DVD Releases for the week of July 18, 2021


STARTING THIS WEEK (New releases):

“The Walking Dead”

“THE WALKING DEAD: THE COMPLETE TENTH SEASON”: As the start of the hugely popular AMC series’ 11th and final season nears,the show’s penultimate round comes to home video, with the survivors of the zombie invasion fending for themselves as well as they can within Alpha-imposed restrictions. They’re more prepared to revolt than others might expect, with certain factions making strange bedfellows by banding together … but the Whisperers, who maintain close ties to the undead, could thwart their plans. Cast members include Norman Reedus, Jeffrey Dean Morgan (whose wife, Hilarie Burton, also climbs aboard as the season progresses), Danai Gurira, Lauren Cohan, Josh McDermitt, Seth Gilliam, Christian Serratos, Samantha Morton and Melissa McBride. Robert Patrick (“Scorpion”) also turns up. DVD extras: audio commentaries by cast and crew members; “In Memoriam” featurette. *** (Not rated: AS, P, G V) (Also on Blu-ray and Digital)

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


“SPIRAL: FROM THE BOOK OF SAW”: Even during a pandemic, one of the most durable horror-suspense franchises in movies fared well profit-wise with this latest chapter, which benefits from having the combined star power of Samuel L. Jackson and Chris Rock as father-and son policemen. Rock’s character finds a distinctly “Saw”-like murder case becoming unsettlingly personal as he and his rookie partner (Max Minghella) proceed with the investigation. Anyone who knows anything about the “Saw” series won’t be surprised by the gruesome turns built into this tale. Darren Lynn Bousman, who directed “Saw II,” returns to that job here; Marisol Nichols also appears. DVD extras: two theatrical trailers; three “making-of” documentaries; audio commentaries by Bousman and other behind-the-scenes personnel. *** (R: AS, P, GV) (Also on Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD, Digital and On Demand)

“SHAMELESS: THE ELEVENTH AND FINAL SEASON”: One of Showtime’s staple series came to the end of its run recently with this set of episodes, with Frank (superbly played right to the end by William H. Macy) forced to face his mortality … a prospect he long has evaded, as any fan of the show knows. Meanwhile, Lip (Jeremy Allen White) ponders stepping into the role of leader of the Gallagher daily, knowing just how complex a position that will be. Also, Ian and Mickey (Cameron Monaghan, Noel Fisher) try to deal with their new marital status, Kevin and Veronica (Steve Howey, Shanola Hampton) face pandemic-related business concerns, and Carl (Ethan Cutkosky) begins a new career on the right side of the law. Don’t look for original cast member Emmy Rossum to make a final appearance here; though executive producer John Wells had hoped for that, schedules ultimately didn’t work out for it. DVD extras: deleted scenes; virtual cast reunion. *** (Not rated: AS, N, P, V) (Also on Digital)

“STAR TREK: DISCOVERY — SEASON THREE”: As the franchise continues its current expansion with both live-action and animated spinoffs, the series that started its new wave on the former CBS All Access (now named Paramount+) offers its most recent season, taking the crew of the title vessel into a wormhole that changes all the rules for them and the show. New acquaintances may help the continuing characters chart a promising new course for the future. The cast includes Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones, Anthony Rapp, Mary Wiseman, Wilson Cruz, Rachael Ancheril and Michelle Yeoh. Jonathan Frakes, who played Commander Riker on “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” directed two of the episodes. A fourth season has been ordered. DVD extras: five “making-of” documentaries; deleted scenes; outtakes. *** (Not rated: AS, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray)

“AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: BILLY GRAHAM”: Before it was used regularly in religious circles, the media helped Billy Graham reach the masses. A recap of how that happened is offered as this recent episode of the PBS documentary series recalls the charismatic evangelist. Acquaintances and historians comment on the impact Graham had, not only in preaching to his loyal followers — often in arenas that made stunning settings for his televised “Crusades” — but also in counseling world figures who included U.S. presidents and other global heads of state. Those who enjoy nostalgia are sure to be pleased with the program’s wealth of excerpts from Graham’s appearances on screens both big and small, and also on radio. *** (Not rated)

“JERRY LEWIS: THE ESSENTIAL 20-MOVIE COLLECTION”: For the bulk of his screen career, comedy icon Lewis’ home studio wass Paramount Pictures, where he was pretty much given carte blanche as a filmmaker during the years of his solo stardom after his professional split from Dean Martin. This set includes a number of examples of the duo’s teamwork (“Living It Up,” “Pardners,” etc.), then shows Lewis branching out on his own in “The Delicate Delinquent,” and then displays him as the auteur of such classics as “The Bellboy” and “The Nutty Professor.” Among our favorites is “The Errand Boy,” in which Lewis unwittingly lays waste to sections of a movie studio (“Paramutual Piictures”) — reaching a moment of high hilarity when he accidentally dubs his singing voice, or what barely passes for one, over the image of a glamorous actress. Also high on our list: “The Family Jewels,” in which Lewis plays no less than seven roles while also directing the picture. Additional titles here include “The Caddy,” “Cinderfella” and “The Disorderly Orderly.” *** (Not rated: AS, V)

COMING SOON (Upcoming releases):

“American Gods”

“AMERICAN GODS: SEASON THREE” (July 27)

“EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE” (July 27)

“FINDING YOU” (Aug. 10)

“FRIDAY THE 13th — 8-MOVIE COLLECTION” (Aug. 10)

“NASHVILLE” (Blu-ray) (Aug. 10)

“LABYRINTH” (4K Ultra HD) (Aug. 17)

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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