DVD Releases for the week of July 10, 2022


STARTING THIS WEEK (New releases):

“The Beatles: Get Back”

“THE BEATLES: GET BACK”: How the iconic band came to an end is shown in greater detail than ever before in this engrossing miniseries that debuted on Disney+. During the 1969 recording sessions for what would be the quartet’s final studio album, “Let It Be,” filmmaker Michael Lindsay-Hogg was given extensive access to the group’s creative process …  which was marked by considerable discord. While the resulting footage yielded a 1970 documentary also titled “Let It Be,” the majority of it went long unseen … but Oscar-winning “The Lord of the Rings” director Peter Jackson restored it and assembled it into this three-part documentary. Its producers also include Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, George Harrison’s widow Olivia and John Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono Lennon. Besides the almost 60 hours of visuals that were recorded, Jackson worked with nearly 150 hours of audio material also stored away for more than a half-century, shaping it all into a history of how The Beatles came up with their last collaborative triumph, also involving their legendary London rooftop concert. *** (Not rated: AS, P) (Also on Blu-ray)


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

“KILLING EVE: SEASON FOUR”: The widely acclaimed drama series that ran on BBC America ended its run with this round, with Eve (Sandra Oh) — the British intelligence agent who has been after assassin Villanelle (Jodie Comer) — determined to avenge herself upon the mysterious Twelve. Despite the strong emotional pull each of them feels from the other, the women ultimately pursue different paths, since the killer has her own thoughts about how to put The Twelve out of commission. Fiona Shaw also stars in this wrap-up, which sparked passionate discussion from fans of the show about the conclusion’s content and execution. *** (Not rated: AS, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray)


“THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN: THE COMPLETE SERIES”: “We can rebuild him … we have the technology.” And now, we also have a Blu-ray set of the classic 1970s adventure show casting Lee Majors as Steve Austin, an Air Force colonel critically injured in an aerial accident. He’s “reconstructed” with bionics that effectively make him a half-man, half-machine — or “cyborg” (which also was the title of the novel from which the series was developed). As one new skill, he has super-speed, though the running sequences paradoxically are shown in slow-motion. Richard Anderson also stars as Oscar Goldman, the government agent to whom Austin reports for assignments. Bonus features include the TV-movies that led to the weekly version (taking more of a James Bond-like approach to the concept), plus sequel movies that also featured Lindsay Wagner as “The Bionic Woman,” introduced on this show in a two-part episode that spun off an immensely popular series of its own. *** (Not rated: V)


“INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM”: The 1984 movie that prompted the creation of the “PG-13” rating because of its violence and overall intensity, producer George Lucas and director Steven Spielberg’s first follow-up to “Raiders of the Lost Ark” gets its own 4K Ultra HD Steelbook edition, sending the Harrison Ford-portrayed title character on a quest to find a sacred and reputedly powerful stone. Along the way, he discovers a lethal cult that deals in child slavery and human sacrifice … setting the stage for what ultimately led to that rating, a response to an outcry from concerned parents who sent their offspring off to this movie without realizing just what the youngsters would be watching. Kate Capshaw, who became the real-life Mrs. Spielberg later, plays an entertainer who becomes Jones’ somewhat reluctant partner in adventure; Ke Huy Quan portrays young ally Short Round. *** (PG: AS, P)


“HOTEL PORTOFINO”: Currently airing on PBS — with those who acquire the set as soon as it’s released getting a couple of episodes before they’re telecast — this scenic drama brings a number of people from England to the Italian Riviera in the wake of World War I. They’re either the operators or the guests of a resort where the atmosphere is meant to soothe and engage patrons, a tall order to fill for some particularly demanding customers of the proprietors; the latter are played by Natascha McElhone (“Halo”) and Mark Umbers (“Home Fires”). Anna Chancellor, Oliver Dench, Adam James and Olivia Morris also star. *** (Not rated: AS)


“ROUGH CUT”: Often not mentioned when Burt Reynolds’ movies are considered, this stylish 1980 crime caper — produced by Broadway impresario David Merrick, who also hired Reynolds for “Semi-Tough,” and debuting on Blu-ray as part of the “Paramount Presents” collection — casts the star as a thief who meets his match in a British burglar (Lesley-Anne Down). They become personally involved and plan a major jewel heist together, but she’s secretly in cahoots with a veteran Scotland Yard detective (David Niven, in one of his last roles) who wants to get the goods on Reynolds’ character. Timothy West, Patrick Magee and Joss Ackland also are in the cast for director Don Siegel (“Dirty Harry”). *** (PG: AS, P, V)


COMING SOON (Upcoming releases):


“YELLOWJACKETS: SEASON ONE” (July 19)

“SEAQUEST DSV: THE COMPLETE SERIES” (Blu-ray) (July 19)

“DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS” (July 26)

“THE DUKE” (July 26)

“THE LOST CITY” (July 26)

“SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 2” (Aug. 9)


“Yellowjackets”

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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