"Hyde Park on Hudson" (R, 95 minutes, Universal): Choosing Bill Murray to play Franklin D. Roosevelt makes an inspired choice, his combination of natural appeal and oddly recessive diffidence melding flawlessly with FDR's own hidden depths. What's more, the political capital Murray has earned with audiences over the years turns out to be crucial in this alternately charming and unsettling story, which transpires over a pivotal summer weekend in 1939, when Britain's King George VI visited Roosevelt's Hudson Valley estate in order to gain the U.S. president's support in the coming war. That also was a time, the movie suggests, when Roosevelt was pursuing one of a number of extramarital affairs, in this case with a distant cousin named Daisy Suckley (Laura Linney). Suckley narrates the film, which begins with her being unexpectedly summoned to take tea with the 32nd president. The problem with the film isn't its suggestion of FDR's dark side; that complexity, and Murray's spot-on portrayal of a man juggling myriad pressures and demands, marks one of the film's greatest strengths. It's that Daisy rarely comes into her own as more than the pliant emotional helpmeet to the Great Man. Contains brief sexuality. Extras: commentary with director Roger Michell and producer Kevin Loader, "A Look Inside Hyde Park on Hudson" and "First Days" featurettes.
"Into the Cold" (unrated, 87 minutes, Shelter Island): Sebastian Copeland, an award-winning photographer, Arctic explorer and environmental activist, retraces and commemorates the centennial of Robert E. Peary's successful April 1909 expedition to the North Pole with guide Keith Heger. Copeland documented his rigorous pre-trek training regimen and didn't flinch from the mistakes made (food shortage, a fall through ice) during the 400-mile hike to the North Pole. Some of the impressive footage included the Arctic "treadmill" of drift and the groaning and crunching of ice as shelves are formed. Facing harsh temperatures to -50 degrees, the film is a bone-chilling story of bravery, determination and Copeland's desire to raise awareness about global warming. As Copeland points out, the same trip may be impossible in the next 10 to 20 years as the Arctic landscape changes, and disappears. Extra: "Antarctica: The Global Warning" book presentation.
"We Are Egypt" (unrated, 85 minutes, The Disinformation Company): Going behind the headlines, this documentary, filmed in the 14 months leading up to the 2011 revolution, highlights the years of mounting resentment against the ruling regime. A former video news producer for Thomson Reuters in Cairo, director Lillie Paquette was embedded inside the turmoil. She followed key opposition figures and young democracy activists such as "Facebook girl" Esraa Abdel Fattah and Basem Fathy, co-founded of the April 6 Youth Movement, as they struggled against great odds and personal risk to displace the Mubarak regime. Extras: 41 minutes of featurettes, including "Memories of Egypt: 1952 Revolution" with Omar Sharif, "Shaab Misr -- The People of Egypt," "Egyptian Democracy Activists," "Inside NDP Headquarters," "Noam Chomsky on U.S. Foreign Policy in Egypt" and additional interviews with Michele Dunne and Laith Kubba of the National Endowment for Democracy, and Ali Edlin Hilal, of Egypt's National Democratic Party (NDP).
Also: "Erroll Garner: No One Can Hear You Read," "The Last Flight of Petr Ginz," "Vietnam: The Ten Thousand Day War," "Crush," "The Cary Grant Film Collection" (six-film set), "Love Free or Die," "Naked Lunch" (1991, The Criterion Collection), "Paranormal Movie," "Gate of Hell" (Japan, 1953 Oscar winner for best foreign-language film, The Criterion Collection), "Goodnight for Justice: Queen of Hearts" (Hallmark movie), "The Sorcerer and the White Snake" (2011, Hong Kong), "Woochi The Demon Slayer" (2009, South Korea), "The Four" (China), "Down the Shore," "Greatest Western Heroes" (12-disc set), "Lincoln Chronicles," "Best of Walden!" and "Best of Latino Laugh Festival."
Television Series: "Boss: Season Two," "Merlin: The Complete Fifth Series" (BBC), "Family Ties: The Sixth Season" (1987-88), "Rainforest Rescue" ("Wild Kratts" series, PBS) and "Thomas & Friends: Railway Mischief."