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Zoe Saldana and Zachary Quinto in “Star Trek Into Darkness.”

DVD previews for this week

Published: Thursday, Sep. 12, 2013 - 12:00 am

“Star Trek Into Darkness” (PG-13, 132 minutes, in English and Klingon with subtitles, Paramount) : Bright, bold, playful and ingenious, action impresario J.J. Abrams’ prequel to the classic 1960s television show (and subsequent film series) possesses equal amounts of respect and cheek. The nervy reboot can be summed up as a triumph of casting. From the moment Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Zoe Saldana showed up in Abrams’ “Star Trek” four years ago, it was clear he had found the right actors to portray Capt. James Kirk, First Officer Spock and Communications Officer Uhura in their years as Starfleet rookies. But the casting coup is Benedict Cumberbatch (“Sherlock,” “War Horse”), a villain on the cusp of becoming a legendary nemesis. As gratifying as it is to watch Kirk, Spock and their colleagues develop the camaraderie that would so optimistically anticipate a multicultural world, “Star Trek Into Darkness” derives its ballast, and most of its menacing pleasure, from Cumberbatch. Blu-ray extras: “Creating the Red Planet” featurette, “Attack on Starfleet” behind-the-scenes featurette, “The Klingon Home World” featurette, “The Enemy of My Enemy” featurette, “Ship to Ship” visual effects featurette, “Brawl by the Bay” preparation for the film’s climax, “Continuing the Mission,” a look at the partnership between the film crew and a veterans organization.

“Love Is All You Need” (R, 110 minutes, Sony): If for some reason you were hoodwinked into seeing “The Big Wedding,” maybe it’s time for a small one. The slight, modestly absorbing “Love Is All You Need” trots out some conceits and conventions similar to its overstuffed Hollywood cousin, but does so with such tenderness that it feels like a healing balm. Filmmaker Susanne Bier won an Oscar a few years ago for “In a Better World,” her haunting meditation on violence. She positions “Love Is All You Need” as a 180-degree turn into romantic comedy, but there aren’t many laugh-out-loud moments to be had here. Ida (Trine Dyrholm), a middle-aged hairdresser in Copenhagen, is grappling with crises both medical and marital when she embarks on a trip to Italy for the wedding of her daughter, Astrid. Philip (Pierce Brosnan), a widowed fruit-and-vegetable magnate, is making the same journey. There are few surprises in “Love Is All You Need,” other than the understated way Bier treats moments that in mainstream cinema would be overplayed. Contains brief sexuality, nudity and some profanity. Extras: Commentary with Brosnan and Bier; Q&A with Brosnan, Dyrholm, Bier and Anders Thomas Jensen; behind-the-scenes featurette with Dyrholm; cast interviews from the 2012 Venice Film Festival.

“Chasing Ice” (unrated, 75 minutes, New Video): The documentary by Jeff Orlowski follows nature photographer James Balog as he documents melting glaciers, beginning in 2007, in Alaska, Iceland, Greenland and Montana. The visuals are riveting, and they drive home the point that the film makes in voice-over narration by Balog, interviews with glaciologists and climate scientists and occasional charts and graphs: Ice is melting at an alarmingly un-glacial pace.



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