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Rewind: 'Oceans,' 'Crimson Wing' and the wonderful world of Disneynature

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From the makers of “Earth” — which certainly sounds misleading — comes the latest Disneynature documentaries, “Oceans” and “The Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingos” (Each: DVD, $29.99; Blu-ray/DVD combo, $39.99), two outstanding films that capture the animal kingdom in all of its spectacular glory.

“Oceans” showcases both the familiar as well as the obscure (Is there a more beautiful scene than a pack of narwhals swimming in the crystal-clear blue waters?).

“Crimson Wing” has a more personal feel, explaining the life cycle of the long-legged bird. And it’s a lot more tragic and heartfelt than you’d expect.

Some of the topics in these docs feel a tad familiar — like from Discovery’s “Life” series — but these nature films are breathtaking and supremely enjoyable.

This restart of the “Predators” franchise is gruesome, violent and a hell of a good time. And it has an outstanding cast: Adrien Brody, Topher Grace, Laurence Fishburne and more. Thank you, Robert Rodriguez! (DVD, $29.98; Blu-ray, $39.99)

‘Apocalypse Now: Full Disclosure’
This classic’s Blu-ray debut has so many extras, you’ll be cheering “Apocalypse Wow.” It has the original, “Redux”, a full-length documentary and a ton of other features. (Blu-ray, $59.99; Two-disc edition, $39.99)

‘Please Give’
Director Nicole Holofcener’s indie dramedy starring Catherine Keener, Amanda Peet and Oliver Platt was a darling of the festival circuit. If you missed it, you’d do well to give this New York film a chance. (DVD, $28.95; Blu-ray, $34.95)

‘Generator Rex’
Cartoon Network is quietly entering into another golden age of television animation, and the sci-fi action romp “Generator Rex” — from the “Ben 10” folks — is another fine example. Check out the first nine episodes here. (DVD, $19.98)


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