Home Video Releases: Captain America, Stand Up Guys and more

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“Stand Up Guys”: Dramatic comedy about three aging gangsters (Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin) who reunite after years apart. It isn’t a simple get-together, however, as one of them is carrying a dangerous secret. Directed by Fisher Stevens.

“True Blood” – The Complete Fifth Season: Twelve fresh episodes of the ongoing HBO hit about a telepathic waitress (Anna Paquin) surrounded by vampires, werewolves and other supernatural beings.

“Perception” – The Complete First Season: First 10 episodes of the TNT drama about a Perceptionpeculiar neuroscience professor (Eric McCormack) who helps the FBI with complex cases. Rachael Leigh Cook also stars.

“Open Road”: Story of a free-spirited artist (Camilla Belle) who must decide whether to abandon her nomadic lifestyle after developing bonds with a drifter (Andy Garcia), a police officer (Colin Egglesfield) and his sister (Juliette Lewis). Directed by Marcio Garcia.

“A Common Man”: Drama about a seemingly average man (Ben Kingsley) who plants multiple bombs in Sri Lanka and threatens to detonate them unless four international terrorists are released from custody. Directed by Chandran Rutnam.

“Medium Cool”: The Criterion Collection delivers a fresh digital restoration of director Haskell Wexler’s unusual 1969 drama about a TV journalist (Robert Forster) covering social unrest in Chicago. The film is noteworthy because it blends fictional narrative with documentary footage in an experimental manner. Verna Bloom also stars.

Animated movies by Hayao Miyazaki: Disney rolls the anime hits “Howl’s Moving Castle” and “My Neighbor Totoro” to Blu-ray for the first time. Both films were written and directed by Miyazaki, a seminal Japanese filmmaker whose contributions to animation have been compared to those of Walt Disney.

Cleopatra“Cleopatra”: Elizabeth Taylor’s epic, 1963 portrayal of the Egyptian queen is available on Blu-ray for the first time. Richard Burton and Rex Harrison also star. Co-written and directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz (“All About Eve”).

“Laverne & Shirley” – The Sixth Season: Twenty-two episodes of the 1970s and ’80s sitcom about roommates who work in a Milwaukee brewery. The show was a spin-off of the hit comedy “Happy Days.” Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams star.

“Captain America” – Collector’s Edition: Long before “The Avengers” became a hit, this 1990 film by director Albert Pyun introduced moviegoers to the Marvel Comics hero Captain America. The picture had problems before and after production, but comic book fans should find it interesting from a historical perspective. Matt Salinger, Ronny Cox, Ned Beatty and Darren McGavin star.

By Forrest Hartman

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