desperate, ultimately inspired idea that Rocky’s old showboatin’ frenemy Apollo Creed had an illegitimate son (Michael B. Jordan) that he never knew. Likably game as Stallone was in “Rocky Balboa” (2006), it’s nothing compared to how enjoyable he is – and affecting – in his new less-is-more secondary role. Too bad he neglected to acknowledge Jordan and director Ryan Coogler (“Fruitvale Station”) in his Golden Globes acceptance speech last month. Who knows, maybe he’ll get another opportunity Sunday. Meanwhile, Eddie Redmayne bids to follow up last year’s Oscar for “The Theory of Everything” with another, for “The Danish Girl,” his portrait of transgender pioneer Lili Elbe. Redmayne is a long shot, but many are picking costar Alicia Vikander to win for her role as Elbe’s wife. And then there’s best picture nominee “Room,” featuring Brie Larson and young Jacob Tremblay as a mother and son resourcefully coping with their twisted circumstance living in confinement. Challenging viewing, but it’s also the most lauded of this week’s crop, with a best-picture nod, as well as nominations for Larson, director Lenny Abrahamson, and screenwriter/source novelist Emma Donoghue. (“Creed,” Warner, $28.98; “Danish Girl,” Universal, $29.98; “Room,” Lionsgate, $19.98)



If you’re experiencing withdrawal now that the “X-Files” revival has wrapped (or has it?), don’t miss Gillian Anderson in this consistently creepy BBC thriller. She plays Stella Gibson, a complex, steely detective pursuing a Belfast serial killer (Jamie Dornan, “Fifty Shades of Grey”) whose double life makes him plenty complicated in his own right. It’s been diverting enough seeing Anderson keep busy with TV’s “Hannibal” and such in recent years, but this is a role that ranks with Dana Scully. Speaking of Hannibal, we haven’t been this thoroughly freaked out by procedural fare since “The Silence of the Lambs.” (Acorn Media, $39.99; Blu-ray, $39.99)



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We repeat, still no word on “The Revenant” on DVD — so no word on catching Tom Hardy’s Oscar-nominated turn as Leonardo DiCaprio’s double-crossing quarry. (Might be time to relent and head out to the multiplex, no?) Still, there’s always Hardy’s double-shot showcase as 1960s London gangsters Reggie and Ronnie Kray. We like to think of this as a case of the beefy star thanking us for our support. With the way he gamely, surprisingly took a back seat to Charlize Theron in “Mad Max,” we only got half the Hardy we were expecting — but he gives us a two-for-one deal here. (Universal, $29.98; Blu-ray, $26.98)

Titles are in stores Tuesday.

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