Bun­dles of Joy

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IThis month’s discs are a heart-warm­ing and heart-pump­ing mix: and more. By Mercedes Mil­li­gan.

llu­mi­na­tion’s in­ter­na­tional smash-hit fam­ily com­edy (the No. 3 top-gross­ing flick of the year so far) comes home this month for a nom­i­nal adop­tion fee. Fea­tur­ing the voices of co­me­di­ans Louis C.K., Eric Ston­estreet and Kevin Hart in their an­i­mated mov- ie de­buts, Chris Re­naud’s ur­ban an­i­mal ad­ven­ture cen­ters on a pam­pered ter­rier and his un­ruly new ca­nine “room­mate” as they get lost in New York City, scrap­ping with al­ley cats and mak­ing a pact with a ma­ni­a­cal ex­pet bunny.

Avail­able on DVD, Dig­i­tal, Blu-ray ($34.98), Blu-ray 3D and 4K ($44.98), the home re­lease boasts when top de­liv­ery stork Ju­nior (Andy Sam­berg) ac­ci­den­tally ac­ti­vates the Baby Mak­ing Ma­chine, he and his hu­man friend Tulip (Katie Crown) em­bark on a mad race to drop the unau­tho­rized bun­dle of joy with a fam­ily be­fore the boss finds out.

The voice cast also boasts Kelsey Gram­mer, Jen­nifer Anis­ton, Ty Bur­rell, Stephen Kramer Glick­man, Danny Trejo, and Kee­gan-Michael Key and teenage Avatar Korra’s quest to dis­cover her true self and bring bal­ance to the world of wa­ter, fire, air and earth make up 52 in­cred­i­ble el­e­ment-bend­ing episodes, pro­duced by Nick­elodeon.

The DVD set in­cludes spe­cial fea­tures, episode and scene ex­plo­rations, and com­men­tary. But we highly rec­om­mend the Lim­ited Edi­tion Blu- Ti­betan Bud­dhism, rein­car­na­tion, the mod­ern sur­veil­lance state, and the artis­tic lives of dogs — with an el­egy for An­der­son’s beloved pup, Lo­la­belle, at its heart. The dream­like vi­su­als are com­ple­mented by wry nar­ra­tion by An­der­son and a free-form score of her own com­po­si­tion.

Also avail­able on Blu-ray ($39.95), the film­maker-ap­proved spe­cial fea­tures in­clude a new con­ver­sa­tion be­tween An­der­son and co-pro­ducer Jake Per­lin, footage from An­der­son’s 2016 Con­cert for Dogs, deleted scenes, Lo­la­belle’s video Christ­mas card, trailer, and an es­say by film critic Glenn Kenny.

[Re­lease date: Dec. 6]

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