Rewind: 'Mildred Pierce,' 'Contagion,' 'The Guard' and more
Unlike the 1945 Oscar-winning noir version, director Todd Haynes' new adaptation of James M. Cain's novel "Mildred Pierce" directly mines the source material. The stunning, immersive Depression-era HBO miniseries follows the newly divorced Pierce (Kate Winslet) as she deals with a new life, new lovers and a troublesome daughter. (DVD, $39.98; Blu-ray, $49.99)
A by-the-books FBI agent (Don Cheadle) finds himself in pursuit of a cocaine-smuggling ring in Ireland, where he has to hand a tough, bullish police sergeant (Brendan Gleeson). (DVD, $30.99; Blu-ray, $35.99)
'Don't Be Afraid of the Dark'
Guy Pierce and Katie Holmes star in this chiller about a house full of monsters co-written and produced by horror master Guillermo Del Toro ("Pan's Labyrinth," "Hellboy"). (DVD, $30.99; Blu-ray, $35.99)
Bring hand sanitizer
If anyone sneezes while you're watching director Steven Soderbergh's "Contagion," you might freak out. The director's new thriller about a deadly virus outbreak feels uncomfortably and disturbingly real. Starring Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburne, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, Kate Winslet, Marion Cotillard. (DVD, $28.98; Blu-ray, $29.98; Blu-ray/DVD combo, $35.99)
I don't care
'I Don't Know How She Does It'
Sarah Jessica Parker plays a finance executive, wife and mother. How can she possibly do all that? I don't know and I don't care. Your mileage may vary. (DVD, $29.98; Blu-ray, $39.99)
'Justified: The Complete Second Season'
Catch up with badass U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) before the third season of the Emmy-winning series debuts on FX on Jan. 17. (DVD, $39.95; Blu-ray, $49.95)
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