DVD Releases (for week of Aug. 11)


STARTING THIS WEEK (New releases):


“AVENGERS: ENDGAME”: What can you say here, since so much is spoiler-y in nature if you give any details? The movie does leave no stone unturned – and that includes the Infinity Stones from the previous “Avengers” chapter – as it wraps up the franchise that has united so many Marvel superheroes. This finale even includes the most recent addition: Captain Marvel, played by Brie Larson. As the tale begins, those who survived “Avengers: Infinity War” are scattered, and without direction in some cases; that changes when Ant-Man, again played by Paul Rudd, hatches an idea that might let the group revive and recover some of their lost super-colleagues. Each character gets his or her curtain call (with Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner and Don Cheadle among the many others on hand), and there’s certainly enough time to do that, since the picture runs just over three hours. As usual, the technical aspects are first-rate, and some great surprise cameos add to the overall entertainment value. If the series has to go out, any fan is likely to feel that it does so on a very high note. *** (PG-13: AS, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray and On Demand)



“HOMELAND: THE COMPLETE SEVENTH SEASON”: One of television’s most acclaimed dramas began to enter its home stretch with this year of the Showtime series, which will draw to a close with its forthcoming eighth season. The plot here continues what was set up in the sixth round, with Carrie (Claire Danes) determined to free the many intelligence officials – including Saul (Mandy Patinkin) – who were arrested by President Keane (Elizabeth Marvel) after the latter survived an attempt on her life. Morgan Spector, currently in the “Suits” spinoff “Pearson,” joined the cast here as an FBI agent who helps Carrie in her quest; Beau Bridges, Dylan Baker, sndrine Holt and Mackenzie Astin also are featured. Linus Roache, Jake Weber and Amy Hargreaves continue their roles as well. *** (Not rated: AS, N, P, V)

“NEW AMSTERDAM: SEASON ONE”: Among the new series successes of the past television year was this NBC medical drama, casting “The Blacklist” alum Ryan Eggold as a hospital’s new medical director who immediately dismantles the facility’s hierarchical status quo – his aim being the maximum benefit for patients as he challenges today’s health-care system. Naturally, some resent his sudden renovations, while others see him as the savior for the sort of medical care they want to be able to administer. Co-stars include Janet Montgomery, Freema Agyeman and Tyler Labine, with Ron Rifkin (“Alias’) and Sendhil Ramamurthy (“Heroes”) among recurring guest stars. The show’s second season begins next month. *** (Not rated: AS, P)

“PETER, PAUL AND MARY AT NEWPORT 1963-65”: The members of one of music’s all-time great trios are seen in their prime in this release, which collates their mid-1960s performances at Rhode Island’s legendary folk festival. The selections include many of their standards, such as “If I Had a Hammer,” “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “Puff the Magic Dragon” – and they also cover classics including “Wasn’t That a Time,” “The Times They Are A-Changin’ ” and “Early in the Morning.” An interview that Peter Yarrow recorded at the festival in 1963 is offered as a bonus feature, and he and Paul Stookey currently are doing their songs again while on tour. (Mary Travers passed in 2009.) A CD version of the program also is newly available. **** (Not rated)

“THE SPANISH PRINCESS”: In this successor to “The White Queen” and “The White Princess,” Catherine of Aragon is the princess of the title in the Starz drama series, as played by Charlotte Hope (“Game of Thrones”). The tale addresses issues of gender, race and class in the London of the 16th century, as Catherine schemes to get what she believes is rightfully hers after the death of her husband: the throne of England, which appears destined to go to the then-future King Henry VIII (Ruain O’Connor). The cast also includes Dame Harriet Walter — seen recently in the PBS “Great Performances” presentation of “Julius Caesar” – Stephanie Levi-John, Nadia Parkes, Laura Carmichael (“Downton Abbey”) and Aaron Cobham. Slated to continue next year, the saga is based on the novels “The King’s Curse” and “The Constant Princess” by Philippa Gregory. *** (Not rated: AS, V) (Also on Blu-ray)

“I LOVE LUCY: COLORIZED COLLECTION”: How red was Lucy Ricardo’s hair supposed to be? That is no minor question, since in the process of colorizing certain classic episodes for CBS’ recurring specials or recent years, the technical staff had to be true to Lucille Ball’s actual coiffure of the time … as well as to the overall look of the show as it existed in the 1950s. In this new release that culls 16 visually enhanced stories, the best of the “I Love Lucy” best are included. Among the tales: Lucy’s drunken misfire of a pitch for Vitameatavegamin in “Lucy Does a TV Commercial,” Lucy and Ethel’s (Vivian Vance) work stint at a candy factory in “Job Switching,” and Lucy’s ill-advised acceptance of William Holden (as himself) lighting her cigarette — and her fake nose — in “L.A. at Last!” Desi Arnaz and William Frawley also star, of course. **** (Not rated)


COMING SOON (Upcoming releases):

“A Dog’s Journey”

“A DOG’S JOURNEY” (Aug. 20)

“BRIGHTBURN” (Aug. 20)

“THE HUSTLE” (Aug. 20)

“MAYANS M.C.: SEASON 1” (Aug. 20)

“THE WALKING DEAD: THE COMPLETE NINTH SEASON” (Aug. 20)

“APOCALYPSE NOW FINAL CUT” (Aug. 27)

Jay Bobbin

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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