DVD Releases (for week of July 28)

STARTING THIS WEEK (New releases):

Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen in “Long Shot”

“LONG SHOT”: One of the most fun kind of movies is the type that puts together two stars who are utterly dissimilar – but by the nature of the story, you know they’ll have to find common ground. This is that sort of picture, and once you know it teams Oscar winner Charlize Theron and noted screen prankster Seth Rogen, it’s easy to tell that this certainly is that odd-couple kind of tale. She plays a Secretary of State who has presidential aspirations, and he’s an investigative reporter who throws protocol and politeness to the wind in the trademark Rogen way. She also happens to have been his babysitter a couple of decades ago … and when she needs a new speechwriter to make her sound more down-to-earth, guess who she hires? Questioning the credibility here is like sticking a pin in a balloon, but there is fun to be had simply in riding with the premise. Lisa Kudrow, “True Blood’s” Alexander Skarsgard, “Fresh Off the Boat’s” Randall Park and “Better Call Saul’s” Bob Odenkirk also appear. DVD extras: 11 “making-of” documentaries. *** (R: AS, P) (Also on Blu-ray and On Demand)

“UGLYDOLLS”: A considerable amount of musical talent is involved in this animated tale, including two current members of the judging panel on “The Voice” – Blake Shelton and Kelly Clarkson. Within the boundaries of Uglyville, the residents live however they want and however they are without judgment from others, but that changes once they enter the outside world. That situation ultimately gives them (and viewers) relevant messages about the value of being different and the nobility of staying true to oneself, regardless of pressures to conform. Nick Jonas, Janelle Monae, Bebe Rexha and Pitbull also are members of the voice cast, as are Emma Roberts and comics Wanda Sykes and Gabriel Iglesias. *** (PG: AS, P) (Also on Blu-ray and On Demand)

“THE GOOD PLACE: THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON”: This most recent round of the clever NBC comedy series has turned out to be the next-to-last one, since creator and executive producer Michael Schur recently announced that the upcoming fourth season will be the show’s final one. This round reboots the concept in a way, since it sends Eleanor (Kristen Bell, who’s also appearing in a “Veronica Mars” revival on Hulu) and several others who expired back to Earth, where they get the chance to be better people than they were the first time around. Michael (Ted Danson) works covertly to make sure all of them cross one another’s paths. William Jackson Harper, D’Arcy Carden, Jameela Jamil and Manny Jacinto also star. *** (Not rated: AS, P)

“THE INTRUDER”: More typically one of the good guys in his roles, Dennis Quaid makes one of his occasional trips to the dark side in this melodrama, effectively playing a house seller who takes a more-than-typical interest in the buyers (Michael Ealy, Meagan Good). They’re initially happy with their Napa Valley purchase, but as the former owner makes himself a constant presence in their lives, they start to have doubts about their new residence. Joseph Sikora (”Power”) co-stars. DVD extras: “making-of” documentary; audio commentary by Ealy, Good, director Dean Taylor, writer David Loughery and producer Roxanne Avent; deleted scenes; outtakes; alternate ending. *** (PG-13: AS, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray and On Demand)

“GLORY”: To mark its 30th anniversary, director Edward Zwick’s memorable, true Civil War drama is making its debut in the 4K Ultra HD format. The first of Denzel Washington’s two (to date) Oscar-winning performances is a major highlight of the film, which recounts the story of the first all-black volunteer military unit. Matthew Broderick and Cary Elwes play the unlikely, Boston-bred leaders of the soldiers, with Morgan Freeman as the sergeant who does much to unite all the members of the company while they face challenges from both Union and Confederate troops. The movie also earned Academy Awards for cinematography (by Freddie Francis) and sound; Andre Braugher and John Finn also are among notable cast members. **** (R: AS, V) (Also on Blu-ray)

“MASTERPIECE MYSTERY: GRANTCHESTER – THE COMPLETE FOURTH SEASON”: Making its home-video debut as it continues to air on PBS, this round of the drama series introduces a new vicar: Reverend Will Davenport (played by Tom Brittney), who joins police detective Geordie Keating (continuing star Robson Green) – now feeling more than a bit out of place — help solve 1950s-era crimes while nursing some secrets of his own. Typically, the stories revolve around murder investigations, but such cultural aspects of the time as the then-nascent civil-rights movement also factor in. James Norton, whom Brittney succeeds in the show, returns for his final appearance as Sidney Chambers. *** (Not rated: AS, V) (Also on Blu-ray)

COMING SOON (Upcoming releases):

“Amazing Grace”




“TOLKIEN” (Aug. 6)


“THE HUSTLE” (Aug. 20)

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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