DVD Releases (for week of Sept. 15)


STARTING THIS WEEK (New releases):

Jessica Chastain in “Dark Phoenix”

“DARK PHOENIX”: What happens when one of the “X-Men” mutants goes bad? The question is posed by this adventure, intended to bring an end to that particular Marvel franchise, at least for the time being. Jean Grey, played again by Sophie Turner (“Game of Thrones”), is the character who considers doing evil. Though she previously didn’t outperform the X-Men – nor, for that matter, the X-Women – she’s front and center after her role in saving a space shuttle results in her becoming the most powerful person in the whole group. It also means a struggle for her in choosing between using her newly enhanced powers for right or wrong. Jennifer Lawrence returns as Raven, who tries to show Jean the light, while Jessica Chastain appears as a villain who would be only too happy to bring Jean over to her side. James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender are among other cast members who turn up again. *** (PG-13: AS, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray and On Demand)



“COUNTRY MUSIC”: In the same week it debuts on PBS, documentary-making pro Ken Burns’ history of the title genre – from the 1920s forward — offers three hours of material that isn’t in the telecast in its home-video version. The program traces the roots of country (and such corollary aspects as Western swing, bluegrass and rockabilly) largely by telling the stories of some of its most famous stars including Bob Wills, Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn, Charley Pride, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton and Garth Brooks. Expectedly, there’s plenty of performance footage, plus interviews with many observers and participants about what has made country music so special and enduring. *** (Not rated: P) (Also on Blu-ray)

“MODERN FAMILY: THE COMPLETE TENTH SEASON”: Time is getting shorter for the Pritchetts and the Dunphys, since the award-winning ABC sitcom is about to head into its final season. This set offers its next-to-last year, which opens with a Fourth of July parade that sees Jay (Ed O’Neill) serve as Grand Marshal. Some of the other plots revolve around Haley’s (Sarah Hyland) romantic dilemma, a complicated Super Bowl party, a tragic family loss and recollections of a number of birthdays. Guest stars include Mira Sorvino, Nathan Lane, Fred Willard and Ed Begley Jr. Julie Bowen (who also directed one of the episodes), Ty Burrell, Sofia Vergara, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet also are among the regular cast members. *** (Not rated: AS, P)

“THE GOOD FIGHT: SEASON THREE”: The CBS All Access sequel to “The Good Wife” had extra exposure recently, with its first season being broadcast on the parent CBS network, but this third round of the law drama adds Michael Sheen (“Masters of Sex”) to the cast as an attorney who presence prompts some deep divisions within the firm. Problems at home heighten the tension even more for Diane (Christine Baranski), as do concerns about pay disparity and political swing votes. Rose Leslie, Cush Jumbo, Delroy Lindo, Audra McDonald, Sarah Steele and Michael Boatman also star. *** (Not rated: AS, P)

“BOTTOM OF THE 9TH”: Joe Manganiello was among the producers of this baseball-themed drama, in which he also stars with his significant other, “Modern Family’s” Sofia Vergara. He plays a once-promising sports prospect whose hopes were derailed by circumstances that landed him in prison for two decades. Now out of jail, he determines to set his life back on its right course – which includes pursuing another chance for glory on the baseball diamond. Denis O’Hare, Michael Rispoli, Vincent Pastore (“The Sopranos”) and Burt Young (“Rocky”) also appear. DVD extra: “making-of” documentary. *** (R: AS, P, V)

“BILOXI BLUES”: The second chapter of legendary playwright Neil Simon’s trilogy about Eugene Jerome makes its Blu-ray debut in its Mike Nichols-directed screen version, with Matthew Broderick (who repeated his stage portrayal) starring as Brooklyn teen Eugene, a World War II draftee. Channeled to Biloxi, Miss., for basic training, he gets plenty of life lessons from his fellow soldiers – and also from a drill sergeant (Christopher Walken) who puts his underlings through their paces in multiple ways. Penelope Ann Miller, who also was in the Broadway staging, plays her role again here. *** (PG-13: AS, P)


COMING SOON (Upcoming releases):

“Billions”

“BILLIONS: SEASON FOUR” (Sept. 24)

“CHILD’S PLAY” (Sept. 24)

“SHAFT” (Sept. 24)

“YESTERDAY” (Sept. 24)

“CHERNOBYL” (Oct. 1)

“SESAME STREET: 50 YEARS AND COUNTING!” (Oct. 1)

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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