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DVD previews: 'Bad Words,' 'Le Week-End'

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  • Guy Trilby (director Jason Bateman) enters a kids' spelling bee in the comedy "Bad Words," coming Tuesday to DVD.

    Guy Trilby (director Jason Bateman) enters a kids' spelling bee in the comedy "Bad Words," coming Tuesday to DVD.

The Washington Post

Here's a look at DVDs coming out Tuesday, July 8:

"Bad Words" (R, 88 minutes, Universal): Lovable everyman Jason Bateman plays despicable misanthrope Guy Trilby, which might explain why, despite Guy's over-the-top flaws, he's still worth watching. And maybe there's some justification for his behavior. Guy explains in a voice-over at the start of the movie that his bid to win a kids' spelling bee at all costs is part of a revenge plot, and Bateman's feature directorial debut is a crafty story with some unpredictable turns. Guy's mysterious motives are the engine that propels the movie through some truly twisted comedy. Contains sexual content, language, children drinking alcohol and brief nudity. Extras include commentary with Bateman, deleted and extended scenes, and a featurette.

"Le Week-End" (R, 93 minutes, Music Box Films): In an attempt to rekindle their 30-year marriage, British college philosophy professor Nick (Jim Broadbent) and schoolteacher Meg (Lindsay Duncan) arrive in Paris for the first time since their honeymoon. A surprise invitation from Nick's old buddy Morgan (Jeff Goldblum), a Paris-based American academic, adds a twist to the couple's tryst. This British-French production possesses wintry, hard-gained wisdom, as Meg and Nick's sojourn reignites youthful passions on the one hand, and years of accumulated resentments and regrets on the other. Such a candid portrait of warts-and-all intimacy would be a slow, depressing slog were it not for the fact that it has been so gracefully executed: Roger Michell, known best for such sweet-natured romantic comedies as "Notting Hill," directs a script by the great Hanif Kureishi. Contains language and sexual content. Extras: commentary with Michell and producer Kevin Loader, behind-the-scenes featurette and a how to dance The Madison tutorial video.

"Jodorowsky's Dune" (PG-13, 90 minutes, Sony): With "Jodorowsky's Dune," filmmaker Frank Pavich makes an impassioned and relatively convincing case that the film in question -- an adaptation of Frank Herbert's science-fiction novel by the avant-garde Chilean director Alejandro Jodorowsky -- might be the greatest movie never made. Unlike its subject, "Jodorowsky's Dune" is surprisingly conventional as a documentary; it resorts to a wearying number of talking heads to relate a story that turns out to be as cautionary as it is compelling. None of the film's narrators is as captivating as Jodorowsky himself, who at 85 still exudes youthful, contagious exuberance and undaunted belief. Contains some violent and sexual images and drug references. Extras: deleted scenes.

Also: "Nymphomaniac: Volume I and II," "The Raid 2" (in Indonesian, Japanese and English with subtitles), "Don Peyote," "Wings: Sky Force Heroes," "Watermark," "Dead Drop," "Dear Viola," "Red River" (1948), "How It All Began: Origins of Master Mantak Chia," "Stage Fright," "Kid Cannabis," "Rigor Mortis" (Hong Kong), "Hunting the Legend: The Search Continues for Sasquatch" and "French for Kids: On Va Jouer (Let's Play)."

Television series: "Masterpiece Mystery!: Endeavour Series 2," "The Soul Man: Season One." "Vicious: Season One" and "Walker, Texas Ranger: One Riot One Ranger" (1993).

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