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Best home viewing of 2018: What to watch (or gift) on VOD, Blu-ray and, yes, DVD

Best home viewing of 2018: What to watch (or gift) on VOD, Blu-ray and, yes, DVD

The recent demise of the subscription streaming service FilmStruck set off alarm bells among movie buffs. For years we’ve been told repeatedly that everything we’ve ever wanted to see will one day be floating around in the cloud. But what if the companies controlling the digital marketplace don’t see any advantage in preserving history? Maybe we shouldn’t have been so quick to tear down our DVD shelves.

Some of 2018’s best home video releases felt like artifacts from an earlier era, when every year we could look forward to big boxes of cultural ephemera, exhaustively annotated and collected on shiny little discs. These sets were welcome throwbacks — a reminder of why physical...

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