DVD Releases (for week of June 3)


STARTING THIS WEEK (New releases):

'A Wrinkle in Time'
‘A Wrinkle in Time’

“A WRINKLE IN TIME”: Anyone of any age who wants a fantasy they easily can dive headlong will find it in director Ava DuVernay’s (“Selma”) Disney-studio treatment of a much-beloved novel by Madeleine L’Engle. After a scientist (portrayed by Chris Pine) disappears while seeking proof of his theory of time and space, his daughter – beautifully played by Storm Reid – eventually sets off with her adopted brother and a friend to find him. Also trying to stop a threat to the galaxy, they get guidance and wisdom from three remarkable characters represented by Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling and (playing very close to the “be your best self” image she has cultivated over many years) Oprah Winfrey. The visuals expectedly are dazzling, but not at the cost of the true heart that this version of the tale displays. *** (PG: AS) (Also on Blu-ray and On Demand)



“DEATH WISH”: To the “Was this remake really necessary?” list, add Bruce Willis, director Eli Roth (“Hostel’’) and screenwriter Joe Carnahan’s revision of the still-effective Charles Bronson vigilante melodrama. The central character is now a Chicago surgeon instead of a New York architect as he sets out to avenge a vicious attack on his wife and daughter (Elisabeth Shue, Camila Morrone) – and he doesn’t seem to have much moral difficulty with pulling out the next big gun, literally, to eliminate another target. Those immersed in the world of Willis wisecracks, though, should enjoy his familiar brand of one-liners as he blows away the bad guys. Vincent D’Onofrio, Dean Norris, Kimberly Elise and Len Cariou (“Blue Bloods”) also are in the cast. DVD extras: “making-of” documentary; audio commentary by Roth and producer Roger Birnbaum; deleted and extended scenes. ** (R: AS, P, GV) (Also on Blu-ray and On Demand)

“GRINGO”: An impressive cast fuels director Nash Edgerton’s seriocomic and action-packed tale, starting with David Oyelowo (“Selma”) in the central role of a seemingly docile businessman who schemes to profit from his intended delivery of a revolutionary pill. His ruse becomes real when his falsified kidnapping is made authentic by a Mexican cartel. Charlize Theron and Joel Edgerton (the filmmaker’s brother) play colleagues of Oyelowo, with Sharlto Copley, Thandie Newton (“Westworld”) and Amanda Seyfried also in pivotal roles. *** (R: AS, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray and On Demand)

“THOROUGHBREDS”: Privileged ex-friends (portrayed by Olivia Cooke, also of “Ready Player One,” and “Morgan’s” Anya Taylor-Joy) reunite in their teen years and make a pact to help solve each other’s problems, whatever it takes, in writer-director Cory Finley’s dark comedy. The film is bittersweet in that it marked the final performance completed by the late Anton Yelchin (“Star Trek”), playing a drug dealer who agrees to help the young women – initially, anyway – after they blackmail him. Francie Swift (“Outsiders”) also appears. *** (R: AS, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray and On Demand)

“THE INVADERS: THE COMPLETE SERIES”: Before “The X-Files” and numerous other such projects, there was this classic 1960s ABC show from veteran television producer Quinn Martin (“The Fugitive,” “The FBI”) that put the idea in viewers’ minds that human-looking aliens were among us. Roy Thinnes stars as an architect who discovers the invasion and tries to convince others of it, becoming something of a fugitive himself and largely meeting with doubt … but still managing to convince enough people along the way to mount something of a counteroffensive. Notable guest stars include Anne Francis (who also dealt with aliens in “Forbidden Planet”), Peter Graves, Barbara Hershey, Arthur Hill and Dabney Coleman. *** (Not rated: AS, V)

“THE HURRICANE HEIST”: Mother Nature isn’t particularly welcoming to thieves who target a branch of the U.S. Mint in this combination of crime story and disaster tale. The felons are aware that a Category 5 hurricane is approaching, so they believe the attention to that will shift the focus from their intended theft of $600 million … but a Treasury agent and a storm chaser (Maggie Grace, of “Lost” and “Taken” fame, Toby Kebbell) are on to the plot and determined to stop it. Director Rob Cohen’s (“Daylight”) cast also includes Ryan Kwanten (“True Blood”) and Ben Cross. *** (PG-13: AS, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray and On Demand)


COMING SOON (Upcoming releases):

"I Can Only Imagine"
J. Michael Finley in “I Can Only Imagine”

“I CAN ONLY IMAGINE” (June 12): A young man’s (J. Michael Finley) experiences become the basis of a hit song that he writes. (PG: AS, P)

“LOVE, SIMON” (June 12): A gay teen (Nick Robinson) who hasn’t come out is blackmailed into setting up one of his friends with a classmate. (PG-13: AS, P)

“TOMB RAIDER” (June 12): Alicia Vikander plays the ever-adventurous Lara Croft, who embarks on a dangerous journey to claim her inheritance. (PG-13: AS, P, V)

“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)

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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