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DVD previews: 'The Internship,' 'Before Midnight'

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  • Owen Wilson, left, and Vince Vaughn try their luck in the tech sector in "The Internship."

      Owen Wilson, left, and Vince Vaughn try their luck in the tech sector in "The Internship."

 
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Here's a look at DVDs coming out Tuesday, Oct. 22:

"The Internship" (PG-13, 119 minutes, Fox): Two middle-aged men, both suddenly unemployed, decide their wisest move is to apply for unpaid internships at Google even though they possess zero technical skills, barely know what Instagram is and often refer to the Internet as "the online." Anything resembling post-economic-recession logic clearly got chucked out the window here, along with the acknowledgment that Bing and Yahoo exist. But hey, the whole point of "The Internship" is to reunite former Buffalo Grove resident Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, whose mile-a-minute-meets-super-mellow chemistry made "Wedding Crashers" a massive hit in 2005. That this overlong, often preposterous comedy succeeds at all (which it does, occasionally) proves that the Vaughn/Wilson charm can still work a measure of magic. Contains sexuality, some crude humor, partying and language. Extras include commentary with director Shawn Levy and "Any Given Monday" featurette. Also, on Blu-ray: deleted scenes.

"Before Midnight" (R, 108 minutes, Sony): Richard Linklater made his name in 1991 with "Slacker," a low-key ramble through Austin that introduced a new generation and a spontaneous form of filmmaking that concealed surprising intelligence and artfulness beneath its laid-back style. Linklater has gone on to pursue a wonderfully eclectic career, but now and then he returns to the talky, elliptical movie he started out making: In 1995, he made "Before Sunrise," starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy as Jesse and Celine, two people in their 20s who meet on a train and spend a romantic night having one long conversation while strolling through Vienna; in 2004 he caught up with the couple in "Before Sunset," when they meet again a decade later. With luck, Linklater isn't bringing the couple's story to an end with "Before Midnight." But there's no doubt that "Before Midnight," which finds the young lovers of yore firmly ensconced within the regret and compromise of middle age, also finds them grappling with intimations of aging and mortality. Contains sexual content, nudity and profanity. Extras include Q&A and making of feature.

"The Way, Way Back" (PG-13, 103 minutes, Fox): Adolescent disaffection, adult cluelessness and the fleeting pangs of summer romance spring palpably to life in "The Way, Way Back," a coming-of-age drama that manages some genuinely surprising turns despite the formulaic road it travels. At the start of the film, 14-year-old Duncan (Liam James), on his way to a summer on the Massachusetts shore, is trapped in a car being driven by his mother's boyfriend, Trent (Steve Carell), a nasty, judgmental piece of work. While Duncan's mom, Pam (Toni Collette), naps, Trent is haranguing Duncan about his social skills, sharply asking the teenager how he would rate himself on a scale from 1 to 10, then volunteering that he'd give Duncan "a 3." Once arrived at Riptide, Trent's cottage, the group is set upon by Betty (Allison Janney), Trent's blowsy neighbor. Trent and Pam become absorbed in the beach town's social life. Desperate for escape, Duncan bicycles away from the compound one day, finally finding himself at the Water Wizz, a vintage water park overseen by a perennial teenager named Owen (Sam Rockwell). Contains thematic elements, profanity, some sexual content and brief drug material. Extras include deleted scenes, a water park "tour," at look at filmmakers Nat Faxon and Jim Rash and an "Ensemble" featurette. Also, on Blu-ray: a making-of featurette.

"Only God Forgives" (R, 89 minutes, Anchor Bay): You've got to hand it to Nicolas Winding Refn. Only a filmmaker of his supreme self-confidence would put one of the most charismatic stars on the planet in his movie and then reduce his leading man's face to an unrecognizable mess. Ryan Gosling hands out and receives beatings with such metronomic regularity that they feel like the big dance numbers in bad musicals: showy, artificial and meaningless. In some ways, "Only God Forgives" qualifies as a follow-up to Refn's 2011 film, "Drive," which starred Gosling in a similarly terse, somber performance. But where that film cleverly addressed its own pulp-crime genre and the artifice of Hollywood, here Refn advances nothing but his own obsessions, which quickly grow tiresome. Contains strong bloody violence, including grisly images, sexual content and profanity. Extras include commentary with Refn, behind the scenes featurette, director interviews and the movie's music, with Cliff Martinez.

"The Conjuring" (R, 112 minutes, Warner): This impressive ghost story also is a well-above-average thriller. Set in 1971, the story is said to have been inspired by the files of Ed and Lorraine Warren, a husband-and-wife team of paranormal investigators. The action takes place in a 150-year-old Rhode Island farmhouse, where, almost immediately upon moving in, Roger and Carolyn Perron (Ron Livingston and Lili Taylor) and their five daughters start to experience disturbing events. First the dog won't come inside. Then there's a foul odor, followed by unexplained cold spots, clocks that stop at 3:07 a.m. and miscellaneous visits by things that go bump in the night. When things get out of control one night, the Perrons invite the Warrens over to have a look-see. As played by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga, the Warrens bring a sort of deadpan credibility to the admittedly far-fetched goings-on. Contains intense scenes of terror and violence. Extras include "Scaring the "$*% Out of You" featurette. Also, on Blu-ray: "Face-to-Face With Terror" and "A Life in Demonology" featurettes.

Also: "As Cool as I Am," "Far Out Isn't Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story," "Dead in Tombstone," "Oka!" (documentary on ethno-musicologist Louis Sarno), "Storm Rider," "Homecoming," "In a Town This Size" (2011, documentary about sexual child abuse allegedly committed by a Bartlesville, Okla., pediatrician), "Just Like a Woman," "Paradise: Faith" (Austria/Germany/France), "The Uninvited" (1944, The Criterion Collection), "Red Clover," "Scoot & Kassie's Christmas Adventure," and "The Wall" ( Austria/Germany).

Television series: "Nikita: Third Season" and "Primeval New World: The Complete Series" (spinoff of British TV series).

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