DVD Releases for the week of September 11, 2022

STARTING THIS WEEK (New releases):

Austin Butler in “Elvis”

“ELVIS”: Director Baz Luhrmann’s (“Moulin Rouge!”) expectedly musical biography of Elvis Presley — boasting an effective performance by Austin Butler in the title role — also gives plenty of time to Tom Hanks as Col. Tom Parker, Presley’s domineering manager. Many of the details of pop-culture icon’s life are widely known, but they take on a different sheen when filtered through Parker’s perspective on the events. Though Presley went along with many of the career decisions made for him early on, that changed as his superstardom gave him true power, a fact that made Parker attempt to be only more controlling. Olivia DeJonge portrays wife Priscilla Presley, with Helen Thomson as Presley’s mother Gladys. Hanks became one of the first celebrities to contract COVID-19 while making this movie, and general delays caused by the illness ultimately made the filming stretch over a full year. *** (PG-13: AS, P) (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.

“LIGHTYEAR”: Many weren’t happy that Tim Allen didn’t get to reprise his iconic “Toy Story” voice role — despite the explanation by this picture’s makers that it wasn’t about a “toy” Buzz Lightyear, but an actual astronaut — but this computer-animated spinoff did moderate business at the summer box office. Chris Evans assumes the part as Buzz is depicted as a young space ranger trying to get his ship and crew off a planet whose residents aren’t exactly friendly. The concept of time also gets a big alteration, with what seem like minutes to Buzz actually translating into years … a fact that comes to have a sizable emotional impact on him. Keke Palmer, Peter Sohn, Taika Waititi, James Brolin, Uzo Aduba and Bill Hader also are heard. DVD extras: three “making-of” documentaries; audio commentary by filmmakers; deleted scenes. *** (PG: P) (Also on Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD, Digital and On Demand)

“WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING”: The best selling novel by Delia Owens fuels this drama about a young woman (played by Daisy Edgar-Jones, of the latest television version of “War of the Worlds”) who raises herself in the marshlands of North Carolina, prompting suspicion and fear among nearby residents. Though she has kept herself isolated from them, she decides to integrate herself into the community when she takes an interest in two young men … but a subsequent tragedy only reinforces the locals’ hunches about her, while it also reveals skeletons in various closets. Taylor John-Smith, Harris Dickinson, Sterling Macer Jr. and David Strathairn also star in the film, on which Reese Witherspoon was a producer. DVD extras: three “making-of” documentaries; deleted and extended scenes; Taylor Swift “Carolina” lyric video. *** (PG-13: AS, P, V)

“PLATOON”: Military movies had entered a different phase by the time Oliver Stone earned an Oscar for directing this controversial drama, named the best picture of 1986  at the Academy Awards and now making its debut in the 4K Ultra HD format. Stone also wrote the Vietnam War story that casts Charlie Sheen (who would work for him again in “Wall Street”) as a young soldier who becomes caught in a battle of wills between two sergeants (Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe). As if the internal strife isn’t enough for all of them, they have to try to survive the outside forces that add considerable rigors to their professional mission. Kevin Dillon, Forest Whitaker, Keith David, John C. McGinley and — in one of his earliest film roles — Johnny Depp also star, and filmmaker Stone makes a cameo appearance. **** (R: AS, P, GV)

“THE WHITE LOTUS: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON”: The cast and crew of this seriocomic HBO and HBO Max series created their own “bubble” by largely taking over a Hawaiian resort for the two months of filming writer-director Mike White’s comedy, about a Maui hotel’s staff and the diverse guests they service. This first round of the show — which just won five Primetime Emmy Awards, including the one for outstanding limited or anthology series — features Alexandra Daddario as a newlywed who develops second thoughts about the marriage, with Jake Lacy as her worried husband and Molly Shannon as his meddling mother. The ensemble cast also includes newly minted Emmy winners Jennifer Coolidge and Murray Bartlett, plus Steve Zahn, Connie Britton, Natasha Rothwell, Sydney Sweeney and Brittany O’Grady. A second season of the show, filmed in Sicily, is slated to debut soon. *** (Not rated: AS, P)

“COBRA KAI: SEASON 4”: The sequel series to the “Karate Kid” movie franchise finds continuing martial-arts rivals Daniel and Johnny (Ralph Macchio, William Zabka) at odds over how to train their shared students as other dojos challenge theirs. The sinister Kreese (Martin Kove) enlists Daniel’s old foe Terry Silver (portrayed again by Thomas Ian Griffith) to help stir trouble anew — and, indeed, alliances and oppositions that date back many years continue here. Carrie Underwood makes a cameo appearance as herself; Tanner Buchanan, Mary Mouser, Jacob Bertrand and Peyton List also star. This season is debuting on home video to coincide with the streaming release of Season 5 on Netflix. DVD extras: “making-of” documentary; deleted scenes; outtakes. *** (Not rated: AS, P, V)

COMING SOON (Upcoming releases):


“POLTERGEIST” (4K Ultra HD) (Sept. 20)


“THE MUNSTERS” (Sept. 27)




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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