Home Video Releases: Won’t Back Down, Life’s Too Short, and more

“Won’t Back Down”: Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis star as mothers working to improve the education system in their children’s inner-city school. Co-written and directed by Daniel Barnz (“Beastly,” “Pheobe in Wonderland”).

“Life’s Too Short” – The Complete First Season: Mockumentary series featuring Warwick Davis as a fictionalized version of himself. The show, shot in documentary style, looks at Davis’ supposed problems as a little person working in show business. Created and written by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant.

“The Man Who Knew Too Much”: New digital restoration of director Alfred Hitchcock’s 1934 thriller about an average British family that gets drawn into an international assassination plot. Leslie Banks and Edna Best star. Hitchcock remade this film in 1956 with American actors James Stewart and Doris Day.

“The Tin Drum”: Criterion Collection reissue of director Volker Schlondorff’s 1979 film about a boy growing up in Danzig in the 1920s. Disgusted by the adult world, he decides to stop growing at age three. The movie won a number of awards, including the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival and the 1980 Oscar for best foreign language film. Presented in German with English subtitles.

“Anthony Jeselnik – Caligula”: New stand-up special from comedian Anthony Jeselnik. Bonus features Anthony Jeselnik – Caligulainclude extended cuts of his appearances at high-profile roasts of Donald Trump, Charlie Sheen and Roseanne Barr.

“Men of a Certain Age” – The Complete Second Season: This TNT dramedy was cancelled, but fans can now revisit every episode. Ray Romano, Andre Braugher and Scott Bakula star as best friends trying to cope with middle age.

“I Am Bruce Lee”: Documentary film about the martial arts legend. The movie features interviews with many celebrities who share their thoughts on Lee’s legacy. Directed by Pete McCormack.

“Perry Mason” – The Eighth Season, Vol. 2: Final 15 episodes of the classic 1950s and ’60s television series. Raymond Burr stars as defense attorney Perry Mason, William Hopper portrays detective Paul Drake and Barbara Hale plays legal secretary Della Street.

“Merlin” – The Complete Fourth Season: Thirteen fresh episodes of the British fantasy drama inspired by Arthurian legend. The show focuses on the wizard Merlin during his coming of age.

– Forrest Hartman is an independent film critic whose byline has appeared in some of the nation’s largest publications. For more of his work visit www.ForrestHartman.com. E-mail him at Forrest@ForrestHartman.com.

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