DVD previews: ‘Don Jon,' ‘Last Love,' more

Sir Michael Caine at Whitehall Gardens in central London. (Joel Ryan, AP Photo)
Sir Michael Caine at Whitehall Gardens in central London. (Joel Ryan, AP Photo)

“Don Jon” (R, 90 minutes, Fox): Joseph Gordon-Levitt, in his feature-length writing and directorial debut, stars as Jon, a New Jersey bartender who has no trouble bedding ladies but prefers pornography. This disarming film proves Gordon-Levitt’s deftness both behind the camera and in front of a computer screen, writing, and gives Scarlett Johansson a star turn as Jon’s foil Barbara. The movie starts as a raunch-fest, reveling in crass language and frank discussions about the relative merits of computer-generated ecstasy over the old-fashioned kind. But somewhere along the way, the comedy seamlessly morphs into an incisive satire and, finally, an extremely affecting story about the value of intimacy between two real people – not actors, not avatars. Tony Danza and Glenne Headly are wonderful as Jon’s loud, sports-obsessed father and his oppressive mother who yearns to be a grandma. Contains strong graphic sexual material and dialogue throughout, nudity, strong language and drug use. Extras include HitRECord shorts “My Favorite Things: Request Video,” “My Favorite Things Remix: Film Preservation,” “Love of Objects” and “Vinegar.” Also, on Blu-ray: a making-of and other featurettes.

“Last Love” (unrated, 155 minutes, Image Entertainment): Oscar-winning actor Michael Caine plays Matthew Morgan, a retired professor played who is trying to overcome the death of his wife. After three years as a loner, this American in Paris befriends Pauline, a young, French dance instructor (Clemence Poesy, “In Bruges”) who struggles with her own past troubles. The drama takes a somewhat oddly comedic turn with the arrival of the widower’s adult children, played by Justin Kirk and Gillian Anderson. Extras include deleted scenes and outtakes.

Also: “CBGB” (Alan Rickman is Hilly Kristal in this biopic centering on the famous New York punk-rock nightclub), “Freedom Force” (animated sci-fi adventure), “Love, Marilyn” (HBO documentary), “Sweetwater,” “Sanitarium,” “Shaolin Warrior” (2011, China), “Ritual,” “Zombie Hamlet” and “Cassadaga.”

TV series: “Wolfblood: Season 1” (Disney channel).


Washington Post staff writer Kay Coyte contributed to this report