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DVD previews: 'Non-Stop,' 'Jack Ryan'

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  • An air marshal (Liam Neeson) must stop a terrorist on board a flight in "Non-Stop."

      An air marshal (Liam Neeson) must stop a terrorist on board a flight in "Non-Stop."

 
The Washington Post

Here's a look at DVDs coming out Tuesday, June 10:

"Non-Stop" (PG-13, 107 minutes, Universal): With obvious correlations to such classics of detective fiction as "And Then There Were None" and "Murder on the Orient Express," the film tells the story of an air marshal (Liam Neeson) who must identify and thwart a passenger who is threatening, by text message, to kill one person on the plane every 20 minutes unless he (or she) receives $150 million. As with Agatha Christie's most famous works, most of the main characters, including Neeson's Bill Marks, a troubled alcoholic, initially draw our suspicion. The characters are either too cooperative, not cooperative enough, weirdly furtive, excessively flirty, hiding a dark secret or, in the case of one Middle Eastern-looking character, simply presumed guilty by ethnicity. Contains violence, language, sexual situations and drug references. Extras: "Suspense at 40,000 Feet" behind-the-scenes featurette. Also, on Blu-ray: a behind-the-scenes featurette on shooting in a tube-shaped 20-by-30-foot set.

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"Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit" (PG-13, 105 minutes, Paramount): Directed by Kenneth Branagh in a blur of dizzying close-ups, revolving camera moves and hand-held action sequences, "Jack Ryan" threatens to become less a resuscitation of the beloved Tom Clancy brand than yet another jumbled, jarring action flick that isn't nearly as smart as its brainy protagonist. But with Chris Pine competently stepping into shoes once occupied by Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck and, briefly, Alec Baldwin, Jack Ryan seems to have a reasonable chance at surviving into the 21st century. Viewers don't necessarily have to follow the arcane dialogue about algorithms and cellphone triangulations to understand the supremely simple plot. Suffice it to say that, true to Ryan's roots in Clancy's Cold War-era imagination, he's once again fighting the Russians -- here personified in a ruthless villain nicely underplayed by Branagh. Contains violence and language. Extras include commentary by Branagh and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, deleted and extended scenes; four featurettes, including two focusing on the Ryan character and "Sir Kenneth Branagh: The Tsar of Shadow Recruit."

"Visitors" (unrated, 87 minutes, Cinedigm): This art-house, wordless film offers a sublime, even spiritual experience, as well as a bracing reminder of cinema's power to create a transformative occasion. The movie unspools with contemplative slowness, accompanied by an exquisite score by Philip Glass. Godfrey Reggio filmed "Visitors" as a series of stately black-and-white portraits of Earth's inhabitants, their natural and built environments, and even a world far, far away. The images -- human, organic, architectural -- possess both sculptural solidity and fleeting evanescence, with Reggio's camera investing them with timeless meaning. Extras include behind-the-scenes interviews and a making-of featurette.

Also: "Tim's Vermeer," "Devil's Knot," "MidRange," "Alan Partridge," "Adult World," "Bible Quiz," "A Short History of Decay," "Unacceptable Levels," "All That Heaven Allows" (1955), "Auf Wiedersehen -- 'Til We Meet Again," "The Secret Lives of Dorks," "Amen" (2002, France-Germany-Romania), "Capital" (2012, France), "L'eclisse" (1962), "Love Will Keep Us Together," "Brawl" (2012, Thailand), "Brazil With Michael Palin," "Ghost of Goodnight Lane," "Bushido Man: Seven Deadly Battles" (Japan), "Haunt," "Kill Zombie!," "Klondike" and "Deltora Quest: The Complete Series."

Television series: "Ray Donovan: The First Season," "Rizzoli & Isles: Fourth Season," "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey," "Major Crimes: Second Season," "Resurrection: First Season" and "True Detective: First Season."

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