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THE EXPENDABLES 2: Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Chuck Norris, Jean-Claude Van Damme and many, many others try to demonstrate that neither age nor cosmetic surgery will keep movie heroes from blowing up lots of stuff. Extras include an audio commentary by director Simon West, four featurettes, deleted scenes and bloopers.
TARANTINO XX: A very big box of action marks the 20th anniversary of the release of Quentin Tarantino’s “Reservoir Dogs,” the movie that established him as a writer, director and occasional Oscar darling. This boxset is a Blu-ray collection of eight films with Tarantino ties. He directed seven: the three mentioned above plus “Jackie Brown,” the two parts of “Kill Bill” and “Death Proof,” which was first seen as his half of the “Grindhouse” collaboration with Robert Rodriguez. Then there’s “True Romance,” which Tarantino wrote and Tony Scott directed. In addition to archival extras, it has impressive graphics and two discs of added material, including a look back at Tarantino’s career that by itself runs more than two hours. A panel discussion of Tarantino’s films that is even longer and five trailers for Tarantino’s next film, “Django Unchained.”
ZORRO: The swashbuckling Zorro has been played by actors including Guy Williams (star of the Disney TV version) and Antonio Banderas (in two big-screen films). But you may not be as aware of French actor Alain Delon’s turn in a colorful movie from 1975. Somerville House is giving the film its first authorized U.S. release on DVD and Blu-ray on Monday. Extras are minimal, and the opening song is ’70s pop that is even more jarring than “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid’s” use of “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head.” But Delon is good as both Zorro and the foppish Don Diego.
THE IRON PETTICOAT: A ’50s romantic comedy starring Bob Hope and Katharine Hepburn (yes, you read that right) comes to DVD and Blu-ray via Turner Classic Movies’ website on Monday.