Another bow for Oscar-nominated foursome

–JoJo Whilden/The Weinstein Company

It’s been quite the tease to keep seeing those shots from the local set of “American Hustle,’’ the Abscam chronicle due in December from director David O. Russell and stars Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. Talk about so close, yet so far away (in every sense). At least we’ve got the DVD release of their acclaimed first teaming, “Silver Linings Playbook’’ (2012), to tide us over. Cooper plays Pat, a bipolar man whose struggles to bounce back from institutionalization are poignantly, humorously disparate. Among the jumble: his family’s worship of the Philadelphia Eagles; a confusing new relationship with widowed, clinically depressed Tiffany (Oscar winner Lawrence); and — why not? — ballroom dancing. Cooper and his screen folks, Robert De Niro and Jacki Weaver, also received Oscar nods, making this the first film since “Reds’’ in 1981 to score nominations in all four acting categories. The story mechanics might be slightly conspicuous at points — Pat’s soulmate-in-denial issues certainly aren’t rushed to resolution, and his hospital buddy (Chris Tucker) and therapist (Anupam Kher) turn up in some screwy places — but the terrific performances do everything to help us roll with it. Extras: A featurette touches on some of the mental health concerns that informed the source novel by Holden author Matthew Quick, and that ultimately drew Russell to the project. Another segment shows Cooper and Lawrence’s ballroom rehearsals, while Blu-ray offers a “Dance Like Pat & Tiffany’’ tutorial. (Anchor Bay, $29.98; Blu-ray, $39.99)




Who’d have thought — a Barbra Streisand movie that even those allergic to Streisand can enjoy. Seth Rogen plays Andy, an entrepreneurial science wonk who lives 3,000 miles from adoring old Mom (Streisand) for a reason, but who impulsively invites her along on a cross-country sales trip. The whole thing is sweetly, resonantly silly — the well-meaning unsolicited advice, that undying dynamic of parental pride triggering filial embarrassment, your mom’s ability to pack away a 50-ounce roadhouse sirloin. OK, maybe not that last one so much. Extras: A “Barbra’s World’’ cast testimonial featurette (naturally); deleted scenes. (Paramount, $29.99; Blu-ray, $39.99)



“The Sopranos’’ creator David Chase makes his feature directing debut with a valentine to ’60s rock ’n’ roll dreams. John Magaro plays a Jersey kid whose pursuit of a music career starts as a hunger for excitement, then evolves into serious ambition, pretentiousness, and finally, been-around hipster pragmatism. The territory is clearly personal to Chase, but he guides us through it in such an airless way, you eventually wonder where the appeal lies for Magaro’s character. He doesn’t seem to be enjoying himself much more than his overworked, counterculture-despising dad (James Gandolfini). Extras: Featurette on casting Magaro’s band. (Paramount, $19.99; Blu-ray, $29.99)


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