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DVD previews: 'Monuments Men,' 'About Last Night'

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  • Matt Damon, left, and George Clooney star in "The Monuments Men."

      Matt Damon, left, and George Clooney star in "The Monuments Men."

 
The Washington Post

Here's a look at DVDs coming out Tuesday, May 20:

"The Monuments Men" (PG-13, 119 minutes, Sony): Writer-director-star George Clooney looks to World War II thrillers, caper comedies and standard sentimental uplift to tell the story of the U.S. Army's Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives program, wherein a group of art historians, architects and artists sought to save art looted by the Nazis. As the war came to a close, their mission shifted to saving those works from destruction ­-- or confiscation by the Soviet army. Contains smoking and violence. Extras include behind-the-scenes featurettes. Also, on Blu-ray: Deleted scenes, "The Real Monuments Men" and "A Woman Amongst the Monuments Men" shorts.

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"About Last Night" (R, 100 minutes, Sony): In the 1980s, when "About Last Night ..." came out, it quickly became a cinematic signifier for its era. Nearly 30 years on, the remade rom-com has been spruced up and given some timely punch, though it's still full of clichés. The action has been transported from Chicago to Los Angeles, where Daniel (Michael Ealy) and Debbie (Joy Bryant) meet after their respective best friends drag them along on a drunken double-date. But those friends are the film's biggest surprise: Kevin Hart and Regina Hall steal every scene they're in. Contains sexual situations, language and drug use. Extras include "An Un-Romantic Comedy" featurette. Also, on Blu-ray: three more featurettes.

"3 Days to Kill" (PG-13, 113 minutes, Fox): Can ex-CIA operative Ethan Renner (Kevin Costner) repair his relationship with his estranged teenage daughter (Hailee Steinfeld) while maintaining his commitment to his old employer, who has pulled him out of retirement for one last round of targeted killing? Director McG attempts to negotiate a middle path between the loud action thriller that the DVD cover implies and the sappy drama of father-daughter bonding that the movie really is. Contains violence, language and sensuality. Extras include a featurette. Also, on Blu-ray: extended cut, making-of and "McG's Method" featurette.

"Pompeii" (PG-13, 105 minutes, Sony): Milo (Kit Harington) is the last member of a Celtic tribe of equestrians who are massacred by Roman soldiers. He escapes his parents' fate, but he's enslaved and, years later, becomes a killing machine. Contains violence and sexual situations. Extras include commentary and featurettes. Also, on Blu-ray: deleted and alternate scenes, making-of shorts and an historical featurette.

Also: "McCanick," "In Secret," "Vampire Academy," "Grand Piano," "16 Acres: The Struggle to Rebuild Ground Zero," "Weekend of a Champion," "The Great Flood," "The Right Kind of Wrong," "Way of the Wicked," "John Wayne: The Epic Collection Collection," "Like Someone in Love" (Japanese), "Crook," "The Revengers," "Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley," "Sophia Grace & Rosie's Royal Adventure," "Arthur Hailey's The Moneychangers," "Secrets of the Third Reich," "Civil War 360," "Chased By Dinosaurs" and "Martial Arts Movie Marathon."

Television series: "Mountain Men: Season 2," "Call the Midwife: Season Three," "Doctor Who: The Enemy of the World," "Waking the Dead: Season Nine," "The First World War: The Complete Series," "The Abbott and Costello Show: Second Season," "L.A. Law: Second Season," "Dalziel & Pascoe: Season Nine," "Duck Dynasty: The Duck Days of Summer," "Warehouse: The Complete Series" and "Warehouse 13: Season Five."

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