DVD Releases for the week of June 19, 2022


STARTING THIS WEEK (New releases):

Nicolas Cage in “The Unbearable Weight Of Massive Talent”

“THE UNBEARABLE WEIGHT OF MASSIVE TALENT”: In a project he has claimed he initially didn’t want to do, Nicolas Cage appears to have massive fun playing a version of himself, one who has suffered setbacks professionally and financially. That prompts him to accept a huge paycheck from a loyal fan (Pedro Pascal) to make an appearance for the latter’s birthday, but Cage has to live up to his billing in a big way when a CIA agent (Tiffany Haddish) enlists him to use his movie skills for an espionage mission. Sharon Horgan and Neil Patrick Harris also appear, but Cage clearly is the star attraction here. DVD extras: “making-of” documentary; audio commentary by writer and director Tom Gormican and writer and executive producer Kevin Etten; deleted scenes. *** (R: AS, 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.

“GIANT”: Director George Stevens’ Oscar-winning 1956 epic, based on Edna Ferber’s novel, has been upgraded to a 4K print that recently debuted at the Turner Classic Movies Classic Film Festival and now gets a home-video release. It offers massive star quality with Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson and (in his final film) James Dean in the saga of love and power in the Texas cattle and oil businesses. Two men from opposite ends of the economic spectrum romance a newcomer to their territory, with ever-intensifying emotions resulting. The superb cast also includes Carroll Baker, Mercedes McCambridge, Sal Mineo, Rod Taylor, Chill Wills, Dennis Hopper and Earl Holliman. The new 4K Ultra HD disc includes an audio commentary by George Stevens Jr., screenwriter Ivan Moffat and film critic Stephen Farber. **** (G)


“THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY: SEASON TWO”: The sophomore round of the comic-book-inspired Netflix series, which is about to start streaming its third season, sees the disparate adopted siblings (who were born simultaneously, but don’t necessarily get along) arrive in Dallas in 1963 … where events build toward the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, but the introduction of a time-travel element may alter history. Members of the ensemble cast include Elliot Page, Tom Hopper, David Castaneda, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Robert Sheehan, Aidan Gallagher, Colm Feore and Kate Walsh. *** (Not rated: AS, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray)


“CINDERELLA”: The fairy tale about the goodhearted but oppressed young woman — complete with wicked stepmother and mean stepsisters — who eventually finds her prince and becomes the belle of a ball has been one of the most retold of all stories. Last year, it emerged again in this version, the first to head straight to a streaming service for its debut. Music’s Camila Cabello making her acting debut in the title role in this take adapted and directed by Kay Cannon (“Pitch Perfect”), and intended for a theatrical release but ultimately going straight to Prime Video instead. Also a producer of the project, James Corden is a cast member along with Idina Menzel (as the bad stepmom), Minnie Driver, Pierce Brosnan, Primetime Emmy winner Billy Porter (“Pose”) and Missy Elliott. British actor Nicholas Galitzine plays the prince, and expectedly, Cabello and “Wicked” stage veteran Menzel get to sing. *** (PG: AS, P) (Also on Blu-ray)


“YOU ARE NOT MY MOTHER”: The title sentence is exactly what a woman (Hazel Doupe) has to say about her mom (Carolyn Bracken) in writer-director Kate Dolan’s Ireland-set, Halloween-season melodrama. The elder lady suddenly vanishes — which is particularly strange because she’s been bedridden — but soon turns up again, though she behaves in a manner that seems downright alien, in more ways than one. The daughter is determined to find out just what’s going on, which could become a lethal pursuit. *** (Not rated: AS, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray and On Demand)


“THE ADVENTURES OF OZZIE AND HARRIET: SEASONS ONE AND TWO”: Issued in two separate volumes, early episodes of this long-running series recall one of television’s first families, literally. The Nelsons — parents Ozzie and Harriet, and sons David and Ricky — got in on the medium almost at its infancy by transferring their real-life relationships into a sitcom (which actually began on radio), with Ozzie truly keeping it a family affair by writing and directing all of the episodes. As old-fashioned as the 1952-66 show clearly seems now, it was a huge hit in its day; Ricky went on to a successful music career that encompassed the singles “Poor Little Fool,” “Hello Mary Lou,” “Travelin’ Man” and “Garden Party.” *** (Not rated)


“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, now part of a new-to-DVD three-pack of “Godzilla”-themed movies that also includes “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” and “Kong: Skull Island.” Here, 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, Eiza 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)

COMING SOON (Upcoming releases):

“FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE SECRETS OF DUMBLEDORE” (June 28)

“THE A-TEAM: THE COMPLETE SERIES” (Blu-ray) (June 28)

“BOOMERANG” (Blu-ray) (June 28)

“THE BEATLES: GET BACK” (July 12)

“YELLOWJACKETS: SEASON ONE” (July 19)

“THE LOST CITY” (July 26)


“Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets Of Dumbledore”

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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