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New on DVD: ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’

DVD X-Men: Days of Future Past : There are many superhuman feats on display in the latest installment in the X-Men saga. Time travel. Saving the world from big, angry robots. A beautifully restored 1973 Buick Riviera.

But the nod for the most stunning accomplishment goes to director Bryan Singer and writer Simon Kinberg for taking what could have been a formulaic superhero sequel and giving it humor and life — while remaining true to the original X-Men message of the outcasts finding strength in their differences.

The plot mechanics grow increasingly creaky in the latter half, as the special effects grow bigger, but there’s still enough residual energy to keep it from lapsing into being, say, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, perhaps the most reviled of all the recent Marvel Comics-related films.

The time-travel scenario proves to be a clever way for Singer to meld the two X-Men universes — the veterans introduced in X-Men in 2000 and their younger selves first seen in X-Men: First Class in 2011 — into one coherent world.

And, if nothing else, there’s always that Buick Riviera. On DVD and Blu-ray.

Also new: Mr. Peabody and Sherman; Los Angeles Plays Itself; Persecuted; Whitey: United States of America vs. James J. Bulger; Venus in Fur; Witching & Bitching; Pearl Jam in Their Own Words; Penny Dreadful: Season One

— Cary Darling