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DVD previews: 'Rio2,' 'Under the Skin'

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  • Blu (voiced by Jesse Eisenberg) and Jewel return in "Rio 2."

      Blu (voiced by Jesse Eisenberg) and Jewel return in "Rio 2."

 
The Washington Post

Here's a look at DVDs coming out Tuesday, July 15:

"Rio 2" (G, 101 minutes, Fox): Like the first movie, "Rio 2" looks great with vibrant colors and lovely animation that pop off the screen. And among the many layers of plots, some are winners. One of the most successful is the talent competition. "Rio 2" is curiously devoid of decent comedy, but the song-and-dance routines, which are beautifully choreographed, lead to the movie's biggest laughs, especially when the contestants keep getting eaten by predators. All in all, though, the movie feels at once too busy and too derivative. Contains some scary images. Anne Hathaway and Jesse Eisenberg reprise their roles as Jewel and Blu; other top vocal talent includes Jamie Foxx, Tracy Morgan and Jemaine Clement. Extras include featurettes and a "What is Love?" music video by Janelle Monae. Also, on Blu-ray: deleted scene; "Boom, Shake, Snap: The Local Sounds of Brazil" featurette; a "Music and Dance Sing-Along Machine" with 10 songs from the film; "You Be the Judge" Tapir, Monkey and Turtle auditions; and downloadable bonus songs.

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"Under the Skin" (R, 107 minutes, Lionsgate): The story of "Under the Skin" -- which was adapted from a novel by Michel Faber -- doesn't amount to all that much. But, true to its title and thanks to director Jonathan Glazer's superb control and a mesmerizing performance by Scarlett Johansson, this creepy-cool exercise possesses a sinuous, insinuating power to burrow into the viewer's consciousness and make itself felt for days on end. After a prologue involving mysterious spheres, orbs and a whispered soundtrack of Johansson apparently practicing English phonetics, the film cuts to a lonely road in Scotland, where a leather-clad motorcyclist retrieves a female body from a ditch. What this has to do with Johansson will all be made clear in "Under the Skin," which spends most of its time in the Scottish countryside, with its inherently supernatural beauty. Contains nudity, sexual content, violence and language. Extras include a making-of featurette.

Also: "Hank and Asha," "The Face of Love," "What Would You Do For Love?" "Northern Light" (documentary, "A Night in Old Mexico," "A Day Late and a Dollar Short," "Scanners" (1981), "Pickpocket" (1959), "The Last Days" (Spain), "Labyrinth" (CW time-travel miniseries), "Sx_Tape," "Open Grave," "100 Years of WWI" (History Channel miniseries), "Hercules: Hero, God, Warrior" (three History specials), "Barney: A Super-Dee-Duper Day" and "David Suchet: In the Footsteps of St. Paul" (BBC documentary).

Television series: "America's Test Kitchen: Season 14," "Hell on Wheels: Season 3," "Orphan Black: Season Two," "How the West Was Won: Second Season" (1978), "Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove: Season One," "Black Dynamite Season One," "Caillou: Fun and Games With Caillou" and "Case Histories, Series 2."

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