DVD Releases (for week of Nov. 10)

STARTING THIS WEEK (New releases):

“The Angry Birds Movie 2”

“THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE 2”: Despite the malady known as “sequel-itis,” an affliction based on sequels that really aren’t necessary, this animated spinoff of the popular gaming app isn’t a bad follow-up. The voice cast is largely a “Saturday Night Live” who’s-who led by “Angry Birds” returnee Jason Sudeikis as Red, who debates joining the residents of Pig Island – formerly the birds’ enemies – to mount an opposition to an eagle brigade that is targeting the hogs and has the birds next on their list. Red and pig leader Leonard, voiced by fellow “SNL” alum Bill Hader, then assemble a team to mount a defense based on special skills … sort of like “The Magnificent Seven,” one of the amusing nods the filmmakers make to classic stories here. Josh Gad, Leslie Jones, Maya Rudolph, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’s” Rachel Bloom and Peter Dinklage of “Game of Thrones” also have significant voice roles to accompany the unique computerized visuals. DVD extras: five “making-of” documentaries; seven “mini-movies”; three do-it-yourself projects; “Jingle Birds” sing-along. *** (PG: AS) (Also on Blu-ray and On Demand)

“GOOD BOYS”: If the antics among the young stars of this rowdy comedy are reminiscent of a Seth Rogen movie, there’s good reason … he’s one of the producers here. Written by longtime creative partners Gene Stupnitsky (also debuting as a director here) and Lee Eisenberg, veterans of television’s “The Office,” the tale follows several grade-school pals (played by Jacob Tremblay of “Room,” Keith L. Williams and Brady Noon) through a variety of misadventures – one involving the sudden need to replace a drone that they accidentally destroyed, and another concerning their possession of drugs that they’d much rather be rid of. Familiar faces popping up along the way include Will Forte, Lil Rel Howery, Retta, Michaela Watkins (“The Unicorn”) and the original British “Office’s” Stephen Merchant. DVD extras: six “making-of” documentaries; audio commentary by Stupnitsky and Eisenberg; deleted and extended scenes; alternate ending; outtakes. *** (R: AS, P) (Also on Blu-ray and On Demand)

“THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON”: Two people from vastly different backgrounds become unlikely traveling companions in this affecting drama from writer-directors Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz that has certain echoes of “Rain Man.” On the run from enemies, a thief (played by Shia LaBeouf) steals a boat and discovers a stowaway – a young man with Down syndrome (Zack Gottsagen, who was the specific inspiration for the filmmakers to make the movie), who hopes to make good on his dreams of becoming a pro wrestler. Dakota Johnson also stars as the younger traveler’s caretaker, whose search for him leads their paths to cross. John Hawkes, Bruce Dern, Jon Bernthal and Thomas Haden Church also are in the cast, as are pro wrestlers Mick Foley and Jake “The Snake” Roberts. DVD extras: “making-of” documentary; photo gallery. *** (PG-13: AS, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray and On Demand)

“THE BIG BANG THEORY: THE TWELFTH AND FINAL SEASON”: One of the most successful sitcoms in television history is over now, but as with such other staples of the genre as “I Love Lucy” and “Friends,” it’s destined to remain visible for a very long time. Many guest stars from previous years return for valedictory appearances in this last round, including Bob Newhart, Christine Baranski and Wil Wheaton – but the Chuck Lorre-produced series culminates largely in Stockholm, where Sheldon and Amy (Jim Parsons, Mayim Bialik) are awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, with their closest friends (Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Melissa Rauch) in attendance. Penny (Cuoco) also has some big news of her own to deliver. A new “Complete Series” set is available as well. *** (Not rated: AS, P) (Also on Blu-ray)

“47 METERS DOWN: UNCAGED”: Mandy Moore had had other things to do lately, so she isn’t present in this underwater-thriller sequel, which is a follow-up in name and theme since the characters are different … but the premise is reasonably familiar. Several teens decide to explore a city beneath the Mayan surface, which turns out to be a big mistake since a shark attack causes a cave-in and traps the young women, who literally have to swim for their lives while evading typically hungry pursuers. Expectedly, some have more success than others, and be forewarned that there’s a fairly sizable body count here. Two potential victims are played by the offspring of major stars – Jamie Foxx’s daughter Corinne and Sylvester Stallone’s grown child Sistine; John Corbett also appears. DVD extras: “making-of” documentary; audio commentary by writer-director Johannes Roberts, producer James Harris and writer Ernest Riera. ** (PG-13: P, V) (Also on Blu-ray and On Demand)

“COBRA KAI SEASONS 1 & 2”: If you’ve ever wondered what happened to “Karate Kid” Daniel LaRussa, the answer is in this sequel series originally streamed on YouTube. Ralph Macchio reprises the role, showing that Daniel has fared quite well for himself in adulthood. Not so with his old enemy Johnny Lawrence (fellow returnee William Zabka), who tries to turn his situation around by assuming control of the Cobra Kai karate dojo. Their children (Mary Mouser, Tanner Buchanan) eventually become involved in their renewed rivalry. Martin Kove also is back as the fearsome John Kreese. Will Smith, one of those who oversaw a “Karate Kid” remake starring his son Jaden, is among the executive producers here. DVD extras: four “making-of” documentaries; deleted scenes; outtakes; musical performances by Zabka; “Easter eggs.” *** (Not rated: AS, P, V)

COMING SOON (Upcoming releases):

“Dora and the Lost City of Gold”



“CATCH-22” (Nov. 19)


“DON’T LET GO” (Nov. 26)


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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