New on DVD: 'Transcendence' and 'Heaven Is for Real'


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‘‍Transcendence’‍

The dystopian future envisioned by last year's critical darling "Her" reappears here, albeit with a lot more testosterone. You could even call this new thriller — in which a godlike artificial intelligence, played by Johnny Depp, starts building an army of cyborg zombies — "Him." Unlike that earlier film about a man who falls in love with a computer operating system, which was a poetic, melancholic meditation on the failure to connect, "Transcendence" is a kind of high-tech horror story.

Rated PG-13 for some violent and bloody images, obscenity and sensuality.

Extras include "What Is Transcendence?" "A Singular Vision" (on director Wally Pfister). Also on Blu-ray: "Guarding the Threat," "The Promise of A.I.," "It's Me" "Singularity" and "R.I.F.T." featurettes.

— Washington Post

‘‍Heaven Is for Real’‍

In this family drama, Colton Burpo, the angelic 4-year-old son of a Nebraska pastor, has emergency surgery and while under anesthesia experiences a series of visions, including watching his own operation, observing the prayers of his anguished parents and meeting Jesus. At first, Todd Burpo (Greg Kinnear) listens to Colton's stories with the amused forbearance of a mildly skeptical but proud parent: He and his wife, Sonja (Kelly Reilly), chalk up Colton's detailed visions to the stories and hymns he's been steeped in all his life. But when Colton mentions encountering people he never met or even knew existed, Todd becomes convinced that his son really has glimpsed the afterlife, a revelation that sends the preacher on a journey that will ultimately threaten his parish and his family.

Rated PG for thematic material, including medical situations.

Extras include "Colton Goes to Heaven" behind-the-scenes featurette and deleted scenes. Also, on Blu-ray: making-of and "Creating Heaven" featurettes.

— Washington Post


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