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DVD previews: 'Endless Love,' 'Gambit'

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  • David (Alex Pettyfer) and Jade (Gabriella Wilde) fall for each other in the remake of "Endless Love."

      David (Alex Pettyfer) and Jade (Gabriella Wilde) fall for each other in the remake of "Endless Love."

 
The Washington Post

Here's a look at DVDs coming out Tuesday, May 27:

"Endless Love" (PG-13, 105 minutes, Universal): The movie feels like Nicholas Sparks fan fiction as David Elliot (Alex Pettyfer), a wrong-side-of-the-tracks type, falls for blond bookworm Jade Butterfield (Gabriella Wilde). Both are recent high school grads, but Jade is bound for Brown, while David has no plans beyond valeting at the local country club and working as a mechanic. Jade spent high school either mourning the loss of her older brother or studying, so when the popular kid shows an interest, she practically swoons. Not only does she fall in love, but her brother and mother (Joely Richardson) become enamored with David, too. Contains language, brief nudity, sexual situations and teen partying. Extras include a making-of featurette. Also, on Blu-ray: an extended ending and deleted, extended and alternate scenes.

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"Gambit" (PG-13, 105 minutes, Sony): This caper comedy, a remake of the 1966 film of the same name, has a cast that includes Colin Firth, Cameron Diaz, Alan Rickman, Stanley Tucci and Cloris Leachman, from a Coen brothers screenplay. But after a fall 2012 release in Britain, it bounced around theaters worldwide, but never made it to the United States. Firth is an art curator who decides to seek revenge on his abusive boss (Rickman) by conning him into buying a fake Monet. But his plan requires the help of an eccentric and unpredictable Texas rodeo queen (Diaz). Contains suggestive content and partial nudity.

"Saving Grace B. Jones" (R, 116 minutes, ARC Entertainment): Conceived, cowritten, coproduced and directed by actress Connie Stevens, this thriller is based on a real-life incident involving a flood in Missouri that Stevens had lived through as a child. The film, Stevens' feature directing debut, started out on the festival circuit in 2009 and had a limited release in 2013. It was filmed in Missouri, and is set in the 1950s. Family man Landy (Michael Biehn) and his wife, Bea (Penelope Ann Miller), fight to release his sister Grace (Tatum O' Neal) from a state asylum for the insane. Grace's bouncing from quiet acceptance and wild rants worries the local townfolk, already on edge when a powerful storm threatens to flood the town. In the midst of this natural disaster, Grace sets out on a deadly rampage. Contains violence and brief sexuality.

Also: "Run & Jump," "Could This Be Love," "Claire," "Red River" (1948), "An Adventure in Space and Time," "Eastern Bandits" (China), "The People vs. Paul Crump" (1962 documentary), "Journey to the West" (China), "Ride for Lance," "House in the Alley" (Vietnam), "Hitler and the Nazis (documentary), "How to Train Your Dragon Collector's Edition," "24 Exposures," "Tapped Out," "The Kennedys: Triumph and Tragedy" and "Independence Daysaster."

Television series: "Pioneers of Television: Season 4," "The Bob Newhart Show: The Complete Series," "Jack Irish, Set 2," "Suits: Season Three," "Covert Affairs," "Cimarron Strip: The Complete Series," "The Universe: Season 7 -- Ancient Mysteries Solved," "Dora and Boots -- Best Friends Forever," "Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, Series 2" and "Wallander (Season 3)."

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