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DVD previews: 'Lee Daniels' The Butler,' 'Enough Said'

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  • Cecil Gaines (Forest Whitaker) serves a succession of presidents in "Lee Daniels' The Butler," now on DVD.

      Cecil Gaines (Forest Whitaker) serves a succession of presidents in "Lee Daniels' The Butler," now on DVD.

 
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Here's a look at DVDs coming out Tuesday, Jan. 14:

"Lee Daniels' The Butler" (PG-13, 126 minutes, The Weinstein Co./Anchor Bay): Inspired by the true story of Eugene Allen, who served eight presidents as a White House domestic, the film stars Forest Whitaker as Cecil Gaines, who grows up amid Southern cotton fields, witnesses the systematic abuse of his parents and learns that one goes along to get along. Contains some violence, strong language, sexual material, thematic elements and smoking. Extras include "Lee Daniels' The Butler: An American Story" and "The Original Freedom Riders" featurettes and more.

"Enough Said" (PG-13, 92 minutes, Fox): Like the best romantic comedies, writer-director Nicole Holofcener's film zings and pops with hilarious dialogue between stars James Gandolfini and Julia-Louis Dreyfus. "Enough Said" also gets to the heart of human nature: in this case, the lengths people go to in order to fill their empty spaces, and how lovable foibles become intolerable flaws. Contains sexual content, some thematic material and language. Extras include promotional featurettes. Also, on Blu-ray: "Second Takes."

"Fruitvale Station" (R, 84 minutes, The Weinstein Co./Anchor Bay): The astonishing directorial debut of 27-year-old Ryan Coogler won big awards at the Sundance and Cannes film festivals. The story is about an unarmed 22-year-old man who was shot and killed in Oakland in the early hours of New Year's Day 2009. What makes it a must-see is its timelessness: Coogler brings not just classical aesthetic sensibilities to the tale of Oscar Grant (Michael B. Jordan) but an unerring ethical stance, as well. Contains violence, profanity and drug use. Extras include "The Story of Oscar Grant" featurette.

"Riddick" (R, 119 minutes, Universal): Twelve years after bringing crazy-eyed, muscle-bound Riddick to life in the sci-fi thriller "Pitch Black," Vin Diesel reunites with writer-director David Twohy for a third installment. As the movie opens, Riddick, an escaped convict, finds himself stuck on a foreign planet. Wanting to return to his home planet and knowing he has a bounty on his head, he broadcasts his whereabouts to lure mercenaries, whose ship he plans to steal. Sure enough, two groups show up. Contains strong violence, language, sexual content and nudity. Extras include a featurette on Diesel's role and an animated prequel.

Also: "The Spectacular Now," "Short Term 12," "Blue Caprice," "A.C.O.D.," "Carrie," "You're Next" "Big Sur," "A Single Shot," "Four," "I'm in Love With a Church Girl," "Richard the Lionheart," "In Montauk," "Paradise: Hope" (Germany), "Plus One," "Rififi," "Terraferma" (Italy), "Thief," "Pride and Prejudice: Keepsake Edition" (A&E version), "Be My Valentine" and "Wolverine vs. Sabretooth."

Documentaries: "Twenty Feet From Stardom," "Greedy Lying Bastards," "The Contradictions of Fair Hope," "Unmanned: America's Drone Wars," "Rewind This!," "Our Nixon," "Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did for Love," "Secrets of Ancient Egypt" and "Frankenstein: The Real Story."

Television series: "The Universe in 3-D: A Whole New Dimension," "Top Gear: Season 20," "The Americans Season 1," "SpongeBob and Friends: Patrick SquarePants," "Last of the Summer Wine: Vintage 2001," "Power Rangers Megaforce: The Mysterious Robo Knight" and "Joanna Lumley's Greek Odyssey."

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