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The Gold Rush (Criterion)

Charlie Chaplin's 1925 comedy The Gold Rush isn't his best silent movie, but it's his most popular and iconic film. This is the one where his Little Tramp eats a shoe and makes his dinner dance. But more importantly it's the movie where Chaplin whittles down the sugary pathos found in his other work and keeps the entire 90 minutes — his first film to reach this length — moving at a fast, furious, and funny pace. This Blu-ray debut includes lots of terrific supplements: four features about the movie, commentary by a guy who wrote a book about the director-star, and, best of all, the 1942 version of the movie recut by Chaplin to include narration and music. Essential.

Entourage: The Complete Eighth Season (HBO)

The final season of HBO's series about a struggling actor and his group of hangers-on just sorta sputters out. Two discs collect all eight episodes plus a behind-the-scenes chat with cast and crew. But there's not much to care about at this point.

In Darkness (Sony)

Based on a true story, this Holocaust drama about a sewer worker who hides a group of Jews from the Nazis is pretty much what you'd expect from the great director Agnieszka Holland. It's like a sewers-set Schindler's List — not as good, but just as inspiring.

Meatballs (Lionsgate)

Just in time for summer, Bill Murray's first starring movie from 1979 finally comes to Blu-ray. It's filled with the usual summer-camp stuff — panty raids, bitchy counselors, horny teens, the works — but with plenty of Murray snark roasting the wienies.

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