DVD releases for week of Jan. 20

Oklahoman Published: January 22, 2013
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“End of Watch”: Writer-director David Ayer knows how to do a gritty police drama, as he proved with his “Training Day” script, and he shows it again with this effective tale that draws one of Jake Gyllenhaal's standout performances to date. That actor and Michael Pena (“Crash”) play patrol partners who suddenly find themselves in dire danger after running afoul of a drug cartel. Anna Kendrick and America Ferrera also star. DVD extras: five “making-of” documentaries; audio commentary by Ayer; deleted scenes. (R: AS, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray and On Demand)

“For a Good Time, Call ... ”: Lauren Miller, who also co-wrote the movie, and Ari Graynor (“Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist”) star in this expectedly edgy comedy as former college mates who aren't any better matched years after graduation. Nevertheless, they try to put their differences aside to make a go of a phone-sex business. The venture's success leads them to form a friendship — but inevitably, something arises to threaten their smooth sailing. (R: AS, P) (Also on Blu-ray)

“The Paperboy”: An impressive cast gives life to a sinister story, as director Lee Daniels (“Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push' by Sapphire”) brings novelist Pete Dexter's backwoods Florida 1960s crime tale to film. Matthew McConaughey and David Oyewolo play reporters determined to prove that a less-than-upstanding resident (John Cusack) is innocent of a sheriff's murder; (R: AS, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray)

“Searching for Sugar Man”: The recipient of much acclaim at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, this documentary traces the literal search for Rodriguez, a musician whose meant-to-be-huge album barely caused a ripple in the 1970s. Its reputation grew over the following years, though, thanks to a bootleg that got play in South Africa and inspired two of the artist's devotees to determine what became of him, despite suicide rumors. DVD extras: “making-of” documentary; audio commentary by Rodriguez and director Malik Bendjelloul; Q&A session. (PG-13: AS, P) (Also on Blu-ray)

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