DVD Releases for the week of June 6, 2021


STARTING THIS WEEK (New releases):

Harrison Ford

“INDIANA JONES 4-MOVIE COLLECTION”: To mark the 40th anniversary of his debut, one of movie history’s top heroes meets the 4K Ultra HD format for the first time. Harrison Ford plays the bullwhip-cracking professor, archeologist and adventurer who can’t resist the pursuit of a good artifact, no matter what perils it may lead him into. Known for its fantastic stunts and witty dialogue, the George Lucas-produced, Steven Spielberg-directed quartet includes “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” (whose content prompted the creation of the PG-13 rating), “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” and “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.” This would appear destined to become a 5-movie collection in the future, since another “Indiana Jones” film — with Ford continuing to play the role — currently is in the works. Co-stars include Karen Allen, Kate Capshaw, Sean Connery (as Indy’s dad) and John Rhys-Davies. **** (PG or PG-13, varying by the title: AS, P, V)

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


“CITY OF LIES”: Johnny Depp’s professional efforts haven’t been as frequent lately, but this drama — which took several years from the completion of production to its release — gives him a prominent role in a fact-based story. The film initially is set in the late 1990s, as the Los Angeles police detective played by Depp probes the murders of rap-music icons Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G. Two decades later, the now-retired cop agrees to partner with a journalist (Oscar winner Forest Whitaker) who is conducting his own investigation of the unsolved killings. Rockmond Dunbar, Neil Brown Jr. (“SEAL Team”), Xander Berkeley (“24”) and Shea Whigham also are in the cast. *** (R: AS, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray and On Demand)

“POWER BOOK II: GHOST — THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON”: The Starz saga of money, love and “Power” didn’t end with the first series … and it won’t with this one, either, since second spinoff “Power Book III: Raising Kanan” is coming to that cable network in July. Here, Michael Rainey Jr. continues the role of Tariq St. Patrick, who’s trying to build his own life as a university student while dabbling in highly questionable activities to get his mother (Naturi Naughton) cleared of charges for a murder he knows she didn’t commit. She’s represented by a self-interested attorney (Cliff “Method Man” Smith), but a just-appointed federal prosecutor (Shane Johnson) is determined to cement his career by winning the case. Cast members also include singer-actress Mary J. Blige, Gianni Paolo and Paige Hurd. *** (Not rated: AS, N, P, V)

“SESAME STREET: COOL COUNTING COLLECTION”: As the title suggests, it’s all about numbers in this gathering of related moments from the iconic PBS and HBO children’s series, which continues to be as valuable as ever in offering such lessons. Elmo, Abby and Cookie Monster are among the familiar and beloved characters guiding viewers — presumably very young ones primarily, though their elders are likely to be watching along with them — in learning how to count from 1 to 20. Also participating are such celebrities as Liam Neeson (considerably toned-down from his “Taken” mode here), Elvis Costello and Feist. Among the included extras is a “Count With Elmo!” mini-book. *** (Not rated) (Also on Digital)

“MACGYVER: SEASON 4”: Amid an outcry from fans trying to save the show, this CBS reboot — about an adventure-loving government agent with an uncanny knowledge of using ordinary items for amazing purposes in the pursuit of justice — recently ended its five-season run. This penultimate round of episodes, the first after founding co-star George Eads left the show by his request, sees the title hero (played by Lucas Till) get a high-living new ally portrayed by “Lost” and “the 100” alum Henry Ian Cusick. The first episode here sees him enlist MacGyver and other Phoenix Foundation operatives to stop a potential bioweapon attack. Among guest stars during the season are Jeri Ryan (“Star Trek: Voyager”), Peter Weller (“RoboCop”) and Tate Donovan. Other series regulars include Tristin Mays, Justin Hires, Meredith Eaton and Levy Tran. *** (Not rated: AS, V)

“ASSAULT ON VA-33”: Ever since the release of “Die Hard” some 30-plus years ago, numerous other movies that have seen the hero trapped by villains in a building or on a vessel have been described as “ ‘Die Hard’ in a … .” Well, this is “Die Hard” in a Veterans Administration hospital, as Sean Patrick Flanery plays a military hero who happens to be at such a facility when terrorists infiltrate it. Upping the stakes is the fact that his wife (Gina Holden) — who works there — becomes one of the invaders’ hostages, intensifying a battle that takes all of the PTSD-afflicted ex-soldier’s wits and stamina to resolve. Michael Jai White, Mark Dacascos, Abigail Hawk (“Blue Bloods”) and cable-movie staple Brittany Underwood also star, *** (R: P, V) (Also on Digital)

COMING SOON (Upcoming releases):

“Nobody”

“NOBODY” (June 15)

“FRENCH EXIT” (June 15)

“GODZILLA VS. KONG” (June 15)

“VOYAGERS” (June 15)

“YOUR HONOR” (June 15)

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

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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