Short Circuits: 'Captain Phillips' on video, light-bulb streaming device, more

  • Updated: January 20, 2014 - 3:14 PM

Tom Hanks plays the title character in the Oscar-nominated film “Captain Phillips.”

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Trouble on the high seas

“Captain Phillips,” a film about piracy off the coast of Africa, is such an impressive dramatic achievement that it comes as a shock when it gets even better, during a devastating final scene in which Tom Hanks single-handedly dismantles Hollywood notions of macho heroism in one shattering, virtually wordless sequence. That moment, as purely emotional as what went before has been kinetic, makes “Captain Phillips” yet another Paul Greengrass masterpiece.

The DVD and Blu-ray (Sony, $31-$41) include commentary by Greengrass and a three-part behind-the-scenes look at the film’s production and its inspiration: the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the U.S.-flagged MV Maersk Alabama cargo ship.

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Colin Covert says: “Captain Phillips” is an efficient, fast-paced survival thriller, a gripping character study of men under stress, and an object lesson in the power of spare, realistic storytelling.


Also out Tuesday

Movies: “Blue Jasmine,” “Charlie Countryman,” “Crossing Lines,” “Freezer,” “In a World,” “Instructions Not Included,” “Machete Kills.”

TV: “Borgen” (Season 3), “Bullet in the Face” (full series), “Comedy Bang Bang” (Season 1), “NYPD Blue” (Season 5).

Blu-ray: “Cat People” (1982), “Die Monster Die,” “The Five Heartbeats,” “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World” (extended edition), “La Vie de Bohème,” “Nostalghia,” “Raise the Titanic,” “White Men Can’t Jump.”


Shed some light on music

A product that grabbed attention at the recent Consumer Electronics Show was the AwoX Striimlight B-10 light bulb and Bluetooth speaker ($99,

The multifunctional, eco-friendly LED light bulb has an integrated Bluetooth speaker to stream wireless music right from the light fixture.

An included IR remote turns the light on and adjusts the speaker volume. The setup consists of screwing in the light bulb and then pairing the speaker with any Bluetooth-enabled device.

As for the long-lasting LED lighting, it’s equivalent to a 40-watt incandescent bulb. McClatchy News Service


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