Silver Linings Playbook, which earned Louisville native Jennifer Lawrence an Oscar for best actress earlier this year, comes to DVD and Blu-ray this week.
She plays a young widow who gets involved with a man (Bradley Cooper) just out of a mental institution and trying to start over while living with his parents (Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver). Things do not go smoothly for Cooper, or Lawrence, but there's still a basic optimism that fuels the movie.
Directed and with an adapted script by David O. Russell (The Fighter), Silver Linings respects its characters and understands how modest triumphs can feel even better than big ones. It does not pound you over the head with meaning and significance. De Niro's character clearly has some of the same problems as Cooper's, but there's no big OMG declaration of that. And besides the actors already mentioned, there's a lovely little turn by Chris Tucker as another mental patient.
Extras on DVD include deleted scenes and a making-of piece, with still more on the Blu-ray, including Q&A highlights and a Learn to Dance Like Pat and Tiffany featurette.
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Silver Linings Playbook retails for $29.98 on DVD, $39.99 for a Blu-ray/DVD/digital combo.
These DVDs also were released this week:
Films: The Guilt Trip; Broken City; Not Fade Away; Texas Chainsaw; The Details; Dangerous Edge: A Life of Graham Greene (documentary, PBS); The Scarlet Pimpernel (1982); Walk Away Renee; Young and Wild (Chile); If You Really Love Me (Dove- approved family film); G-Dog; Ben Hur (2010, three-hour European-Canadian miniseries); Manborg; Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters (animated); Lifeforce Collector's Edition (1985); NOVA: Earth From Space (PBS); The Wicked; History of the Eagles (three-disc set); Bruce Lee Double Feature (1971-72, The Big Boss and Fist of Fury); Bruce Lee Double Feature (Way of the Dragon, 1972, and Game of Death, 1978); The Notebook Collector's Gift Set; Night of the Living Dead: Resurrection.
TV series: 30 Rock: Season 7 (last 13 episodes); The Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries: Complete Collection (six-disc set, BBC), The Syndicate (U.S. debut of British series being adapted by ABC); Tom and Jerry Kids Show: The Complete Season 1 (1990); Nickelodeon Favorites: Once Upon a Rhyme; My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic — Princess Twilight Sparkle.
THE WASHINGTON POST