DVD Releases for the week of June 13, 2021


STARTING THIS WEEK (New releases):

“Godzilla vs. Kong”

“GODZILLA VS. KONG”: Two of movie history’s most legendary monsters collide — though not for the first time (see: 1962’s “King Kong vs. Godzilla”) — in this project that suggested many film fans want to go back to theaters, given the very tidy profit this made while being streamed simultaneously on HBO Max. Befriended by a deaf youngster (Kaylee Hottle), the enormous ape Kong goes on an expedition to find where he came from from, quite literally … but what he discovers onstead is the fearsome Godzilla, and let’s just say the two creatures don’t exactly hug it out, with all of Earth imperiled by their epic clash. Millie Bobby Brown, of “Stranger Things” fame, reprises her role from “Godzilla: King of the Monsters.” Alexander Skarsgard, Rebecca Hall, Kyle Chandler, Elza Gonzalez and Demian Bichir also are in the human cast, and they undoubtedly went into this justifiably expecting to be upstaged by the title stars. DVD extras: “making-of” documentaries; deleted scenes. *** (PG-13: P, V) (Also on Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD, Digital and on Demand)

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

“YOUR HONOR”: When you’ve played one of the most iconic characters in the history of television drama, finding a follow-up can be daunting ,.. but “Breaking Bad” alum Bryan Cranston managed it with this fine Showtime series. Also an executive producer of the show along with “The Good Wife” and “Evil’s” Robert and Michelle King, the multiple Emmy winner plays a New Orleans judge whose personal crisis could derail his professional life. He tries to cover up his teenage son’s (Hunter Doohan) involvement in a hit-and-run accident, and the resulting deceit comes to involve a prosecutor (Maura Tierney, who returned to Showtime after “The Affair”) and a crime-world couple (Michael Stuhlbarg, who also worked with Cranston in “Trumbo,” and Hope Davis). Cast members in the 10-episode Israeli-program adaptation — which had its production interrupted by the coronavirus pandemic, a crisis then worked into the plot — also include Carmen Ejogo, Margo Martindale, Isiah Whitlock Jr. and Sofia Black-D’Elia. *** (Not rated: AS, P, V)

“THE WALKING DEAD: WORLD BEYOND — SEASON ONE”: The hugely popular AMC series already had one spinoff in “Fear the Walking Dead” when this one began its run last fall. Set a decade after the zombie invasion started, this show focuses on Nebraska teens who grow up with the oppressive atmosphere largely being the only one they’ve ever known. Each has his or her own agenda, and those don’t always fall on the side of righteousness. Julia Ormod is the best-known member of the cast, playing a military colonel whose daughter (Annet Mahendru) resides in the so-called Campus Colony. The acting ensemble also includes Aliyah Royale, Alexa Mansour, Hal Cumpston, Nicolas Cantu and Nico Tortorella. “The Walking Dead” alum Michael Cudlitz, lately a regular on “Clarice,” directed a couple of the episodes. *** (Not rated: AS,P, V) (Also on Blu-ray)

“FRENCH EXIT”: Michelle Pfeiffer has one of her most prominent roles in a while in this seriocomic story, which takes its title rather literally. Her character, a New York-based widow whose money has run out, decides to take what last finances she can scrape together to move to Paris with her son (Lucas Hedges) … and a cat whom she believes has inherited the spirit of her late husband. Patrick deWitt adapted his novel for the screen version, filmed partially on location. Also featured are Valerie Mahaffey (who appeared recently in the series “Big Sky,” produced by Pfeiffer’s husband, David E. Kelley), Imogen Poots, Isaach de Bankole (“Casino Royale”) and — as the voice of the cat, and yes, you read that right — actor-playwright Tracy Letts. DVD extras: deleted and extended scenes. *** (R: AS, P) (Also on Blu-ray, Digital and On Demand)

“IN THE LINE OF FIRE”: Clint Eastwood has been the behind-the-scenes maestro of his acting jobs for many years, but this excellent 1993 suspense-drama — making its debt in the 4K Ultra HD format — is one of the rare examples where he was only an actor for hire. The Wolfgang Petersen-directed tale gives him an ideally suited role as a skeptically regarded Secret Service veteran trying to exorcise the demons that have stayed with him from a failed assignment years earlier, a very famous one, as he tries to protect America’s sitting president from a crafty would-be assassin (an excellent John Malkovich). Rene Russo and Dylan McDermott play fellow agents in a first-rate cast that also includes John Mahoney, Fred Dalton Thiompson, Gary Cole and Joshua Malina. Worth noting as well are the new Dolby Atmos soundtrack and the music score by the great Ennio Morricone. **** (R: AS, P, V)

“RESURRECTION”: The religious television miniseries that have been produced by actress Roma Downey (“Touched by an Angel”) and her husband Mark Burnett (“Survivor,” “The Voice”) have had afterlives in other forms, and this feature — edited to a theatrical length just under 100 minutes, and making its Blu-ray debut — is adapted from the NBC drama “A.D.: The Bible Continues,” first shown in 2015. The script centers on Jesus’ followers in the aftermath of the Crucifixion, with the Resurrection surely playing an enormous role in how they choose to go forward. Joanne Whalley, Greta Scacchi, Jodhi May, Vincent Regan and Juan Pablo Di Pace are among the cast members. *** (Not rated)

COMING SOON (Upcoming releases):

“His Dark Materials”

“HIS DARK MATERIALS: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON” (June 29)

“SIBERIA” (June 22)

“DRUNK HISTORY: THE COMPLETE SERIES” (June 29)

“WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY” (4K Ultra HD) (June 29)

“DEFENDING JACOB” (July 6)

“THE SPONGEBOB MOVIE: SPONGE ON THE RUN” (July 13)

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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