DVD Releases (for week of June 9)


STARTING THIS WEEK (New releases):

Brie Larson stars in “Captain Marvel”

“CAPTAIN MARVEL”: It’s possible that the phrase “female empowerment” never has been more literal than in the case of this chapter of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which had a lot of expectations attached to it. There is much to enjoy, starting with the time-period throwback to the mid-1990s and Brie Larson’s work in the title role whose alias is Carol Danvers, a military pilot destined for even greater things since her background gives her superpowers to go along with her courage and determination. An alien species known as the Skrull doesn’t mean anything good – for our heroine nor for the world at large if she doesn’t triumph. Sizable attention also is given here to Samuel L. Jackson as a younger version of his ongoing role as Marvel staple Nick Fury; for whatever else the special-effects masters achieve here, it is no small feat to shave nearly 25 years off that actor and character and have the result be completely believable. The presence of Jude Law and Annette Bening also lends cred to the movie, the result being an entertaining package that sets new boundaries while still delivering familiar-feeling fun. *** (PG-13: AS, V) (Also on Blu-ray and On Demand)



“CAPTIVE STATE”: This melodrama might seem like “Independence Day” meets “Red Dawn” meets any number of other alien-invasion or enemy-occupation movies – and it is that to a large degree, but thanks to clever writing and directing and smart casting, it also plays effectively into the general paranoia of our times. Its focus is on an area of Chicago that has been occupied by extraterrestrials, and while many residents accept their apparent fate to be under alien rule, bands of freedom fighters arise to challenge the oppressors … and to prompt law enforcers to try to contain them, so as to limit the potential mayhem. There are literal monsters here, but director and co-writer Rupert Wyatt wisely keeps the emphasis on the human element, and what certain individuals do what they feel they must. John Goodman, Vera Farmiga and Ashton Sanders (“Moonlight”) have prominent roles. *** (PG-13: AS, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray and On Demand)

“FIVE FEET APART”: “Jane the Virgin” veteran Justin Baldoni is a filmmaker as well as an actor, with much of his behind-the-camera work trained on stories involving health concerns – so he was a rather logical choice to direct this drama about two cystic fibrosis patients, played by Haley Lu Richardson (“Split”) and Cole Sprouse (alias Jughead on television’s “Riverdale”), who must maintain a physical distance from each other while starting a romance. Their deepening relationship impacts certain decisions facing them about their futures, both respective and shared. Parminder Nagra (“ER”) and Claire Forlani (“Meet Joe Black”) also are in the cast of the naturally emotional tale. *** (PG-13: AS, P) (Also on Blu-ray and On Demand)

“ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK: SEASON SIX”: In the next-to-last round of the Netflix women’s-prison saga that helped change the game in terms of streaming shows, the story gets a rest as the inmates are sent to another facility in the immediate aftermath of a crisis at Litchfield Penitentiary. Alliances they had in the past may not withstand their new maximum-security surroundings, with their problems compounded by charges levied against them for the riot at Litchfield. Taylor Schilling, Kate Mulgrew, Laura Prepon, Laverne Cox and Uzo Aduba continue their roles, with Mackenzie Phillips, Lori Petty, comedian Lea DeLaria and Alex Trebek – we’re not kidding, Alex Trebek – among guest stars. ****** DVD extras: “making-of” documentary; audio commentary by cast and crew members; outtakes. *** (Not rated: AS, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray)

“I AM THE NIGHT”: The mystery behind the existence of a young woman (played by India Eisley) also becomes a puzzle — and the possible road to redemption – for a reporter (Chris Pine) in this fact-inspired TNT drama series, directed in part by Patty Jenkins (“Wonder Woman”). They team up on an investigation that leads to a gynecologist (Jefferson Mays) who has dark secrets, some of which may be connected to the notoroius Black Dahlia murder case. Leland Orser, Dylan Smith and Connie Nielsen are are in the cast of the saga, which makes use of a number of legendary Los Angeles locations. DVD extra: “Myths From Inside the Sowden House” documentary. *** (Not rated: AS, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray)

“GHOSTBUSTERS”: If you’re a fan of this long-popular comedy-with-chills, you know “who ya gonna call” … and you’re also likely to embrace a new 35th-anniversary edition that encompasses a Blu-ray version plus the film’s debut in the Ultra HD 4K format. Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis (also the movie’s co-writer) and Ernie Hudson play the self-styled seekers of spectres in modern New York, where a musician (Sigourney Weaver) needs their help. Rick Moranis and Annie Potts also appear in the Ivan Reitman-directed laughfest that boasts a hugely popular theme song by Ray Parker Jr. Also in the new set is a 30th-anniversary disc of “Ghostbusters II,” in both Ultra HD 4K and Blu-ray as well, and a bounty of bonus features. *** (PG: AS, P, V)


COMING SOON (Upcoming releases):

“Hotel Mumbai”

“HOTEL MUMBAI” (June 18)

“US” (June 18)

“WONDER PARK” (June 18)

“GOTHAM: THE FIFTH AND FINAL SEASON” (July 9)

“SPACE: 1999 – THE COMPLETE SERIES” (July 16)

“MANIFEST: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON” (July 23)

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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