A Solitary Man
(Anchor Bay, $30)
Michael Douglas is “at his finest” in A Solitary Man, said the Lexington, Ky., Herald-Leader. Douglas has always been “excellent at playing arrogant,” and in this film, he stars as a Manhattan car dealer who goes from honest man to self-destructive cheat. The cast includes Susan Sarandon and Danny DeVito.
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The 4 Complete Ed Sullivan Shows Starring the Beatles
(Universal Music, $20)
This Beatles set provides a “look not just at the group’s American breakthrough” but also at the cultural context of that moment, said the Los Angeles Times. It includes the 20 numbers performed on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964 and 1965 and an interview Sullivan did with the band.
Pandora and the Flying Dutchman
Albert Lewin’s 1950 fantasy “achieves a kind of crazy grandeur” on DVD, said The New York Times. In this “amalgam of Greek mythology and Germanic seafaring legend,” an enchanting singer (Ava Gardner) finds her match in a mysterious stranger (James Mason) who docks his yacht at her Spanish coastal town.
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