DVD reviews

HAPPY PEOPLE: A YEAR IN THE TAIGA
HAPPY PEOPLE: A YEAR IN THE TAIGA Credit: Music Box Films

JURASSIC PARK 3D It’s a testament to Steven Spielberg’s storytelling virtuosity that this 20th-anniversary reissue still feels so intense. The movie’s 3-D conversion can make moments like a raptor leaping at the ceiling feel processed, but overall it’s a nice enhancement. Still, the crazily veering mix of terror and family-friendly wonderment continues to make this one of Spielberg’s more curious works, as imperfectly spliced as those frog-laced strands of dino DNA. Extras: making-of featurette, storyboards, footage of pre-production meetings, dinosaur encyclopedia. (Universal, $49.98)

RICHARD III Of Laurence Olivier’s five Shakespearean title roles for film or television, this is the one where he clearly had the most fun. Is it coincidence that it’s also the one where he bears the most resemblance to Sid Caesar? This one also has the best cast, including Ralph Richardson, John Gielgud, and Claire Bloom. Extras: new high-definition digital master; 1966 interview with Olivier; trailer. (Criterion Collection, $29.95; Blu-ray, $39.95)

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THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE A scrupulous, singeing documentary by Ken Burns, his daughter Sarah, and her husband, David McMahon, that reconstructs the notorious series of events that occurred in the spring of 1989 after a young white investment banker was beaten and raped while running in Central Park. The film focuses on the five teenagers — four black, one Hispanic — who were rounded up, sentenced, and convicted after falsely confessing to the crime. Extras: interview with filmmakers; making-of featurette. (PBS, $24.99; Bluray, $29.99)

THE GREAT GATSBY With the Baz Luhrmann version of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel set to open next month, the 1974 adaptation directed by Jack Clayton (and with a script by none other than Francis Ford Coppola) arrives on Blu-ray. Robert Redford is Gatsby, Mia Farrow Daisy Buchanan, and Bruce Dern Tom Buchanan. (Paramount, $19.98)

HAPPY PEOPLE: A YEAR IN THE TAIGA If Siberia didn’t exist, Werner Herzog would have had to invent it. Since it does exist, he directed this documentary, along with Dmitry Vasyukov. It focuses on several fur trappers. The title isn’t ironic. Herzog, who narrates, loves, and envies, the trappers’ elemental existence and connection to nature. Extras: Herzog introduction, “Chasing Spring in West Siberia” documentary, Siberian fact sheet. (Music Box, $29.95)

GREYSTOKE: THE LEGEND OF TARZAN Hugh Hudson’s 1984 revisionist Tarzan emphasizes the dichotomy between jungle life and so-called civilization. The breathtaking qualities of the hero’s early years in Africa go limp when he returns to England. Christopher Lambert plays Tarzan, Andie MacDowell makes her film debut, as Jane, and Ralph Richardson steals the show as Tarzan’s grandfather. (Warner Bros. Blu-ray, $21.99)

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