DVD Releases (for week of Aug. 6)

 

STARTING THIS WEEK (New releases):


Amy Schumer as Emily Middleton stars in “Snatched”

“SNATCHED”: Though not the unqualified success one might anticipate from a meeting of female comedy generations in the pairing of Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer, this tale still furnishes some pleasure from their teaming. They play a mother and daughter who end up being kidnapped while on a vacation together in Ecuador, a trek Schumer’s character planned to take with her suddenly former boyfriend. The women couldn’t be more dissimilar, making for mirth in the script by Katie Dippold (“The Heat”). Wanda Sykes and Joan Cusack also appear, but it’s clear which two ladies are counted on most to bring the funny here. DVD extras: audio commentary by director Jonathan Levine; alternate, extended and deleted scenes; outtakes. (R: AS, N, P) (Also on Blu-ray and On Demand)



“KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD”: Though tales of ancient knights – particularly one of the most famous – usually can find an audience, this one’s armor shattered early at the summer box office. Still, director Guy Ritchie’s (“Sherlock Holmes”) approach to the saga of the would-be monarch (played by “Sons of Anarchy” alum Charlie Hunnam) and his efforts to dethrone his scheming uncle (Jude Law) may find its intended audience through its arrival on home video. Holding to well-known history, the famous sword known as Excalibur plays a major role in the quest, with Djimon Hounsou, Aiden Gillen (“Game of Thrones”) and Eric Bana also in the cast. DVD extra: “making-of” documentary. ** (PG-13: AS, P, V)

“DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: THE LONG HAUL”: The series of comedies based on Jeff Kinney’s novels continues with its fourth screen installment, as Jason Drucker assumes the role of young Greg. He tries to evade a major embarrassment on his home turf by changing his initially negative tune about his family’s road trip, secretly planning to get away at some point to attend a video-game convention. Some fans of the franchise were alarmed – quite vocally – that the major parts had new actors in them, and a definite sign that time is marching on is that Alicia Silverstone and Tom Everett Scott play the parents here. DVD extras: six ”making-of” documentaries; deleted scenes; outtakes. *** (PG: AS) (Also on Blu-ray and On Demand)

“THE DINNER”: The title meal is far from an ordinary one in this involving drama from screenwriter-director Owen Moverrnan (“The Messenger”), a story told earlier in Dutch and Italian versions. Richard Gere and Steve Coogan (“Philomena”) play long-estranged siblings who meet at a restaurant, along with their wives (Rebecca Hall and Laura Linney), to discuss what to do about their sons … who have gotten involved in criminal activities. The ensuing conversation reveals many more cracks in the family’s veneer. Chloe Sevigny and Charlie Plummer also appear. DVD extras: audio commentary by Moverman and Linney; photo gallery. *** (R: AS, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray and On Demand)

“THE EXCEPTION”: The ever-masterful Christopher Plummer’s portrayal of Kaiser Wilhelm II is a definite highlight of this World War II drama, whose employees include a maid (Lily James, “Cinderella”) harboring a major secret. It’s discovered by a German officer (Jai Courtney, “Divergent”) sent to the Netherlands look into the exiled Kaiser’s dealings, and his eventual involvement with the woman complicates matters. Janet McTeer also stars, but Oscar winner Plummer expectedly looms largest over the film, even when he’s not visibly on the screen. *** (R: AS, N, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray and On Demand)

“BLINDSPOT: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON”: The adventures of Jane (Jaimie Alexander), the tattooed woman trying to remember her past, continue in this sophomore round of the NBC drama series. She and her new FBI colleagues continue their pursuit of her former organization, which Jane rejoins to get information from the inside. Archie Panjabi (“The Good Wife”) joined the show in this season, adding more mystery as an espionage official whose agenda isn’t entirely clear. Luke Mitchell and Michelle Hurd also are cast additions, with Sullivan Stapleton, Ashley Johnson, Audrey Esparza and Rob Brown returning. *** (Not rated: AS, P, V)


COMING SOON (Upcoming releases):

Katherine Waterston and Michael Fassbender star in “Alien: Covenant”

“ALIEN: COVENANT” (Aug. 15): Another space crew picks up an unwelcome passenger in director Ridley Scott’s prequel; Michael Fassbender and Katherine Watersron star. (R: AS, N, P, V)

“BILLIONS: SEASON TWO” (Aug. 15): Federal prosecutor Chuck and hedge-fund king Axe (Paul Giamatti, Damian Lewis) both face major personal and professional challenges. (Not rated: AS, P)

“CHUCK” (Aug. 15): Liev Schreiber (“Ray Donovan”) plays Chuck Wepner, the real-life boxer whose underdog story inspired “Rocky.” (R: AS, P, V)

“DESCENDANTS 2” (Aug. 15): The sequel to the Disney Channel musical-fantasy movie about famous characters’ offspring reunites cast members including Dove Cameron and Sofia Carson. (Not rated)

“HOW TO BE A LATIN LOVER” (Aug. 15): Eugenio Derbez (“Instructions Not Included”) is backed by a notable cast, including Salma Hayek and Rob Lowe, in this comedy about a dethroned ladies’ man, (PG-13: AS, N, P)

“WAKEFIELD” (Aug. 22): Bryan Cranston has the title role in E.L. Doctorow’s story of a family man who places himself in isolation in his attic. (R: AS, P)

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.

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This