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“Ready Player One” (PG-13): Steven Spielberg directed this sprawling, visually spectacular adaptation of the popular novel. It is set in a future where people are hooked into the Oasis, a virtual reality video game where people escape their dreary real lives. When the eccentric inventor of the game dies, he wills his entire massive fortune to whoever solves a mystery embedded in the game. A quest begins, with the citizens of 2045 having to study 1980s pop culture to find clues he left behind. The DVD has a featurette about the 1980s inspirations on the story; the Blu-ray and 4K versions add many more behind-the-scenes extras.“The Con is On” (R): Uma Thurman and Tim Roth play con artists trying to repay a debt in this crime caper comedy, with a cast also including Sofia Vergara, Stephen Fry, Crispin Glover and Alice Eve.“Love After Love” (Unrated): Andie MacDowell, a recipient of RiverRun’s Master of Cinema award, and Chris O’Dowd star in this acclaimed drama about a family torn apart by loss and dysfunctional relationships.Lovecraft Movies: The latest Blu-ray releases from the Vestron Collector’s Series, devoted to cult horror movies, are two separate titles inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft, an influential early-20th-century horror writer. “Beyond Re-Animator” is a campy 2003 movie, the third in a series in which Jeffrey Combs played the role he was born for, mad scientist Dr. Herbert West, a man obsessed with perfecting chemicals to bring people back from the dead. Extras include interviews, commentary and a particularly nutty music video. “Dagon,” from 2001, is a more serious film from the same producer about a man who uncovers a dark secret in a remote fishing village with mutated inhabitants. Extras include new and vintage interviews, concept art and commentaries.John Carpenter Movies: Speaking of H.P. Lovecraft, Scream Factory has just released Blu-ray editions of several films by acclaimed filmmaker John Carpenter, including a new collector’s edition of the 1994 horror film “In the Mouth of Madness,” which takes its inspiration from Lovecraft’s work to tell the story of a popular horror novelist whose work causes madness. This new remastered edition includes commentary by Carpenter, interviews, visits to film locations, home movies from behind the scenes, and more. Also new to Blu-ray is a rare Carpenter film, “Memoirs of an Invisible Man,” a 1992 action-comedy starring Chevy Chase, which is best known for its cutting-edge special effects that still hold up well all these years later.“A Matter of Life and Death” (Unrated): New from the prestigious Criterion Collection, the 1946 British fantasy-romance gets a special edition, with David Niven as a British fighter pilot whose unlikely survival after his plane is shot down turns out to be caused by a clerical error in the afterlife. Extras include commentary, interviews and a short film.“Gravity Falls: The Complete Series”: This quicky, charming Disney Channel animated series has gained a cult following among kids and adults alike, following the story of twins Dipper and Mabel (voiced by Jason Ritter and Kristen Schaal) in an offbeat small town that is the center of a lot of bizarre activity. The complete 40-episode run is now available in a boxed set. The DVD version includes commentaries with members of the cast and crew. The Blu-ray version adds a bonus disc with more extras, including a feature-length documentary, more than an hour of deleted scenes, promos and shorts.“Terminator 2: Judgment Day” on 4K (R): The 1991 action classic comes to ultra-high-definition in this new release, available either on its own or in a $175 limited-edition set packaged with a life-sized replica of the Terminator’s mechanical forearm.


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