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Video Verdict: ‘The Hobbit – The Desolation of Smaug,’ ‘August – Osage County,’ ‘Grudge Match,’ ‘Paranormal Activity – The Marked Ones,’

From left to right, Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep and Julianne Nicholson star in “August: Osage County.”

From left to right, Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep and Julianne Nicholson star in “August: Osage County.”

This week’s home video releases are anchored by another Middle Earth adventure from director Peter Jackson.

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Video Verdict: ‘Anchorman 2 – The Legend Continues,’ ’47 Ronin’

Keanu Reeves stars in the martial arts adventure film "47 Ronin."

Keanu Reeves stars in the martial arts adventure film “47 Ronin.”

This week’s home video releases are anchored by Will Ferrell’s follow-up to the 2004 hit “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.”

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Video Verdict: ‘Inside Llewyn Davis,’ ‘The Book Thief,’ ‘Out of the Furnace,’ ‘Homefront’

Christian Bale takes the law into his own hands in “Out of the Furnace.”

Christian Bale takes the law into his own hands in “Out of the Furnace.”

It’s another excellent week for home video with two Oscar nominees making their way to the small screen.

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Video Verdict: ’12 Years a Slave,’ ‘The Grandmaster,’ ‘Oldboy’

From left to right, Michael Fassbender, Lupita Nyong’o and Chiwetel Ejiofor star in “12 Years a Slave.” The movie won three Academy Awards, including best picture. Nyong’o picked up the coveted best supporting actress honor.

From left to right, Michael Fassbender, Lupita Nyong’o and Chiwetel Ejiofor star in “12 Years a Slave.” The movie won three Academy Awards, including best picture. Nyong’o picked up the coveted best supporting actress honor.

It’s a good week for home video, and this year’s best picture Oscar winner is the main attraction.

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Video Verdict: ‘Gravity,’ ‘Nebraska,’ ‘Thor: The Dark World,’ ‘Blue Is the Warmest Color’

Tom Hiddleston, left, plays Loki and Chris Hemsworth plays Thor in the Marvel Comics adventure “Thor: The Dark World.”

Tom Hiddleston, left, plays Loki and Chris Hemsworth plays Thor in the Marvel Comics adventure “Thor: The Dark World.”

It’s a fantastic week for home video with several good movies – including two nominated for multiple Academy Awards – moving to the small screen.

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Video Verdict: ‘Foreign Correspondent’

Albert Bassermann plays Van Meer in director Alfred Hitchcock’s 1940 thriller, “Foreign Correspondent.”

Albert Bassermann plays Van Meer in director Alfred Hitchcock’s 1940 thriller, “Foreign Correspondent.”

It’s a particularly slow week for home video, as no major theatrical releases are making their way to the small screen. That makes it the perfect time for film lovers to revisit a classic, and the Criterion Collection is delivering a restored version of one of Alfred Hitchcock’s first American movies.

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Video Verdict: ‘Ender’s Game,’ ‘All Is Lost,’ ‘The Best Man Holiday,’ ‘The Counselor’

Asa Butterfield, left, and Harrison Ford star in “Ender’s Game.”

Asa Butterfield, left, and Harrison Ford star in “Ender’s Game.”

This week’s home video releases range from a Ridley Scott thriller to a cinematic adaptation of a popular science-fiction novel.

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Video Verdict: ‘Dallas Buyers Club,’ ‘About Time,’ ‘Escape Plan’

Domhnall Gleeson, left, and Rachel McAdams star in the romantic drama “About Time.”

Domhnall Gleeson, left, and Rachel McAdams star in the romantic drama “About Time.”

This week’s home video releases include a romantic time-travel film and a drama that scored six Oscar nominations.

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Video Verdict: ‘Rush,’ ‘Jackass Presents – Bad Grandpa,’ ‘Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2

Chris Hemsworth, left, plays real-life racecar driver James Hunt and Daniel Brühl plays his rival Niki Lauda in director Ron Howard’s “Rush.”

Chris Hemsworth, left, plays real-life racecar driver James Hunt and Daniel Brühl plays his rival Niki Lauda in director Ron Howard’s “Rush.”

This week’s home video releases include an animated sequel, a comedy by the “Jackass” crew and a thrilling drama about auto racing.

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Video Verdict: ‘Captain Phillips,’ ‘Blue Jasmine,’ ‘Machete Kills,’ ‘In a World…’

Tom Hanks stars in the Academy Award-nominated drama “Captain Phillips.”

Tom Hanks stars in the Academy Award-nominated drama “Captain Phillips.”

Two movies that earned multiple Academy Award nominations lead this week’s crop of new videos.

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