DVD Releases (for week of Oct. 13)

STARTING THIS WEEK (New releases):

Dave Bautista and Kumail Nanjiani in “Stuber”

STUBER: In these days of ride-sharing popularity, you just knew it had to happen … a movie centered around an Uber trip. Marry that to an action-buddy premise and the result is this, what happens when a mild-mannered driver gets drawn into a tough cop’s pursuit of a killer. Dave Bautista is the police detective in this case, and since he’s just had eye surgery, he can’t get behind the wheel himself. He orders an Uber, and Kumail Nanjiani plays the chauffeur who draws the assignment — and does he ever get more than he bargained for, as the journey racks up bullets along with miles. This is right out of the “Lethal Weapon” or “Ride Along” playbook, and the blueprint is so standard, it really falls to the actors involved to make the result successful. Fortunately, Nanjiani and Bautista have an offbeat rapport that keeps their shared antics watchable; they get solid support from such co-stars as Mira Sorvino, Betty Gilpin (”GLOW”) and Natalie Morales (“Abby’s”). DVD extras: theatrical trailer; audio commentary by Nanjiani and director Michael Dowse; deleted scenes; outtakes; photo gallery; “Joke-O-Rama.” *** (R: AS, N, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray and On Demand)

“THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE”” The Shirley Jackson novel has serviced several screen adaptations, and Netflix scored a major hit last year with this widely praised 10-episode series version, offered here with added content not seen previously. The melodrama revolves around several siblings who, following their youngest sister’s suicide, return to the allegedly haunted house where they grew up to seek answers to the ongoing mysteries of their lives. Stars include Michel Huisman, Carla Gugino, Henry Thomas, Timothy Hutton, Elizabeth Reaser, Mckenna Grace, Annabeth Gish and James Lafferty (“One Tree Hill”). Several of the chapters are presented in “Extended Director’s Cuts” with optional commentary by said director, Mike Flanagan. The Netflix franchise is slated to yield “The Haunting of Bly Manor” next year, with some of the same actors set to return in different roles. *** (Not rated: AS, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray)

“TWIN PEAKS: THE TELEVISION COLLECTION”: Though the original David Lynch show has been available on home video previously, this new iteration also incorporates the Showtime limited-event series done many years later – but has become known as the highly offbeat drama’s third season. Kyle MacLachlan stars as FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper, who travels to the title Pacific Northwest town to investigate the murder of popular resident Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee). This release is a prelude to December’s “Twin Peaks: From Z to A” collection, which also will include the “Fire Walk With Me” feature film, a bounty of behind-the-scenes footage and a diorama of the show’s iconic Red Room. Among the many other stars are Michael Ontkean (though he didn’t return for the revival), Madchen Amick, Richard Beymer, Lara Flynn Boyle, Sherilyn Fenn, Peggy Lipton, Ray Wise, Piper Laurie, Kimmy Robertson, Russ Tamblyn and (as the “Log Lady”) Catherine E. Coulson. *** (Not rated: AS, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray)

“NIGHT HUNTER”: A strong cast is featured in this melodrama that covers many of the tropes of the police-thriller genre. Henry Cavill plays a police lieutenant struggling to work through personal problems while investigating a murder … a case that becomes something much bigger when it leads him, along with a vigilantism-minded former judge (Ben Kingsley) and a profiler (Alexandra Daddario), to many women who are being held captive. Though the perpetrator supposedly is taken into custody, someone else connected to the situation evidently remains at large, with the policeman and his colleagues as targets. Stanley Tucci, Minka Kelly, Nathan Fillion (“The Rookie”) and Brendan Fletcher also star. *** (R: AS, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray and On Demand)

“MICHAEL JACKSON: THE TELEVISION BROADCASTS”: As much of an enigma as he may have been in the later years of his life, one of popular music’s ultimate icons was fairly accessible in TV terms through much of his career, often appearing on variety shows that were taped or televised live before music videos became the “King of Pop’s” frequent avenue to reach audiences. This release compiles many of those performances, and not only from his years as a solo artist, but also the earlier phase that saw him teamed with his brothers as The Jackson 5. Of course, the related music heard is a virtual catalog of chart hits from the latter half of the 20th century, much of it stemming from Jackson’s years on the Motown label. Archival interview segments also are included. *** (Not rated)

“THE LONE RANGER: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON”: “Hi-Yo, Silver … away!” One of the most famous phrases in the history of adventure is heard again in this classic series, among television’s first in the genre, having started in 1949. Clayton Moore – who would be strongly identified with the role for the rest of his career and life — stars as the masked seeker of Western justice, the only Texas Ranger to survive a massacre, with loyal companion Tonto (Jay Silverheels) by his side as he helps others strike back against frontier lawlessness. Quite remarkably, even for the days of early TV, the show’s first 78 black-and-white episodes were shown in consecutive weeks without any repeats; guest stars in the initial stories included Martin Milner (“Route 66,” “Adam-12”) and DeForest Kelley (“Star Trek”). “The Complete Second Season” also is available. *** (Not rated: V)

COMING SOON (Upcoming releases):

“Veronica Mars”


“THE LION KING” (Oct. 22)


“THE WIZARD OF OZ” (Oct. 29)



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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