With everything from high-flying superhero adventure to compelling real-life drama, this week’s new Blu-ray and DVD releases offer up something for all tastes. Take a look at what titles are now available!
A field trip to Europe with his classmates was supposed to provide Peter Parker (Tom Holland) with a well-earned respite from his superhero alter-ego of Spider-Man. But when he’s recruited by superspy Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), Spidey is soon back on the job and teaming up with the “Mysterio”-us Quentin Beck (Jake Gyllenhaal)–apparently a hero from an alternate universe–for a dangerous mission that may not be what it appears. Zendaya, Jon Favreau, Marisa Tomei co-star in this fun-filled Marvel sequel.
HBO’s gripping five-part miniseries tells the harrowing true story of the nuclear accident that occurred at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic on April 26th, 1986. In the wake of the disaster, first responders put their lives on the line in a desperate attempt to minimize the damage, while government officials scramble to cover up and downplay the catastrophe. Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgård, Emily Watson, Paul Ritter, Jessie Buckley star.
Effective documentary chronicle of the Great Depression from director Philippe Mora juxtaposes revealing newsreel footage of ‘30s America–from the breadlines and worker riots to FDR exhorting the New Deal–with film clips of Hollywood favorites of the day like James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart, King Kong, the Marx Brothers, and dozens more, for an offbeat and compelling look back in time.
Spun out of “Titans,” this DC Universe series adapted the adventures of the DCU’s perennial fan-favorite team of outcast superheroes. Paraplegic genius Niles “the Chief” Caulder (Timothy Dalton) recruited individuals granted strange abilities by cruel fate–Robotman (voiced by Brendan Fraser), Negative Man (voiced by Matt Bomer), Elasti-Woman (April Bowlby), Crazy Jane (Diana Guerrero), and Cyborg (Joivan Wade)–and led them in defending a world that regards them as freaks. Alan Tudyk also stars. All 15 episodes from the first season are featured in this three-disc set.
Death duels in the lush jungles of Asia, as United Peace Foundation operative Rod Stanton (Russell Hayden) and his government agents battle war profiteers Hazarias (Lionel Atwill) and Malborn (John Mylong) for possession of the mysterious element Meteorium, which provides protection from atomic weaponry! Thrilling Universal adventure with Jane Adams, Keye Luke. 13 chapters of mighty thrills!
Having spent half her young life watching her single mom Sandy (Brooke Shields) struggle with cancer, 11-year-old Daisy Winters (Sterling Jerins) was vested with fierce independence, morbid wit, and a loving daughter’s bond. Facing the real prospect of a future with her repressive aunt (Carrie Preston) and desperate to identify and find her father, Daisy embarks on a most bizarre contingency plan. Singular coming-of-age story also stars Iwan Rheon, Poorna Jagannathan, Paul Blackthorne.
Back in the ‘70s, amiably corrupt pilot Jim Hoffman (Jason Sudeikis) thought it was over when the FBI caught him with a cargo hold packed with cocaine. Instead, the feds set him up as a long-term informant on the pricier side of San Diego–and their hopes for a bigger fish were well met when Hoffman struck up a friendship with his new neighbor, maverick auto executive John DeLorean (Lee Pace). Stylish and funny true-crime tale co-stars Judy Greer, Corey Stoll, Michael Cudlitz, Erin Moriarty, Isabel Arraiza.
The odyssey of auto industry rebel John DeLorean–from his rise spearheading the designs of GM’s memorable ‘60s-era muscle cars to his celebrated but ill-fated ‘70s bid to create his own manufacturing firm to his early-‘80s cocaine-trafficking sting by the federal government–is tellingly recalled in this semi-documentary effort leavened by trenchant re-enactment sequences featuring Alec Baldwin as DeLorean. Morena Baccarin, Josh Charles, Dean Winters, Michael Rispoli also star.
Richard Dreyfuss is Angus, an elderly, ailing widower whose long-held wish to travel to outer space seems as far out of reach as the stars themselves…until he lies about his age and enters a contest to win a spot on the first ever commercial space flight. But even as he’s faced with the possibility of his wildest dream coming true, Angus must deal with a host of Earthbound problems, including a move to an old folks home. Colm Feore, Lyriq Bent, Krista Bridges, Graham Greene co-star in this moving drama.
Roger Moore is Rufus Excalibur ffolkes, a wealthy, misogynistic, cat-loving counterterrorism expert, in this witty adventure yarn that takes a few digs at the “007” genre. When extortionist Lou Kramer (Anthony Perkins) threatens to blow up a North Sea oil platform and its drilling rig unless he’s paid 25 million pounds, the British government hires ffolkes and his highly trained team to save the day. James Mason, Michael Parks, David Hedison also star. AKA: “North Sea Hijack.”
The House of Hitchcock (Limited Edition Collection)
Seventeen-disc set includes “Saboteur,” “Shadow of a Doubt,” “Rope,” “Rear Window,” “The Trouble with Harry,” “The Man Who Knew Too Much” (1956), “Vertigo,” “North by Northwest,” “Psycho,” “The Birds,” “Marnie,” “Torn Curtain,” “Topaz,” “Frenzy,” and “Family Plot,” plus seven episodes from “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” and three episodes from “The Alfred Hitchcock Hour.” Limited edition also includes documentaries, audio commentaries, interviews, screen tests, as well as collectible memorabilia, including letters, blueprints of the “Psycho” house, movie poster art cards, and a booklet.
Four-disc set includes “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” “Charlie Brown’s All-Stars!,” “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” “Play It Again, Charlie Brown,” “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving,” “It’s Magic, Charlie Brown,” “It’s Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown,” “The Mayflower Voyagers,” and “It’s Christmastime Again, Charlie Brown.” Limited edition comes packaged in a doghouse replica with a book and a Snoopy figurine.