ADMISSION (2013, Universal, PG-13, $30) -- Rarely have Tina Fey and Paul Rudd seemed so dull and uninspired as they do in this awkward comedy that tries -- and mostly fails -- at finding laughs in romance, parental panic and the college admission process. Fey plays an admissions officer at Princeton who goes out of her way to secure a spot for Jeremiah (Nat Wolff), the young man she suspects of being the son she gave up for adoption 17 years earlier. Paul Rudd is the teacher who sparks with Fey after initially introducing her to her could-be-son. It's such a bizarre premise for a comedy that it's no wonder the movie fails to make the grade. But "Admission" does have a bright spot in Lily Tomlin, who as Fey's feminist-warrior mother, steals every scene she's in. Extras: featurette.
THE HOST (2013, Universal, PG-13, $30) -- Based on Stephenie Meyer's follow-up to the "Twilight" series, this sci-fi actioner imagines a world where aliens have landed on earth and occupied the bodies of unwilling humans. Benign E.T. Wanda meets her match when she's implanted into the body of a teenager named Melanie Stryder (Saoirse Ronan) who is not fond of sharing. With a villainous Seeker (Diane Kruger) in pursuit, Wanda/Melanie holes up with resistance fighters (Jake Abel, Max Irons, William Hurt) in a cave in the middle of the Utah desert. And then, essentially, nothing happens for two long hours. "The Host" is dramatically inert to the point of tedium. Extras: deleted scenes, featurettes and commentaries.
DEAD MAN DOWN (2013, Sony, R, $30) -- The first English-language entry from "Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" helmer Niels Arden Oplev is a hot mess of a movie that shouldn't work but kinda sorta does. Colin Farrell stars as a crime lord's (Terrence Howard) henchman who, while feigning loyalty, is quietly plotting revenge against his boss for the death of his wife and daughter years earlier. If that wasn't a tricky enough situation, Farrell also gets mixed up with another revenge-obsessed soul ("Dragon Tattoo's" Noomi Rapace.) It's not big on authenticity but this neo-noir is moody and romantic around the edges. Extras: featurettes.
TYLER PERRY'S TEMPTATION: CONFESSIONS OF A MARRIAGE COUNSELOR (2013, Lionsgate, PG-13, $20) -- In Perry's latest, weakest morality play, Judith (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) is coaxed into an extra-marital entanglement by a social-media billionaire (Robbie Jones) looking to invest in the business run by Judith's matchmaker boss (Vanessa Williams). Lance Cross co-stars as Judith's soft-spoken pharmacist husband and Kim Kardashian is Williams' sarcastic assistant. Overlong and over-the-top, "Temptation" is stale storytelling at its most ponderous. Extras: none.
THE GATEKEEPERS (2012, Sony, PG-13, $30) -- An Oscar nominee for best documentary, this engrossing film boasts interviews with six former directors of the Shin Bet, Israel's version of the CIA. Director Dror Moreh encourages the men to candidly voice regrets about the hard-line positions they were forced to take through the years. "Forget about morality," one of the spies says about the war on terror. With fascinating newsreel footage, Moreh serves up a primer on Arab-Israeli relations dating back to the Six-Day War in 1967. Extras: commentary by Moreh.
PHANTOM (2013, Fox, R, $22) -- The Englewood-born and Tenafly- raised Ed Harris delivers a powerhouse turn as an about-to-retire captain of a Russian sub whose last mission is intercepted by a nutso KGB agent (David Duchovny.) When Duchovny's true agenda is revealed and he and Harris go at each other, "Phantom" becomes riveting, making up for a sluggish and somewhat confusing launch. It's reportedly based on the true story of a nuclear-armed Soviet submarine that went missing in the Pacific at the height of the Cold War. Extras: featurettes and commentaries.
THE POWER OF FEW (2013, Vivendi, R, $20) -- Filled with dialogue that will make your ears hurt, this failed thriller tracks the intersecting lives of a bunch of criminals (Devon Gearheart, Anthony Anderson) and the folks (Moon Bloodgood, Christopher Walken, Jesse Bradford) caught in their crossfire. The film starts off promisingly enough with a young man (Gearheart) desperate to secure medicine for his baby brother. But after he's dispatched, none of the characters make much of an impression and the Tarantino-esque chronological tricks grow increasingly tiresome. Extras: deleted scenes and featurettes.
THE HOUSE I LIVE IN (2012, Virgil, unrated, $15) -- Eugene Jarecki's eye-opening documentary takes off from the premise that the war on drugs isn't about drugs at all but is, instead, "a Holocaust in slow motion" in which poor Americans are locked away in record numbers. Jarecki relies on interviews from "Wire" creator David Simon as well as historians, prison officials, judges and educators to tell a very sad story. Most heartbreaking of all is the story of a meth dealer who turned to selling drugs after he lost his job. He's now serving a life sentence without parole for possessing three grams of the substance. "House" will get to you. Extras: none.
BRUBAKER (1980, Fox, R, $20) -- This Robert Redford prison picture, which is new to Blu-ray, didn't catch on with critics or audiences back in 1980 but its something of a hidden gem that would make a great double bill with Paul Newman's "Cool Hand Luke," also directed by Stuart Rosenberg. Redford excels as a reform-minded warden trying to clean up a corrupt facility in rural Arkansas. The first 20 minutes, with Redford experiencing Wakefield Prison Farm as a prisoner, are particularly immediate and raw. Extras: none.
A BIG HAND FOR THE LITTLE LADY (1966, Warner Archive, unrated, $25) -- In this entertaining Western yarn, a once-a-year poker game is interrupted by a homesteader (Henry Fonda) who sits in with a bunch of high rollers (Charles Bickford, Jason Robards, Kevin McCarthy) and promptly loses every last cent of his savings. When Fonda drops out of the game, it's up to his wife (Joanne Woodward) to save the day. For a film that's set almost entirely in one room, "Big Hand" is surprisingly lively and fast-paced. And that twist ending? All aces. Extras: none.
COHEN & TATE (1989, Shout Factory, R, $20) -- Loosely based on the O'Henry story "The Ransom At Red Chief," this new-to-Blu-ray cult oddity boasts an intriguing premise that is continually undermined by Adam Baldwin's inept performance. Baldwin and Roy Scheider play hit men hired to deliver a 9-year-old witness (Harley Cross) to their mob bosses back in Houston. Much of the action takes place in the car as the youngster turns the men against each other. There's plenty of well-staged action scenes but Baldwin's laughable turn guarantees that "Cohen & Tate" never gets out of neutral. Extras: deleted scenes, featurettes and commentary by writer/ director Eric Red.
THE DICK VAN DYKE SHOW: SEASON 4 (1964, Image, unrated, $60) -- New to Blu-ray, the fourth season of one of TV's smartest sitcoms features all 32 episodes in their uncut-for-syndication entirety. Arguably the brightest light is Mary Tyler Moore who, as Laura Petrie, gets the opportunity to show off her comedy chops in two justifiably famous episodes. In the classic "Pink Pills and Purple Parents," Laura inadvertently gets high before meeting Rob's (Van Dyke) parents for the first time and in "Never Bathe on Saturday," she winds up with her toe stuck in a bath spout. Extras: extensive featurettes and commentaries.
UNFORGETTABLE: THE FIRST SEASON (2012, Paramount, unrated, $58) - - Most police procedurals have a gimmick and this one boasts a humdinger. Crime-solving consultant Carrie Wells (Poppy Montgomery) suffers from hyperthymesia, a rare medical condition that allows her to remember everything. She does have one memory lapse, though, and it involves her sister's murder. Extras: deleted scenes, gag reel, featurettes and commentaries.
HOW THE WEST WAS WON: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON (1975, Warner, unrated, $20) -- Saddle up for this rugged Western series set against the backdrop of a lawless and lusty post-Civil War America. Fresh from his "Gunsmoke" run, James Arness stars as mountain man Zeb, with terrific support from Eva Marie Saint as his sister-in- law and Bruce Boxleitner as his nephew. The set includes the 1975 TV movie "The Macahans" which inspired the series. Extras: none.
-- Amy Longsdorf
Tuesday -- "Evil Dead," "42."
July 23 -- "Detention of the Dead," "Ginger & Rosa," "New World," "Trance."
July 30 -- "Black Rock," "G.I. Joe: Retaliation."
Aug. 6 -- "A Boy and His Dog," "Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal," "Oblivion," "The Place Beyond the Pines."
Aug. 13 -- "Emperor."
-- Jaclyn Antonacci
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