DVD Releases for the week of September 4, 2022


STARTING THIS WEEK (New releases):

“Star Trek: The Motion Picture – The Director’s Edition”

“STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE — THE DIRECTOR’S EDITION”: Though fans of the franchise have had mixed views of the first theatrical spinoff ever since its 1979 release, they’re likely to welcome the film’s debut in the 4K Ultra HD format, especially when it comes to director Robert Wise’s (“The Sound of Music”) majestic depiction of the retrofitted starship Enterprise when it’s first seen here. James T. Kirk (William Shatner) gets command of the vessel again to investigate a strange force that appears to be swallowing ships whole, and the mission also involves the return of Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy) after a hiatus to reconnect with his Vulcan roots. Original television cast members DeForest Kelley, George Takei, Nichelle Nichols, James Doohan and Walter Koenig also are back, with Stephen Collins and Persis Khambatta as major additions. Among the special features here is a longer cut of the film that was prepared for TV. The picture is available on 4K separately or in a six-movie set including all the theatrical attractions with the original “crew.” *** (G: AS, V)


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


“MINIONS: THE RISE OF GRU”: Spun off from the “Despicable Me” movies, the title characters had one of the major box-office hits of the summer with this animated comedy (which actually was delayed for two years by the coronavirus pandemic). The story takes Gru (voiced again by Steve Carell) back to his youth, when he and his supporting Minions (voiced by Pierre Coffin) anger an established group of villains by stealing a very special stone. That gang abducts Gru and threatens him with harm unless the Minions return the object, but in the meantime, Gru learns the finer points of being a bad guy from his captors. Julie Andrews is heard again as Gru’s mother, with Alan Arkin, Taraji P. Henson, Michelle Yeoh, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Russell Brand, RZA, Danny Trejo, Lucy Lawless, Dolph Lundgren, Will Arnett and Steve Coogan also in the clearly diverse voice cast. *** (PG: AS, V) (Also on Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD, Digital and On Demand)

“MRS. HARRIS GOES TO PARIS”: “Phantom Thread” Oscar nominee is having a busy year in both broadcast television and streaming, with the upcoming “Magpie Murders” and “Sherwood,” but she also continued to make her mark in movies with director Anthony Fabian’s version of a Paul Gallico novel that also fueled an Angela Lansbury TV film 30 years ago. Manville has the title role of a lonely London domestic who intends to own an elegant gown, and she does indeed go to France to get it. As she makes new acquaintances among that region’s elite, she has a surprising impact that might help save one of the world’s top houses of haute couture. Isabelle Huppert, Jason Isaac and Lambert Wilson co-star. DVD extras: deleted and extended scenes, outtakes. *** (PG: AS, P) (Also on Blu-ray, Digital and On Demand)

“NCIS: HAWAI’I — SEASON ONE”: CBS long has fared nicely with shows set in the islands — “Hawaii Five-0,” “Magnum P.I.,” etc. — so setting another adventure-drama in this franchise there was a good way to take advantage of the series-production infrastructure already in place. Vanessa Lachey plays the chief of this Naval Criminal Investigative Service unit, Jane Tennant, who struggles to keep a balance between her family life and her professional duties. Alex Tarrant, Noah Mills, Yasmine Al-Bustami and Tori Anderson are among those cast as members of her team, and a crossover story involves such actors from the parent “NCIS” as Wilmer Valderrama and Katrina Law. The show’s second season is slated to premiere (with another “NCIS” crossover) Sept. 19. *** (Not rated: AS, P, V)


“PARADISE HIGHWAY”: Oscar winner Juliette Binoche has an atypically gritty role as a trucker who reluctantly becomes involved in human trafficking to protect her brother (Frank Grillo, “Billions”) from a lethal gang in this melodrama. She’s forced to transport a youngster (Hala Finley, formerly of the series “Man With a Plan”), and in doing so, she also has to outrun an FBI agent (fellow Oscar recipient Morgan Freeman) who’s determined to track her in order to dismantle the highly illegal operation. Cameron Monaghan (“Shameless”) also appears. DVD extras: theatrical trailer: “making-of” documentary; audio commentary by writer-director Anna Gutto; deleted scenes. *** (R: AS, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray and On Demand)


“CHICAGO P.D.: SEASON NINE”: Executive producer Dick Wolf’s NBC police drama will be nearing its 200th episode when it starts its 10th season Sept. 21. This round puts emphasis on the connection between team leader Hank Voight (Jason Beghe) and one of his informants, Anna (Carmela Zumbado), but it starts with the intense search for abducted detective Kim Burgess (Marina Squerciati). One episode is a tour de force for co-star Tracy Spiridakos, whose Hailey Upton — who has a big personal development linked to colleague Jay Halstead (Jesse Lee Soffer) — is unable to save someone from a submerged car, leading to a much larger investigation. Patrick John Flueger, LaRoyce Hawkins and Amy Morton also are cast regulars. *** (Not rated: AS, P, V)


“YOUNG SHELDON: THE COMPLETE FIFTH SEASON”: The sitcom prequel to “The Big Bang Theory” continued its very successful CBS run with a season that starts with a health crisis for George (Lance Barber). Other household changes also affect son Sheldon (Iain Armitage), who grapples with the realization that he doesn’t have an answer for everything, thanks to the unpredictability of nature. Melissa Joan Hart and Shiri Appleby (“Roswell”) directed episodes; regular cast members also include Zoe Perry, Raegan Revord, Montana Jordan and Annie Potts. Among recurring guest stars are Reba McEntire, Wendie Malick, Wallace Shawn, Craig T. Nelson, Melissa Peterman, Emily Osment and Ed Begley Jr. Simon Helberg and Mayim Bialik resurface in their “Big Bang” roles, with Jim Parsons narrating the show as the adult Sheldon. *** (Not rated: AS)


“WHEN WE WERE APOLLO”: That’s “Apollo” as in the manned space program by that name, whose history is traced in this documentary. As those who know their history will recall, that series of flights had its setbacks as well as its triumphs … landing men on the moon for the first time with the Apollo 11 mission, but also necessitating emergency measures when the later Apollo 13 crew faced in-flight problems. This recollection focuses not only on  the astronauts who went into orbit, but also the scientists and engineers whose know-how back on Earth enabled the undertaking of an amazing journey figuratively and literally. A number of those individuals are shown here, offering their present-day perspectives on what they accomplished then. *** (Not rated)


COMING SOON (Upcoming releases):


“ELVIS” (Sept. 13)

“LIGHTYEAR” (Sept. 13)

“PLATOON” (4K Ultra HD) (Sept. 13)

“THE WHITE LOTUS: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON” (Sept. 13)

“OUTLANDER: SEASON SIX” (Sept. 20)

“TOP GUN: MAVERICK” (Nov. 1)


“Elvis”

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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