It's a thin week as far as new DVD releases go.
The Pawnbroker (grade, A-minus): The film directed by Academy Award-winner Sidney Lumet features one of the greatest performances in the career of Rod Steiger. He earned a 1965 best actor Oscar nomination for his portrayal of a survivor of a World War II Nazi death camp who lives a life of misery and hatred.
Sol Nazerman (Steiger) has not been the same since he saw his parents, wife, and children murdered in a concentration camp. His decision to open a pawnshop in Harlem - where the clients are mostly thieves and prostitutes - reflects the emptiness he lives with daily.
As though Steiger's performance weren't enough, The Pawnbroker features a jazz-influenced score by Quincy Jones and a supporting cast of Geraldine Fitzgerald, Brock Peters, Raymond St. Jacques, and a young Morgan Freeman.
The black-and-white film - selected in 2008 for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress - has been remastered in high definition.
The Address (grade, B): Filmmaker Ken Burns takes a look at the students at the Greenwood School - a tiny Vermont learning institute for boys 11 to 17 who face a range of personal, academic, and social challenges - and their annual task of learning Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.
It's a moving story of how a speech given more than 150 years ago helps heal these students. The documentary shows their growth and development as they dig into the history, context, and importance of Lincoln's powerful speech.
Stan Lee's Mighty 7: Beginnings (grade, B): Marvel Comics guru Stan Lee has had cameo roles in the big-budget movies based on the characters he helped create. This animated film takes Lee from cameo to star.
The premise: Lee is the first person seven alien fugitives meet when their spaceship crashes on Earth. After years of creating fictional costumed heroes, Lee realizes he can now write about real superfolk. He invites the aliens to live with him and turns them into comic-book stars while they battle evil.
This different look at the superhero genre is fun and introduces new and interesting heroes. This is the first of a trilogy featuring Lee and company. Along with Lee, voice talent includes Armie Hammer, Christian Slater, Mayim Bialik, Teri Hatcher, Flea, Darren Criss, Sean Astin, Jim Belushi, and Michael Ironside.
Also new on DVD:
Doctor Who: The Web of Fear: A 1968 six-part adventure featuring the Second Doctor (Patrick Troughton).
Nikita: The Complete Fourth and Final Season: Finale of the TV series about a rogue agent (Maggie Q).
Seven Warriors: A Hong Kong action take on Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai.
Big Bad Wolves: An Israeli thriller in which the lives of three men collide after a series of brutal murders.
Scream Park: An amusement-park owner has a murderous idea to sell tickets.
Corazón Indomable: The telenovela about a young woman who reinvents herself to take revenge.
Barefoot: A wayward hospital employee takes a trusting psychiatric patient to his brother's wedding.