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‘Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired’


If you want to see a film that either condemns or absolves French-born, Polish-raised filmmaker Roman Polanski, go somewhere else. This HBO-produced documentary is more concerned with the American legal process that, at least in Polanski’s case, didn’t come close to doing justice for anyone involved – Polanski or the 13-year-old girl he admitted having sex with (after providing her both drink and drugs). DVD includes commentaries with director Marina Zenovich and editor Joe Bini, Zenovich interview, deleted scenes. (1:39; not rated)

– Dan Webster, staff writer

‘Pride and Glory’


There are, apparently, only so many ways to tell big-city cop stories. This gritty and authentic flick explores what happens when police die in the line of duty and a detective (Edward Norton) finds evidence that his cop brother-in-law (Colin Farrell) is involved. Yet for all its strengths, you’ve seen this story before. DVD, which is available on Blu-ray, includes making-of featurette, theatrical trailer. (2:09. rated R for brief drug content, pervasive language, strong violence)

– Dan Webster, staff writer

‘Lakeview Terrace’


Neil LaBute needs to go back to directing his own screenplays. Following his disastrous remake of “The Wicker Man,” the Spokane-raised filmmaker took on the for-hire job of directing this mostly generic suspense flick about a veteran LAPD cop (Samuel L. Jackson) who, already on a short fuse, can’t cope with the mixed-race couple (Patrick Wilson, Kerry Washington) who move in next door. LaBute misses a chance to tell a story about real people by opting for a violent genre climax, which was likely where the script was headed long before he became involved. DVD, which is available on Blu-ray, includes commentaries by director LaBute and star Washington, making-of featurettes, deleted scenes. (1:46; rated PG-13 for intense thematic material, language, sexuality, drug references, violence)

– Dan Webster, staff writer

‘The Rocker’

Given a second chance at rock success, an ’80s-era drummer (Rainn Wilson) goes on the road with his nephew (Josh Gad) and the teenager’s band. “I don’t want to oversell ‘The Rocker,’ but … It’s a lot of fun. Its spirit is genuine and, even with the odd vomit gag, fundamentally sweet.” DVD, which is available on Blu-ray, includes commentaries by director Peter Cattaneo and stars Wilson, Gad, Teddy Geiger and Emma Stone, making-of featurettes, deleted scenes. (1:42; rated PG-13 for drug references, language, nudity, sexual references)

– Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

‘The Lucky Ones’

Finding themselves on an unplanned road trip across America, a trio of very different U.S. soldiers (Tim Robbins, Rachel McAdams, Michael Peña) form a deep bond. “It’s all very facile … but ‘The Lucky Ones’ isn’t dull, and the actors do quite nicely, especially McAdams, who’s feisty, gorgeous, and as mercurial as a mood ring.” DVD includes making-of featurette. (1:55; rated R for language, sexual content)

– Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly


A Russian mobster orchestrates a crooked land deal, putting millions of dollars up for grabs, and all of London’s criminal underworld wants a part of the action. “Watching ‘RocknRolla,’ there’s a sense that instead of inventing a story, (director Guy) Ritchie sat around for a few months thinking of things that would look cool on-screen.” DVD, which is available on Blu-ray, includes commentary by director Ritchie, making-of featurettes. (1:54; rated R for brief sexuality, drug use, pervasive language, violence)

– Chris Hewitt, St. Paul Pioneer Press

Also available: “Abraham Lincoln: His Life and Legacy,” “The Great Music Caper,” Holly,” “Obscene,” “Open Season 2” (also on Blu-ray)

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