New on DVD
When It Was a Game: The Complete Collection; The Romantic Englishwoman; Rango
When It Was a Game: The Complete Collection(HBO, $30)This new Blu-ray set is an “out-of-the-park home run” for baseball fans, said the Ventura County, Calif., Star. All three parts of HBO’s decade-old series about mid-20th-century baseball are here, featuring much home-movie footage of the game’s immortals, filmed by the players themselves.
The Romantic Englishwoman(Kino International, $25)In one of his “most accomplished and engaging films,” director Joseph Losey adds a bit of wit to his usual interest in introducing a stranger to a shaky household, said The New York Times. Credit playwright Tom Stoppard, who provided the screenplay about a genre novelist (Michael Caine) who almost wills his wife into an affair with a visitor.
Rango(Paramount, $30)An early-2011 box-office hit, this “strange hybrid” of Warner Bros.–style animation and classic Western is both madcap and gorgeous, said the San Francisco Chronicle. Johnny Depp voices the title character—a pet lizard who becomes a sheriff—and proves again to be a master of self-mockery.