July may be approaching the finish line, but there’s a marathon of Blu-ray and DVDs being released before this month ends! This week’s new offerings include everything from Scooby-Doo’s delightful latest adventure to Hollywood classics. Browse the titles that are now available below! Zoinks!
Shaggy (voiced by Will Forte) and Scooby-Doo (Frank Welker) are recruited by superhero Blue Falcon (Mark Wahlberg) and robotic canine Dynomutt (Ken Jeong) to aid them in their mission against the sinister Dick Dastardly (Jason Isaacs), in the process recalling how they first met and joined up with the rest of the Mystery, Inc. gang. Exciting computer-animated tale also features the voices of Zac Efron, Gina Rodriguez, Amanda Seyfried, and Tracy Morgan as Captain Caveman.
Girl Crazy (1943)
Carousing collegian Danny Churchill (Mickey Rooney) finds himself shipped by his wealthy and angry dad to a small mining school out west, away from the parties and the ladies. Will pert postmistress Ginger Gray (Judy Garland) offer a cure for his bad attitude? Second screen take on the Gershwin stage hit, and fourth and final Judy-Mickey headliner, co-stars Guy Kibbee, Nancy Walker, and (in her feature debut) June Allyson; score includes “Embraceable You,” “Bidin’ My Time,” “I Got Rhythm.”
Marriage Story (Criterion Collection)(2019)
Between bicoastal career demands and a growing emotional gulf, New York stage director Charlie Barber (Adam Driver) and his actress wife Nicole (Scarlett Johansson) sought an amicable path to separate lives for the sake of their young son Henry (Azhy Robertson). Their good intentions, however, run aground on the hard nature of the system and their unspoken resentments. Noah Baumbach’s acclaimed drama co-stars Best Supporting Actress Oscar-winner Laura Dern, Alan Alda, Ray Liotta. 137 min.
In occupied France, the young man who’d become the world’s most accomplished mime was still just stage-struck butcher’s son Marcel Mangel (Jesse Eisenberg). He’d soon find his budding performing and linguistic skills put to a daunting challenge, as he caught on with the resistance groups involved in shepherding Jewish orphans to safety in Switzerland. Fact-based look into the life of Marcel Marceau co-stars Clémence Poésy, Edgar Ramírez, Bella Ramsey, and Ed Harris as George Patton.
A superb performance by Tom Hardy anchors this bold drama that chronicles the last years of notorious gangster Al Capone’s life. Released from prison and stricken with dementia-causing neurosyphilis, Capone moves to Florida where his mind rapidly fails as he’s plagued by hallucinations and forced to come to terms with the brutality of his criminal past. With Linda Cardellini, Matt Dillon, Al Sapienza, and Kyle MacLachlan.
Arabian Nights (1942)
Dazzling adventure spectacle, loosely based on the famed 19th-century fables, follows two brothers’ battle over their late father’s throne. Virtuous sibling Haroun-Al-Raschid (Jon Hall) is nearly killed by evil brother Kamar (Leif Erickson) in a fight, but sultry dancing girl Sherazade (Maria Montez) nurses him back to health. With help from best friend Ali (Sabu), Aladdin (John Qualen), and an aging Sinbad (Shemp Howard), Haroun sets out to regain his rightful position.
Lavish adventure starring Jon Hall as the title character, the son of the murdered Caliph of Baghdad who is adopted by a band of thieves opposing an evil Mongol leader. Ali falls in love with the beautiful daughter (Maria Montez) of the tyrant’s traitorous advisor, while trying to regain his father’s throne and the empire’s fortunes. With Turhan Bey, Kurt Katch, Andy Devine.
The World In His Arms (1952)
Rousing adventure, based on Rex Beach’s 1946 novel, stars Gregory Peck as Captain Jonathan Clark, an 1850s seal hunter enlisted by Russian countess Marina Selanova (Ann Blyth) to take her to Alaska so she can flee her impending marriage to a Russian diplomat. When Marina is abducted before the journey begins, Clark and a rival (Anthony Quinn) race to save her, betting their bounty and their ships on the outcome. Sig Ruman, John McIntire co-star; directed by Raoul Walsh.
Against All Flags (1952)
Feigning disgrace, British naval officer Brian Hawke (Errol Flynn) makes his way to Madagascar, tasked with infiltrating the pirate crew of Roc Brasiliano (Anthony Quinn) and bringing an end to his predations. Complicating his cover, however, are the interested–and persistent–attentions of buccaneer queen Spitfire Stevens (Maureen O’Hara). Crisp and colorful swashbuckler co-stars Alice Kelley, Mildred Natwick, Robert Warwick.
Son of Ali Baba (1952)
In ancient Persia, Kashma Baba (Tony Curtis), son of the legendary thief, pursued a rather undistinguished career as a military cadet. His fortunes would change when he met the beautiful Kiki (Piper Laurie), who claimed to have escaped slavery from an evil caliph (Victor Jory). While swearing to protect her, he finds there’s much more to her tale, in this lush Technicolor adventure. Susan Cabot, Hugh O’Brian, William Reynolds also star.
Buccaneer’s Girl (1950)
While plundering a rival’s cargo, Captain Frederic Baptiste (Philip Friend) finds an unexpected treasure amongst the booty: beauteous stowaway Deborah McCoy (Yvonne De Carlo), who manages to charm her way into an escape. Making her way to New Orleans, she carves a career as an entertainer, eventually meeting the good captain again, in his pose as a local aristocrat. Will love keep her from blowing his cover? Robert Douglas, Elsa Lanchester, Lloyd Nolan co-star.
Sailing Into Love (2019)
Upbeat Hallmark romance follows biology teacher Claire Richards (Leah Renee) as she finds herself caught in a love triangle with ex-boyfriend Jason (Garry Garneau) and handsome boat captain Tom (Chris McNally). Complicating matters is the fact that Blue Island–Claire’s favorite little spot–is in danger of being turned into a resort…and Jason is trying to make the deal. Can Claire save Blue Island and her own love life? With Fiona Vroom, Teagan Vincze.
The Whistlers (2019)
Compromised cop Cristi (Vlad Ivanov) came to the Canary Islands for a crash course in El Silbo–the “whistling language” of the locals, and favored by crooks who want to foil surveillance–as part of a plan to spring gangster Zsolt (Sabin Tambrea) from prison. Though kept on a short leash by Zsolt’s sultry partner Gilda (Catrinel Marlon), Cristi might yet have a wild card to play. Corneliu Porumboiu’s stylish neo-noir co-stars Rodica Lazar, Agustí Villaronga.
“Masterpiece Mystery” brings James Runcie’s books to the small screen with this British detective series about the unique if unlikely partnership between Anglican priest Sidney Chambers (James Norton) and Detective Inspector Geordie Keating (Robson Green). The two join forces to solve baffling crimes when the vicar decides to take up sleuthing work as a hobby in his home village of Grantchester. With Morven Christie, Tessa-Peake Jones. All six episodes of the fifth season are featured in this two-disc set.
“Seinfeld” co-creator Larry David conceived and stars in HBO’s award-winning series that features largely improvised dialogue. Playing an exaggerated version of himself, David’s neurotic, anti-social nature serves as a hilarious stumbling block in his life. Cheryl Hines, Jeff Garlin, and Susie Essman co-star; with Richard Lewis, Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen, and more appearing as themselves. All 10 episodes from the tenth season are included in this two-disc set.
Colonel Redl (1985)
In early-20th-century Austria-Hungary, hard work and fierce loyalty to the Empire allowed Alfred Redl (Klaus Maria Brandauer) to rise from his working class roots to a lofty position in Army intelligence. However, the resentments of his higher-born peers would couple with his closeted homosexuality to spur a scandalous end to his story. István Szabó’s fact-inspired historical drama co-stars Armin Mueller-Stahl, Jan Niklas, Gudrun Landgrebe, Hans Christian Blech.
Occupied Budapest, 1944: Upon learning that her husband belonged to the resistance, Kata (Ildikó Bánsági) was given a cover identity and spirited to an apartment, where she was to pose as the wife of the identically situated János (Péter Andorai). The paranoia and mutual suspicions stoked by their circumstances evolve into trust and physical love…but will those emotions come full circle? István Szabó’s affecting drama co-stars Lajos Balázsovits, Judit Halász.
In early-‘30s Germany, dedicated if self-involved stage actor Hendrik Höfgen (Klaus Maria Brandauer) built repute and respect for his performance of Mephistopheles in “Faust.” However, as the years found his homeland in the ever-tightening grip of Nazism, his compromise and collaboration in order to hold center stage left him the one selling his soul. István Szabó’s spellbinding winner of the Best Foreign Film Oscar co-stars Krystyna Janda, Ildikó Bánsági.
You Don’t Nomi (2019)
Almost from the moment it landed in theaters with a resounding thud, Paul Verhoeven’s glossy and explicit 1995 Vegas melodrama “Showgirls” carved its niche as one of Hollywood’s most notorious financial/critical flops. In the quarter-century that followed, the roundly dismissed film found an afterlife as a fervent cult favorite–and this raucous documentary appreciation examines the phenomenon of its revival while making a case for its belated serious artistic consideration.
All 10 episodes from the second season are included in this three-disc set.
Police detective Michael Courtland (Warren Lincoln) is out to catch a confessed killer. Announcing that intention on television may not have been the wisest move, however, as it appears the murderer has set his sights on the cop’s fiancée (Taylor Gilbert) and wheelchair-bound mother (Eve Brenner). Can Courtland stop the madman before it’s too late? William Witt co-stars in this offbeat thriller.
Newlyweds Sandy (Brett Stimely) and Stephanie McVey (Anna Nicholas) are looking forward to the excitement of their honeymoon in India. But they’ll soon wish it was just a bit more boring when smugglers hide a precious ruby in their luggage, making the young couple fair game for thieves, kidnappers, and assassins! Fast-paced actioner also stars Jack Kehler, Charlie Brill, Christopher Neame, and Tamil Indian film superstar Rajinikanth.
After the State of Alaska underwrote his M.D., New Yorker Joel Fleischman (Rob Morrow) thought he’d pay it off by practicing in Anchorage. Instead, he got shunted to the tiny town of Cicely, where he’d make patients and friends of colorful citizens like bush pilot Maggie (Janine Turner), local media mogul Maurice (Barry Corbin), disc jockey Chris (John Corbett), and mayor/barkeep Holling (John Cullum) in this quirky, whimsical series that ran on CBS from 1990-1995. All 110 episodes all showcased in this 26-disc set.