DVD Releases (for week of May 5)

STARTING THIS WEEK (New releases):

“The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part”

“THE LEGO MOVIE 2: THE SECOND PART”: The animated “Lego Movie” was expectedly successful enough to yield some spinoffs – one centered around a Lego version of Batman – but this is the official sequel. Original writers Chris Miller and Phil Lord are back as the gaming rivalry between two real-world siblings sets up the premise, with Chris Pratt returning to the voice cast as construction guy Emmett – and also as a new hero named Rex Dangervest, whose skills come in very handy when the regular Lego gang faces off against a planet overseen by a queen voiced by Tiffany Haddish. Batman (with the voice of Will Arnett) comes into play again here, as do the Lego takes on other legendary heroes; other returnees lending their voices to the familiar-feeling fun include such other returnees as Elizabeth Banks, Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill and Will Ferrell. DVD extras: four “making-of” documentaries; audio commentary by filmmakers; deleted scenes; outtakes; music video. *** (PG: AS) (Also on Blu-ray and On Demand)

“WHAT MEN WANT”: The theme of the Mel Gibson-starring 2000 comedy “What Women Want” is revisited – from the opposite-gender point of view – in this remake of sorts, casting “Empire’s” Taraji P. Henson as a sports agent who has both professional and personal concerns as she debates why her male counterparts get ahead faster. Her consultation with a psychic (Erykah Badu) results in her being able to hear what men are thinking, an ability she uses in trying to land a highly promising basketball player (Shane Paul McGhie) as a client. Tracy Morgan, Aldis Hodge, Wendi McLendon-Covey (“The Goldbergs”), Max Greenfield (“The Neighborhood”) and Richard Roundtree are among other co-stars in a cast that also features pro basketball legends Shaquille O’Neal, Lisa Leslie and Grant Hill as themselves. *** (R: AS, P) (Also on Blu-ray and On Demand)

“BETTER CALL SAUL: SEASON FOUR”: In the most recent round of AMC’s “Breaking Bad” prequel series, Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk) is on probation and trying to cope with a personal loss – one he had a rather direct hand in. As he tries to get his entitlement to practice law reinstated, he reunites with fellow attorney Kim (Rhea Seehorn), who initially helps him in his pursuit … then learns some things that cause her to doubt her involvement. Jonathan Banks, Patrick Fabian and Giancarlo Esposito also continue in the cast, and David Costabile (“Billions”) makes a return in his “Breaking Bad” role. A fifth season of the show has been ordered. DVD extras: “making-of” documentary; audio commentary by cast and crew members; outtakes; “security training videos.” *** (Not rated: AS, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray)

“THE PRODIGY”: Many parents are used to their children exhibiting unusual behavior, but the cause could be supernatural in this chiller. “Orange Is the New Black’s” Taylor Schilling plays a mom who fears what she may find out about her son (Jackson Robert Scott) as she probes what might be causing his strange, frequently dangerous actions. The suspicion that the youngster has been possessed by the spirit of a serial killer ultimately takes the mother’s concern from speculative worry to frightening reality. Peter Mooney (“Burden of Truth”) and Colm Feore also are in director Nicholas McCarthy’s cast. DVD extras: “making-of” documentaries; audio commentary by McCarthy; photo gallery. *** (R: AS, N, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray and On Demand)

“FORREST GUMP”: The second movie to win Tom Hanks an Oscar for best actor (in consecutive years), director Robert Zemeckis’ drama – which the Academy Awards also named its year’s best picture – gets 25th-anniversary treatment in a new home-video package that includes a Blu-ray as well as the film’s first 4K Ultra HD release. “Life is like a box of chocolates,” indeed, as the innocent and well-meaning title character finds himself caught up in many of the pivotal events of 20th-century American history … including the Kennedy presidency and the Vietnam War. Gary Sinise also is memorable as Lt. Dan, after whom the actor named the music band he performs with frequently; Robin Wright, Mykelti Williamson and Sally Field also have pivotal roles in the highly moving saga. **** (PG-13: AS, P, V)

“WHEN CALLS THE HEART: QUEEN OF HEARTS”: As it has turned out, this release culled from the Hallmark Channel drama series may be destined to be something of a collector’s item, since it reflects the end of cast member Lori Loughlin’s run on the show, filmed prior to the revelation of the headline-making college-admissions scandal. Here, her character Abigail has doubts about Lucas (Chris McNally), the newest member of the Hope Valley community … as does Bill (Jack Wagner), who makes use of some then-modern technology to do a bit of probing. Abigail also considers taking up stock investing. Erin Krakow, Pascale Hutton, Paul Greene and Eva Bourne also star. *** (Not rated)

COMING SOON (Upcoming releases):

“Cold Pursuit”






“THE UPSIDE” (May 21)

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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