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Published: Friday, April 5, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

DVD releases

  • Nicole Kidman plays Martha Gelhorn and Clive Owen plays Ernest Hemingway in "Hemingway & Gellhorn."

    Associated Press

    Nicole Kidman plays Martha Gelhorn and Clive Owen plays Ernest Hemingway in "Hemingway & Gellhorn."

"Hemingway & Gellhorn"
An over-the-top cable production that looks at the relationship between Ernest Hemingway (Clive Owen) and Martha Gellhorn (Nicole Kidman) that plays out against the backdrop of war.
Kidman seems a little bored, despite playing one of the most significant war correspondents of the 20th century who was Hemingway's third wife, from 1940 to 1945. It's surprising because the relationship between Gelhorn and Hemingway was born in the heat of war and fanned by the passion they had for writing and each other.
Grade: C+
"Dirk Gently"
This quirky detective series from the BBC falls somewhere between the weirdness of "Psych" and the sleuthing of "Elementary," with a dash of insanity only Douglas Adams ("The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy") can bring. This is the first time the four-part series has been available to American audiences.
Stephen Mangan ("Episodes") plays Dirk Gently, a holistic detective who bases his investigations on the idea that nothing happens randomly and everything in the universe is connected. This and a plot device in the first episode reflect the kind of out-there thinking that made Adams so popular.
Grade: B
Also new
"Hello, Dolly!": Gene Kelly directed this movie musical starring Barbra Streisand and Walter Matthau.
"Jackie Robinson: My Story": First person docudrama that blends historic footage with a dramatic portrayal of Robinson by actor Stephen Hill.
"Frontline: The Untouchables: Money, Power and Wall Street": Martin Smith investigates why the U.S. Department of Justice has failed to act on credible evidence that Wall Street knowingly packaged and sold toxic mortgage loans to investors.

Rick Bentley, The Fresno Bee (Fresno, Calif.)

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