DVD Releases for the week of September 12, 2021


STARTING THIS WEEK (New releases):

Scarlett Johansson in “Black Widow”

“BLACK WIDOW”: Showing just how quickly major theatrical features are making their way to physical home video in the current age — though this also had a simultaneous debut on Disney+ (for an extra “Premier Access” charge) — this latest Marvel adventure gives Scarlett Johansson her own showcase in the franchise by drawing the past into what becomes the character’s extremely dangerous present. It turns out she isn’t the only Black Widow, with Florence Pugh playing another one, making the two women allies in fighting a conspiracy that could take them both down if they don’t achieve the opposite first. William Hurt reprises his role from previous Marvel offerings in director Cate Shortland’s supporting cast that also includes two alumni of the James Bond movie “Quantum of Solace,” David Harbour and Olga Kurlyenko; Rachel Weisz, who happens to be the wife of soon-to-exit Bond star Daniel Craig, and Ray Winstone also appear. DVD extras: two “making-of” documentaries; deleted scenes; outtakes; introduction by Shortland. *** (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.

“THE BOSS BABY: FAMILY BUSINESS”: Alec Baldwin again voices the title role in this animated comedy sequel, but the character is now an adult, at least initially … making room for another Boss Baby from the same family, who has the voice of Amy Sedaris. She has a magical method of letting the brothers with Baldwin and James Marsden’s voices experience their childhood again, enabling them to discover just what a scheming fellow baby (voice of Jeff Goldblum) is plotting against the world of grown-ups. Eva Longoria, Jimmy Kimmel and Lisa Kudrow also are heard in the picture, which received exhibition on the for-pay levels of the Peacock streaming service while it was debuting in theaters. The film also is available on Blu-ray with the original “The Boss Baby” in a two-movie collection. *** (PG: V) (Also on Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD, Digital and On Demand)


“MARE OF EASTTOWN”: Kate Winslet recently earned raves for her title performance in this limited HBO series, a mystery about a Pennsylvania detective probing a murder while trying to hold the loose ends of her own life together. Disappearances deepen local concern and make Mare’s case all the more challenging, especially as it comes to involve people she knows extremely well … and the possibility that they’ve done some heinous things. Julianne Nicholson, Jean Smart, Evan Peters, Guy Pearce, David Denman, Cailee Spaeny and Sosie Bacon (daughter of Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick) also are in the very solid cast. Though a second edition isn’t planned at this point, HBO has said it would entertain that if writer-director Brad Ingelsby comes up with another story that merits telling. DVD extras: four “making-of” documentaries.  **** (Not rated: AS, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray)


“THE WIZARDING WORLD 10-FILM COLLECTION”: Given its umbrella name, fans of a certain author should be able to guess without much trouble what’s in this release … J.K Rowling being the writer in question. The eight “Harry Potter” movies certainly have had solid workouts on home video via a number of editions, but this is the first time they’ve been combined with the two films to date in the Rowling-inspired “Fantastic Beasts” franchise. This is a complete set at least for the moment, since work has been going on in and around the coronavirus pandemic on a third “Beasts” movie. Daniel Radcliffe toplines the “Potter” pictures, of course, while Eddie Redmayne gets first billing in the “Beasts” offerings. A Blu-ray edition of this collection is slated to be released in October. *** (PG and PG-13, varying by title: AS, V)


“MASTERPIECE MYSTERY: GUILT”: The title perfectly describes what the two central characters feel in this tale that’s currently airing on the PBS anthology series — and will have just wrapped up the broadcasts of its four episodes when this set goes on sale. Mark Bonnar and Jamie Sives play brothers who are driving home from a wedding when they become involved in a hit-and-run accident in Edinburgh. Rather than tell authorities just what happened, they try to cover up the incident, something that becomes increasingly complicated to do as things evolve. Ruth Bradley and Bill Paterson also star. *** (Not rated: AS, P, V)


“MAGNUM P.I.: SEASON THREE”: The Hawaii-based, Jay Hernandez-starring CBS reboot of the detective series (slated to start Season 4 on Oct. 1) continued with this set of 16 episodes, fewer than had been planned for the season … but, as with so many shows, the coronavirus pandemic delayed production and shortened the order. Still, plenty of action and character development are packed into what’s here — particularly for Higgins (Perdita Weeks), whose background comes into sharper focus as the stories proceed. Notable among the guest stars is Roger E. Mosley, who was the helicopter-flying TC (now played by Stephen Hill) to Tom Selleck’s Magnum on the original version of the show. Corbin Bernsen and Janel Parrish also make appearances. *** (Not rated: AS, P, V)

COMING SOON (Upcoming releases):

“CRUELLA” (Sept. 21)

“BATWOMAN: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON” (Sept. 21)

“THE BLACKLIST: THE COMPLETE EIGHTH SEASON” (Sept. 21)

“A CLOCKWORK ORANGE” (4K Ultra HD) (Sept. 21)

“F9” (Sept. 21)

“HALLOWEEN: COLLECTOR’S EDITION” (Sept. 28)


“Cruella”

 

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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