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DVD previews: 'Her,' 'That Awkward Moment'

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  • Amy Adams and Joaquin Phoenix star in the romance "Her."

      Amy Adams and Joaquin Phoenix star in the romance "Her."

The Washington Post

Here's a look at DVDs coming out Tuesday, May 13:

"Her" (R, 126 minutes, Warner): Joaquin Phoenix delivers a gentle, thoroughly disarming performance in this wildly inventive, scrupulously understated romance from Spike Jonze. Set in a Los Angeles that's been ingeniously photographed to exploit its most futuristic vernacular, "Her" takes place at a time when our virtual lives have merged even more seamlessly with corporeal, real-world experience: Welcome to Earbud Nation. When Phoenix's character, Theodore, takes advantage of the latest upgrade, he finds that his computer is now being run by a charming, Siri-like disembodied voice that calls itself Samantha (voiced by Scarlett Johansson). Contains profanity, sexual content and brief graphic nudity. Extras include a "Her: Love in the Modern Age" featurette. Also, on Blu-ray: "The Untitled Rick Howard Project" (a reference to Jonze's tongue-in-cheek early film title; Howard is a skateboarder friend of his) and "How Do You Share Your Life With Somebody" featurette.

"That Awkward Moment" (R, 94 minutes, Sony): With their chirpy, pseudo-hip banter and super-designed apartments, the men of "That Awkward Moment" rarely convince viewers that they're more than obnoxious, entitled brats, running amok in the big city. Mikey (Michael B. Jordan) proves a sensitive, soft-spoken exception in a group that includes a female wingman (Mackenzie Davis). The chief frustration is that everyone in it is so much better than the material: Zac Efron, an acting, singing and dancing triple threat, here squanders his charm. Miles Teller and Jordan may not be as well-known (yet) but possess a lot of talent. Contains sexual content and profanity. Extras include a making-of featurette in which the three stars talk about their on-set experiences and four character profiles. Also, on Blu-ray: gag reel and "Moment of Truth: Behind the Scenes" featurette.

"I, Frankenstein" (PG-13, 92 minutes, Lionsgate): Right from the title, there's an off-putting air of pomposity about "I, Frankenstein." The aura of goofy grandeur is enough to scare some viewers off of the movie, an adaptation of Kevin Grevioux's graphic novel about Mary Shelley's monster, set in a modern-day dystopia being fought over by demons and angel-like gargoyles. Don't be frightened. The contents of the film are a lot more fun than the package looks. Aaron Eckhart makes for a surprisingly deep and compelling antihero in this update of an antique monster movie for the Imax 3-D age. Frankenstein's creature is the consummate outsider: not quite human, yet unwilling to fully ally himself with either of the film's supernatural warring parties. Contains sequences of intense fantasy action and violence throughout. Extras include commentary with co-writer/director Stuart Beattie and a second commentary with Grevioux and producers Gary Lucchesi, Richard Wright and James McQuaide; and featurettes "Creating a Monster" and "Frankenstein's Creatures." Available in 3-D.

Also: "Stalingrad" (in Russian and German with subtitles, includes an English dubbed version), "Squatters," "After Tiller" (documentary), "The Dave Clark Five and Beyond: Glad All Over" (documentary), "16 Acres" (documentary), "American Jesus," "Generation Iron" (documentary), "God Loves Uganda" (documentary), "Deadly Code" (Italy, starring John Malkovich), "Perry Mason Movie Collection: Volume 2," "Special ID" (China), "Theatreland" (documentary), "Marvel Knights: Wolverine Weapon X: Tomorrow Dies Today" (animated comic book), "American Pie 4-Movie Unrated Collection," "Poseidon Rex," "Dinosaur Big City/Dinosaurs A to Z Double Feature" (PBS Kids), "Looney Tunes Spotlight Collection Volume 8" and "Strawberry Shortcake: Fun Under the Sun".

Television series: "Louie: Season 3," "The New Normal: First Season," "Orange is the New Black: Season One," "Eastbound & Down: Fourth and Final Season," "Arthur Makes a Movie" (PBS Kids), "Martha's Superhero Adventures" (PBS Kids), "American Dad! Volume 9," "Bob's Burgers: Third Season," "Afterlife: Season One," "Kendra on Top: Season 2," "Last Man Standing: First Season" and "Last Man Standing: Second Season."

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