DVD Releases for the week of May 22, 2022


STARTING THIS WEEK (New releases):

“The Batman”

“THE BATMAN”: The comic-book-based saga certainly has had its share of retellings, and director and co-screenwriter Matt Reeves’ recent, lengthy (just under three hours) take earned largely favorable reviews. “Twilight” alum Robert Pattinson assumes the role of Bruce Wayne, who has to question whether his family’s history is part of what drives the dastardly Riddler (Paul Dano) to target Gotham’s top politicians. Zoe Kravitz plays Catwoman and Colin Farrell is The Penguin in a cast that also includes Jeffrey Wright, John Turturro, Andy Serkis and Peter Sarsgaard. DVD extra: “making-of” documentary. *** (PG-13: AS, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD)


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

“RAY DONOVAN: THE MOVIE”: Two years after the Showtime series ended, this story reassembled many of the principal players from the show for this coda … partially a response to many fans complaining of an incomplete experience when the drama was canceled after seven seasons without having a definitive ending. Liev Schreiber (who also co-wrote the film and served as an executive producer) is back as “fixer” Donovan, whose concern here — as it was so often during the run of the series — is his father Mickey (Jon Voight), now a fugitive who could cause problems for numerous people unless Ray can intercede in time. Eddie Marsan, Dash Mihok, Pooch Hall, Kerris Dorsey and Katherine Moennig are among the other cast members who return. *** (Not rated: AS, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray)


“TREKKIES”: Marking its 25th anniversary by making its debut on Blu-ray with a new 4K restoration, this documentary looks at the enduring phenomenon that is “Star Trek” by profiling many of the fans who have remained devoted to the franchise and its many variations — or at least those that existed by the time this film was made. Leonard Nimoy, George Takei, Nichelle Nichols, James Doohan, DeForest Kelley and Walter Koenig represent the original “Trek” series by offering comments, while “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and “Star Trek: Voyager” are considered through appearances by Denise Crosby (who plays host here), Brent Spiner and Kate Mulgrew. Included is a new look at the making of the documentary, also featuring Crosby. *** (PG: AS)


“THE SINNER: THE COMPLETE SERIES”: Executive-produced by Jessica Biel, this heavily psychological USA Network drama had a four-season life that featured Bill Pullman as sleuth Harry Ambrose throughout its run. Biel also starred in the first season, playing a woman who very uncharacteristically stabbed a man to death, prompting Ambrose’s probe. The second round involves a youngster with a lethal penchant for poisoning, while year three concerns a fatal car accident that turns out to have much more involved. The concluding season draws Ambrose out of retirement to investigate a New England family newly marked by tragedy. Jessica Hecht, Carrie Coon, actor-playwright Tracy Letts, Matt Bomer, Chris Messina and Frances Fisher are among additional cast members. *** (Not rated: AS, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray)


“UMMA”: If there sometimes seems to be a touch of the otherworldly to the performances of Sandra Oh (“Killing Eve,” “Grey’s Anatomy”), that’s particularly the case with this tale, casting her as a woman whose quiet life with her daughter (Fivel Stewart) on a farm is disrupted by an unexpected arrival. It contains the remains of her mother from Korea, which the woman fears will have too overpowering an effect on her own life. (“Umma” is the Korean word for “mother.”) Dermot Mulroney and Odeya Rush also star in the drama, which includes Sam Raimi among its producers. *** (PG-13: AS, P) (Also on Blu-ray)


“MEASURE OF REVENGE”: Oscar winner Melissa Leo (“The Fighter”) has the sort of role that suits her extremely well in this melodrama. She plays a theater star who refuses to believe her son (Jake Weary) died of an accidental overdose, so she sets out to learn and confirm the truth behind the tragedy. As she carries out her quest, with partial help from her late offspring’s dealer (Bella Thorne), she gets imagined support and encouragement from some of the legendary characters she has played on the stage. Roma Maffia also is featured. *** (Not rated: AS, P, V)

COMING SOON (Upcoming releases):

“THE BOYS SEASONS 1 & 2” (May 31)

“LAWRENCE OF ARABIA” (4K Ultra HD) (June 7)

“BILLIONS: SEASON SIX” (June 14)

“CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM: THE COMPLETE ELEVENTH SEASON” (June 14)

“HACKS: SEASON ONE” (June 14)

“MORBIUS” (June 14)


“The Boys”

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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