DVD Releases for the week of July 17, 2022

STARTING THIS WEEK (New releases):

Melanie Lynskey in “Yellowjackets”

“YELLOWJACKETS: SEASON ONE”: This widely praised, quite intense Showtime drama series focuses on four women 25 years after a defining event in all of their lives …  a wilderness plane crash while they were members of a high school soccer team. The show flashes back frequently to their escape from that ordeal, helping to explain the respective issues that they still have now. Melanie Lynskey (“Two and a Half Men”), Juliette Lewis (“Natural Born Killers”), Christina Ricci (“Black Snake Moan”) and Tawny Cypress (“Unforgettable”) play the quartet in the present day, with younger actresses representing the characters in carefully spaced sequences that go back to their deeply troubling past. A second season of the show is in the works. *** (Not rated: AS, P, V)

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

“DRIVE MY CAR”: Hugely and globally acclaimed upon its debut last year at the Cannes Film Festival, and making its American home-video debut via The Criterion Collection, this three-hour Japanese drama directed and co-written by Ryusuke Hamaguchi went on to win the Oscar for best international feature film. (It had three other nominations including best picture.) The story revolves around a stage director (played by Hidetoshi Nishijima) grieving the loss of his wife as he guides a production of “Uncle Vanya,” and developing a connection with the chauffeur hired to transport him after he’s injured in a car accident. He also establishes a tie to the actor he discovered being intimate with his wife before her death, but that takes a surprising turn that forces the director to make a major artistic decision. **** (Not rated: AS, P) (Also on Blu-ray)

“THE BOB’S BURGERS MOVIE”: The long-running, Emmy-winning, animated Fox comedy series gets feature-film treatment as a massive sinkhole opens up in front of the title food spot … putting Bob and Linda Belcher (voices of H. Jon Benjamin and John Roberts) on the hook to figure out how to keep the business going when patrons can’t get to it. Their inventive children try to determine a way to help. Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman and Kristen Schaal are among other regulars from the show heard here in their usual roles.  DVD extras: “making-of” documentary; audio commentary by cast and crew members; deleted scenes; two short subjects; animated extras. *** (PG-13: AS, P) (Also on Blu-ray, Digital and On Demand)

“SEAQUEST DSV: THE COMPLETE SERIES”: Back in the days when broadcast networks were paying extravagant prices for shows, NBC opened its checkbook wide for this Steven Spielberg-produced mid-1990s adventure series, now in a Blu-ray set. The filmmaker reunited with “Jaws” star Roy Scheider, who plays Nathan Bridger, the commander and creator of an innovative submarine (the “DSV” is for “Deep Submergence Vehicle”) that prowls the ocean for resources to replace those depleted by mankind. Scheider stayed for two of the show’s three seasons, then was succeeded — while still making some guest appearances — by Michael Ironside (“Top Gun”). Other cast members for various lengths during the show’s run included Stephanie Beacham, Stacy Haiduk, Jonathan Brandis, Don Franklin. Ted Raimi, Rosalind Allen and siblings Michael DeLuise and Peter DeLuise (whose father Dom guest-stars in an episode). The series pilot, which was the final directing credit of Irvin Kershner (“Star Wars: Episode V — The Empire Strikes Back”), also features “Charlie’s Angels” alum Shelley Hack. *** (Not rated: AS, V)

“RENO 911!: THE HUNT FOR QANON”: The former Comedy Central series yields another sequel movie, reuniting many cast members including Robert Ben Garant (who also directed the film, which premiered last year on Paramount+) and Thomas Lennon. The gang is dispatched to serve court papers to the mastermind behind a series of villainous conspiracies, forcing the officers to go undercover aboard a cruise … on which they might find a bit too much pleasure in the course of their work. Additional stars include Kerri Kenney-Silver, Cedric Yarbrough, Carlos Alazraqui, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Niecy Nash (who will have her own show this fall with ABC’s “The Rookie: Feds”), Mary Birdsong and Ian Roberts. DVD extras: deleted scenes. *** (Not rated: AS, P, V)

“DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW: THE SEVENTH AND FINAL SEASON”: The past television season brought an end to many of The CW’s longest-running series, including this one. With their time-traveling Waverider vehicle destroyed, the heroes try to get back to their own place and time by going to New York to find a scientist (Matt Ryan, who reprised his John Constantine role on this show earlier) who might be able to help. Dual versions of some of the characters generate complications. Caity Lotz, Nick Zano, Jes Macallan, Tala Ashe, Amy Pemberton and Olivia Swann were among the regular cast members still with the series in this concluding round. *** (Not rated: AS, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray)

COMING SOON (Upcoming releases):


“THE DUKE” (July 26)


“THE LOST CITY” (July 26)

“HEAT” (4K Ultra HD) (Aug. 9) 


“Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness”

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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