Escape Room: Tournament of Champions (Sony, Blu-ray or DVD, PG-13/NR, 88/96 min.). Like the “Final Destination” movies, the cleverness of the ways to kill, plus in this case how to advance from one room to the next, is what makes the film a success. There really is not enough time to get to know the characters, although it helps in this case that Zoey (Tylor Russell) and Ben Miller (Logan Miller) both were survivors from the first film (2019) and Indya Moore, who plays Brianna, played a character to root for in TV’s “Pose.”

As with the first film, six people – all but two strangers – are thrown into life-and-death situations by the Minos Corp. They have to find and decipher clues that lead from one deadly scenario room to the next. Minos, which apparently has unbelievable amounts of cash to fashion these detailed rooms, makes its profit from its clientele who bet on the outcomes of the “games.” The twist here is that each of the six participants are survivors from early games, although the audience has only seen two in action before.

To refresh a bit, in the first film, Zoey managed to escape, but went back to rescue Ben. The four new-to-the-audience participants are Brianna, a travel blogger; priest Nate (Thomas Cocquerel); Theo (Carlito Olivero); and Rachel (Holland Roden). Zoey and Ben actually were looking for the new game, as they hoped to expose Minos by gathering evidence, but they certainly were not looking to become participants again.

The first room is the cleverest, as a thief leads Zoey and Ben to a subway car that separates from the rest of the train and then becomes electrified, with the six trapped inside. Subsequent rooms are an underground bank with cutting lasers through its lobby; a fake beach but with devouring sand; and a New York City block with acid rain.

The 8-minute-longer extended cut has a beginning and ending centered around one of the men who develops the trap-rooms for Minos (James Frain as Henry) and his daughter (Isabelle Fuhrman as Claire), with the ending providing the means for further installments.

Bonus featurettes look at the sets (5:50), the plot and characters (5:10) and on returning director Adam Robitel (also “Insidious: The Last Key,” TV’s upcoming “The Craving”) upping the ante (3:55). Grade: film 3 stars; extras 1.5 stars

Rating guide: 5 stars = classic; 4 stars = excellent; 3 stars = good; 2 stars = fair; dog = skip it

Space Jam: A New Legacy (Warner Bros., Blu-ray or DVD, PG, 115 min.). The 1996 film “Space Jam” starred Michael Jordan; the new version has LeBron James, whose career is outlined during the opening credits. I am not a LeBron fan, but he is OK here, and I found funny the couple of digs about his changing teams. Cedric Joe as his son, Dom, is better though. If you thought “Escape Room: Tournament of Champions” moved fast, this one is often a whirlwind, blunting some of the fun of spotting the character cameos in the Serververse. Among those cameos are King Kong, the flying monkeys from “The Wizard of Oz,” Superman and Agent Smith from “The Matrix.” The heavy cross-promotion continues with brief stops at “Batman,” “Game of Thrones” and “Harry Potter” worlds. And there are clips from “Austin Powers” and “Casablanca,” while Lola Bunny (voiced by Zendaya) has her own run at Wonder Woman’s Amazon-qualifying challenge.

Behind all the nefariousness is the wonderfully-named Al G. Rhythm, played by Don Cheadle. Al G. Rhythm is the personification of the computer algorithm that apparently is running Warner Bros. these days. However, LeBron rejects the marketing scheme created by Al G. Rhythm, so he steals the basketball video game that Dom has created – the major subplot is LeBron wants Dom to play basketball, while the boy would rather create stuff on computers – and then sucks Dom and LeBron into the Serververse, setting them up as captains of opposing teams. LeBron is forced to search for his team through Tune World, helped by Bugs Bunny. They also visit DC World, where LeBron is Robin, and even Mad Max World.

LeBron ends up with Bugs Bunny, Lola Bunny, Tweety, Sylvester, Granny, Road Runner and Wile E. Cayote on his team, while the AI team for Dom includes “monster” versions of real-life WNBA stars Nneka Ogwumike and Diana Tourasi, as well as NBA players Anthony Davis, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson and Damian Lilliard. LeBron must win the game to get Dom back. One minus to the film is a Porky Pig rap (groan).

Extras include five deleted scenes (7:38) on both formats. The Blu-ray also has four featurettes, the best of which shows the special visual effects, including motion-capture basketball play (8:09). The others have LeBron talking about the story (7:36), a look at the characters who needed 30 makeup artists and 30 hair stylists (7:49) and a look at the music (7:08). Grade: film 3 stars; extras 2.5 stars

The Green Knight (Lionsgate, Blu-ray or DVD, R, 129 min.). Directed and written by David Lowery (“Pete’s Dragons”), this new take on the 14th-century medieval story of “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” is often gorgeous to look at, but also incredibly boring. The first 46 minutes are extremely slow.

Here, Gawain (Dev Patel of “Slumdog Millionaire,” the 2 “Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” films) is not yet a knight, he is just King Arthur’s semi-playboy nephew. Note that Lowery never identifies the King (Sean Harris) by the name Arthur, nor the Queen or any of the famous knights by name. The Round Table is present, though. Gawain does have a girlfriend in Essel (Alicia Vikander, who also later plays The Lady).

During the Christmas celebration, when the King is looking for a story as entertainment, the Green Knight shows up. Played by Ralph Iverson, he is a wonder as part tree and part man. The Green Knight issues a challenge to fight anyone, with the proviso that whatever wound he receives, he will deliver back in kind a year hence. Rather brashly, Gawain takes up the challenge and beheads the Green Knight, probably thinking there would be no year after. However, the Green Knight picks up his head and says he will expect Gawain in a year.

As the year is almost up, we see the story of Gawain and the Green Knight has been turned into puppet shows. Then, Gawain sets out alone to keep his deadly appointment. Along the way, the film gets slightly more interesting, but also more mysterious. He meets, and is robbed, by a boy, who takes off with his horse, making him walk the rest of the way. Next is St. Winifred, who says she needs her head, which is at the bottom of a lake. He then makes friends with an endearing, eventually talking fox, almost hitchhikes with some naked female giants who are shrouded in mist, and ends up spending some time with the sexually ambiguous Lord (Joel Edgerton) and Lady (Vikander).

Overall, I think the film tries too hard to be artsy, but there is a segment near the end that I really liked, which shows Gawain’s future in a wordless montage. But then, even that may only be a possible future.

The extras are solid, particularly the making-of feature which talks about the locations, sets and production design (35:23). There also is a look at the visual effects (14:58) and the design of the “chapter” titles used throughout the film (7:53). Grade: film 2 stars; extras 3 stars

The Damned (1969, Italy, Criterion Collection, Blu-ray, NR, 157 min.). This is a new 2K digital restoration, which some have criticized, and comes with an alternate Italian language soundtrack. In many ways, it is an old-school melodrama about a German industrial family, but the setting is during the Nazis’ rise to power in the 1930s and the story is how the powerful German steelmakers eventually succumb to the Third Reich. The director and co-writer is the great Luchino Visconti (1906-1976, “Rocco and His Brothers,” “The Leopard,” “Death in Venice”). Visconti received an Oscar nomination for the screenplay.

The film became controversial, especially among censors who cut 10 minutes from the film in some countries and who gave it initially an X rating in the United States, due to its often-implied sexual conduct. In the extras, literature and film scholar Stefano Albertini says the openly homosexual Visconti had a relationship with star Helmut Berger (Visconti’s “Ludwig,” “The Godfather Part III”) during the making of the film and kept expanding his role of Martin von Essenbeck, the heir to the steelworks. Despite any off-camera relationship, in the film Visconti presents Martin as doing a great Marlene Dietrich singing impersonation, wearing his mother’s dress and wig, then as a pedophile who may have caused one young girl to hang herself, as well as engaging in incest with his mother and finally matricide, once he has donned a Nazi uniform for real.

In fact, Visconti makes other connections between Nazism and sexual perversion, with his depiction of the Night of the Long Knives massacre as interrupting an SA or “Brown Shirts” drunken celebratory gathering of soldiers that ended up with the men pairing off to engage in sex. Reportedly, this section, which shows many a shirtless, ruggedly handsome young man, was shot first, before Visconti had a completed script. It is a remarkable sequence.

Most of the film revolves around the von Essenbeck family, which includes the elderly Baron (Albrecht Schoenhals), who is celebrating his birthday during the opening scenes – only to be murdered later that night – and his turning over control of the company to his relative Konstantin (Reinhard Kolldehoff), whose son Gunther (Renaud Verley) is a musician, much to his father’s dismay. Konstantin has connections with Hitler’s National Socialists and while the Baron says he is no friend of Hitler, he realizes they must work with the Nazis or possibly lose their lucrative business. Herbert Thallman (Umberto Orsini), a good friend to Gunther, had been president of the company. Before the night is over, Herbert has flown from the Baron’s estate, as Nazis have come to arrest, and probably kill him. Thallman’s wife Elizabeth is played by Charlotte Rampling.

There is another key figure at the table, Frederich Bruckmann (Dirk Bograde of “The Servant,” Visconti’s “Death in Venice”), who has been told on the ride down by Nazi officer Wolf von Aschenbach (Helmut Griem), a cousin of von Essenbach’s, that tonight would be his chance to take over the company. Bruckmann has been having an affair with Baroness Sophia von Essenbeck (Ingrid Thulin of nine Ingmar Bergman films, including “Wild Strawberries”), who is Martin’s mother. Sophia convinces Martin to name Bruckmann the company president, with Konstantin, a leader of the SA, only vice-president.

Bonus features include  a 1970 RAI TV appearance by Visconti, during which he answers questions from the audience (39:43, in Italian); a 1969 look at Visconti on set (9:20, in English, with Rampling and Visconti talking); the new, aforementioned interview with Albertini, who says the film was inspired by Thomas Mann’s “Buddenbrooks,” Visconti’s own family and the Krupp family of German industrialists (15:35); a 1969 French TV interview with Thalin (10:03, in French); a 1990 French TV interview with Rampling (3:38, in French); and a 1969 French TV interview with Berger (5:09, in English). Grade: film 4 stars; extras 3.5 stars

Throw Down (2004, China, Criterion Collection, Blu-ray, NR, 95 min.). Hong Kong director Johnnie To’s judo film is, in part, a tribute to writer-director Akira Kurosawa’s first film, 1943’s “Sanshiro Sugata,” replicating the outside match within the reeds. The story itself is about three misfits who come together. Cherrie Ying plays singer Mona, who is in her third or fourth city trying to make a career of it. She auditions for work at a nightclub run by former judo champion Sze-to Bo (Louis Koo), who is mostly a drunk and heavy gambler, but also plays guitar on stage. Young judo fighter Tony (Aaron Kwok) is eager to prove his skills against anyone, but especially Bo. He too ends up working at the club, especially since he can play sax.

To does not explain a lot in the film. The viewers get carried along, eventually working out things for themselves. For example, when Bo asks Mona and Tony to accompany him, they hop onto a bus and go to a video arcade, where Bo plans to steal some money one a local gangster, so he can pay off other debts. It turns out the three had worked out the plan of attack previously. Lee Kong (Tony Ka Fai Leung) is another judo master whom Bo once fought and who seeks a rematch.

There is lots of running down streets in the film, with a breezy highlight being when Mona, after she swipes two large stacks of bills that Bo has just lost gambling, runs down the street, with the bills flying everywhere as she is chased by three men. In another scene, Mona is throwing a water bottle at a balloon stuck in a tree, when two men arrive and build a person ladder on shoulders for her to finally reach the balloon.

Extras include a 2004 interview with To (40:06, in Chinese); a new interview with screenwriter Yau Nai-hoi (11:10, in Chinese); a new interview with composer Peter Kam (11:14, in English); a new piece by film scholar Daniel Bordwell on To’s storytelling techniques (21:04, in English but with lots of clips from “Stagecoach” for some reason); a new piece with film scholar Caroline Guo talking about the film’s genre blending and cultural codes (12:37, in English); and a 2004 making-of featurette (10:57). Grade: film and extras 3.5 stars

Columbia Classics 4K Ultra HD Collection Volume 2 (1959-2010, Sony Pictures, 6 4K Ultra HDs + 7 Blu-rays, G, PG, R, NR, 815 min.). One might say it is never too soon to start shopping for Christmas. This limited-edition set includes one Best Picture Academy Award winner and three other Best Picture nominees among its six films. The films are “Anatomy of a Murder,” “Oliver!,” ”Taxi Driver,” “Stripes,” “Sense and Sensibility” and “The Social Network.”

The six films are only available on 4K Ultra HD disc within this special collector’s set. Included with the collection is a hardbound 80-page book, featuring in-depth sections about the making of each film via six new incisive essays from renowned writers Julie Kirgo, John Kenrick, Glenn Kenny, Michael G. McDunnah, Kayti Burt and Nev Pierce. In addition, the set also includes an exclusive three-hour Blu-ray bonus disc with 20 short films from the Columbia Pictures library, all presented in high definition. These shorts, curated from over 80 years of the studio’s history, showcase a wide scope of creative output across the worlds of both live-action and animation, from The Three Stooges to award-winning mid-century cartoons to modern favorites from Sony Pictures Animation, along with some surprise rarities.

“Anatomy of a Murder” (1959, NR, 160 min.) is a riveting courtroom drama featuring an all-star cast that was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture. The film pits a humble small-town lawyer (James Stewart of “Vertigo,” “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington”) against a hard-headed big-city prosecutor (George C. Scott of “Patton,” “Dr. Strangelove”). Emotions flare as a jealous army lieutenant (Ben Gazzara of “Road House”) pleads innocent to murdering the rapist of his seductive, beautiful wife (Lee Remick of “The Omen,” “Days of Wine and Roses”). Produced and directed by Otto Preminger (“Laura,” “Carmen Jones”), the film features a brilliant score by Duke Ellington and is packed with drama, passion and intrigue.

The 4K version is restored from the original camera negative, with the Blu-ray sourced from the 4K master. Special features include a new audio commentary by film historian Foster Hirsch and interviews with Gary Giddins on the film’s pace and score (21:45), Pat Kirkham on Saul Bass’ movie titles and art designs (14:52), and Hirsch on Preminger (29:43), plus an excerpt from “Firing Line” with Preminger (10:22).

“Oliver!” (1968, G, 153 min.) is the beloved musical version of Charles Dickens’ “Oliver Twist,” based on Lionel Hart’s 1960 stage musical. Directed by Carol Reed (“The Third Man”), the film won six Academy Awards, including Best Picture. It is the story of a plucky young orphan (Mark Lester of “Crossed Swords”) and his quest for love and happiness in a London populated by rascals, rogues and thieves. Head thief Fagin is played by Ron Moody (The Twelve Chairs,” “The Mouse on the Moon”), with Oliver Reed (“Women in Love,” “The Hunting Party”) as Bill Sikes and Jack Wild (“Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves”) as The Artful Dodger. Songs include “As Long as He Needs Me” and “Food, Glorious Food.”

Again, the 4K version is restored from the original camera negative, with the Blu-ray sourced from the 4K master. The Blu-ray includes new audio commentary by film historian Steven C. Smith and newly-released footage of Wild’s screen test. Previously-released extras include a behind-the-scenes featurette (7:35), meeting Oliver (14:43), meeting Fagin (13:21), a look at the locations (4:37), sing-alongs of eight musical scenes with karaoke-style lyrics (36:09) and dance and sing-alongs for three numbers (10:13).

“Taxi Driver” (1976, R, 114 min.) is a much darker tale, starring Robert De Niro (“The Godfather: Part II,” “The Deer Hunter”) as New York City cabbie Travis Bickle, driven to violence by loneliness and desperation. Directed by Martin Scorsese (“Goodfellas,” “Mean Streets” with De Niro) and written by Paul Schrader (“Raging Bull” with De Niro), the film won the Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture. The film co-stars Jodie Foster (“The Silence of the Lambs”), Albert Brooks (“Broadcast News”), Harvey Keitel (“Bad Lieutenant,” “Pulp Fiction”), Peter Boyle (“Young Frankenstein”) and Cybill Shepherd (“The Last Picture Show,” TV’s “Moonlighting”).

The 4K version is restored from the original camera negative, with the Blu-ray sourced from the 4K master. Special 4K features include a new 20th anniversary re-release trailer, a making-of documentary, a storyboard-to-film comparison introduced by Scorsese and animated photo galleries. Blu-ray extras include a 41-minute Q&A with Scorsese, De Niro, Foster and others, recorded in 2016; audio commentary by Scorsese and Schrader from the Criterion Collection (1986); separate commentaries by Schrader and Prof. Robert Kolker; Scorsese discussing the film; a Scorsese tribute; and looks at the New York locations, Bickle’s New York, “Taxi Driver” stories, producing the film and “God’s Lonely Man.”

All three of the above films are out and out classics. For comedy, there is “Stripes” (1981, R, 106/123 min), which is presented in both the theatrical version and an extended version, plus the 103-minute TV version, which is new. The film stars Bill Murray (“Rushmore,” “Groundhog Day,” the “Ghostbusters” films) as quick-witted slacker John Winger, who loses his apartment, girlfriend and job all in the same day, and thus joins the army and nearly starts World War III. The film is directed by Ivan Reitman (2 “Ghostbusters” films) and also stars Harold Ramis (“Groundhog Day,” 2 “Ghostbusters” films), John Candy (“Uncle Buck,” “Planes, Trains & Automobiles”) and John Larroquette (TV’s “Night Court,” “The Librarians”).

The 4K versions are restored from the original camera negative, with the Blu-ray versions sourced from the 4K master. New special 4K features are “40 Years of Stripes” reunion of Murray and Reitman, and a theatrical trailer. The Blu-ray includes audio commentary by Reitman and Dan Goldberg on the extended version, deleted and extended scenes from the extended version, and a Stars and Stripes documentary. New extras are 11 additional deleted and extended scenes and the 1983 TV version of the film.

“Sense and Sensibility” (1995, PG, 136 min.) is director Ang Lee’s telling of Jane Austen’s classic novel about the Dashwood sisters, sensible Elinor (Emma Thompson of “Howards End,” “Saving Mr. Banks”) and passionate Marianne (Kate Winslet of HBO’s “Mare of Easttown”), whose chances of marriage seem doomed by their family’s sudden loss of fortune. Thompson won an Academy Award for writing the screenplay. Lee also directed “Brokeback Mountain,” “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” and “Life of Pi.” The film, which was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, also stars Alan Rickman and Hugh Grant. It was named the best film at the 1996 BAFTA Awards.

The 4K version is restored from the original camera negative, with the Blu-ray version sourced from the 4K master. The new special Blu-ray feature is a 25th anniversary reunion with cast members, producer Lindsay Doran and Lee (27:37). Carried over are two audio commentaries, one by Thompson and Doran and the other by Lee and co-producer James Schamus; featurettes on adopting Austen (11:18), the characters (8:14) and “A Very Quiet Man” (12:03); looks at the locations (5:42) and the costumes (3:57) and two deleted scenes (2:43).

The collection concludes with “The Social Network” (2010, PG-13/Unrated, 120 min.), directed by David Fincher (“Se7en,” “Zodiac”) and written by Aaron Sorkin (TV’s “The West Wing”). The film chronicles the formation of Facebook and the battles over ownership that followed after the Website’s incredible success. The cast includes Jesse Eisenberg (“Zombieland”) as Mark Zuckerberg, Andrew Garfield (2 “The Amazing Spider-Man” films, “Hacksaw Ridge”) as Eduardo Saverin, Justin Timberlake as Sean Parker and Rooney Mara as Erica Albright. The film was nominated for eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

New on 4K are theatrical trailers. The Blue-ray includes two audio commentaries, one by Fincher and the other by Sorkin and the cast; and a bonus Blu-ray disc contains featurettes on making the movie (92 min., in 4 parts), Fincher and Jeff Cronenweth on the visuals (7:48), the editing process with Angus Wall, Kirk Baxter and Ren Klycee (17:24), Trent Raznor, Atticus Ross and Fincher on the score (18:55), a multi-angle scene breakdown of the Ruby Skye sequence, an early, but ultimately scrapped version of the music for the Henley Regatta scene, and Reznor showing the unique instruments he used in the soundtrack (4:28).

The bonus disc with the 20 shorts, includes 11 cartoons, including three with Mister Magoo (voiced by Jim Backus), and three animated shorts, including a “Hotel Transylvania” one about a giant pet dog and another with an alien nightclub. There is a travelogue about Portugal (20:14) and James Mason narrating Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart” (7:45). Interestingly, in one of the “Mister Magoo” cartoons, he intends to see “The Tattle-Tale Heart,” but ends up on an airplane instead. Two of the shorts feature Charley Chase, a comedian who starred in Hal Roach short film comedies. The highlight, though, is The Three Stooges in “Disorder in the Court” (16:38), filled with their usual hijinks. Grade: overall 4 stars