DVD Releases for the week of November 21, 2021

STARTING THIS WEEK (New releases):

“AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: CITIZEN HEARST”: In the history of American media, the name William Randolph Hearst stands tall. With an information empire built on newspapers but eventually encompassing magazines, radio stations and movie production as well, Hearst accrued power and influence — extending to his entry into politics — that, to his dismay, inspired Orson Welles to initiate what would become one of the most classic of all films, “Citizen Kane.” The Hearst Corporation continues to remain prominent in the business world, and its founder’s history is recalled in this PBS profile that was televised over two nights recently. The program also delves into the married Hearst’s long affair with actress Marion Davies and the establishment of his lavish California estate San Simeon. The David Nasaw biography “The Chief: The Life of William Randolph Hearst” was the principal source here. *** (Not rated: AS, P)

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

“TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY”: An even bigger hit than the original movie when it first was released, the first of the sequels gets a Steelbook edition of its 4K Ultra HD version. With James Cameron returning as director, the 1991 blockbuster brings back Arnold Schwarzenegger as the killing machine from the future, but he’s more of a protector this time … trying to ensure the safety of Sarah Connor’s (Linda Hamilton) young son (Edward Furlong), who will grow up to be the leader of a revolt against human-oppressing machines. The major peril is posed by an even more lethal Terminator (Robert Patrick) that can shift-shape at will to resemble anyone or anything. Included among the special features is a new, almost hour-long documentary about the making of the film, featuring comments by Schwarzenegger and Cameron.*** (R: AS, P, V)

“THE SHOW”: The quest to find a stolen artifact thrusts  the seeking troubleshooter — played by Tom Burke (“Mank”) — into supernatural danger in this melodrama based on a story by graphic-novel writer Alan Moore. Vampires and voodoo are elements of the British town he’s steered into, and he discovers that what he thinks might be figments of his imagination are parts of the all-too-real world he has ventured into. Scriptwriter Moore is part of a supporting cast that also includes Siobhan Hewlett (“Sherlock”), Ellie Bamber and Babou Ceesay (“Into the Badlands”). *** (Not rated: AS, P, V) (Also on Digital and On Demand)

“INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS”: Director Philip Kaufman’s (“The Right Stuff”) glossy, entertaining 1978 remake of the 1956 sci-fi classic gets new 4K Ultra HD treatment. Donald Sutherland and Brooke Adams play San Francisco health inspectors who start noticing odd, subservient behavior by many of those around them, leading to the eventual hunch that those individuals actually are alien duplicates of the people they’re supposed to be. One extremely nice touch is an appearance by Kevin McCarthy, who starred in the original screen version (directed by Don Siegel, who also has a cameo here as a cab driver). Leonard Nimoy plays a psychiatrist consulted about the alleged takeover, with Jeff Goldblum and Veronica Carthwright also in the cast. *** (PG: AS, N, P, V)

“CHRISTMAS WITH A PRINCE: THE ROYAL BABY”: Very soon after it had a telecast on UPtv, this third chapter in the “Christmas With a Prince” movie franchise gets a home-video release. Now married to Prince Alexander (Nick Hounslow), pediatric doctor Tasha (Kaitlyn Leeb, “Heartland”) wants to go along with him on a royal tour, though she’s well along in her first pregnancy. She ends up accompanying him, but when a complication confines Tasha to bed, the couple has to determine how to maintain the tradition that the child must be born on the prince’s home turf. Charles Shaughnessy reprises his role as King Edward, and Josh Dean — who co-wrote the script — also co-stars. *** (Not rated: AS)

“PUPS ALONE”: Insert the word “Pups” instead of “Home” in the title “Home Alone,” and you pretty much have the plot of this comedy set during the holidays (and released on home video concurrent with its run in theaters). While an inventor is away, an envious colleague targets the absentee’s house by enlisting thieves to break in and make off with a promising creation. The crooks don’t count on neighborhood canines banding together to foil the plot. (We did indicate that this should sound familiar, right?) The on-camera cast includes Eric Roberts, Danny Trejo, Keith David and Malcolm McDowell, with Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jerry O’Connell, Rob Schneider and Dolph Lundgren among those giving voices to the animals. ** (PG: AS) (Also on Digital and On Demand)

COMING SOON (Upcoming releases):

“MALIGNANT” (Nov. 30)

“HEAVEN CAN WAIT” (Blu-ray) (Nov. 30)

“REDS” (Blu-ray) (Nov. 30)


“HAROLD AND MAUDE” (Blu-ray) (Dec. 7)



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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