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DVD: “What Maisie Knew,” “Girls: The Complete Second Season,” & More!


It’s a man’s world, but it would be nothing — this week in home entertainment — without a woman or a girl!

We have the second season of HBO’s Girls, the sleeper custody drama What Maisie Knew, and long-awaited DVD release of queer wunderkind Xavier Dolan’s debut feature, I Killed My Mother (above).

Girls: The Complete Second Season

($49.99 Blu-ray, $39.99 DVD; HBO)

The second season of star/creator Lena Dunham’s 21st century Brooklyn hipster Sex and the City takes some unexpected turns and twists, balancing comedy, drama and even pathos. What status quo? Out actor Andrew Rannells reprises his role as Hannah’s (Dunham) queer roomie/ex-boyfriend, this time stirring up serious drama when he gets a little too close with Marnie (Allison Williams). This one’s a must. The generous trove of extras includes deleted and extended scenes, an episode 5 table read, Dunham’s interviews from Charlie Rose and the New Yorker Festival, behind the scenes featurette, gag reel, and more!

What Maisie Knew

($29.99 Blu-ray, $29,98 DVD; Millennium)

A six-year-old, Maisie (Onata Aprile), finds herself at the center of a very ugly custody battle. Both her rocker mom (Julianne Moore) and workaholic dad (Steve Coogan) become involved with new loves, which adds further confusion to the mix — especially when she bonds with mom’s new boyfriend (Alexander Skarsgaard). Based on and updated from Henry James’ 1897 novel of the same name, its themes remain timely and touching. Extras include a commentary and deleted scenes.

I Killed My Mother

($29.99 DVD; Kino Lorber)

Queer Quebecois writer-director-actor Xavier Dolan (Laurence Anyways) was just 20 when he made his feature debut with this semi-autobiographical dramedy about a petulant gay teen, Hubert, irritated by pretty much everything his mother does. Might a boyfriend and a teacher help smooth tensions? Or, despite their best intentions, only serve to tear mother and son apart further? The teen’s shouting fits are hysterical, and the start of an auteur’s assured, dreamy style can be savored here again.




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