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(Criterion, $39.95)Rob Marshall’s Nine pays homage to Federico Fellini’s 8½, but it can’t compare to the original, said The Boston Globe. The Italian director’s 1963 masterpiece is a “self-revealing portrait” of creatively blocked film director Marcello Mastroianni and the women who torment him.

In the Loop(MPI Home Video, $19.98)This film-length spinoff of the BBC series In the Thick of It “captures the crazy world of political power plays,” said the Los Angeles Daily News. Starring James Gandolfini, this satire about efforts by the U.S. and U.K. to start a war is “punctuated with some great zingers and performances.”

The Simpsons: The Twentieth Season(Fox, $49.98)“In January of 1990, the world was introduced” to Bart, Lisa, Homer, Marge, and all the other animated denizens of Springfield, said the Chicago Daily Herald. The 20th-anniversary season features the show’s first episodes in HD. Extras on this four-disc set include a character guide.

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