In 1968, Rita O'Grady (Sally Hawkins) led a strike for equal pay at a Ford plant in Dagenham, London. As relayed in Made in Dagenham, though, the women's tale of conviction fits into a crowd-pleasing mold, with director Nigel Cole (Calendar Girls) once again sticking to formula. He renders the fight for equal rights with an ever-so-bawdy sense of humor - and a liberal dose of era-appropriate pop tunes on the soundtrack. There are, of course, a fair share of Serious Moments with plenty of defiant speeches - if we didn't have those, how would we know when to feel good again? (available now)
Special Features: Audio commentary, featurette, outtakes
The best animated movie of last year (sorry, Buzz) was this refreshing gust of old-school wind, as light and sunny as its princess hero Rapunzel's hair, yet emotionally engaging. Combining the part-of-their-world yearning of The Little Mermaid (and the zesty, satisfying songs of Mermaid champion, Alan Menken) with the quick quips of less celebrated but worthy recent larks like The Road To El Dorado and The Emperor's New Groove, Tangled works like gangbusters, even on non-3-D DVD. This tale of the specially follicled maiden's rescue from captivity boasts fluid animation, imaginative action set pieces, comic relief, keenly developed romance and, above all else, magic. (available now)
Special Features: Original storybook openings, featurette, Blu-Ray additional extras: deleted scenes, extended songs
"You know who did the best frat humor of all time?" asked Matthew Perry's producer of a variety show on the short-lived Aaron Sorkin show Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. "W.S. Gilbert." Mike Leigh's 1999 masterpiece, Topsy-Turvy, an Oscar-winning costume epic, begins after Gilbert and his partner in musical brilliance, Sir Arthur Sullivan, have become stars thanks to that great frat humor expressed via libretto in classics like "The Pirates of Penzance," "HMS Pinafore" and "The Sorcerer." But Sullivan has opted out of the game, choosing to compose serious operas instead. The irascible Gilbert, getting inspiration from a visit to Japan, convinces Sullivan to team up once again for a seriocomic opera instead, "The Mikado." What follows is a spectacle of eye candy and brain beer, a long, intoxicating venture into Victorian-era genius. Boasting deleted scenes and commentary from Leigh (!), it's a virtuous set. (available now)
Special Features: Audio commentary, deleted scenes, featurette, short film
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