New DVDs this week

Published: Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 17TICKET

"To Rome With Love" (R, 112 minutes, in English and a fair amount of subtitled Italian, Sony Home Entertainment): Filmmaker Woody Allen's Rome-set story unfolds as a bumper-to-bumper backup of multiple, interconnected tales about love, lust and the swirl of humanity. The movie is crowded with characters standing in for Allen, from Alec Baldwin to Jesse Eisenberg. Contains sexual situations and some obscenity. Extras: "Con Amore: A Passion for Rome" featurette on Allen's filmmaking process, featuring exclusive cast and crew interviews with Baldwin, Penelope Cruz and Greta Gerwig.

"Taken 2" (PG-13, 91 minutes, Fox): "Taken 2" finds former CIA operative Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson, in photo at right) back in Los Angeles, teaching his daughter to drive and gazing wistfully at his ex-wife. When Bryan travels to Istanbul on business, circumstances conspire to bring his daughter and ex-wife there, too. Soon, all three are caught up in a nasty web of kidnapping, torture and revenge by earlier- vanquished Albanian bad guys. Contains intense sequences of violence and action, and some sensuality. Extras: alternative ending (20 additional minutes), special effects featurette.

Also on DVD:

"The Intouchables," "Farewell, My Queen," "Won't Back Down," "The Possession" "Allegiance," "Detropia," "30 Nights of Paranormal Activity With the Devil Inside the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," "Branded," "17 Girls" (France), "The Bishop's Wife" (1947, MGM), "The Man Who Knew Too Much" (1934, Criterion Collection), "The Tin Drum" (1979, Criterion Collection), "Cupid" (Hallmark Channel original movie), "The Other Dream Team," "I Am Bruce Lee," "Joan Rivers: Don't Start With Me," "Battle for Brooklyn" and "Harland Williams: A Force of Nature."

Television series:

"Merlin: The Complete Fourth Season," "Men of a Certain Age: The Complete Second Season," "Life's Too Short: The Complete First Season" (HBO), "Bill Moyers: Becoming American" (2003, PBS), "Being Human: Season 4," "The Amazing World of Gumball: The Mystery" (Cartoon Network) and "Thomas & Friends: Muddy Matters."

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