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New on DVD: ‘Epic’ featuring the voices of

Posted 10:44am on Friday, Aug. 16, 2013

DVD Epic: Derivative as all get out and plainly concocted by a committee, Epic is a children’s animated 3-D film that is more entertaining and emotional than it has any right to be. Throw in gorgeous animation and Blue Sky, the studio that made it, delivers more proof that it has moved on from the junky cash-machine “Ice Age” movies, even if this one doesn’t rise to the charms and wit of Rio. Taking characters from a William Joyce children’s book about Leaf Men and Brave Good Bugs, a team of writers has borrowed from Antz and A Bug’s Life, and even The Spiderwick Chronicles, for a story about the fairy forces of life in a forest, the Leaf Men (and women) and their allies, in battle with the rotting reptilian bog-dwelling forces of decay. Amanda Seyfried, Beyonce, Chris O’Dowd, Colin Farrell, Christoph Waltz, and Aziz Ansari provide the voices. On DVD, Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3-D combo pack.

— Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Also new: Amour; Killing Season; Scary Movie 5; Evidence; No Place on Earth; Post Tenebras Lux; Shadow Dancer; No One Lives; Boardwalk Empire: The Complete Third Season

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