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Claire Dolan
(New Yorker)

The late Katrin Cartlidge stars as the titular high-end Manhattan call girl seeking a new life in this 1998 film from the adventurous Lodge Kerrigan (Keane). Among the supplements: an audio introduction by critic Kent Jones and a booklet featuring an essay by Voice staffer Michael Atkinson.

The Ice Harvest

One of last year’s best, this first-rate noir comedy stars John Cusack and Billy Bob Thornton as a pair of Wichita swindlers trying to relieve the local mob of $2 million on Christmas Eve. Skillfully scripted by veterans Robert Benton and Richard Russo, this is the type of genre throwback bid that almost never works anymore. The cast (which also includes Connie Nielsen, Oliver Platt, and Randy Quaid) is uniformly excellent, with Billy Bob, at his sociopathic best, the standout. Extras include audio commentary by director Harold Ramis.

Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

The Animated Feature category may be the strongest at this week’s Oscars, featuring Japanese master Hayao Miyazaki’s Howl’s Moving Castle, Corpse Bride from the suddenly resurgent Tim Burton, and (the probable winner) this witty and humane stop-motion delight by Nick Park and Steve Box about a scatterbrained inventor and his brow-furrowing dog. The disc is loaded with special features, including deleted scenes with commentary and the short film Stagefright.