DVD Releases for the week of March 7, 2021



“Ruth: Justice Ginsburg in Her Own Words”

“RUTH: JUSTICE GINSBURG IN HER OWN WORDS”: Much tribute was paid to the Supreme Court justice often called “RBG” upon her passing last year, and while this documentary features many of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s own comments about her life and work, it also incorporates remarks by many friends and colleagues of hers in the fields of justice and politics. Lifestyle maven Sandra Lee and gubernatorial daughter Cara Kennedy Cuomo are among the executive producers of the project, directed by Freida Lee Mock (“Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision”) and underscored by music by Lili Haydn of the band Opium Moon. The film, making its home-video debut just ahead of Ginsburg‘s March 15 birthdate, emphasizes the crusades for women’s rights and gender equality that helped ensure that her legacy will endure. *** (Not rated: P)


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


STARTING THIS WEEK (New releases):

“VANGUARD”: Even if he isn’t making movies at the pace he used to — but then, who is these days? — never count Jackie Chan out. The martial-arts icon returns as the chief of a security firm enlisted to protect a businessman who informed on his corrupt partner over illegal arms sales, and the mission has a truly global scope with locations including London, India and Dubai. DVD extra: “making-of” documentary. Reteaming Chan with a longtime collaborator, director Stanley Tong (“Rumble in the Bronx”), the film finds the star also performing the theme song … and reportedly, a jet-ski sequence featured here almost went very wrong for Chan. *** (PG-13: P, V) (Also on Blu-ray and On Demand)


“ADVERSE”: An impressive cast iforms this melodrama about a Los Angeles ride-share driver, played by Thomas Nicholas (known as Thomas Ian Nicholas in such earlier projects as the  “American Pie” franchise), who becomes concerned when his sister (Kelly Arjen) vanishes.  He discovers that a drug dealer wanted the considerable amount of money she owed, with a mobster (Mickey Rourke) evidently involved in the disappearance. The driver manages to get into the criminal’s employ, then works from within to locate his sibling and take down the gangsters. Lou Diamond Phillips, Sean Astin and Penelope Ann Miller also star in the picture, on which Nicholas and Arjen were producers as well. *** (R: AS, P, V) (Also on On Demand)


“EDDIE”: Though there are many Eddies in the world, there was only one Eddie Sutton, who passed last year … and this documentary, deburting on digital video services, recalls the life and career of the legendary and hugely successful college basketball coach whose skills boosted athletic programs in Arkansas, Kentucky and Oklahoma. Both success and tragedy marked his journey and those of the players who thrived under his stewardship, and President Bill Clinton is among those interviewed about Sutton’s accomplishments and personhood. Sports figures featured in the film include Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and veteran broadcaster Dick Vitale. *** (PG” AS, P)


“BRING ME THE HEAD OF ALFREDO GARCIA”: One of director Sam Peckinpah’s most notable — and most notorious — films gets new home-video treatment, as this 1974 melodrama casts Warren Oates as a military veteran looking to cash in on the bounty for what the title describes. Garcia allegedly impregnated the daughter of a crime boss, leading to the declaration of a $1 million reward to anyone who delivers said head; revelations about the Oates character’s girlfriend (Isela Vega) makes the quest more complicated for him. The proceedings are filled with Peckinpah’s trademark violence, and his efforts to complete the project outside the traditional studio system stirred controversy that threatened to get the picture shut down. Robert Webber, Gig Young and Kris Kristofferson make appearances, but the movie principally is a showcase for Oates … whose own grit matched that of Peckinpah, with whom he had teamed earlier on several other screen ventures including “The Wild Bunch.” *** (R: AS, N, P, GV) (Also on Blu-ray)


“FOLLOW ME TO DAISY HILLS”: One of the staples of Hallmark Channel movies,  the always watchable Cindy Busby adds a mildly caustic edge to her usual persona for that network in this romantic tale. In danger of losing her family’s small-town general store, her character has mixed feelings when her ex-flame (Marshall Williams) is summoned to use his business savvy to help save the place. They have very different ideas, but eventually (and, the Hallmark-savvy would say, inevitably), they come to a meeting of minds professionally … and possibly personally again. *** (Not rated: AS)


COMING SOON (Upcoming releases):

“AMERICAN MASTERS: How It Feels to be Free”

“AMERICAN MASTERS: HOW IT FEELS TO BE FREE” (March 23)

“RUNAWAY TRAIN (SPECIAL EDITION)” (March 16)

“SOUL” (March 23)

“THE UNDOING: AN HBO LIMITED SERIES” (March 23)

“KINGSGLAIVE: FINAL FANTASY XV” (March 30)

“THE TEN COMMANDMENTS” (4K Ultra HD) (March 30)

Jay Bobbin

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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