"The Amazing Spider-Man" (PG-13, 138 minutes, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
This version has been billed as a reboot of the "Spider-Man" franchise. The not-so-great news is that by "reboot," the studio means taking audiences once again through every step of Peter's transformation, including the fateful mutant spider bite, an equally pivotal incident involving his beloved uncle and those first wobbly forays discovering his superhuman powers.
The result is that, for its first hour, it subjects viewers to an origin story they either already know or will find drab and draggy. Things pick up considerably once Peter dons the famous skintight suit, first as an urban avenger on a personal mission, then doing battle with a super-monster called, appropriately, the Lizard. While fans of the Tobey Maguire Spider-Man movies may find themselves wondering whether they really need such an exhaustive refresher, they'll also no doubt accept Andrew Garfield as the latest iteration of one of Marvel Comics' best-known figures. Contains sequences of action and violence.
Extras: "The Amazing Spider-Man Second Screen App," including interviews, storyboards, alternate takes, costume tests, pre-visualization sequences and more; behind-the-scenes documentaries; deleted scenes; commentary; "The Oscorp Archives": Production art gallery; stunt rehearsals. Also, in 3-D version: "3-D 101" with Marc Webb and 3-D scene progression reel.
"Arthur Christmas" (PG, 97 minutes, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)
This is an improbably charming story about an improbable hero and his efforts to deliver the only present his father forgot to drop off one fateful Christmas Eve. The animated film is funny and good-looking, with an impeccable voice cast. It's also unexpectedly fresh. In "Arthur Christmas," Santa Claus is a job title, handed down from father to son. The current Santa is nearing retirement age. His North Pole-based operation resembles Amazon.com staffed by elf-size Navy SEALs and run by Santa's No. 1 son, Steve. But then a little pink bike is discovered to have been accidentally misplaced, and Steve persuades his father to write it off as an acceptable error. That's unacceptable, however, to Santa's second, more idealistic son, Arthur. Contains exceedingly tame, but technically impolite, humor. Extras: "Un-wrapping Arthur Christmas" making-of featurette, five progression reels and "Elf Recruitment Video." Available in multiple formats, including 3D.
"Your Sister's Sister" (R, 90 minutes, IFC Films)
In filmmaker Lynn Shelton's highly anticipated follow-up to her breakout film "Humpday," she once again exhibits tonal control and sensitivity. Mark Duplass plays a guy named Jack who, as the movie opens, delivers a hostile eulogy at his brother's funeral. Alarmed, Iris, Jack's best friend and his late brother's girlfriend, offers him a getaway at her family's weekend place on an island in Puget Sound. Once Jack arrives, he's met with the unexpected company of Iris' half-sister, Hannah, whose initial frostiness is melted considerably after a shared bottle of tequila. That thaw leads to complications that only become more fraught once Iris surprises them with a visit of her own. "Your Sister's Sister" unfolds with frank, spontaneous ease, taking some fascinating emotional corners and, as in "Humpday," revealing more in those hairpin turns than on the straightaway. Contains profanity and sexual content. Extras: British version contains commentary with director Lynn Shelton and cast.
"360" (R, 155 minutes, in English, French, Russian, German, Portuguese and Arabic with English subtitles, Magnolia Home Entertainment) The globe-trotting movie touts a long list of big names, including "City of God" director Fernando Meirelles, "The Queen" screenwriter Peter Morgan and actors Rachel Weisz, Anthony Hopkins and Jude Law. And though the cinematography looks sleek, with shots through windows and in mirrors, split screens and city lights that blur and sharpen, the stories equate to a tangled mess.
The multitudinous tales feature the parallel stories of a husband (Law) and wife (Weisz), each of whom is unfaithful; a man (Hopkins) in search of his runaway daughter; a dentist (Jamel Debbouze) enamored of his married employee; and a sex offender (Ben Foster) tentatively leaving prison. The common thread appears to be romantic entanglements, though there aren't any deeper messages to be found. There is an overarching emotion, however; nearly every character struggles with fidelity, which translates to an exhausting cynicism. Contains sexuality, nudity and language. Extras: making-of featurette, behind the scenes picture-in-picture Comparisons" and "AXS TV: A Look at 360.""Universal 100th Anniversary Collection": From "Psycho" to "E.T." to "Out of Africa," 25 films that helped shape the movie studio's legacy. Includes a 72-page collector's book and a 15-track music CD of soundtrack hits. Extra features bonus disc has eight featurettes, vintage cartoons and rarely seen shorts from the Universal archives.
Also: "Red Dog," "Even the Rain" (2010, Spain), "Fire With Fire," "I Wish" (2011, Japan), "Supernatural Activity," "Rescue" (2011, IMAX documentary), "Cut to the Chase: Charley Chase Comedy Collection" (early 1900s, Milestone Films), "Javier Bardem 3-Film Collection," "Kiss Me" (2011, Sweden), "The Love You Save," "Maximum Conviction," "The Paradise Lost Trilogy Collector's Edition," "Rashomon" (1950, Criterion Collection), "Warren Miller's Like There's No Tomorrow" (skiing documentary), "Elvira's Movie Macabre: Mega Movie Marathon" and "Aim High: The Complete First Season" (made-for-Web series).
"Adventures of Bailey: Christmas Hero," "The Swan Princess Christmas," "Chilly Christmas," "What She Wants for Christmas," "Lifetime Presents: 12 Days of Christmas," "Prep & Landing: Totally Tinsel Collection" and "A Very Mary Christmas" (2010, a.k.a. "Expecting Mary").
"Entourage: The Complete Series," "Law & Order: The Eleventh Year," "Call the Midwife: Season One" (BBC Warner), "American Restoration: Volume Two," "Wolf Lake: The Complete Series" (2001-02), "Top Shot: Season Four" and "Regular Show: The Best DVD in the World* At This Moment in Time."