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New on DVD: ‘42’ starring Chadwick Boseman and Harrison Ford

Posted 12:00am on Tuesday, Jul. 16, 2013

DVD 42: In April 1947, Jackie Robinson walked on the field as a Brooklyn Dodger and left a legend. That’s 42, director Brian Helgeland’s celebratory look at the life of the pioneer who smashed baseball’s color line, distilled to its Hollywood biopic essence. More heartfelt hagiography than muckraking biography, this is no slice of revisionist history or deep psychological exploration. Even the most woefully sports-ignorant probably know all the plot points here by heart. Yet, for all its feel-good sports-movie predictability, 42 is surprisingly effective and even, at a couple of points, moving. 42 may not hit it out of the park, but it doesn’t drop the ball either. Sometimes that’s the best you can ask for. On DVD and Blu-ray/DVD combo pack.

— Cary Darling

Also new: Evil Dead; Hecho en Mexico; Erased; Solomon Kane; Hiding in Plain Sight; Damages: The Complete Fifth Season

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