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Published: Friday, July 26, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

DVD releases

  • James McAvoy in a scene from "Trance."

    Susie Allnutt / Fox Searchlight

    James McAvoy in a scene from "Trance."

"Trance"
When a painting ends up missing after a failed robbery attempt, the thieves try to find out from Simon (James McAvoy), who is in charge of the painting's security, what happened to the artwork.
An injury during the robbery has left Simon with no memory of what happened.
The last hope is to send him to see Elizabeth Lamb, a hypnotherapist (Rosario Dawson), to see if she can unlock the information.
Grade: B
"The Jack Benny Program: The Lost Episodes"
This three-DVD collection features 18 episodes of the classic television series that have been restored by the UCLA Film & Television Archive. These episodes featuring the deadpan humor of Jack Benny have not been available since their original broadcast.
In many ways, Benny set the standard for shows like "Seinfeld" where episodes often revolved around insignificant incidents. The moments are made funnier by the perfect timing and well-placed pauses by Benny.
The episodes feature a host of notable guest stars, including Natalie Wood, Red Skelton, Gary Cooper, George Burns, John Wayne, Dick Van Dyke, Billy Graham, Milton Berle, Tony Curtis and even President Harry Truman.
Grade: B+
Also new
"A Viking Saga: The Darkest Day": A novice monk must deliver the "Holy Gospel of Lindisfarne" to the safety of a monastery.
"How the States Got Their Shapes: Season 2": Brian Unger hosts this look at state history.
"Mystery Science Theater 3000: XXVI": Movies in the set include "The Slime People," "Rocket Attack USA," "Village of the Giants" and "The Deadly Mantis."
"Kiss of the Damned": A beautiful vampire tries to resist the powerful feelings she has developed for a human screenwriter.

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

"Rebel": A woman's relationship with her traditional family is strained by her marriage to an American soldier.

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

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