DVD Releases (for week of Nov. 3)

STARTING THIS WEEK (New releases):

Jason Statham and Dwayne Johnson star in “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw”

“FAST & FURIOUS PRESENTS: HOBBS & SHAW”: The repartee between Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham in earlier “Fast & Furious” editions that prompted the thought of giving them their own spinoff – and even with Helen Mirren showing up as the mother of Statham’s Shaw again, this is the expected pedal-to-the-metal action fest from the first minute. Shaw’s slster, a British spy played by Vanessa Kirby, is the reason federal agent Hobbs (Johnson) and troubleshooter Shaw are in each other’s orbit again. She has failed to stop an agent turned terrorist (Idris Elba) who’s bent on unleashing a devastating virus on mankind, so Hobbs and Shaw step in to help finish the job. The picture just keeps moving for two hours-plus at a clip that rarely gives you enough time to question anything — including why some other familiar faces pop up again — thanks not only to the established “Fast & Furious” formula, but also to director David Leitch, of the similarly furious “John Wick” movies. Shakespeare this is not, but if you’re going to go along for the ride it promises, you’re assured of having fun with it. DVD extras: four “making-of” documentaries; audio commentary by Leitch; deleted, extended and alternate scenes. *** (PG-13: AS. P, V) (Also on Blu-ray and On Demand)

“THE KITCHEN”: Based on a comic-book series, this drama is a cousin of such other movies as “Widows” and even the television series “Good Girls” to a degree, since it dispatches several ladies to continue the misdeeds in the men in their lives. The film presents an interesting starring trio in Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish and Elisabeth Moss – and even though two of those names connote humor, this isn’t a comedy, as its considerable violence confirms. After their mobster spouses go to jail for their activities in 1970s-era Hell’s Kitchen, the women continue their men’s business … and a violent business, it is. The wives see value in carrying on that mission, but in doing so, they attract the attention of the FBI and other criminals. The picture marks the directing debut of Andrea Berloff, the co-writer of “Straight Outta Compton”; she plays to each of her stars’ strengths, no simple accomplishment given how diverse the performers are. Also notable in the cast is Margo Martindale (“The Americans”), typically fine as another underworld figure who shouldn’t be messed with. DVD extra: “making-of” documentary. *** (R: AS, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray and On Demand)

“THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN”: Though it also involves a dog that talks to viewers, if you’re used to Milo Ventimiglia in his “This Is Us” television mode, you’ll be right at home with his work in this tale – based in Garth Stein’s novel — of family emotions and crises. He plays an auto racing driver whose pet (voiced by Kevin Costner) offers observations while his master is away on the car circuit, thus causing him to miss significant milestones with his wife (Amanda Seyfried) … and also causing strife between the racer and his resentful father-in-law (Martin Donovan). Kathy Baker and Gary Cole also appear in the story, whose canine aspect is likely to appeal to animal lovers and those who have enjoyed other such movies made recently. The film also is notable as one of the first 20th Century Fox productions to be released by Disney after the merging of those studios. DVD extras: five “making-of” documentaries; audio commentary by director Simon Curtis. *** (PG: AS, P) (Also on Blu-ray and On Demand)

“YELLOWSTONE: SEASON TWO”: It’s a big home-video week for Kevin Costner, since not only is he speaking the words of a dog elsewhere, he also appears in the sophomore round of his successful Paramount Network drama. Series co-creator Taylor Sheridan had a hand in writing all 10 episodes here, which continue to trace the challenges faced by John Dutton (Costner) in operating and keeping control of an enormous modern ranch, while striving to avoid conflict with National Park Service authorities and the residents of an Indian reservation. A third season of the show has been ordered; its stars also include Luke Grimes, Kelly Reilly, Wes Bentley, Cole Hauser and Gil Birmingham, with Neal McDonough (“Arrow”) a notable cast addition this time. DVD extras: five “making-of” documentaries; “Behind the Story” and “Stories From the Bunkhouse” featurettes. *** (Not rated: AS, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray)

“GOOD OMENS”: An angel and the devil are pals, sort of, in this Amazon series and BBC co-production based on the novel by Neil Gaiman (who adapted it for this version) and the late Terry Pratchett. Respectively played by Michael Sheen (now appearing as a sort of devil on the Fox show “Prodigal Son”) and David Tennant, the characters unite to prevent Armageddon. To do that, however, they’ll have to locate the Antichrist … a youngster (Sam Taylor Buck) who doesn’t realize his potential impact on the world. Frances McDormand, Jon Hamm, Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael McKean, Miranda Richardson, Nick Offerman and Mireille Enos also are in the cast – and though the story here is self-contained, there’s been loose talk about a possible Season 2, though Gaiman has said he wouldn’t have any involvement in it. *** (Not rated: AS, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray)

“OPHELIA”: With a big assist from “Star Wars” franchise staple Daisy Ridley in the title role, Shakespeare’s classic “Hamlet” gets a considerable revision in director Claire McCarthy’s (“The Waiting City”) take on Lisa Klein’s perspective-flipping novel, though it remains set in the medieval times of the original work. Brought under the wing of Queen Gertrude (Naomi Watts), Ophelia sets her sights on Prince Hamlet (George MacKay) – and vice versa – with the fate of Denmark ultimately tied to their actions, romantic and otherwise. Clive Owen and Tom Felton also appear. *** (PG-13: AS, V) (Also on Blu-ray)

COMING SOON (Upcoming releases):

“47 Meters Down: Uncaged”



“GOOD BOYS” (Nov. 12)

“CATCH-22” (Nov. 19)



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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