With the holidays just around the corner, the studios are unleashing their heavy hitters upon the public. This week sees the release of a diverse range of recent favorites from the charming Pixar sequel Finding Dory to a 3-D version of last year’s sci-fi blockbuster Star Wars: The Force Awakens to the recent live-action remake of The Jungle Book and many more. Here’s what fantastic titles are now available on DVD and Blu-ray. Check them out!
The chipper–if chronically forgetful–blue tang of Finding Nemo swims into the spotlight in Pixar Studios’ smash subsea sequel. When Dory (voiced by Ellen DeGeneres) touches on a fleeting memory of the family she got separated from, her adoptive clownfish clan Marlin (Albert Brooks) and Nemo (Hayden Rolence) follow on a hopeful, exciting and touching underwater odyssey. With the voices of Diane Keaton, Eugene Levy, Ed O’Neill, Kaitlin Olson, Ty Burrell. 97 min.
Visionary director J.J. Abrams brings to life the motion picture event of a generation. As Kylo Ren and the sinister First Order rise from the ashes of the Empire, Luke Skywalker is missing when the galaxy needs him most. It’s up to Rey, a desert scavenger, and Finn, a defecting stormtrooper, to join forces with Han Solo and Chewbacca in a desperate search for the one hope of restoring peace to the galaxy. This special 3-D Blu-ray of the film includes special features like deleted scenes and an audio commentary by Abrams.
Taking its spirited animated 1967 spin on the Kipling adventure–and combining live action and CGI to deliver a visually sumptuous reimagining–Disney delivered a critical and popular sensation. Abandoned in the jungles of India and raised by a wolf pack, the feral boy Mowgli (Neel Sethi) is targeted for destruction by the domineering tiger Shere Khan (voiced by Idris Elba)–unless he can be shepherded back to mankind by the protective panther Bagheera (Ben Kingsley) and the carefree bear Baloo (Bill Murray). Christopher Walken, Scarlett Johansson, Lupita Nyong’o also provide voices. 106 min
Boldly continuing where Star Trek: The Original Series left off, these animated adventures chart the progress of Captain Kirk and his crew in a universe unconstrained by “real-life” cinematography! With all characters voiced by their original actors, join Kirk, Spock, Bones and the crew for 22 new adventures: to boldly go where no animation has gone before.
All 10 episodes from season six are featured in this five-disc set. 9 1/3 hrs. total.
Includes all ten episodes from the second season of the AMC Breaking Bad spinoff.
It’s a slammin’ mix of live action and animation, as basketball superstar Michael Jordan is “hijacked” into the cartoon world of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and the rest of the Looney Tunes crew to help them when they’re forced to play a game of hoops against a gang of alien behemoths who’ve stolen the talents of the NBA’s top players. Wayne Knight, Bill Murray, and the voices of Danny DeVito and Billy West are also featured. 87 min.
No one expected that eccentric, middle-aged Colorado handyman/ex-con Gary Faulkner (Nicolas Cage) would ever really find his true calling, but in 2010, it happened… straight from God himself (Russell Brand), who informed Gary it was his destiny to journey to Pakistan and single-handedly bring Osama Bin Laden to justice. Outrageous, fact-inspired farce co-stars Wendi McLendon-Covey, Rainn Wilson, Denis O’Hare, Paul Scheer; Larry Charles directs. 92 min.