DVD Releases for the week of May 23, 2021


STARTING THIS WEEK (New releases):

“Chaos Walking”

“CHAOS WALKING”: Daisy Ridley is no stranger to sci-fi, as devotees of a certain galaxy far, far away know … but she tries something different in the genre for director Doug Liman (“The Bourne Identity”), playing a woman of the near future on a planet where the rest of the female gender has vanished. She meets a man (Tom Holland) who appoints himself her protector, but at great risk to himself,especially since all men in that environment can have their thoughts read — quite literally. The cast is quite impressive here, also including Mads Mikkelsen, Demian Bichir, Cynthia Erivo and David Oyelowo; there’s also an acting role for veteran writer-producer Kurt Sutter (“Sons of Anarchy”). *** (PG-13: AS, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD and On Demand)

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


“SUPERNATURAL: THE FIFTEENTH AND FINAL SEASON”: To say that the otherworldly adventures of the Winchester brothers (played by Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki) had a very healthy run on The CW is an understatement, as can be verified just by looking at the number in the title of this release. It took a while to finish this round since production was suspended (due to the coronavirus pandemic as with so many shows), but the network made good on its promise and let the series’ run finish a number of months later. It isn’t fair to detail what ultimately happens, since some viewers still may not have caught up with it, but suffice it to say that the conclusion reflects what “Supernatural” always has been. One of the episodes features the wives of both series stars, Danneel Ackles and Genevieve Padalecki, and Ackles directed another of the tales. A “Complete Series” set also is newly available. *** (Not rated: AS, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray)


“MY FAIR LADY”: In a week that sees several classic films making their debuts in 4K Ultra HD, this Oscar-winning 1964 musical personally supervised by studio chief Jack L. Warner is among them … and given its look and style, it’s a natural for that home-video format. iIn Lerner and Loewe’s variation on “Pygmalion,” Rex Harrison earned his own Academy Award as Henry Higgins, the stuffy professor who agers that he can turn an uncultured Cockney lass (Audrey Hepbrn, with singing dubbed by Marni Nixon) into a member of high society. Servicing a great cast that also features Stanley Holloway, Gladys Cooper, Theodore Bikel, Jeremy Brett and Wilfrid Hyde-White, the fabulous music score includes “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “On the Street Where You Live,” “I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face,” “The Rain in Spain,” “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly?” and “Get Me to The Church on Time.” *** (G)


“PSYCHO”: After being included in an 4K Ultra HD collection of Alfred Hitchcock-directed classics last year, this suspense masterpiece now gets a solo release in that format (as does “The Birds”). Anthony Perkins had a variety of roles during his career, but it largely was defined by his performance as Norman Bates, the somewhat “off” innkeeper with one of the ultimate mother fixations … and, unfortunately for her, an interest in Bates Motel guest and fleeing embezzler Marion Crane (Janet Leigh). One word of advice for her, six decades too late: Don’t get in the shower. Also in the cast are Vera Miles, John Gavin, John McIntire, Simon Oakland, and (also making — spoiler alert! — one of the screen’s most memorable exits) Martin Balsam. The film was remade virtually shot-for-shot in the late 1990s, but the original version is the one that most people will want. *** (R: AS, V)


“HAPPILY”: Known for offbeat humor from his sitcom and game-show work, Joel McHale (“Community”) is well-suited to this dark comedy that poses the question, “Do you really know your friends”? He and Kerry Bishe play spouses whose passionate relationship is envied by many of their acquaintances. The discovery of a corpse then ups the stakes for everyone involved. With Jack Black among its producers, the film also stars Stephen Root, Paul Scheer, Breckin Meyer, Natalie Zea, Charlyne Yi, Shannon Woodward and Natalie Morales.  *** (R: AS, P, V) (Also on On Demand)


“THE FINAL COUNTDOWN”: Something of a cult favorite for more than 40 years, this combination of time-travel fantasy and military drama gets new 4K Ultra HD treatment. Filmed aboard the USS Nimitz with the cooperation of the United States Navy and Department of Defense, it poses that the aircraft carrier passes through freak electrical storm and is sent from 1980 four decades into the past … before the attack on Pearl Harbor, and the captain’s (Kirk Douglas, whose son Peter was a producer of the film) full knowledge of that event confounds officials of the era. He then must decide whether to change the course of history by using his vessel’s ample firepower. Martin Sheen, Katharine Ross, James Farentino and Charles Durning also are in the impressive cast. Though much of the aerial footage was originated for this project, some of it was repurposed from “Tora! Tora! Tora!” *** (PG: P, V)

COMING SOON (Upcoming releases):

“Smokey and the Bandit”

“SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT” (4K Ultra HD) (June 1)

“THE VAULT” (June 1)

“INDIANA JONES 4-MOVIE COLLECTION” (4K Ultra HD) (June 8)

“NOBODY” (June 15)

“THE WALKING DEAD: WORLD BEYOND — SEASON ONE” (June 15)

“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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