Feeling small? There’s no need to, especially once you catch the buzz about this week’s new releases. Sure, there’s some high-flying recent blockbusters, but this latest batch of DVD and Blu-ray new releases also includes some fascinating documentaries about musicians gone too soon, a contemplative indie drama, a horror favorite, one of Warren Beatty’s most popular films, and other titles. Check out what titles are now available, we think the diversity of choices will make you feel 80-feet-tall!
Fun, action-packed Marvel sequel finds the size-changing, crime-fighting Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) helping predecessor Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and his daughter, Hope (Evangeline Lilly), rescue Pym’s wife (Michelle Pfeiffer) from a subatomic realm where she’s been trapped for years. Hope takes up her mom’s mantle as the winged heroine the Wasp as she and Ant-Man battle Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen), a mysterious villainess who can phase through solid matter. With Michael Peña, Laurence Fishburne.
Programming student Matias (Colin Woodell) though that the loaded, high-end laptop he claimed from a coffeeshop lost and found might help salve his frayed relationship with hearing-impaired ex Amaya (Stephanie Nogueras). Unfortunately, the unknown owner wants it back…and is now steering Matias and everyone in his Skyping circle to the very demanding clientele of a streaming murder portal. Second cyber-shudderfest co-stars Rebecca Rittenhouse, Betty Gabriel, Andrew Lees, Connor Del Rio.
Laura (Vera Farmiga) is a single mother, who has a constant need to put rescue animals before her. When her estranged, criminally-minded father Jack (Christopher Plummer) is kicked out of his retirement home, Laura agrees to drive him to live with her sister. Along for the ride is her bright but troubled son Henry, and an assortment of animal charity cases. Jack convinces Henry to help him sell off his copious supply of marijuana at every stop of their journey, resulting in unexpected reunions with old friends and family.
Director Dan Curtis (“Dark Shadows”) and writers Richard Matheson and William F. Nolan teamed for this unforgettable made-for-TV trio of scary stories, each starring Karen Black in a different role. First, “Julie” is a college English teacher being blackmailed by a student. Then, what is the secret behind feuding twin sisters “Millicent and Therese”? And, a woman is stalked by a living African fetish doll, in “Amelia.” With Robert Burton, Gregory Harrison, John Karlen, George Gaynes.
His is an image as prevalent and recognizable as any other from 20th-century America, yet the details of Elvis Presley’s life and creative journey have rarely been told. In this incisive and acclaimed HBO documentary, director Thom Zimny employs never-before-seen photos and footage, as well as interviews with ex-wife Priscilla, guitarist Scotty Moore, musicians Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, and Emmylou Harris, and more to frame a complex artist’s life from beginning to end.
Shampoo (Criterion Collection)
Warren Beatty stars as George Roundy, a Beverly Hills hairdresser who gives his lovely customers very personal service, in director Hal Ashby’s sexy and hilarious look at upper-class amorality in the late ’60s. Set over a 24-hour period, the film chronicles George’s attempt to get his well-to-do lover’s (Best Supporting Actress Oscar-winner Lee Grant) husband (Jack Warden) to give him the money to open his own salon. With Julie Christie, Goldie Hawn.
Her undeniable vocal power and fresh-faced persona brought her immediate breakout popularity in the late ‘80s…but the ascension to superstardom brought with it two decades of bad influences that wore on her instrument and image, and it all ended tragically with her accidental drowning in 2012. Director Kevin Macdonald utilizes unprecedented access to Whitney Houston’s intimates and associates for a stunningly revelatory portrait of a singular show business rise and fall.
2009: It was the height of the housing crisis in the Copper State, and underwater-herself realtor Cassie Fowler (Rosemarie DeWitt) couldn’t give her sun-choked properties away. Things could and did get worse, as her workplace got shot up by bankrupted and unhinged client Sonny (Danny McBride), who made her a ride-along for a brutal crime spree. Darkly farcical thriller also stars Luke Wilson, David Alan Grier, Kaitlin Olson, Elizabeth Gillies, and an unbilled (and not around long) Seth Rogen.
Which of these are you excited about? Tell us in the comments!