DVD Releases for the week of May 16, 2021

STARTING THIS WEEK (New releases):

Steven Yeun in “Minari”

“MINARI”: Recently an Oscar nominee for best picture, writer-director Lee Isaac Chung’s drama traces the 1980s quest of the members of a Korean-American family to fulfill their respective goals while making a new, shared life for themselves in the Ozarks. The arrival of the family’s decidedly lively matriarch (Yuh-jung Youn, who won an Academy Award for best supporting actress) adds to their challenges. Cast members Youn and Steven Yeun earned two of the film’s six Oscar nominations; Will Patton (“Armageddon”) also appears in the picture, which earned Golden Globe, Sundance Film Festival and Critics Choice Awards. Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment firm had a hand in producing the project.  DVD extras: “making-of” documentary; audio commentary by Chung and Youn; deleted scenes. **** (PG-13: AS, P) (Also on Blu-ray, Digital and On Demand)

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

“THE FATHER”: Anthony Hopkins recently claimed his second Oscar for best actor for his riveting work in this moving drama, co-adapted by debuting director Florian Zeller from his stage play. Hopkins plays a man who’s having a difficult time adapting to the challenges of aging, posing problems for one of his daughters (Olivia Colman, also Oscar-nominated for the film), whose desire to leave London and move to Paris is complicated by his condition … particularly since he resists being moved into a nursing home and makes things tough for his at-home caretakers. Rufus Sewell, Imogen Poots and Olivia Williams also star as other people in the man’s life, though in his frequent confusion, they may not be who he thinks they are. DVD extras: two “making-of” documentaries; deleted scenes. **** (PG-13: AS, P) (Also on Blu-ray and Digital)

“RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON”: The coronavirus pandemic prompted Disney to follow the pattern of Warner Bros. and HBO Max by putting this animated feature in theaters (any that were available for it at the time, that is) and on Disney+ simultaneously, but it now gets a full home-video release. Monsters that were a threat to a mythical land 500 years earlier return, and though dragons largely made themselves extinct in the course of saving the populace, warrior Raya (voiced by Kelly Marie Tran) seeks the last existing one to vanquish the enemies forever. The voice cast also includes Awkwafina, Daniel Dae Kim, Gemma Chan, Benedict Wong, Sandra Oh and Alan Tudyk. DVD extras: five “making-of” documentaries; deleted scenes; outtakes; “Us Again” short subject. *** (PG: V) (Also on Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD, Digital and On Demand)

“TOM & JERRY”: Two of the best-known of all cartoon characters get fresh treatment in this comedy, which computer-animates them opposite a live-action cast. Jerry decides to make a posh New York hotel his new home on the eve of a big wedding there, prompting a new employee (played by Chloe Grace Moretz) to enlist Tom in a bid to find Jerry and get him out before mischief can ensue. Of course, mischief ensues anyway, with the site’s owner (Rob Delaney) and event manager (Michael Pena) also caught up in the bountiful mayhem. Interestingly, the voices of Tom and Jerry are supplied in part by voiceover legends Mel Blanc and June Foray, through the use of archival recordings of their work; Bobby Cannavale and Lil Rel Howery also supply vocals, with Ken Jeong and “Saturday Night Live’s” Colin Jost also in the human cast. DVD extras: outtakes. *** (PG  P, V) (Also on Blu-ray, Digital and On Demand)

“STAR TREK: LOWER DECKS — SEASON ONE”: This “Trek” series goes where no show in the franchise went before … well, almost. An animated version of the original sci-fi classic aired in the mid-1970s, and this also is a cartoon, but it injects mature humor into the late writer-producer Gene Roddenberry’s legendary creation. The Roddenberry camp remains involved, but the show’s creator is “Rick and Morty” Emmy winner Mike McMahan (“Solar Opposites”). The late-24th-century characters have private lives as pivotal as intergalactic crises, Tawny Newsome (“Space Patrol”) voices Beckett Mariner, an ensign aboard the U.S.S. Cerritos — and a resourceful troublemaker who’s gotten several demotions. Jerry O’Connell is heard as Commander Jack Ransom, who isn’t exactly by-the-book in his starship leadership. Jack Quaid, Noel Wells, Eugene Cordero, Dawnn Lewis, Fred Tatasciore and Gillian Vigman also have major speaking roles. Paramount+ has ordered a second season, slated to begin in August. *** (Not rated: AS, V) (Also on Blu-ray)

“SUPERNOVA”: Though this might sound like a science-fiction movie — and, in fact, there was one by this name years earlier — this drama, co-produced by the British BBC network, is something quite different from that. Stanley Tucci (who has found fresh popularity lately through his CNN series about his food tour through Italy) and Colin Firth do typically excellent work as longtime partners who undertake a journey across England in the time they have left together, given the Tucci character’s diagnosis of early-onset dementia. While they encounter various acquaintances along the way, their reaffirmation of what they mean to each other ultimately is what counts the most. Harry Macqueen wrote and directed the film, originally casting each of the lead actors in the other’s role … but they decided to swap. *** (R: AS, P) (Also on Blu-ray and On Demand)

COMING SOON (Upcoming releases):

“My Fair Lady”

“MY FAIR LADY” (4K Ultra HD) (May 25)

“HAPPILY” (May 25)


“THE VAULT” (June 1)


“YOUR HONOR” (June 15)

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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