DVD Releases (for week of June 18)

 

STARTING THIS WEEK (New releases):


“LIFE”: Trouble comes aboard for the crew populating the International Space Station in director Daniel Espinosa’s (“Child 44”) mash-up of many sci-fi and horror movies, which benefits from a strong cast that includes Ryan Reynolds, Jake Gyllenhaal and Rebecca Ferguson. Their characters become potential victims in an intergalactic “Ten Little Indians” when a rapidly growing shape-shifter from Mars is brought onto the outpost. Though it could hold the key to the future of life as we know it, the astronauts may not survive to deliver it back to Earth in a safe manner. Respectable special effects and a solid production design also keep the film watchable, despite the familiar feel of much of its plot. DVD extras: three “making-of” documentaries; deleted scenes; “Astronaut Diaries.” *** (R: AS, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray and On Demand)

“WILSON”: The term “graphic novel” often implies horror or action-adventure when it comes to movie adaptations, but not so with this seriocomic Woody Harrelson vehicle casting him as Daniel Clowes’ title character, a rather disagreeable fellow who gets some life-changing news. His estranged wife (Laura Dern) informs him he has a teen daughter (Isabella Amara), forcing him to decide whether to move outside himself and do something about that situation. Clowes also wrote the script for the film, which co-stars Mary Lynn Rajskub and Judy Greer. DVD extras: theatrical trailers; two “making-of” documentaries; deleted scenes; photo gallery. *** (R: AS, P) (Also on Blu-ray and On Demand)

“THIS BEAUTIFUL FANTASTIC”: An unlikely relationship develops between an aspiring children’s-book author (played by “Downton Abbey” alum Jessica Brown Findlay) and a cranky widower (Tom Wilkinson) in writer-director Simon Aboud’s modern fantasy. The London-garden setting adds much to the atmosphere and tone, meant to be as fantastical as the title suggests. Co-stars include Andrew Scott (“Spectre”), Jeremy Irvine (“War Horse”), Anna Chancellor and Eileen Davies. *** (PG: AS, P) (Also on On Demand)

“WORKAHOLICS: THE FINAL SEASON”: The Comedy Central series recently wrapped up its seven-season engagement with this set of episodes. Adam, Blake and Ders (played by show creators and writers Blake Anderson, Adam DeVine – also of such films as “Pitch Perfect” and “The Intern” – and Anders Holm) play friends and telemarketing peers who haven’t been able to leave much of their behavior from their college days behind. Jillian Bell, who would go on to make a big mark in the movie “22 Jump Street,” also appears. A “Workaholics: The Complete Series” set also is newly available. DVD extras: deleted scenes; outtakes; “The Final Shot” and “Wrap Reel” featurettes. *** (Not rated: AS, P)

“ALTITUDE”: For all the troubles some people have encountered on airplanes lately, they haven’t been like the ones faced by the FBI agent played by Denise Richards in this airborne adventure. She’s in the midst of a hijacking by criminals determined to find stolen money that’s on board, and her very nervous seatmate – who’s also connected to the theft – offers her a fortune to get him back on the ground safely. Her mind is on saving herself and the others who are along for the ride as well. Dolph Lundgren, Greer Grammer (daughter of Kelsey), Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran Chuck Liddell and Jonathan Lipnicki (“Jerry Maguire”) also star. *** (R: AS, P, V)

“EVERYBODY LOVES SOMEBODY”: Weddings can be complicated enough for some attendees, but one such event becomes even more so for the Los Angeles-based woman – played by “How to Get Away With Murder” regular Karla Souza – at the heart of this comedy. She goes the “The Wedding Date” route by getting a work colleague (Ben O’Toole, “Hacksaw Ridge”) to pretend to be her boyfriend at the family occasion in Mexico, but problems kick in when an actual ex-beau (Jose Maria Yazpik) shows up. *** (PG-13: AS, P) (Also on On Demand)


COMING SOON (Upcoming releases):

Elizabeth Banks stars as Rita Repulsa in “Power Rangers”

“POWER RANGERS” (June 27): The adventure saga gets a reboot as Rita Repulsa (Elizabeth Banks) betrays her comrades, prompting the rise of a new squad of Power Rangers. (PG-13: P, V)

“CHiPs” (June 27): California Highway Patrol officers Jon and Ponch (Dax Shepard, also the update’s writer-director, and Michael Pena) are back on the roads. (R: AS, P, N, V)

“T2 TRAINSPOTTING” (June 27): The Scottish gang from the original drama reunites in returning director Danny Boyle’s sequel; the stars again include Ewan McGregor and Robert Carlyle. (R: AS, N, P, V)

“HOMICIDE: LIFE ON THE STREET – THE COMPLETE SERIES” (July 4): One of the most acclaimed drama series in television history gets a home-video relaunch; stars include Andre Braugher and Melissa Leo. (Not rated: AS, P, V)

“T.J. HOOKER: THE COMPLETE SERIES” (July 18): William Shatner plays the veteran police officer, with Adrian Zmed and Heather Locklear as the rookies he’s teamed with. (Not rated: V)

“BILLY JACK: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION” (July 25): Even the pre-“Billy Jack” drama “Born Losers” is included in this set; Tom Laughlin plays the maverick hero. (PG: AS, P, V)

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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