It’s a fantastic week to be a film lover, as there as a number of exciting new releases spanning several genres that have just been released on Blu-ray and DVD. Family films lead the pack, with the recent Disney hits Incredibles 2 and Christopher Robin certain to be two of the most-in-demand movies this holiday season. Elsewhere, other great new titles include several Hollywood classics making their Blu-ray debut, recent foreign film favorites, and so much more. Here’s our latest rundown of what you’ll want to watch! All of these are noteworthy, so we think you’ll love what titles are now available. You might say that they are, well, incredible…
After 14 years, the power-packed Parr family made a smash return to the screen with this hit Pixar effort. When wealthy entrepreneurs seek to rehabilitate the tarnished image of supers–and choose Elastigirl (voiced by Holly Hunter), alone, to take point–Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson) draws the daunting assignment of taking care of the kids. Will the touchy arrangement leave them open to the new menace of the Screenslaver? With the voices of Samuel L. Jackson, Sarah Vowell, Huck Milner, Brad Bird.
In the years after he left childish things–like his stuffed menagerie–behind, Christopher Robin (Ewan McGregor) became a man–albeit one unhappy with his family life and career in post-WWII London. However, when his pal Pooh (voiced by Jim Cummings) came to town seeking his help, he found himself headed back to the Hundred Acre Wood–and instructive reunions with his old friends. Charming live-action/CGI mix co-stars Hayley Atwell, and the voices of Brad Garrett, Toby Jones, Peter Capaldi.
Breezy mix of comedy, drama, and romance stars Barbara Stanwyck as Lee Leander, a woman picked up in New York for shoplifting right before Christmas. No-nonsense D.A. John Sargent (Fred MacMurray) agrees to have fellow Hoosier Lee released in his custody so they can go home to Indiana for the holidays, and love blooms along the way. With Beulah Bondi, Willard Robertson; scripted by Preston Sturges.
Ray Milland directed and stars in this exciting tale of adventure and intrigue. American sea dog and smuggler Captain Robert John Evans (Milland) is recruited by well-heeled criminal Aristides Mavros (Claude Rains) to aid in the liberation of aging millionaire Lloyd Merrill (Percy Marmont) from captivity in communist territory. Merrill’s beautiful young wife, Sylvia (Maureen O’Hara), is funding the rescue, but does she have her own agenda? Yvonne Furneaux co-stars.
In 1979, Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) became the first African-American cop to serve in Colorado Springs. He very improbably drew the duty of engineering an infiltration of the local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan…and just as stunningly, with his white Jewish partner (Adam Driver) acting as the front, he brought it off. Spike Lee’s audacious, timely, and “based on some fo’ real fo’ real sh*t” comedy co-stars Laura Harrier, Alec Baldwin, Ryan Eggold, and Topher Grace as David Duke.
In the 1930s, Parisian safecracker Henri Charrière (Charlie Hunnam) was framed on a murder rap and bound over to a brutal penal colony in French Guiana. The years he would spend concocting multiple plans for escape, and the symbiotic bond for survival inside he built with unprepossessing counterfeiter Louis Dega (Rami Malek), are grippingly recounted in this second screen take on Charrière’s 1969 memoir; Tommy Flanagan, Eve Hewson, Roland Møller, Michael Socha also star.
In the early 1980s, prominent Colombian TV journalist Virginia Vallejo (Penélope Cruz) landed an interview with rising drug trafficker Pablo Escobar (Javier Bardem). The turbulent decade that followed–as she launched into an advantageous affair with the charismatic crimelord, and then ultimately had to be looking over her shoulder until his death–is recounted in this haunting take on Vallejo’s memoir “Loving Pablo, Hating Escobar”; Peter Sarsgaard, Julieth Restrepo, Óscar Jaenada co-star.
Frank (Keanu Reeves) and Lindsay (Winona Ryder) are both cynical, snarky, judgey, and just generally unhappy. After meeting before a weekend wedding in California wine country–an event that neither really wants to be attending, mind you–Frank and Lindsay spend so much time sniping at each other and complaining that they might not realize that they’d be perfect together. Witty and refreshingly acerbic romantic comedy also stars Dj Dallenbach, Greg Lucey, Ted Dubost.
The Last Sharknado: It’s About Time!
With Earth finally lain waste by shark-laden storm systems, Fin Shepard (Ian Ziering) concludes that man’s only chance for survival is for his team to journey back to the prehistoric past–and prevent the sharknados from ever forming! Their harrowing hopscotch across history to save our tomorrows propels the sixth (and supposedly final) finny franchise entry; Tara Reid, Cassandra Scerbo, Vivica A. Fox, Judah Friedlander, Debra Wilson, and another cascade of cameos co-star.
Berlin baker Thomas (Tim Kalkhof) made a devoted customer–and, soon after, a lover–out of visiting Israeli businessman Oren (Roy Miller). On the devastating news of Oren’s death, he journeyed to Jerusalem in search of closure…and wheedled employment at the kosher cafe of Oren’s unsuspecting widow Anat (Sarah Adler). His bonding with the family and his struggle to hold back the truth fuel this affecting effort co-starring Zohar Shtrauss, Sandra Sade.
Gunslinger Wes Steele (Ray Milland, who also directed) learns no good deed goes unpunished when he reports a violent stagecoach robbery that left all the passengers dead…and finds himself taking the fall for the crime. While hiding out with the sheriff’s (Ward Bond) beautiful daughter (Mary Murphy), Steele prepares to go up against the powerful local (Raymond Burr) who was really behind the massacre. Exciting western saga co-stars Lee Van Cleef, Alan Hale, Jr.
Based on humorist Dave Barry’s first novel, this comedy from director Barry Sonnenfeld stars Tim Allen as a former Miami Herald columnist who finds himself mistakenly thrust into a stew of eccentric hit men, cops, and hippies whose actions revolve around a missing metal suitcase containing a small nuclear weapon. The rest of the first-rate cast includes Janeane Garofalo, Rene Russo, Tom Sizemore, Johnny Knoxville, Omar Epps, Jason Lee, and Dennis Farina.
Armed with the desire to take on the States’ ever-burgeoning cultural divide–and a slew of new personae including right-wing conspiracy theorist Billy Wayne Ruddick Jr., PhD, ex-Mossad security expert Erran Morad, and leftist activist Dr. Nira Cain-N’Degeocello–Sacha Baron Cohen made an explosive return to cable comedy with this Showtime series, as unsuspecting subjects from across the political spectrum get set up in his signature satirical style. All seven episodes are included on a two-disc set.
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