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DVD previews: 'Delivery Man,' 'Wolf of Wall Street'

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  • David Wozniak (Vince Vaughn) addresses many of his 533 children in the comedy "Delivery Man."

      David Wozniak (Vince Vaughn) addresses many of his 533 children in the comedy "Delivery Man."

 
The Washington Post

Here's a look at DVDs coming out Tuesday, March 25:

"Delivery Man" (PG-13, 104 minutes, DreamWorks/Disney): In 2011, Montreal filmmaker Ken Scott released "Starbuck," a charming little feel-good film based on the true story of a sperm donor who wakes up to discover he has fathered 533 kids. Barely a year later, he was tapped to remake the movie with a box-office-friendly American cast. The plot is set in motion when the sperm donor learns that 142 of his offspring have filed a class-action lawsuit seeking to lift his veil of anonymity. What's the difference between the two films? Other than that Scott -- remaking his own perfectly good French-Canadian movie in English -- has replaced actor Patrick Huard with former Buffalo Grove resident Vince Vaughn, not much. "Starbuck" was a funny and warmhearted trifle. So is "Delivery Man." Contains drug content, language and sexual humor. Extras include bloopers, deleted scene. Also, on Blu-ray: Vaughn interview and featurettes.

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"The Wolf of Wall Street" (R, 179 minutes, Paramount): Martin Scorsese's big, bravura, maddeningly uneven indictment of the extreme financial depredations that characterized the 1990s earned five Oscar nominations, if no awards. Leonardo DiCaprio plays Jordan Belfort, a real-life swindler and penny-stock con man who made more than $100 million off of unwitting investors. As "The Wolf of Wall Street" makes clear from its first aggressive, whipsawing moments, Belfort is the ultimate empty vessel, a man who can never get enough of anything, whether it's sex or drugs or validation from the audience he addresses by way of near-constant narration, occasionally breaking the fourth wall for a contemptuous tutorial in Darwinian finance. Belfort is a thoroughly loathsome character. Contains strong sexual content, nudity, violence drug use and language. Blu-ray-only extra is a making-of featurette with DiCaprio, Scorsese and Jonah Hill taking viewers behind the scenes and discussing the real-life Belfort.

"The Great Beauty" (unrated, 142 minutes, in Italian with subtitles, The Criterion Collection): The Oscar winner for best foreign language film, about a one-hit-wonder novelist (played by Toni Servillo) reflecting on his life at age 65, is more ravishingly Felliniesque than many of Federico Fellini's own movies. Director Paolo Sorrentino doesn't simply mimic the master's style and preoccupations, which anyone could do, but conjures the kind of emotions that made "La Dolce Vita," "8½" and others endure. He collects scenes of superficial extravagance and eccentricity, then finds the deeper yearnings they conceal. Contains nudity, sexual situations, language and drug themes. Extras include a conversation between Sorrentino and Italian cultural critic Antonio Monda, interviews, deleted scenes and a booklet featuring an essay by critic Philip Lopat.

Also: "Odd Thomas," "The Past" (in French and Persian), "Geography Club," "Welcome to the Jungle," "Home," "The Punk Singer," "The Truth About Emanuel," "Angels in Stardust," "The Appearing," "Boardwalk" (1979, "The Freshman" (1925), "Persona" (1966), "The Bigamist" (1953), "The Swimmer" (1968), "The Conspiracy," "Gordon Family Tree," "Chinese Zodiac," "The Best of Bogart Blu-ray Collection," "Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher" and "Monster High: Frights, Camera, Action!"

Television series: "Veep: Second Season," "Californication: Sixth Season," "Little House on the Prairie: Season One," "Continuum: Season Two," "Here's Lucy: The Complete Series," " "Mapp & Lucia: The Complete Collection," "Dragons: Defenders of Berk Part 1," "William & Mary: The Complete Collection," "Tickety Toc: Spring Chicks Time" and "Alpha And Omega 3: The Great Wolf Games."

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