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Capsule reviews of the next week's video releases, on DVD and Blu-ray, including special features:

"The Lunchbox" (PG, 104 minutes with subtitles, Sony): In writer-director Ritesh Batra's beguiling romance, a virtual relationship blossoms not through a sexy operating system as in "Her," or email as in "You've Got Mail," but the old-fashioned way, through carefully written notes delivered by hand every day.

Even though much of "The Lunchbox" transpires in Ila's kitchen and in Saajan's office, Batra nonetheless plunges the audience into the riotous city life of Mumbai, where we follow Saajan (played by Indian star Irfan Khan) onto crowded buses and streets to his lonely apartment and where Ila barely ventures forth. What begins as a nagging sense of dissatisfaction eventually reveals the deeper, sorrowful reality of a woman's life in India, as Ila's hopes for her future became increasingly thwarted and constrained.

Contains thematic material and smoking. Extras include commentary with Batra.

"The Unknown Known" (PG-13, 103 minutes, Anchor Bay): Through skillful editing and a stirring score by Danny Elfman, "The Unknown Known" invests former U.S. defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld's otherwise banal Washington trajectory with unlikely tension and suspense. What's more, his maddening habit of pseudo-philosophical speculation fits neatly into filmmaker Errol Morris' own ruminative, erudite rhetoric.


But if viewers come to "The Unknown Known" hoping for catharsis -- or even just a few answers -- about Rumsfeld's role in planning and executing the invasion of Iraq in 2003, they may find themselves leaving more frustrated than rewarded.

Contains some disturbing material and brief nudity. No known extras.

Also: "Operation Petticoat" (1959, director Blake Edwards classic starring Tony Curtis and Cary Grant, Olive Films), "Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!" (2009), "Once Upon a Time in Vietnam" (Vietnam), "Good Sam" (1948, with Gary Cooper and Ann Sheridan, Olive Films), "B.B. King: The Life of Riley" (documentary), "Afflicted," "Infliction," "The Final Terror" (1983), "No Vacancy," "Anna Karenina" (1977, BBC miniseries adaptation of Tolstoy classic, Acorn Media), "The Ranger, The Cook and a Hole in the Sky" (1995), "The Million Dollar Piano" (Elton John concert film).