DVD Releases for the week of April 18, 2021



STARTING THIS WEEK (New releases):

“The Wiggles”

“WE’RE ALL FRUIT SALAD! THE WIGGLES’ GREATEST HITS”: Of all the success stories in entertainment history, that of The Wiggles ranks as one of the most unique, and this release commemorates the Australian music group’s 30 years of entertaining youngsters and families around the world — to the extent that their concert appearances sold out New York’s Madison Square Garden multiple times. The program combines some of their best-known songs and new ones, and acknowledges that the group’s talent lineup was made over about a decade ago with new members. As Wiggles fans should anticipate, Dorothy the Dinosaur, Captain Feathersword, Wags the Dog and Henry the Octopus also are involved in the fun here. *** (Not rated)


FAMILY VIEWING GUIDE KEY: AS, adult situations; N, nudity; P, profanity; V, violence; GV, particularly graphic violence.

“CRISIS”: Taking the basic form of another drug-trade drama, “Traffic,” writer-director Nicholas Jarecki’s saga unspools several stories connected to the opioid epidemic. One involves a smuggling cartel, while the others are more personal tales of a recovering addict seeking her son, and a professor who discovers unsettling information about a pharmaceutical firm he’s working with. The ensemble cast includes Gary Oldman, Armie Hammer, Evangeline Lilly, Greg Kinnear, Michelle Rodriguez, Luke Evans, Kid Cudi, Indira Varma, Martin Donovan and Mia Kirshner. The movie fared relatively well in its limited theatrical release earlier this year. *** (R: AS, P, V)


“ ‘TIL DEATH: THE COMPLETE SERIES”: After his years of reliable work on “Everybody Loves Raymond,” Brad Garrett moved into the lead role of a comedy series with this Fox show, which had a decent four-season run. The show took its title from wedding vows, with Garrett and Joely Fisher playing a long-married history teacher and his wife; living near newlyweds (Eddie Kaye Thomas, Kat Foster) exposes possible cracks in their own marriage, and that situation doesn’t get any easier when they also become co-workers as the series evolves. Comic J.B. Smoove is featured as the Garrett character’s Big Brothers associate who eventually moves in with the central couple, and Krysten Ritter (“Jessica Jones”) also appears in the first two seasons as their daughter … a role that would be recast several times later. *** (Not rated: AS, P)


“NATURE: BIG BEND: THE WILD FRONTIER OF TEXAS”: Actor Thomas Haden Church is the narrator of this recently broadcast episode of the PBS documentary series, which showcases the National Park that sits in a relatively isolated region between the United States and Mexico. Big Bend is a largely unsullied haven for wildlife and plants, and many of the resident creatures are shown acquiring what they need for their survival. The makers of the program have said that even though relatively few people visit there, they had full cooperation from the park’s authorities, who were happy for the opportunity to display the natural beauty and wonders of the site to so many spectators — via television — who might be unable to sample it otherwise. *** (Not rated)


“BODY BROKERS”: The questionable practices of an alleged drug-treatment center fuel this melodrama, as two Ohio addicts (played by Jack Kilmer and Alice Englert) are brought to Los Angeles for a supposed cure. Instead, they found that the site is building a network of those with drug problems, for nefarious purposes. Frank Grillo (“Billions”) and Michael Kenneth Williams portray the operation’s architects, with Oscar winner Melissa Leo and Jessica Rothe (“Happy Death Day”) also in the cast. *** (R: AS,P, V)


“LOVE IN STORE”: Two performers familiar to television viewers, Alexandra Breckenridge (“This Is Us”) and Robert Buckley (“One Tree Hill”), make an engaging duo in this Hallmark Channel romantic comedy. They play hosts on a home shopping network with very different approaches to the job — she’s tightly wound, he’s laid-back — and those become even more pronounced when they vie for a key slot that opens up on the channel. Since opposites inevitably attract in Hallmark movies, you can guess what eventually happens … and an especially amusing portion of the story finds the rivals having to work together to get out of an escape room. Sitcom veteran Jackee Harry (“227”) also stars. *** (Not rated: AS)


COMING SOON (Upcoming releases):

“Nomadland”

“NOMADLAND” (April 27)

“HEMINGWAY: A FILM BY KEN BURNS & LYNN NOVICK” (May 4)

“JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH” (May 4)

“THE LITTLE THINGS” (May 4)

“RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON” (May 18)

“STAR TREK: LOWER DECKS — SEASON ONE” (May 18)

Jay Bobbin

Jay Bobbin

Jay Bobbin has decades of experience covering the television and movie businesses, winning Tribune Media Services’ Crown Jewel Award in 2008 for his performance in the company. Over those many years of interviewing and writing, he has spoken with everyone from Robert De Niro and John Travolta to Paul McCartney and Tony Bennett … from Meryl Streep and Julie Andrews to Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood.

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