DVD releases

  • Thu Feb 9th, 2012 8:49am
  • Life

“Love Story”

Although the line “love never means having to say you’re sorry” sounded hokey 10 minutes after it was delivered, this 1970 movie still has a lot of heart. Ryan O’Neal and Ali McGraw play the perfect couple who first face social barriers and then deal with tragic circumstances that test their love.

The film, being released on Blu-ray, includes the documentary “Love Story: A Classic Remembered,” commentary by director Arthur Hiller and the original theatrical trailer.

Grade: B

“The Sunset Limited”

The film, which originally aired on HBO, is based on the play by Cormac McCarthy. It’s an example of how a production can be sparse in setting and action and still be powerful and moving.

After a suicide attempt by White (Tommy Lee Jones) is thwarted by Black (Samuel L. Jackson), the two men go to Black’s sparse apartment to talk. The entire film is their discussion of life, death and the existence of God. Their opinions are as much a contrast as their names. Black is an ex-con evangelical Christian; White’s an atheist professor.

Grade: B+

Also new

“Downton Abbey: Season 2”: Times have changed and so has the house in 1916 as war impacts life at Downton.

“Penguins of Madagascar: Operation: Get Ducky”: The penguins face another big mission.

“CSI: Grave Danger”: The two-part special of the CBS procedural drama directed by Quentin Tarantino is on Blu-ray.

“Lady and the Tramp”: The 1955 Disney film is available on Blu-ray.

“Project Nim”: Documentary about a chimpanzee raised as a human child.

Rick Bentley, The Fresno Bee (Fresno, Calif.)