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Smiles of a Summer Night (Criterion) Ingmar Bergman's breakthrough movie from 1955 is as frothy as his next two films (and undisputed classics), The Seventh Seal and Wild Strawberries, are convoluted. It's a sex comedy about trading partners that's influenced Stephen Sondheim (A Little Night Music), Woody Allen (A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy), and 85 percent of the softcore porn movies that came out of Europe in the '70s. Bergman doesn't go too deep here, so there's no need to pore over every single scene, like you would with, say, Persona. This Blu-ray debut includes an introduction by Bergman.

Being Human: Season Three (BBC) – The U.S. version of this show about werewolf, ghost, and vampire BFFs is OK, but the original U.K. version is way better. The third season ramps up both the drama and dark comedy with a ton of guest stars you might recognize if you watch a lot of British telly.

The Dilemma (Universal) – Dreadful bromance starring Vince Vaughn as a guy's guy who catches his best pal's wife with another man. Should he tell his buddy what he saw or keep quiet? Kevin James plays his friend. Jennifer Connelly is his friend's wife. And with that, all credibility goes out the door.

Mao's Last Dancer (Twentieth Century Fox) – This biopic about a Chinese dancer who defected in 1981 after falling for a girl from Texas is wrapped in prestigious tones, which you'd expect from director Bruce Beresford (Driving Miss Daisy). But it's more boring than a night spent at the ballet.

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