DVD Releases (for week of June 2)

STARTING THIS WEEK (New releases):

“Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral”

“A MADEA FAMILY FUNERAL”: Tyler Perry certainly has made his mark with his alter ego Madea, who apparently reaches “her” finale with this 11th chapter in the comedy-movie franchise. However, the funeral of the title is not Madea’s, but that of a relative who met his fate while in very close throes with his wife’s best friend. The resulting events reveal that other relatives haven’t been faithful to their significant others, either. As usual, writer, director and star Perry also fills other roles amid the hit-or-miss humor – and don’t place any bets on this truly being the end of Madea, since the picture had a big opening, often a cause to resurrect a character down the line. DVD extras: three “making-of” documentaries; deleted scenes; outtakes. *** (PG-13: AS, P) (Also on Blu-ray and On Demand

“GLORIA BELL”: Director and co-writer Sebastian Lelio reconfigures his earlier film “Gloria” into a vehicle for Julianne Moore, who expectedly gives her all to the title role of a divorcee clearly in love with the nightlife while spending her days at a drab office job. She literally dances her way through various Los Angeles clubs, eventually finding a new love interest (John Turturro) and debating whether there’s a place in her self-styled life for a fresh romance. The impressive cast also includes Michael Cera, Brad Garrett, Holland Taylor, Sean Astin, Jeanne Tripplehorn and Rita Wilson … but appropriately, the story’s focus never is off Moore. *** (R: AS, N, P) (Also on Blu-ray and On Demand)

“A STAR IS BORN ENCORE”: Relatively few movies prove popular enough to justify an expanded version being released to theaters soon after its original run, but the Bradley Cooper-Lady Gaga update of the price-of-fame story told several times earlier is one such film. This cut of the picture – an Oscar winner for its Gaga-co-written hit song “Shallow” – adds 12 minutes, largely musical ones, to the Cooper-directed telling of the romance between sliding star Jackson and rising talent Ally. The excellent supporting cast includes Sam Elliott, Andrew Dice Clay and Dave Chappelle. The Blu-ray Combo Pack includes an “Encore” disc in that format, along with a DVD of the original theatrical version. *** (R: AS, N, P)

”LOST IN SPACE: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON”: The television sci-fi classic originated by producer Irwin Allen got a movie reboot, but this Netflix series version updates the odyssey of the galaxy-traveling Robinson family more fully. Toby Stephens (“Black Sails”) and Molly Parker (“Deadwood”) play the heads of the clan, who escape from a crisis aboard a bigger vessel via a Jupiter spacecraft with their children (Maxwell Jenkins, Taylor Russell, Mina Sundwall), mechanic Don West (Ignacio Serricchio) and a gender-switched surrogate for the scheming Dr. Smith (Parker Posey). And yes, there’s still a robot to warn young Will Robinson (Jenkins) of imminent danger. Though there’s lasting fondness for the 1960s show, this variation reaffirms how vastly far special effects have come since. Netflix has ordered a forthcoming Season 2. DVD extras: three “making-of” documentaries; deleted scenes. *** (Not rated: AS, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray)

“JACK RYAN: SEASON ONE”: At a time when he also was getting raves for his direction of “A Quiet Place,” John Krasinski succeeded Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck and Chris Pine by reinventing novelist Clancy’s CIA-analyst character for this well-made Amazon adventure series – which has been renewed for second and third seasons. In the same way that “Casino Royale” rebooted James Bond, the plot goes back to Ryan’s roots as he links some unusual bank activity to possible terrorist plans, eventually taking him into the field and also into considerable danger along with his initially skeptical boss James Greer (Wendell Pierce, in the part previously played by James Earl Jones). The early stages of the romance between Ryan and his future wife, doctor Cathy (portrayed here by Abbie Cornish), also get attention as the saga unfolds in settings including London and Morocco. *** (Not rated: AS, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray)

“THE BRADY BUNCH: 50TH ANNIVERSARY TV & MOVIE COLLECTION”: Yes, it’s been – and we’re really sorry to do this to the show’s initial fans – a half-century since the enduringly popular sitcom about a widow and a widower who blended their families first hit the airwaves. You can get all the “Marcia, Marcia, Marcia” you want, along with huge doses of Greg and Cindy and all the others, from this set that encompasses the initial five-season series, the animated “The Brady Kids,” the sequel shows “The Brady Brides” and “The Bradys,” several TV movies that were done with most if not all of the original cast, and the two feature films in which Shelley Long and Gary Cole inherited the Carol and Mike roles originated by Florence Henderson and Robert Reed. We will make the leap to suggest that you’ll have “a sunshine day” by immersing yourself in this. (We couldn’t help ourselves.) *** (TV elements, not rated; feature films, PG-13: AS)

COMING SOON (Upcoming releases):

“Captive State”



“I AM THE NIGHT” (June 11)


“HOTEL MUMBAI” (June 18)

“US” (June 18)

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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