"Brave" (PG, 93 minutes, Disney)
Declaring early that she will be nobody's queen but her own, Merida, the flame-tressed Scottish princess at the heart of this she-ro's quest, is completely on trend within a spate of revisionist fairy tales. After dispatching her suitors at an archery competition, Merida (voiced by Kelly Macdonald) embarks on an adventure that pivots around the fractured relationship with her mom. As refreshing as it is to see family dynamics, rather than romance, define the fulcrum of the story, the tale that unfolds isn't the most sophisticated of the Pixar canon. The conflicts, magic spells, chase sequences and reconciliations feel strangely by-the-book for a studio so well known for throwing the book out entirely.
"Brave" is attractive enough to be a worthy diversion an accomplishment Merida herself would no doubt dismiss as shallow. Contains some scary action and rude humor. Extras: "La Luna" theatrical short and "The Legend of Mor'du" short film; commentary.
Also, on Blu-ray: production, behind-the-scenes and location featurettes, extended scenes, promo clips and "wee gaffes."
"Savages" P (R, 130 minutes, Universal)
A candy-colored black valentine to titillation, garish brutality and groovy post-fin-de-siecle excess, this ode to cinema's most exploitative pleasures finds Oliver Stone chronicling America's dark side at its most sun-kissed. As protagonist O (Blake Lively) explains in the detached, So-Cal voiceover that threads through the film, she has been living in a blissed-out menage a trois in Laguna Beach with Chon and Ben, marijuana dealers who grow the best product in the country. When they come into the sights of a Mexican cartel, O is kidnapped and they become embroiled in a battle. Casting Ben and Chon's struggle as a mom-and-pop operation against a big-box store, the director makes an otherwise throwaway crime story chime with real-time politics. The perversities, predilections and pitiless viciousness that drive "Savages" aren't for the faint of heart. Contains strong, brutal and grisly violence, some graphic sexuality, nudity, drug use and profanity throughout. Extras: Commentary with Stone; commentary with producers Moritz Borman, Eric Kopeloff, co-screenwriter- novelist Don Winslow, executive producer-co-screenwriter Shane Salerno and production designer Tomas Vothd. Also, on Blu-ray: "Stone Cold Savages," a five-part profile of the film; deleted scenes.
"2 Days in New York" (R, 91 minutes, Magnolia Home Entertainment)
French actress Julie Delpy starred as New York-based French photographer Marion in the 2007 "2 Days in Paris," in which she takes boyfriend Jack on a disastrous sojourn to France to meet her family. Take "2 Days in Paris," swap Goldberg for Chris Rock, corral the whole clan in New York and you've essentially got the formula for a manic and funny, if ultimately frustrating, sequel. The film brings Marion's family to Manhattan, where she lives with her new boyfriend, talk show host Mingus (Rock), Mingus' daughter and Marion's son from her relationship with Jack. Marion's family invades their snug apartment with a vengeance, swiftly pushing Marion and Mingus to the outer limits of their own sanity. Marion is just as magnetic as before, and watching her come apart at the seams is one of the chief joys of the film. But the downward spiral of her mental state is cheapened by a final sexist twist. Contains nudity, sexual references, illicit drug use and profanity. Extras: Interviews with Delpy and Rock, Sundance interviews and "AXS TV: A Look at 2 Days in New York."
"The Watch" (R, 102 minutes, Fox)
The premise of the movie is so goofy, the performances so winningly wacky, that a willing suspension of disbelief has rarely been easier. As "The Watch" opens, Evan (Ben Stiller) explains in a voiceover why he's so happy in the suburban idyll of Glenview, Ohio where he lives with his pretty wife, Abby (Rosemarie DeWitt), manages a nearby Costco and pursues a devotion to civic engagement that borders on obsessive. When one of his night watchmen is gruesomely killed on the job, Evan immediately organizes a group to prevent further attacks. Soon, Evan is joined by Bob (Vince Vaughn), Franklin (Jonah Hill) and Jamarcus (Richard Ayoade) in a bumbling series of encounters with an unseen, green-goo-spewing foe. "The Watch" was written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg ("Pineapple Express"). Spiked with cheerful profanity and giddy sexual references, "The Watch" is a hard-R comedy with a soft heart at its center. Contains strong sexual content, pervasive profanity and violent images. DVD extras: deleted scenes, gag reel, "Alien Invasions & You," "Casting the Alien." Also, on Blu-ray: alternate takes, "Watchmakers" making-of featurette.
"The Queen of Versailles" (PG, 100 minutes, Magnolia Home Entertainment)
Time-share entrepreneur and one-time billionaire David Siegel and his flamboyant wife, Jackie, form the spellbinding center of this Lauren Greenfield documentary. The film began as a chronicle of their profligate nouveau-riche lifestyle and their construction of America's largest home a 90,000-square-foot pile near Orlando, Fla,. unironically called Versailles. But as Greenfield was filming David (age 74 in the film), Jackie (30 years his junior) and their sprawling family of eight children, devoted staff, countless animals and myriad friends and hangers-on, the financial meltdown intervened. Contains nothing objectionable. Extras: Deleted scenes.
Also: "Dark Horse," "Comes a Bright Day," "Screwed," "Vamps," "Company in Concert" (2011, Broadway performance of the hit Stephen Sondheim musical comedy), "Weekend" (1967, Jean-Luc Godard satire, Criterion Collection), "Painted Skin: The Resurrection" (China), "Trilogy of Life" (three early 1970s films by Italian poet and filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini, Criterion Collection), "Twilight's Last Gleaming" (1977), "The Ghostmaker," "Harold & Kumar Blu-ray Ultimate Collector's Edition," "The Incredible Mel Brooks: An Irresistible Collection of Unhinged Comedy" (2012, five-DVD, one-CD set from Studio) and "A MusiCares Tribute to Barbra Streisand,"
Television series: "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Complete Classic Series Collection," "Doctor Who Classic: The Claws of Axos Special Edition" (BBC), "The Predator Collection" (Smithsonian Channel), "Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated Season 2 Part 1: Danger in the Deep" and "Duck Dynasty: Season One."