THE WOLVERINE (2013, Fox, PG-13, $30) -- Haunted by the death of his beloved Jean Grey (Famke Janssen), the Clawed One (Hugh Jackman) is suffering an existential crisis in the wilds of the Yukon. Sounds like a loony premise, right? Wrong. Giving Wolverine the blues only makes it easier to root for him when he travels to Japan and ponders relinquishing his immortality. Of course, nothing goes according to plan, and soon Wolverine is tangling with the Japanese mafia and battling scores of ninjas. From a sensational fight scene atop a speeding bullet train to Wolvy's relationship with a young heiress (Tao Okamoto), "The Wolverine" is a slice above the usual superhero fare. Extras: alt ending and featurettes.
DRINKING BUDDIES (2013, Magnolia, R, $27) -- Working some of the same territory that "When Harry Met Sally" covered nearly 25 years ago, this intoxicating slice-of-life comedy pivots on two buddies (Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson) who like nothing better than knocking back a few cold ones together. When Wilde's boyfriend (Ron Livingstone) departs, the stage is set for the friends to become lovers. But if you think you know where this rom com is headed, think again. "Drinking Buddies" is a wonderfully fresh brew. Extras: featurettes, deleted scenes and commentaries.
THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES (2013, Sony, PG-13, $30) -- In this "Harry Potter"-esque adventure, Lily Collins stars as Clary, a seemingly ordinary Brooklyn teenager who discovers a hidden world where angel-human warriors named Shadowhunters battle vampires, demons and warlocks. After Clary's mother (Lena Headey) goes missing, Clary learns she's a Shadowhunter herself and goes on a rescue mission with a handful of leather-clad warriors (Jamie Campbell Bower, Jemima West, Kevin Zegers). The exposition-heavy movie starts off better than it finishes but the cast is plucky and the special effects are eye-catching. Extras: featurettes, deleted scenes and music video.
THE CANYONS (2013, IFC, unrated, $25) -- From scripter Bret Easton Ellis ("American Psycho") and director Paul Schrader ("Taxi Driver") comes the unsettling saga of a handful of deceptive Los Angelinos trying to make it in the movie biz. Lindsay Lohan stars as a sometime-actress who cheats on her soulless boyfriend (adult film star James Deen) with a man (Nolan Funk) from her past. Schrader intercuts the main action with shots of boarded-up movie theaters, perhaps hinting at the emptiness and bankruptcy of Hollywood. Heavy on kink and sadness, "The Canyons" is a look into the abyss. Extras: featurettes.
THE SMURFS 2 (2013, Sony, PG, $30) -- For the sequel to the surprise 2011 hit, Smurfette (Katy Perry) finds herself kidnapped by two "naughties" (Christina Ricci, JB Smoove) and whisked away to Paris at the behest of evil wizard Gargamel (Hank Azaria). It turns out Gargamel needs the Blue One's "Smurf essence" to rule the world. Neil Patrick Harris and "Glee's" Jayma Mays return to help Papa Smurf (Jonathan Winters) and his brood rescue Smurfette. Tiny tots might enjoy the Blue Ones' shenanigans but adults will likely find the whole thing smurfing annoying. Extras: featurettes.
GOOD OL' FREDA (2013, Magnolia, PG, $27) -- For years, Beatles secretary Freda Kelly rarely spoke about her time working for the Fab Four. But in this delightful documentary she spills the beans in a way that's bound to put a smile on the face of every fan of John, Paul, George and Ringo. The highlight is Freda's discussion of being sacked by Lennon who instantly regretted his decision and begged her to come back. Also fascinating is Freda detailing the close relationships she shared with the parents of the Beatles, including Paul's father and Ringo's mother. "Good Ol' Freda" is a sweet, intimate look at The Beatles' inner circle. Extras: featurettes.
CRYSTAL FAIRY & THE MAGICAL CACTUS (2013, IFC, unrated, $25) -- Michael Cera delivers a hilarious turn as Jamie, an American expat who convinces three Chilean brothers to help him score a cactus with psychedelic powers. On his quest for an altered state, Jamie ignores almost everything and everyone around him, including Crystal Fairy (Gaby Hoffmann), an eccentric who's along for the ride. Helmer Sebastian Silva ("The Maid") took home the directing prize at the Sundance Film Festival for the flick, which is the rare comedy that keeps getting funnier, stranger and more compelling as it goes along. Extras: featurette.
BROKEN (2013, Film Movement, unrated, $30) -- A single act of violence reverberates through a small community in Britain, sending one man to a mental asylum, driving another family apart and upending the sheltered existence of the 11-year-old Skunk (Eloise Laurence). While "Broken" is primarily a coming-of-age tale (think "To Kill a Mockingbird" without the social commentary), it's so emotionally generous that it also makes time for Skunk's dad (Tim Roth), his girlfriend (Zana Marjanovic) and her former boyfriend (Cillian Murphy). Extras: none.
THE GHOST AND MRS. MUIR (1947, Fox, unrated, $25) -- One of the winners of a recent write-in contest for films most eagerly anticipated on Blu-ray, Joseph Mankiewicz's romantic fantasy springs to life in hi-def. Charles Lang's black-and-white cinematography and Bernard Herrmann's score have never looked or sounded better. Best of all, the tale of a lonely widow (Gene Tierney) who develops a friendship with the ghost of a wily sea captain (Rex Harrison) remains surprisingly fresh and potent. It's a perfect storm of sentiment and the supernatural with an ending guaranteed to give you goose bumps. Extras: commentaries and featurettes.
NASHVILLE (1975, Criterion, R, $40) -- Set over the course of a few days in Music City, Robert Altman's satirical masterpiece brilliantly skewers politicians and the machinery of fame while also offering up character studies of a wide range of sad misfits and crazy fools. With nearly two dozen memorable characters, there are scores of indelible moments, including Ronee Blakely's nervous breakdown on stage, Keith Carradine's wooing of Lily Tomlin, and a finale that turns the song "It Don't Worry Me" into some kind of cracked national anthem. No movie, with the possible exception of "The Godfather," better represents the brilliance of '70s moviemaking. It's a stone cold classic. Extras: Altman commentary and new making-of doc.
ARGO: EXTENDED EDITION (2012, Warner, R, $50) -- Almost a year after Ben Affleck's spy thriller won a best picture Oscar comes a Blu-ray boxed set that offers up the theatrical cut as well as a 10- minutes longer director's cut. Affleck stars as "exfiltration expert" Tony Mendez, a CIA agent who masterminds, with the help of some Hollywood hotshots (John Goodman, Alan Arkin), a daring plan to rescue six Americans (Tate Donovan, Clea Duvall, Kerry Bishe) trapped in Tehran following an assault on the U.S. embassy. "Argo" is both funny and thunderously exciting. Extras: photo book, poster and new featurettes.
DRUMS ALONG THE MOHAWK (1939, Twilight Time, unrated, $30) -- John Ford's Revolutionary War epic starring Henry Fonda and Claudette Colbert as brave homesteaders forced to battle evil Tories is one of the most visually striking movies of the 1930s. Not surprisingly, it looks even better on Blu-ray, particularly the justifiably famous sequence of Fonda running for his life, as the night sky looms behind him. Boasting lively supporting characters, harrowing battle scenes and stunning cinematography, "Drums" ranks with Ford's best. Extras: Commentaries.
MARY HARTMAN, MARY HARTMAN: THE COMPLETE SERIES (1976-77, Shout Factory, unrated, $250) -- One of the most ambitious TV experiments of all time, this one-of-a-kind soap opera brilliantly satirized life in the suburbs. Mary Hartman (Louise Lasser) was the original desperate housewife, a woman bedeviled by mass murders, venereal disease, the Fernwood Flasher, low-flying airplanes and waxy yellow buildup on her kitchen floor. Mary Kay Place co-stars as Loretta Haggers, Mary's country music-singing buddy whose jaw-dropping appearance on "The Dinah Shore Show" helped the show cement its cult status. All 325 episodes are on tap in this 38-disc set. Extras: two featurettes and 10 "Fernwood 2 Night" episodes.
HOT IN CLEVELAND: SEASON FOUR (2013, Paramount, unrated, $30) -- There are plenty of guest stars (Carol Burnett, George Hamilton, "Modern Family's" Jesse Tyler Ferguson) to enliven the fourth season of the TV Land original series. But the highlight of the three-disc set is the reunion of "Mary Tyler Moore Show" vets Betty White, Valerie Harper, Georgia Engel, Cloris Leachman and Moore. The writing was much sharper on the classic sitcom but watching these golden girls trade zingers and drink toasts to the good old days is an irresistible treat. Extras: outtakes.
-- Amy Longsdorf
Tuesday-- "Adore," "Despicable Me 2," "Fast & Furious 6," "The Hunt," "Jane Mansfield's Car," "Man of Tai Chi."
Dec. 17 -- "Elysium," "The Family," "Justified: The Complete Fourth Season," "Kick-Ass 2," "The Lone Ranger," "Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters," "Prisoners."
Dec. 24 -- "Insidious."
Dec. 31 -- "Don Jon."
Jan. 7 -- "The Following: The Complete First Season."
Jan. 28 -- "Steven Spielberg Presents: Pinky, Elmyra & The Brain The Complete Series."
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