DVD previews: 'Paddington,' 'Inherent Vice' coming Tuesday
Here's a look at DVDs coming out Tuesday, April 28:
"Paddington" (PG, 95 minutes, TWC-Dimension/Anchor Bay): Because of its adorable protagonist, laugh-out-loud gags and touching premise, this sweet little film about a cub who finds a family and home succeeds in a way most CGI/live-action hybrids do not. While the slapstick isn't particularly original, director Paul King makes the silliness work. Based on a half-century of classic children's books by Michael Bond, the movie is set in the present and keeps the focus in London. A marmalade-loving bear cub (voiced by Ben Whishaw) travels from "Darkest Peru" to England to find the explorer who long ago discovered the bear's aunt and uncle. In addition to Hugh Bonneville and Oscar nominee Sally Hawkins, the cast includes other comically adept actors such as Julie Walters, Peter Capaldi and, most notably, Nicole Kidman as a greedy museum taxidermist who wants to put him on display. Extras include "Meet the Characters," "When a Bear Comes to Stay" and "From Page to Screen" featurettes, and a "Shine" music video with Gwen Stefani and Pharrell. Also, on Blu-ray: "Shine" music video making-of featurette.
"Inherent Vice" (R, 148 minutes, Warner); Joaquin Phoenix is Doc Sportello, a private eye living in the seedy environs of fictional Gordita Beach, Calif., in 1970 in this kaleidoscopic yet languidly compelling whodunit based on the 2009 novel by Thomas Pynchon. "Inherent Vice" roils and simmers with epochal shifts, spiritual cataclysms and eerily prescient observations of present-day realities, from long-brewing mistrust of the police to a burgeoning security state. But as a viewing experience, it's a remarkably mellow, even soothing experience. Written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, "Inherent Vice" unfolds so organically and with such humanistic grace that even at its most preposterous, viewers will find themselves nodding along. Contains drug use, sexual content, nudity, language and violence. Extras include featurettes "Los Paranoias," "Shasta Fay," The Golden Fang" and "Everything In This Dream."
"The Gambler" (R, 110 minutes, Paramount): This remake of the 1974 crime drama is a sleek but trivial account of a privileged jerk hellbent on self-destruction. Mark Wahlberg plays Jim Bennett, a generally unsavory guy in Los Angeles who grew up rich. Addicted to gambling, he's in the hole for $240,000 to two dangerous men, and he has a week to pay up. Contains language and some sexuality. Blu-ray extras include a behind-the-scenes look, deleted scenes, a featurette on updating the film, location and costume design shorts and a "Dark Before Dawn: The Descent of The Gambler" featurette.
"The Wedding Ringer" (R, 101 minutes, Sony): At certain moments, the film almost succeeds as a heartfelt comedy about male friendship in which its two stars, Josh Gad and Kevin Hart, get to demonstrate that they can act. Just when you start to care a little about the soon-to-be-married schlub (Gad) and the professional he hires to pose as his best man (Hart), this tonally confused farce careens back into shock-and-bawdy territory. Contains sexual situations, language, drug use and nudity. Also, on Blu-ray: 15 deleted scenes, five outtake reels, Line-o-Rama (alternate shots of jokes on set) and Aloe Blacc's "Can You Do This" music video.
Also: "50 to 1," "Mommy" (France), "The Friends of Eddie Coyle" (1973), "The Barber," "Boy Meets Girl," "Bedlam" and "La silence de la mer" (1949).
Television series: "Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies," "The Mentalist: Seventh and Final Season," "Wolf Hall," "Covert Affairs: Season Five," "Suits: Season 4," "The Jeffersons: Season Seven," "I Love Lucy: I Heart Mom Edition," "Sgt. Bilko -- The Phil Silvers Show: Season 2," "Scooby-Doo! and Scrappy-Doo!: Season 1," "The Mystery of Lord Lucan," "New Tricks, Season 11," "Mama's Family: Mama's Favorites, Season Five," "My Little Pony Tales: The Complete Classic TV Series," "Blood of the Vine: Season 3" (France), "Look of a Killer" (Finland) and "The Legacy" (Denmark).