DVD Releases (for week of June 10)


STARTING THIS WEEK (New releases):

'Tomb Raider'
Alicia Vikander stars in ‘Tomb Raider’

“TOMB RAIDER”: Angelina Jolie first brought video-game heroine Lara Croft to life in two feature films, but the role is assumed by another Oscar winner – Alicia Vikander, who expectedly has to get plentifully physical – in this reboot of the saga. Determined to discover what happened to her allegedly deceased father, a tycoon with a taste for adventure, Lara literally follows in his footsteps as she holds off on taking over his empire. Of course, there’s plenty of literal action as she ventures to exotic locations in her quest, making for a handsome-looking production. Dominic West, Walton Goggins, Daniel Wu (“Into the Badlands”), Kristin Scott Thomas and Derek Jacobi also star. *** (PG-13: AS, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray and On Demand)



“LOVE, SIMON”: Greg Berlanti, one of television’s most prolific producers – particularly where The CW’s current superhero series are concerned – invested some of his personal background in directing this affecting comedy-drama. Nick Robinson (“Everything, Everything”) is first-rate as a high schooler who is gay and hasn’t come out. He debates whether or not it’s time when a classmate (Logan Miller) threatens to out him, unless Simon sets him up romantically with a female friend (Alexandra Shipp). Jennifer Garner and Josh Duhamel play Simon’s pleasant parents, with Katherine Langford (“13 Reasons Why”) as another friend. The script (adapted from a young-adult novel) is by Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger, who have proven their skill at handling personal stories as writer-producers on “This Is Us.” DVD extras: five “making-of” documentaries; audio commentary by Berlanti, Aptaker and producer Isaac Klausner; deleted scenes; photo gallery. *** (PG-13: AS, P) (Also on Blu-ray and On Demand)

“I CAN ONLY IMAGINE”: A surprisingly potent hit at the box office recently, this inspirational drama recounts the true story of a young man (played by J. Michael Finley) who copes with various troubles – some involving his abusive father (Dennis Quaid) – by channeling his resulting feelings into a song that he titles “I Can Only Imagine.” It becomes a career lightning rod for him and the band he has joined, with Amy Grant (portrayed here by Nicole DuPort) among the artists it appeals to. Cloris Leachman, Madeline Carroll (“Flipped”) and country star Trace Adkins also star. *** (PG: AS, P) (Also on Blu-ray and On Demand)

“WILL & GRACE (THE REVIVAL): SEASON ONE”: Though this release has an accurate title, it also marks the ninth season overall for the celebrated NBC sitcom about the title characters (played by Eric McCormack and Debra Messing) and their famously colorful friends Jack and Karen (Sean Hayes, Megan Mullally). Not a lot has changed about the foursome, which is comforting … so much so that the network has ordered a second season of the revival (or the 10th year of the entire show, depending on how you look at it). One of the most significant episodes involves the fate of the character Rosario and how Karen, in a tour-de-force performance by Mullally, reacts to it. A number of other actors reprise their guest roles from the original show, including Alec Baldwin, Robert Klein and Blythe Danner – and in an interesting twist, Jennifer Lopez plays both herself and her “Shades of Blue” character. *** (Not rated: AS, P) (Also on Blu-ray)

“ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK: SEASON FIVE”: The inmates take over at Litchfield Prison as a full-blown riot erupts in this round of the Netflix series, which includes co-star Laura Prepon and actor Andrew McCarthy (“St. Elmo’s Fire”) among its directors. McCarthy gets a big thumbs-up for handling the intense opening episode that sets the tone for much of what follows – including the drama of the politics involved, since officials try to position the narrative of what happens to make themselves look better. Taylor Schilling, Kate Mulgrew, Natasha Lyonne and Taryn Manning also star, with Laverne Cox, Samira Wiley and Asia Kate Dillon (“Billions”) also featured. Jason Biggs returns, and Mary Steenburgen makes a guest appearance. DVD extras: “making-of” documentary; audio commentary on selected episodes; outtakes. *** (Not rated: AS, N, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray)

“SUITS: SEASON SEVEN”: This most recent round of the USA Network law drama got a big bonus from the news that one of its stars – Meghan Markle – would be leaving the show to assume the real-life role of a princess. The episodes culminate in big happenings for her character, Rachel, and Mike (Patrick J. Adams, who also departed from the drama after this season). That finale accomplishes a lot else, too … since it sets up a forthcoming spinoff centered around Jessica (Gina Torres), and it also involves a major development to ensure that Harvey (Gabriel Macht) can keep the firm going, though growing pains appear inevitable. Rick Hoffman and Sarah Rafferty also star. *** (Not rated: AS, P)


COMING SOON (Upcoming releases):

Zoey Deutch
Zoey Deutch in “Flower”

“FLOWER” (June 19): A highly individualistic teen (Zoey Deutch) schemes against a high-school teacher (Adam Scott) who may have a secret life. (R: AS, P, V)

“PACIFIC RIM UPRISING” (June 19): A down-and-out pilot (John Boyega) decides to live up to his heritage in battling the literally monstrous Kaiju. (PG-13: P, V)

“​UNSANE” (June 19): A woman’s (Claire Foy) sanity is questioned after she is committed to a facility involuntarily in director Steven Soderbergh’s thriller. (R: AS, P, V)

“ACRIMONY” (June 26): After she realizes her husband has been cheating on her, a woman (Taraji P. Henson) seeks revenge in this Tyler Perry drama. (R: AS, P, V)

“BLACK LIGHTNING: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON” (June 26): Cress Williams has the title role in The CW’s series take on the DC Comics character. (Not rated: AS, P, V)

“GRAVITY FALLS: THE COMPLETE SERIES” (July 24): The animated Disney series traces the exploits of two siblings (voices of Jason Ritter and Kristen Schaal) during their summer in a strange town. (Not rated)

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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