DVD Releases for the week of October 17, 2021

STARTING THIS WEEK (New releases):

“Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins”

“SNAKE EYES: G.I. JOE ORIGINS”: As the title implies, how the saga of action hero Snake Eyes began is explained by this adventure, casting Henry Golding (“Crazy Rich Asians”) as the character who eventually helps others on the side of good in their efforts against the enemy organization COBRA. While his ninja skills and knowledge of ancient practices come in very handy, his purpose eventually is called into question, and he has to fight to restore his honor while simultaneously battling the villains with his sword named Morning Light. Co-stars include Andrew Koji, Ursula Corbero and Samara Weaving. *** (PG-13: AS, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD, Digital and On Demand)

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

“OLD”: Suspense veteran M. Night Shyamalan (“The Sixth Sense”) struck again by adapting (from a French graphic novel) and directing this melodrama about vacationing relatives who think they’ve found paradise when they come upon an isolated beach … but there’s danger in those sands. They and other visitors suddenly begin to age one year per half-hour, meaning that their entire life spans may be over alarmingly soon. Quite appropriate for Halloween season, the picture has a cast that includes Gael Garcia Bernal, Vicky Krieps, Rufus Sewell, Alex Wolff, Ken Leung and Embeth Davidtz. Shyamalan himself appears as the beachgoers’ escort. DVD extras: four “making-of” documentaries; deleted scenes. ***  (PG-13: AS, N, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD, Digital and On Demand)

“JOE BELL”: Mark Wahlberg does some of his most heartfelt screen work to date in the title role of this true drama, about an Oregon father who decides to undertake a cross-country walk to raise awareness of bullying — something his gay teenage son (Reid Miller) has been subjected to. The two of them go on the journey together, deeply experiencing each other for both better and worse while having encounters with others, including a sympathetic sheriff (Gary Sinise). Written by the late, celebrated Larry McMurtry (“Lonesome Dove”) and his longtime collaborator Diane Ossana, the affecting drama also features Connie Britton and Maxwell Jenkins; Wahlberg also is a producer of the film, as is Cary Joji Fukunaga, director of the James Bond movie “No Time to Die.” *** (R: AS, P) (Also on Blu-ray and On Demand)

”THE PROTEGE”: Personal vengeance drives the hired killer played by Maggie Q in this melodrama directed by James Bond-series veteran Martin Campbell (“GoldenEye,” “Casino Royale”). The murder of her mentor (Samuel L. Jackson) sends her on a quest to find those responsible. Along the way, she connects with another professional murderer (Michael Keaton) who takes a very personal interest in her, complicating her chances of attaining her lethal goal. Robert Patrick, who knows something about creative killing from his time as a Terminator, and Patrick Malahide also appear. *** (R: AS, N, P, V) (Also on Blsu-ray, Digital and On Demand)

“SUPERMAN & LOIS: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON”: Television has had no shortage of sagas about the Man of Steel, and the latest variation — which will be back for its second round at midseason on The CW — makes him and Lois Lane married parents, as played by Tyler Hoechlin (“7th Heaven”) and Elizabeth Tulloch (“Grimm”). While not skimping on the requisite special effects, the show takes the characters back to superman alter ego Clark Kent’s boyhood town Smallville as they raise their sons, Jonathan and Jordan (Jordan Elsass, Alexander Garfin). Still residing there is Lana Lang (Emmanuelle Chriqui), now married to the local fire chief (Erik Valdez) and with her own offspring, Sarah (Inde Navarrette). As tough as domestic life can be, there still are bigger challenges befitting a native of the planet Krypton, A big advantage to this set’s arrival on home video is that it is indeed complete, since its telecast pattern had some major interruptions due to pandemic-caused production delays. *** (Not rated: AS, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray)

“THE SHEIK”: While studios have been dipping into their catalogs even more with the slowdown of recent titles during the coronavirus-pandemic period, it still isn’t too often that you see a new home-video release that dates back a full 100 years. Starring someone who then was destined to be one of the most popular actors of the time, the legendary Rudolph Valentino, the drama has gone through an extensive restoration — particularly necessary for a silent film — for its Blu-ray debut as part of the “Paramount Presents” series. Valentino has the title role as an Arabian leader whose attraction to an Englishwoman (Agnes Ayres) results in his abduction of her, and though she tries to resist him, she ultimately can’t. That theme may not sit comfortably with some viewers in current times, and that’s addressed in a new featurette included on the disc. Also notable in the cast are George Waggner, who went on to become a top TV director (“Batman,” “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.”), and Adolphe Menjou. *** (Not rated: AS, V)

COMING SOON (Upcoming releases):







“The Suicide Squad”

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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