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New on DVD: Bradley Cooper takes trip down ‘Nightmare Alley’

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Guillermo del Toro’s remake of a 1947 film noir about a drifter’s rise and fall tops the DVD releases for the week of March 22.

“Nightmare Alley”: Bradley Cooper stars as a circus mentalist who takes his act to the nightclubs and encounters a dangerous psychoanalyst with whom he teams up to scam wealthy people, with less-than-ideal results.

“The film operates on a peculiar, somewhat languid rhythm, and there are times when the story’s needs take a back seat to the visual detail,” Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips wrote. “But ‘Nightmare Alley’ has nerve and relentless, fantastic style.”

Also new on DVD

“Dexter: New Blood”: Michael C. Hall reprises his role as the titular serial killer in this limited series set 10 years after the end of the Showtime drama, with the setting moved from Miami to a snowy small town in upstate New York.

“Dr. Death”: This Peacock limited series is based on the story of Texas spine surgeon Christopher Duntsch, who maimed or killed 33 of 38 surgical patients between 2011 and 2013 and was sentenced to life in prison in 2017. Starring Joshua Jackson, Alec Baldwin and Christian Slater.

“For the Love of Money”: A single mother must return to the criminal underworld she had sworn off to protect her family.

“The Godfather Trilogy”: To mark the 50th anniversary of Francis Ford Coppola’s classic, all three films in the epic trilogy (“The Godfather,” “The Godfather: Part II” and “Mario Puzo’s The Godfather Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone”) are available on 4K Ultra HD for the first time, freshly restored. There is also a collector’s edition that includes a hardcover coffee table book, as well as portrait art prints. Both sets contain new bonus content, including an introduction by Coppola, a featurette about the preservation process, photos by photographer Steve Schapiro and home movie footage.

Digital HD

“Spider-Man: No Way Home”: The third Spidey movie starring Tom Holland rips open the multiverse for Spider-Man to face down past foes, including Alfred Molina’s Doc Ock and Willem Dafoe’s Green Goblin.

“Parallel Mothers”: Director Pedro Almolovar and actress Penelope Cruz’s latest collaboration is a tale of two women who meet in the hospital as they are both about to give birth, and the lasting bond that develops as a result of the chance encounter.

“Dreaming Hollywood”: An unstable former convict is out for revenge after discovering that his screenplay was stolen.

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