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DVD previews: 'RoboCop,' 'Lone Survivor'

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  • Detroit police officer Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman), left, becomes part man/part machine with help from a scientist (Gary Oldman) in "RoboCop."

      Detroit police officer Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman), left, becomes part man/part machine with help from a scientist (Gary Oldman) in "RoboCop."

 
The Washington Post

Here's a look at DVDs coming out Tuesday, June 3:

"RoboCop" (PG-13, 110 minutes, MGM/Fox): In the hands of director Josť Padilha, this remake meets expectations without exceeding them. Lightly following the original story line by screenwriters Edward Neumeier and Michael Miner, this iteration (retooled by screenwriter Joshua Zetumer) makes a few tweaks here and there, hewing to the most recognizable contours but dispensing with the most hard-edged violence and gore. Police officer Alex Murphy is still an upright Detroit cop battling crime on the streets and corruption inside his precinct; when an explosion takes his life, he is whisked away by the bright and shiny company OmniCorp and reconfigured as a part-human cyborg, the perfect melding of man and machine and an ideal marketing tool for selling Americans on the idea of robotic law enforcement. Contains violence, language, sensuality and some drug material. Blu-ray extras include: deleted scenes, the "OmniCorp Product Announcement," a making-of short and other featurettes.

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"Lone Survivor" (R, 121 minutes, Universal): Based on the memoir of Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, played by Mark Wahlberg, the film tells the story of Operation Red Wings, a disastrous 2005 mission to kill a prominent Taliban fighter, Ahmad Shah (Yousuf Azami). The four-man team of commandos is ambushed and stranded without communications on a remote mountain in Afghanistan. "Lone Survivor" is a loud and grinding affair; at times, the violence is so unrelenting and fierce that it's hard to believe that there's anyone left alive, let alone with any bullets left to fire. Contains intense violence and language. Extras include a behind-the-scenes featurette and "The Fallen Heroes of Operation Red Wings" profile. Also, on Blu-ray: an in-depth look at Luttrell; and featurettes on re-creating the firefight, the Pashtun code of life and basic SEAL training for the four lead actors.

"Son of God" (PG-13, 138 minutes, Fox): Is it possible to love Jesus and not like "Son of God"? That's the slightly discomfiting question some viewers might face upon seeing the feature film, presented by producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett as a condensed form of their 2013 History Channel miniseries, "The Bible." Still, "Son of God" is nothing if not sincere, its earnest retelling of Jesus' life story resembling a gentle, pop-up book version of the New Testament, its text re-enacted for maximum reassurance and intellectual ease. After a brief scene at the manger, the film focuses on his teachings as an adult. Contains violence. Extras include a behind-the-scenes peek at life on set; making-of videos; cast, producer and director interviews; a "Christians Today" featurette; a "Jesus for a New Generation" featurette; a photo booklet and a Spanish-language version.

Also: "Tim's Vermeer," "In the Blood," "The Pretty One," "The Odd Way Home," "What's in a Name?" (France), "Mirage Men" (documentary), "Beyond the Trophy," "Alexander: The Ultimate Cut," "Black Out" (Netherlands), "The Nutty Professor 50th Anniversary Collector's Edition" and "Axel: The Biggest Little Hero."

Television series: "Breaking Bad: The Complete Series," "Pretty Little Liars: Fourth Season," "True Blood: Sixth Season," "Witches of East End: First Season," "The Bridge Season 1," "Falling Skies: Third Season," "The Glades: Season 4," "Graceland: Season One," "New Tricks, Season 10" and "Barbary Coast."

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