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Capsule reviews of the next week's video releases, on DVD and Blu-ray, including special features:
"Rio 2" (G, 101 minutes, Fox): Like the first movie, "Rio 2" looks great with vibrant colors and lovely animation that pop off the screen. And among the many layers of plots, some are winners. One of the most successful is the talent competition. "Rio 2" is curiously devoid of decent comedy, but the song-and-dance routines, which are beautifully choreographed, lead to the movie's biggest laughs, especially when the contestants keep getting eaten by predators.
All in all, though, the movie feels at once too busy and too derivative. That's no easy feat, but it's also one sequel-makers probably shouldn't aspire to. Contains some scary images of villains on bulldozers and man-eating snakes. Anne Hathaway and Jesse Eisenberg reprise their roles as Jewel and Blu; other top vocal talent includes Jamie Foxx, Tracy Morgan and Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords) as the villain Nigel.
Extras include featurettes "Rio Refresher," "Birds and Beats: The Singing Talents of Rio 2" and "Nigel the Shakespearean Cockatoo and Friends" and a "What is Love?" music video by Janelle Monae.
Also, on Blu-ray: deleted scene; "Boom, Shake, Snap: The Local Sounds of Brazil" (including a look at barbatuques, or body percussion) featurette; a "Music and Dance Sing-Along Machine" with 10 songs from the film; "You Be the Judge" Tapir, Monkey and Turtle auditions; and downloadable bonus songs "I Will Survive" and "Poisonous Love" by Nigel and Gabi (voice of Kristin Chenoweth).
"Under the Skin" (R, 107 minutes, Lionsgate): The story of "Under the Skin" -- which was adapted from a novel by Michel Faber -- doesn't amount to all that much. But, true to its title and thanks to director Jonathan Glazer's superb control and a mesmerizing performance by Scarlett Johansson, this creepy-cool exercise possesses a sinuous, insinuating power to burrow into the viewer's consciousness and make itself felt for days on end.
After a prologue involving mysterious spheres, orbs and a whispered soundtrack of Johansson apparently practicing English phonetics, the film cuts to a lonely road in Scotland, where a leather-clad motorcyclist retrieves a female body from an isolated ditch. What this has to do with Johansson will all be made clear in "Under the Skin," which will spend most of its time in the Scottish countryside, with its inherently supernatural beauty.
Contains graphic nudity, sexual content, some violence and profanity. Extras include a making-of featurette.
Also: "Hank and Asha" (a best feature winner at small film festivals), "The Face of Love" (starring Annette Bening and Ed Harris), "What Would You Do For Love?" (made-for-TV family film), "Northern Light" (documentary on a three families in Michigan's Upper Peninsula and the snowmobile race that connects them), "A Night in Old Mexico" (with Robert Duvall), "A Day Late and a Dollar Short" (Whoopi Goldberg and Mekhi Phifer star in TV movie based on a Terry McMillan novel), "Scanners" (1981, director David Cronenberg classic, The Criterion Collection), "Pickpocket" (1959, by French master Robert Bresson, The Criterion Collection), "The Last Days" (Spain), "Labyrinth" (CW time-travel miniseries), "Sx_Tape" (horror film directed by Bernard Rose), "Open Grave," "100 Years of WWI" (History Channel miniseries), "Hercules: Hero, God, Warrior" (three History specials), "Barney: A Super-Dee-Duper Day" and "David Suchet: In the Footsteps of St. Paul" (BBC documentary on Christianity's early years, Athena).
Television Series: "America's Test Kitchen: Season 14" (PBS), "Hell on Wheels: Season 3" (AMC), "Orphan Black: Season Two" (BBC)," "How the West Was Won: Second Season" (1978, six-disc set), "Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove: Season One" (Hallmark Channel), "Black Dynamite Season One" (Cartoon Network's Adult Swim), "Caillou: Fun and Games With Caillou" (PBS Kids) and "Case Histories, Series 2" (U.S. debut of Scottish drama series, Acorn)