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Blog: For a heart-pounding vacation, take on “Kong: Skull Island”
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“KONG: SKULL ISLAND”

4K Ultra HD, 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD, Digital HD copy; 2017; PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and for brief strong language; streaming via Amazon Video, Google Play, iTunes, YouTube, Vudu

Best extra: Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ commentary

Blog: “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” begins a new chapter
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“ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY”
3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD copy; 2016, PG-13 for extended sequences of sci-fi violence and action; streaming via Amazon Video, Google Play
Best extra: Bonus disc with multi-part making-of

Blog: Spies and romance fill “Allied” in 4K splendor
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“ALLIED”

4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD, Digital HD copy, 2016, R for violence, some sexuality/nudity, profanity and brief drug use; streaming via Amazon Video, Google Play, iTunes

Best extra: A 10-part making-of documentary running nearly a hour

ROMANCE in Casablanca – there’s nothing like it.

Blog: Gripping and inspiring, "Hacksaw Ridge" gives a forgotten hero his due
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“HACKSAW RIDGE”

4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD, Digital HD copy, 2016, R for intense, prolonged, graphic sequences of war violence; Streaming via Amazon Video, Google Play, iTunes

Best extra: The making-of documentary "The Soul of War," featured on the 4K disc

FOR YEARS, the extraordinary gallantry of Private First Class Desmond T. Doss was kept quiet.

Blog: Civil War drama “Mercy Street” returns for Season Two
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“MERCY STREET: SEASON 2”
Blu-ray and DVD, 2017, Not Rated, contains graphic, bloody medical procedures, and sex; streaming via PBS
Best extra: Deleted scenes

Blog: The technological marvels of "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk" make up for its spotty story
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“BILLY LYNN’S LONG HALFTIME WALK”

4K Ultra HD, 3D, Blu-ray, DVD, Digital HD copy, 2016, R for language throughout, some war violence, sexual content, and brief drug use; Streaming via Amazon Video, Google Play, YouTube

Best extra: “Technology as Art: Changing the Language of Cinema,” the first featurette ever shot in 4K with HDR.

Blog: Keaton’s “The General” 2017 derails in picture quality
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  2009 version                                                                                             2017 version
 
“THE GENERAL”

Blog: Soldiers battle the enemy and the elements in “Battleground”
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“BATTLEGROUND: WARNER ARCHIVE COLLECTION”

Blu-ray, 1949, Not Rated

Best extra: A short MGM cartoon by Tex Avery, “Little Rural Riding Hood” in HD, an inspiration for moments in “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”

Blog: “Close to the Enemy” has good characters, intriguing plot
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“CLOSE TO THE ENEMY”
Blu-ray and DVD, 2016, Not Rated, contains violence, mature themes, drinking, profanity, sex and nudity
Best extra: Behind-the-scenes featurette

IN THE mood for a Cold War thriller? You can’t do much better than “Close to the Enemy” from writer/director Stephen Poliakoff.

Blog: “It’s Always Fair Weather” shines in Warner Archive’s remaster
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“IT’S ALWAYS FAIR WEATHER: WARNER ARCHIVE COLLECTION”
Blu-ray widescreen, 1955, Not Rated
Best extra: “Going Out on a High Note” featurette
THIS MGM musical has one of Gene Kelly’s best numbers. “I Like Myself” has fabulous longshots, with Kelly gliding and tapping along the streets of NYC on roller skates.

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