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For a movie thoroughly infused with a passion for classic rock, “Pirate Radio’’ (2009) feels more like pop: hardly edgy, but pleasantly infectious. the irresistible premise from writer-director Richard Curtis (“Love Actually’’) is to flash back to those strange days circa 1966, when official British radio was programming only a couple of hours daily of Beatles, Stones, Who, etc., prompting renegade broadcasters to set up on ships anchored just off the coast. Curtis’s sprawling crew of DJs and their shipmates recall “WKRP’’ in their wackiness and, again, tameness, with Philip Seymour Hoffman in Johnny Fever hepcat mode, and Tom Sturridge as the resident newbie/virgin/viewer surrogate. among the other familiar faces: Nick Frost (“Shaun of the Dead’’) as the randiest of the free-lovin’ group, Rhys Ifans as Hoffman’s mack-daddy rival, bill Nighy as the laissez-faire station manager, and Kenneth Branagh as the veddy proper bureaucrat determined to shut them all down. (Emma Thompson and January Jones ferry aboard for cameos.) Despite some fun performances, making time for so many characters results in the usual shorthand. the movie also plays it sillier than it might, as Hoffman’s terrifically melancholy realization that he’s experiencing the best days of his life feels like it’s from a different script than his over-the-top, climactic vows to go down with the ship. Extras: An hour’s worth of deleted scenes; Curtis, Frost, and castmate Chris O’Dowd supply commentary. (Universal, $29.98; Blu-ray, $36.98)

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