10 home video releases to give for the holidays

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 3, 2013 at 6:55 am •  Published: December 3, 2013
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— "Man of Steel." (Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Blu-ray Combo Pack $35.99, with additional formats and product options available.) The fate of mankind lies in the hands of one man (yet again) with the home-video release of this 2013 Superman adventure. Starring Henry Cavill, with Zack Snyder directing, it finds Clark Kent forced to confront his extraterrestrial past and embrace his hidden powers when Earth is threatened with destruction. Amy Adams, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne and Russell Crowe co-star.

— "The Canyons." (MPI Home Video. DVD, $24.98; Blu-ray: $29.98.) This might have marked the cred-restoring comeback of Lindsay Lohan, and a career resurrection for director Paul Schrader (who long ago made "American Gigolo" and wrote "Taxi Driver"). Instead, this erotic thriller is an instant camp classic and a further erosion of Lohan loyalists' argument that she can act. Lohan plays the girlfriend of a Los Angeles movie producer, portrayed by adult movie actor James Deen, who together engage in erotic encounters with couples found on the Internet. Worth the purchase price for gleeful hate-watching.

— "Photo: A History From Behind the Lens." (Acorn/Athena. DVD, $49.99.) These 12 episodes follow the development of photography from its beginnings to more recent times, from the surrealists to the primitives, the press, experimental photography of the 1920s, and the art of digital illusion. Its big-picture lesson: how the camera has changed the way we see the world.

— "'Breaking Bad': The Complete Series." (Sony. Blu-ray, $299.00.) A great score for any drama addict's stash. Starring Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul, it's the best TV drama series of all time — or, if it isn't, Heisenberg dares you to convince him there's a batter one. The set includes all five seasons on 16 discs plus an all-new two-hour documentary, a commemorative money barrel and a Los Pollos Hermanos apron for cooking fried chicken (or other things).

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EDITOR'S NOTE — Frazier Moore is a national television columnist for The Associated Press. He can be reached at fmoore@ap.org and at http://www.twitter.com/tvfrazier .


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