DVD Releases for the week of August 8, 2021


STARTING THIS WEEK (New releases):

Rose Reid in “Finding You”

“FINDING YOU”: While this engaging young-adult drama seems cut from the cloth of author Nicholas Sparks, it’s actually based on a book (“There You’ll Find Me”) by another novelist in the genre, Jenny B. Jones. Rose Reid is appealing as an aspiring musician whose semester in Ireland introduces her to a popular actor (Jedidiah Goodacre) who’s working there. His fame and its trappings threaten their budding relationship, and both of them have to determine how much they’re willing to sacrifice from their intended paths to make their romance work. Katherine McNamara (“Arrow”), Patrick Bergin, Tom Everett Scott and Vanessa Redgrave also are featured in director-screenwriter Brian Baugh’s cast … and bountiful location filming done in Ireland never is a bad thing. DVD extras: theatrical trailer; “making-of” documentary; photo gallery. *** (PG: AS, P) (Also on Blu-ray, Digital and On Demand)

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

“QUEEN BEES”: Some projects exist mainly to draw veteran actresses together — see: “Book Club,” “Poms,” etc. — and this comedy is another entry in that vein. Ellen Burstyn (and it’s delightful to see her have the leading role again for the first time in a while) plays an independent-minded senior citizen whose house renovations force her to seek temporary residence elsewhere, which she finds at a retirement community. She’s shocked to find the rivalries and backbiting that exist there, but she makes some surprising friendships while trying to negotiate her new surroundings. Ann-Margret, Jane Curtin, Loretta Devine, James Caan, Christopher Lloyd and French Stewart also star in the tale directed by television-sitcom veteran Michael Lembeck. *** (PG-13: AS, P) (Also on On Demand)

“THE MISFITS”: When it comes to action fare, director Renny Harlin certainly knows his way around, as “Cliffhanger” and “Die Hard 2” attest … just to cite two examples. Wth this adventure, he has the bonus of a former James Bond — namely, Pierce Brosnan — as the actor plays the mastermind of a robbery gang determined to acquire the millions’ worth of gold that rests beneath an intensely well-protected prison. It goes without saying (though we’ll say it anyway) that any fan of the “Ocean’s Eleven” franchise will be on familiar territory here. The cast also features Rami Jaber, Hermione Corfield (“Rust Creek”), Jamie Chung (“Sucker Punch”), Mike Angelo, Tim Roth and Nick Cannon. *** (R: AS, P, V) (Also on Digital and On Demand)

“NASHVILLE”: One of the seminal movies of the 1970s now gets “Paramount Presents”-series Blu-ray treatment, with an audio commentary by director Robert Altman among the included extra features. The picture is classic Altman, using his penchant for multiple and intersecting plots to create a portrait of the country-music capital over several days during the run-up to a presidential election, though Joan Tewkesbury based her script largely on her own experiences in Nashville. Co-star Keith Carradine earned an Oscar for his song “I’m Easy”; the huge ensemble cast also includes Ronee Blakley, Ned Beatty, Geraldine Chaplin, Shelley Duvall, Henry Gibson, Scott Glenn, Jeff Goldblum, Barbara Harris, Michael Murphy, Cristina Raines, Lily Tomlin and Keenan Wynn. The cameos by Elliott Gould and Julie Christie exist because those two stars happened to be in Nashville at the time of the filming. The picture is among the prestigious titles in the National Film Registry. *** (R: AS, P, V)

“THE VERY BEST OF DAVID SUSSKIND: 25TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW”: When talk shows first were coming to the fore on television, every host tried to make their mark in their own way … and for Susskind, the trademark was highly cerebral and probing conversation, with guests who frequently weren’t the norm for the genre. And initially, no time constraints were placed upon them, with an episode ending only when someone in the group finally “ran out of gas.” This offering finds Susskind and wife Joyce reminiscing about the early years of his program, with former President Harry S. Truman, Mel Brooks, Anthony Quinn, Maureen Stapleton and authors Truman Capote and Norman Mailer among the participants. Note the stark visual style that was used in drawing focus to the words spoken, as opposed to the typically flashier trappings of today’s talk fare. **** (Not rated: AS)

“FRIDAY THE 13th — 8-MOVIE COLLECTION”: It’s no coincidence that this gathering of films in the horror franchise, is getting its release when it is, since it’s just in time for Aug. 13 — the only Friday the 13th on the 2021 calendar. There were later remakes, but this set dials things back to the original pictures, starting with the low-budget 1980 thriller that introduced moviegoers to Camp Crystal Lake … where virile and nubile young counselors unwittingly go to encounter the masked and lethal Jason Voorhees, who holds a big grudge that typically results in a large body count. Notable in the first picture’s cast are Betsy Palmer, who expanded on her game-show-panelist fame as Mrs. Voorhees, and a pre-stardom Kevin Bacon; certain later chapters featured Peter Barton and Amy Steel, both of television’s “The Powers of Matthew Star,” as well as Corey Feldman and Crispin Glover. *** (R: AS, N, P, GV)

COMING SOON (Upcoming releases):

“Labyrinth”

“LABYRINTH” (4K Ultra HD) (Aug. 17)

“HITMAN’S WIFE’S BODYGUARD” (Aug. 17)

“NCIS: THE EIGHTEENTH SEASON” (Aug. 17)

“THE CONJURING: THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT” (Aug. 24)

“PETER RABBIT 2: THE RUNAWAY” (Aug. 24)

“ZACK SNYDER’S JUSTICE LEAGUE” (Sept. 7)

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