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Disc Spotlight: Broken Embraces

Broken Embraces (Blu-ray) (R)

Movie: 3 stars out of 4

Disc: 3 1/2 stars out of 4

This fourth collaboration between director Pedro Almodovar and leading lady Penelope Cruz channels Orson Welles, Alfred Hitchcock and Stanley Kubrick into a sneaky smart murder mystery that is more of a well-executed slight-of-hand exercise than an entertaining work of fiction. Bursting with style and vibrant cinematography, the movie is a perfect fit for the crisp, concise and unforgiving Blu-ray presentation. If patience is one of your virtues, repeated viewings will yield increasingly rich rewards.

Technical specs: aspect ratio: Widescreen (1080p/2.35:1), audio: Spanish (Dolby Digital DTS-HD 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), subtitles: English SDH and French.

Special features:

• New Alodovar short film featuring one of movie's main characters

• "Pedro directs Penelope" featurette

• "Variety" Q&A with Cruz

• Deleted scenes

• Trailers

• BD Live option

(Sony Classics, $34.95.)