DVD Releases for the week of July 31, 2022


STARTING THIS WEEK (New releases):

Jane Seymour

“HARRY WILD: SERIES 1”: After many years in entertainment, Jane Seymour gave herself a choice part as both star and executive producer of this mystery series, shown in America by Acorn TV. She has the title role as a literature professor who’s about to retire when her world is shaken by her mugging. As Harriet “Harry” Wild recuperates in the home of her police-detective son (Kevin Ryan), she’s able to use her professional expertise to help him solve a murder, though he doesn’t necessarily want her input. Rohan Nedd plays Harry’s attacker, who she forgives enough to take on as her assistant in solving other crimes. *** (Not rated: AS, P, V)


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


“UNIVERSAL CLASSIC MONSTERS 6-MOVIE COLLECTION”: Universal Pictures was a major source of screen horror during Hollywood’s so-called “Golden Age,” encompassing some of the best-known and most chilling characters in the genre, and this compilation of films confirms that. The titles alone are indications, since included here are “Frankenstein,” “Dracula,” “The Mummy,” “The Invisible Man” and “The Wolf Man” … featuring such acting legends as Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi and Lon Chaney Jr. Rounding out the set, women get their due with Elsa Lanchester as author Mary Shelley in “The Bride of Frankenstein.” **** (Not rated: AS, V)


“THE GOOD NEIGHBOR”: A night of partying results in tragedy when two men (Luke Kleintank, of television’s “FBI: International,” and Jonathan Rhys Meyers) strike a bicyclist with their car in this melodrama. After they leave the scene, they have differing feelings about what happened and how they reacted — complicated even more when one of the men becomes involved with the victim’s sister (Eloise Smyth). The other fellow wants to protect the shared secret, and he proves willing to go to drastic lengths to do so. Bruce Davison also is featured. *** (R: AS, P, V) (Also on On Demand)


“RIDE WITH NORMAN REEDUS: SEASON THREE AND SEASON FOUR”: Available in two separate volumes, this unscripted AMC series continues to follow the co-star of “The Walking Dead” on motorcycle treks with other celebrities who share his passion for riding. Among the guests in these volumes are Reedus’ fellow “Dead” veterans Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Andrew Lincoln, Michael Rooker, Melissa McBride and Ryan Hurst, as well as Milo Ventimiglia (“This Is Us”) and music’s Marilyn Manson and Ian Anderson. *** (Not rated: P)


“KRYPTO THE SUPERDOG: THE COMPLETE SERIES”: Broadcast on The CW over two seasons in the mid-2000s, this animated, comic-book-inspired show expectedly gives the title canine (voiced by Sam Vincent) powers similar to those of Superman … who, like the dog, escaped from the planet Krypton just before it’s destruction. Similarly, the animal’s true identity is unknown to most of those on Earth, a notable exception being his young master Kevin (voice of Alberto Ghisi). Krypto and several peers try to stop the plans of the sinister pets of such DC Comics figures as Lex Luthor, The Joker and The Penguin. Michael Daingerfield voices Superman and his alter ego, Clark Kent. *** (Not rated)


“A ROYAL RUNAWAY ROMANCE”: Putting a spin on the familiar “Roman Holiday” concept, this Hallmark Channel attraction follows a princess (Philippa Northeast) across America as she pursues the man she thinks she wants, an artist. However, she has to change her tune and her path when she realizes her true love is her bodyguard (Brant Daugherty). The film is available on its own or as part of a double feature with another Hallmark title, “Butlers in Love.” *** (Not rated: AS)


COMING SOON (Upcoming releases):


“HEAT” (4K Ultra HD) (Aug. 9)

“SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 2” (Aug. 9)

“CHILD’S PLAY” (4K Ultra HD) (Aug. 16)

“THE BIONIC WOMAN: THE COMPLETE SERIES” (Blu-ray) (Aug. 30)

“OUTLANDER: SEASON SIX” (Sept. 6)

“STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE – THE DIRECTOR’S EDITION” (4K Ultra HD) (Sept. 6)


“Heat”

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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