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DVD previews: 'Lego Movie,' 'Grand Budapest Hotel'

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  • Bad Cop/Good Cop (Liam Neeson), left, and President Business (Will Ferrell) prepare to take over the world in "The Lego Movie," now on DVD.

      Bad Cop/Good Cop (Liam Neeson), left, and President Business (Will Ferrell) prepare to take over the world in "The Lego Movie," now on DVD.

 
The Washington Post

Here's a look at DVDs coming out Tuesday, June 17:

"The Lego Movie" (PG, 94 minutes, Warner): This toy-inspired family film is an homage to the spirit of the iconoclast (i.e., the child). Set in a world built entirely of Legos, the story revolves around construction worker Emmet Brickowski (voice of Chris Pratt), a tiny plastic Everyman who loves nothing better than following instructions. But when his Lego universe is threatened by an evil villain (Will Ferrell) who intends to glue all the world's pieces -- and its people -- together, Emmet must join forces with a group of rebels to stop him. Extras include commentary, several featurettes, an "Everything is Awesome" singalong, outtakes and deleted scenes.

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"The Grand Budapest Hotel" (R, 99 minutes, Fox): Set in a castlelike hotel in the fictional country of Zubrowka on the eve of World War II, this comedy revolves -- like all of director Wes Anderson's films -- around a quirky middle-aged man and the precocious boy he takes under his wing. As such, the film fully engages one of the fascinating tensions that have always animated Anderson's fussily decorated cinematic jewel boxes, namely how one learns to become a man within a universe of characters so stylized and artfully concocted that they seem barely human. The great good fortune of "The Grand Budapest Hotel" is that the tutor in question is played by Ralph Fiennes, who lends sincerity to a character who can be charming and rather loathsome at the turn of a schilling. Contains language, sexual content and violence. Extras include a four-part making-of short, "Bill Murray Tours the Town" featurette, "Kunstmuseum Zubrowka" lecture, "The Society of the Crossed Keys" and other featurettes.

"Joe" (R, 117 minutes, Lionsgate): Working from Gary Hawkins' adaptation of Larry Brown's 1991 novel, director David Gordon Green evokes a powerful sense of hopelessness in both the people who populate the film and the place where the action is set. "Joe" is filled with prostitutes, day laborers, cops and drunks and is decorated with ramshackle houses. It's both ugly and beautiful, but Joe (Nicolas Cage) stands out for his seeming ability to see both sides. That ability enables him to notice -- and care -- when a 15-year-old drifter named Gary (Tye Sheridan) shows up one day looking for work on Joe's crew. Contains violence, language and sex. Extras include commentary, featurettes and deleted scenes.

"Ernest & Celestine" (PG, 80 minutes, GKIDS/Cinedigm): A 2013 Oscar nominee for best animated film packs a lot of charm into a small story about the friendship between a bear and a mouse. Actually, "packs" is the wrong word. Charm isn't something you stuff into a movie, particularly one as delicate as this. Drawn with squiggly little lines and colored with a palette of watery pastels, this French animated feature looks like it might wash away in a hard rain. Its charms, and they are both subtle and many, emanate like perfume. Extras: Original French audio track with English subtitles, making-of featurette, feature-length animatic of the storyboards and an interview with co-director Benjamin Renner.

Also: "Jimmy P.," "The Attorney" (South Korea), "B.B. King: The Life of Riley," "Breaking Through," "A Fighting Man," "Paul Bowles: The Cage Door is Always Open," "Picnic at Hanging Rock" (1975), ""The Final Member," "Alpha Alert," "Four of a Kind," "Hearts and Minds" (1974), "Judex" (1963), "Meth Head," "The Monkey's Paw," "No Clue," "The Machine," "Walk of Shame," "James Thurber: The Life and Hard Times" (2000), "The Good Witch's Gift," "This is America, Charlie Brown," "The Rise of the Nazi Party," "Top Hat & Tales: Harold Ross and the Making of the New Yorker (Part 1)," "The Angela Mao Ying Collection" and "Alexander's Lost World."

Television series: "House of Cards: Second Season," "Wilfred: Third Season," "Masterpiece Mystery!: The Escape Artist," "DCI Banks: Season One," "Scott & Bailey: Season One," "Death in Paradise: Season One," "Regular Show: Third Season" and "Power Rangers Megaforce: Ultra Defenders."

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