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August 28, 2013

An Affair of the Heart (unrated, 93 minutes) — This documentary by Sylvia Caminer is an homage to pop rocker Rick Springfield’s classic song and a portrait of the singer’s relationship with seven devoted fans who follow him on tour.

“It is about their connection, what they view and how they interpreted who I was, and the right times that music that they liked came along to help them to get through difficult stuff,” says the Grammy Award-winning musician, songwriter and actor (he played Dr. Noah Drake on General Hospital). “I am very proud to be part of it, but it is more their power than mine.”

The DVD includes over an hour of extras. The two-disc Blu-Ray offers two hours of extended scenes, interviews and conversations with fans and celebrity friends and footage from screenings.

— Karen Martin

Olympus Has Fallen (R, 120 minutes) — Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart and Morgan star in director Antoine Fuqua’s loud, violent and none-too-clever thriller that bears more than a passing resemblance to White House Down, which was released a few weeks after Olympus. It gets started when a terrorist mastermind kidnaps the president of the United States inside the White House and disgraced former Secret Service agent Mike Banning (Butler) must save the president and take down the invaders. With Angela Bassett, Robert Forster (Best Actor, Jackie Brown, 1997), Ashley Judd and Melissa Leo.

Blu-ray bonuses include a blooper reel and five behind-the-scenes featurettes.

— Karen Martin

Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s (PG-13, 93 minutes) — An unapologetic and frequently engrossing valentine to one Manhattan’s preeminent New Jersusalems, Bergdorf Goodman on Fifth Avenue, between 57th and 58th Streets in Manhattan. Bergdorf’s, established in brick and mortar in 1899 and in the popular consciousness soon afterward — in How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) Lauren Bacall’s character reminds Betty Grable’s charactertaht “the gentlemen you meet at the cold cuts counter may not be as attractive as the one you meet in the mink department at Bergdorf’s;” Liza Minnelli shoplifts a tie from the store in 1981’s Arthur and the store’s entrance provided the backdrop for the opening scene of the lamentable Sex and the City 2. Screenwriter turned documentarian Matthew Miele is a true believer, and his 90-minute montage of consumerist fabulousness (the $6,000 jewel-encrusted Louboutin heels are so popular the stor can’t keep them in stock!) works both as a large format infommercial for the store and a Rorschach for those of us with our noses pressed against those windows, watching the elaborate working displays of decorator David Hoey. Are we amused or envious? Or both? It’s fun either way.

— Philip Martin

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