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DVD previews: 'Noah,' 'The Other Woman'

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  • Noah (Russell Crowe) braces for the great flood in Darren Aronofsky's "Noah," coming to DVD July 29.

      Noah (Russell Crowe) braces for the great flood in Darren Aronofsky's "Noah," coming to DVD July 29.

  • Noah (Russell Crowe) braces for the great flood in Darren Aronofsky's "Noah," coming to DVD July 29.

      Noah (Russell Crowe) braces for the great flood in Darren Aronofsky's "Noah," coming to DVD July 29.

 
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Here's a look at DVDs coming out Tuesday, July 29:

"Noah" (PG-13, 131 minutes, Paramount): Anyone familiar with the 500-year-old man and his ark may need to check some of their most cherished visualizations of him at the door. No cozy two-by-two images of beatific giraffes grace this "Noah." Like any good artist, Darren Aronofsky has avoided predictable, literalist retellings of beloved Sunday school stories by inserting new characters, bringing parenthetical figures to the fore and making one of history's most enduring and universal myths his own. The result is a movie that is deeply respectful of its source material but also at times startlingly revisionist, a go-for-broke throwback to Hollywood biblical epics of yore that combines grandeur and grace, as well as a generous dollop of goofy overstatement. Contains violence and suggestive content. Blu-ray extras: Behind-the-scenes featurettes.

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"The Other Woman" (PG-13, 109 minutes, Fox): Although this sisterhood romp starring Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann and supermodel Kate Upton nibbles around the edges of revealing truths about relationships, it leaves most of that potential behind, instead pursuing easy, exhausted clichés about zip-less marriages, upper class suburban drudgery, cynical careerism and dumb-but-sweet blondes. Somewhere inside all of tasteful interiors, posh seaside locales and slapstick stridency of "The Other Woman" -- about three women banding together to seek revenge against the cad who wronged them all -- there is a decent movie about female competition and friendship. Instead, viewers are treated to a movie as generic and forgettable as the sofa-size art on its characters' walls. Contains mature thematic material, sexual references and language. Extras include a gag reel. Also, on Blu-ray: deleted scenes

"Finding Vivian Maier" (unrated, 83 minutes, IFC Films): Known by various names throughout her working life, Vivian Maier -- photographer and Chicago nanny -- maintained a fierce aura of mystery. Although she was clearly sympathetic to the vulnerabilities of childhood, she was capable of shocking cruelty, as one of her former charges recalls. One of the great strengths of "Finding Vivian Maier" is filmmaker John Maloof's willingness to gently thread ethical inquiry in and out of the film, whether those questions have to do with class (few of the privileged kids Maier took care of ever thought to ask her about her life) or her own behavior with them and the people she photographed. No extras. Contains brief disturbing images.

Also: "Lullaby," "The Amazing Catfish," "The French Minister" (France),"Five Dances," "Frontline: United States of Secrets," "On My Way" (France), "The Protector 2" (Thailand), "The Big Chill" (1983), "Legendary," "At War With the Army" (1950), "The Den," "Dragonwolf" (Thailand), "Grace Kelly Collection." "Neverlake" (Italy), "Curtains" (1983) and "Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace and Music 40th Anniversary Limited Edition Revisited."

Television series: "Twin Peaks -- The Entire Mystery," "Secret State," "Bubble Guppies: Get Ready For School!," "Midsomer Murders Set 24," "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Cowabunga Classics," "Adventure Time: Princess Day" and "My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic: The Keys of Friendship."

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