“All Is Lost” (PG-13, 107 minutes, Lionsgate): A harrowing man-at-sea adventure features Robert Redford as an isolated and adrift sailor in the midst of an indifferent, wantonly cruel universe. But writer-director J.C. Chandor distills that idea to its visually purest form yet, in a one-man study of revealing character through action, showing not telling and taking filmgoers on a physical and existential voyage that proves why big-screen movies can still matter. The beating heart at the center of Chandor's daunting exercise is Redford, who plays his nameless adventurer in a nearly wordless performance with the wary determination a generation came to know and adore throughout the 1970s. Contains brief strong language. Extras include commentary with Chandor and producers Neal Dodson and Anna Gerb; “Big Film, Small Film” featurette on making a complicated film with a limited budget; four making-of vignettes; a “Preparing for the Storm” featurette with storyboards, special-effects reel, time-lapse footage and an unique pre-shooting clip in which a director of photography, Peter Zuccarini, takes on the Redford role and Chandor “plays” the wind and sea.


“Best Man Holiday” (R, 122 minutes, Universal): As with 1999's “The Best Man,” it's the actors who bring warmth, humanity and compulsive watchability to every moment of “The Best Man Holiday.” You don't watch “The Best Man Holiday” to deconstruct its flaws. You watch for its myriad, adamantly un-cerebral pleasures. You watch to see Morris Chestnut take that shirt off. You watch to giggle at Terrence Howard, then are unexpectedly moved during a frank encounter when he talks about money with one of his friends. And you watch to take in the quietly regal Monica Calhoun, whose subdued performance sneaks up and grabs you. Contains profanity, sexual content and brief nudity. Extras include gag reel and making-of featurette, with a look at how the “Best Man” characters and actors have evolved. Also, on Blu-ray: alternate ending; deleted and extended scenes with commentary by writer/director/producer Malcolm D. Lee; and a short on filming the girl fight scene.

“Ender's Game” (PG-13, 114 minutes, Lionsgate): There's a moral heft to “Ender's Game” that lends ballast to the science-fiction adventure about futuristic military-academy cadets. Based on the popular and award-winning 1985 novel by Orson Scott Card, the film doesn't need added suspense, bigger action or a better dramatic twist; it's got all of those, in more than serviceable amounts. But it benefits greatly, at least for those who care about such things, by being about something — the morality of war and its methods — in a way that most movies of this type are not. Contains sci-fi action and violence. Extras include commentary with producers Gigi Pritzker and Bob Orci; deleted and extended scenes. Also, on Blu-ray: an eight-part making-of featurette.

“Blue Is the Warmest Color” (NC-17, 179 minutes, in French with subtitles; The Criterion Collection): Adele Exarchopoulos is so convincing as a young woman in the throes of longing, love, lust and devastating rejection that, in the film's shattering final sequences, filmgoers will sense that they're not watching a movie as much as witnessing the most private moments of someone's life, from its headiest highs to its most crushing, depressive lows. Hours, even days later, they may find themselves thinking of Adele and wondering how she's doing — only then realizing how completely this fictional but very real creation has winnowed her way into their hearts and minds. Contains explicit sexual content. Extras include a booklet featuring an essay by critic B. Ruby Rich.

Also: “The Counselor” (Ridley Scott-directed crime thriller with a strong ensemble cast including Michael Fassbender, Penelope Cruz and Brad Pitt, Fox), “Wadjda” (shot entirely in Saudi Arabia, this female-centric feature broke many gender barriers for that country's film industry), “Austenland” (romantic comedy starring Keri Russell, with a nice Jane Seymour cameo), “2 Jacks,” “Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer” (documentary), “Diana” (with Naomi Watts in the Princess Diana role), “The Armstrong Lie” (Lance Armstrong documentary), “Grace Unplugged” (Christian film, Lionsgate), “How I Live Now,” “Afternoon Delight,” “Reaching for the Moon,” “And Then There Was You” (RLJ Entertainment), “Semi Colin” (David Lynch-esque documentary on famed erotic comics artist Colin Murray, Shelter Island), “Anna Nicole,” “Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth” (HBO), “Jewtopia,” “The Discovery of Eilleen Twain” (documentary on singer Shania Twain), “On the Job” (Philippines), “SEAL Patrol,” “Spinning Plates” (documentary), “Killing Kennedy,” “The Adventurer: The Curse of The Midas Box,” “Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon” (China), “Hindenburg: The Last Flight,” “Chicago: Diamond Edition,” “Brewster Leads The Way” (animated) and “Max & Ruby: Everybunny Loves Spring!” (animated).

Television Series: “Sherlock: Season Three” (BBC/PBS), “Dallas: Second Season” (includes Larry Hagman tribute featurette), “Newhart: Second Season” (1983-84), “Swamp People: Season 4”³ (History), “Doctor Who: The Moonbase” (PBS), “The Americans Season 1,” “Hetty Wainthropp Investigates: The Complete Collection” (27 episodes of the BBC detective series; 12-disc set; Acorn Media also is releasing each of the five seasons in individual sets) and “Regular Show: Mordecai and Margaret Pack” (Cartoon Network).