Welcome to this week’s overview of new releases. We think you’ll love the assortment of titles that are making their home video debut. So take a few minutes and check out this list of the now available movies and TV shows that you’ll want to be watching next!
The Matrix Resurrections (2021)
For 20 years, coder Thomas Anderson (Keanu Reeves) had been living an ordinary life in San Francisco, save for haunting dreams of surreal conflict. It took an encounter with Morpheus (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) for him to realize that his consciousness had again been imprisoned by the Matrix–and that Neo must reunite with Trinity (Carrie-Ann Moss) to aid humanity’s new rebellion against its cybernetic captors. Lana Wachowski directs this anticipated series revival; Jessica Henwick, Jonathan Groff, Neil Patrick Harris co-star.
Coming 2 America (2021)
Thirty years after he left Zamunda for New York, Prince Akeem (Eddie Murphy) has ascended to the monarchy…and while happily married to true love Lisa (Shari Headley), they’ve produced no requisite male heir. It’s discovered, though, that a drugged fling in the day with Queens native Mary (Leslie Jones) resulted in son Lavelle (Jermaine Fowler)–whom Akeem must now import and give a crash course in royalty. Fun follow-up co-stars Arsenio Hall, Tracy Morgan, Wesley Snipes, and James Earl Jones.
Yellowstone: Season 4 (2021)
Like five generations of his forebears, hard-bitten Montana ranch patriarch John Dutton (Kevin Costner) has ridden herd on America’s largest contiguous spread…but between his declining health, his emotional gulf with his willful kids, and ever dicier border dustups with the government, developers, and the neighboring reservation, the trail’s never been harder. Taylor Sheridan’s hit contemporary western from Paramount Network co-stars Luke Grimes, Kelly Reilly, Wes Bentley, Kelsey Asbille, Cole Hauser. 10 episodes on 5 discs.
Sent to Earth as a child from the doomed planet Krypton to safeguard her infant cousin–and, thanks to a time-warp, arriving after he matured into Superman–Kara Zor-El (Melissa Benoist) forged a life with the adoptive Danvers family, and struck out on her own path to heroism, safeguarding National City and the planet from meta-human threats alien and domestic. Engaging series spin on DC Comics’ Girl of Steel that bowed in 2015 co-stars Mehcad Brooks, Chyler Leigh, Jeremy Jordan, David Harewood, and Calista Flockhart. 20 episodes on 5 discs.
A trip back home to Glasgow presents James with a dilemma that will mean choosing between the people he loves. As Helen and James navigate their feelings for one another, Siegfried, Tristan, and Mrs. Hall are also forced to consider their places in the world, while James must decide between supporting his family or following his heart. Nicholas Ralph, Samuel West, Anna Madeley star. All seven episodes from the second season are included in this two-disc set.
Silent Night (2021)
While Nell and Simon (Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode) prepared a holiday dinner party for their circle at their palatial home, this year would be unlike any that came before–as the Earth was facing inexorable environmental disaster, and the government had issued suicide pills to all who wished a peaceful way out. Revelations will be gifted in this darkly comic ensemble piece co-starring Roman Griffin Davis, Lily-Rose Depp, Lucy Punch, Sope Dirisu, Annabelle Wallis, Kirby Howell-Baptiste.
Fearing that bald eagles would be taking off the endangered species list, ornithologist Abby Morgan (Rhiannon Fish) ventured to Alaska to affirm the government’s data. The hands-on mission for the desk-jockey scientist would have daunting challenges, especially the contempt of dismissive area guide Eric Hughes (Darien Martin)…but her determination would win him over in a number of ways. Scenic Hallmark romance also stars Marion Eisman, Grace Dove, Bethany Brown.
Set 10 years into the zombie outbreak, this “Walking Dead” spin-off focuses on four Nebraska teens with the barest recollection of the world before–sibs Iris (Aliyah Royale) and Hope Bennett (Alexa Mansour), Silas Plaskett (Hal Cumpston), and Elton Ortiz (Nicolas Cantu)–as they must deal with survival outside their Omaha encampment when they escape to free the Bennetts’ imprisoned father (Joe Holt). Julia Ormond, Nico Tortorella, Annet Mahendru also star. 10 episodes on 3 discs.
Hester Street (1975)
This acclaimed look at Jewish immigrants living in New York at the turn of the 20th century stars Steven Keats as Yekl, a man who leaves his family in Russia and quickly becomes “Americanized.” Elated with his new lifestyle, Yekl–now “Jake”–is soon joined by his wife (Oscar-nominee Carol Kane) and son, but tensions arise when she struggles with shedding her Old World ways. Mel Howard and Dorrie Kavanaugh co-star; directed by Joan Micklin Silver.
American Siege (2021)
After getting pensioned out by the NYPD, Ben Watts (Bruce Willis) felt that the sheriff’s office in a rural but well-off Georgia community wasn’t anything he couldn’t handle. That’d be put to the test, as a pack of thieves with nothing to lose turn the home of a prosperous doctor into the site of a hostage situation. Intense thriller also stars Johnny Messner, Johann Urb, Trevor Gretzky, Anna Hindman.
Monster from Green Hell (Special Edition)(1957)
After an experimental rocket launched by the U.S. government is downed in Africa, a team of scientists ventures into the jungle to recover its cargo of wasps. To their horror, they discover that radiation from the ship has caused the insects to grow to gigantic size…and a terrifying wasp invasion gets underway in the Dark Continent! Jim Davis, Barbara Turner star in this cheesy creature feature.
From the guys who brought you “Movie Hoarders: VHS to DVD and Beyond!” comes another nostalgic journey back to an era of home video entertainment that’s not as bygone as you might think. Join a bunch of dedicated VHS aficionados as their quest to acquire the films they loved growing up on their favorite format is affectionately chronicled in this quirky documentary. And please remember to rewind the movie when you’re done watching it.
13 Fanboy (2021)
An obsessed fan stalks his favorite actors from the Friday the 13th films and beyond. As a child, Kelsie Voorhees witnesses the murder of her grandmother, Friday the 13th actress Deborah Voorhees, at the hands of a crazed fanboy. As an adult, she discovers her grandmother isn’t the only victim and the killer is still out there searching for his favorite Friday the 13th cast members and iconic scream queens to slaughter, mirroring his idol Jason Voorhees, as he still can’t seem to separate the characters in the movies from their real-life personas.
This comedic cop series chronicles the personal and professional lives of the detectives in Brooklyn’s fictional 99th police precinct. The nine-nine’s eclectic roster includes the rule-breaking Det. Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg), the uptight Det. Amy Santiago (Melissa Fumero), the klutzy Det. Charles Boyle (Joe Lo Truglio), and Capt. Ray Holt (Andre Braugher), the by-the-book commanding officer (who also happens to be gay). With Terry Crews, Chelsea Peretti. 153 episodes on 21 discs.
National Champions (2021)
With three days until the college football championship game, Heisman-winning quarterback LeMarcus James (Stephan James) catches his school and sport flat-footed by calling on both teams to boycott unless the NCAA agrees to student athlete compensation. The intense behind-the-scenes wrangling for coach James Lazor (J.K. Simmons) and others trying to defuse the situation propel this issue-driven sports drama. Lil Rel Howery, Tim Blake Nelson, Kristin Chenoweth, Timothy Olyphant co-star.
At his Thailand research site, weapons developer Leor Teska (Paul Kennedy) needed a test subject for his breakthrough nanotech, and he got one when gravely wounded soldier of fortune Brock Cortez (Marko Zaror) was brought to his door. The process saved his life, made him nigh indestructible–and drove him mad–and now, Teska’s bodyguard Cam Devore (Johnny Strong) must undergo the same to stop the rampage. Vladimir Kulich, Sally Kirkland, Michael Paré co-star.
Co-scripters Annie Clark and Carrie Brownstein play fictionalized versions of themselves–maybe–in this mockumentary-thriller, as Annie hires Carrie to direct a concert chronicle of Clark’s stage persona, St. Vincent. However, as Brownstein concludes that Annie just isn’t as colorful as her alter ego, the filmmaker pushes her subject into more extreme behavior…with more extreme consequences. Mischievously meta opus co-stars Dakota Johnson, Ezra Buzzington, Toko Yasuda.
Adoption (Criterion Collection)(1975)
Award-winning tale of two women from Hungary, centering around the unlikely friendship that develops between Kata (Katalin Berek), a middle-aged widow whose married lover won’t give her the child she wants, and Anna (Gyöngyvér Vigh), a teenage ward of the state eager for emancipation so she can be with her boyfriend. Affecting effort from Márta Mészáros also stars Péter Fried, László Szabó.
A Writer’s Odyssey (2021)
Lost since his daughter’s disappearance six years ago, Guang Ning (Lei Jiayin) is approached by a well-heeled but shady benefactor with a stunning offer: He’ll be reunited with his child if he murders popular young fantasy novelist Lu Kongwen (Dong Zijian). The uncanny reason why Lu has been marked for death–as parallels to his plight play out in his fictional universe–will be revealed in Lu Yang’s ambitious action-fantasy. Yang Mi, Yu Hewei co-star.
Redeeming Love (2022)
After an abused and hardscrabble upbringing, Angel (Abigail Cowen) resignedly settled into a prostitute’s life in Gold Rush San Francisco. The kind and persistent attentions of produce farmer Michael Hosea (Tom Lewis) induced her to leave the past behind–and the challenges they faced would ultimately hone her faith. Logan Marshall-Green, Famke Janssen, Nina Dobrev, Eric Dane co-stars; Francine Rivers co-adapted her 1991 romance novel with director D.J. Caruso.
Mansion of the Doomed (1976)
Dr. Leonard Chaney (Richard Basehart) is driven mad by his own plight in this gruesome tale. As a surgeon breaking new ground in eye transplant research, Chaney is a respected professional. But, when his daughter is accidentally blinded by his own hand, he begins to kidnap people to steal their eyes for his grisly experiments. Gloria Grahame, Trish Stewart, and Lance Henriksen co-star. AKA: “Eyes,” “Eyes of Dr. Chaney,” “House of Blood.”
India Sweets and Spices (2021)
A young Indian woman returns to her wealthy home town and faces her pretentious family and their traditions. But when she meets the handsome son of local shopkeepers and invites him over, she accidentally uncovers a pair of family secrets.
Touch of Evil (1958)
Orson Welles’ twisting cinematic gem of style and suspense is set in a seedy Mexican border town, where the investigation into the murder of an American businessman puts a newly married Mexican narcotics cop (Charlton Heston) at odds with his corrupt U.S. counterpart (Welles). Janet Leigh, Akim Tamiroff, Joseph Calleia, and Marlene Dietrich also star. Includes the restored 1998 re-release version of the film, featuring the editing and musical alterations Welles suggested in a 58-page memo to the studio, as well as the original theatrical cut and a special “preview version” of the film.