February 28, 2014 at 1:00 am

New on DVD/Blu-ray

'Gravity' even heavenly on a smaller screen

Sandra Bullock stars in 'Gravity.' (Warner Bros.)

New and notable on DVD this week:

“Gravity” (Rated PG-13 for intense perilous sequences, some disturbing images and brief strong language; Warner, $28.98): The visual intensity of director Alfonso Cuaron’s Oscar-nominated space adventure may not be as physically overwhelming on a smaller screen, but it is still a thing of chilling wonder. Sandra Bullock plays a first-time astronaut on a space shuttle that gets bombarded by cosmic debris. At first, she’s guided by a veteran astronaut (George Clooney), but then she’s left on her own, floating through space, struggling to return to earth. Brilliant. GRADE: A

“Thor: The Dark World” (Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence, and some suggestive content; Disney, $29.99): Thor (Chris Hemsworth) returns, this time having to save the universe (yawn) from an evil race known as — this is not made up — The Dark Elves. He swings by earth to pick up his sort-of girlfriend Jane (Natalie Portman), then ends up enlisting the aid of his evil half-brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and ... oh, who cares? This is your typical noisy ball of comic book nonsense. GRADE: C-

“Blue Is the Warmest Color” (Rated NC-17 for explicit sexual content; Criterion, $19.95) A French high school student (Adele Exarchopoulos) falls in love with an aspiring artist (Lea Seydoux), even though the two have very different backgrounds and dreams. That’s about it, but this film explores passion, class, love and discovery with such honesty and acute awareness that it’s a revelation. It’s known for its frank sex scenes, but they are just one part of an extraordinary examination of life and love. GRADE: A

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