DVD Releases (for week of Sept. 9)

STARTING THIS WEEK (New releases):

"Ocean's 8"
Sandra Bullock (left) and Rihanna in “Ocean’s 8”

“OCEAN’S 8”: The “Rat Pack’s” original “Ocean’s 11” crime-comedy premise got several twists from the George Clooney-starring franchise, and in this entertaining twist on the twists, Sandra Bullock leads a female-centric variation. She plays the sister of thief Danny Ocean who’s also a new parolee – and also not wasting any time getting back into the business of larceny. She and her crew target a self-involved actress (played by a hilariously knowing Anne Hathaway), intending to steal the latter’s priceless necklace during New York’s annual, glamorous Met Gala. Cate Blanchett, Mindy Kaling, Rihanna, Sarah Paulson (“American Horror Story”), Helena Bonham Carter and Awkwafina also play members of the robbery team, with Elliott Gould making a crossover appearance from the Clooney films. James Corden also appears. DVD extras: three “making-of” documentaries; deleted scenes. *** (PG-13: AS, P) (Also on Blu-ray and On Demand)

“SUPERFLY”: An early-1970s classic gets an update, minus the familiar Curtis Mayfield music score but with Trevor Jackson now in the role of a drug dealer who courts trouble on all sides with his bid for one last score before getting out of his line of work. The Atlanta man is challenged to stay alive as rivals, police officers and cartel members all have him in their sights. The expectedly gritty film’s co-stars include Jason Mitchell, Michael Kenneth Williams (“The Wire”), Jennifer Morrison (“Once Upon a Time”), Esai Morales and Big Boi. Rap star Future, also a producer of the remake, oversaw the soundtrack. *** (R: AS, N, P, V)

“THIS IS US: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON”: The Emmy-winning, tear-inducing NBC drama had a post-Super Bowl airing during its sophomore season that vowed to be “can’t-miss” for its fans … and it delivered, explaining the fate of Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) fate and guaranteeing that many people would make a careful examination of their slow cookers. Early on, this round features a guest appearance by Sylvester Stallone (with whom Ventimiglia worked in “Rocky Balboa”), playing himself as the star of a movie that an increasingly desperate Kevin (Justin Hartley) also is appearing in. In other developments, Randall and Beth’s (Sterling K. Brown, Susan Kelechi Watson) household expands, and Kate and Toby’s (Chrissy Metz, Chris Sullivan) relationship advances. Mandy Moore also stars. *** (Not rated: AS, P, V)

“LAW & ORDER: TRUE CRIME – THE MENENDEZ MURDERS”: One of television’s longest-running franchises got a new wrinkle, as executive producer Dick Wolf opted for a true story rather than fictionalizing headlines. Not unlike “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” this made-for-NBC drama involves figures familiar to anyone who followed the case of two brothers (played by Gus Halper and Miles Gaston Villanueva) accused of killing their parents. Edie Falco returned to series TV as defense attorney Leslie Abramson. Among other notables in the cast are Josh Charles, Heather Graham, Anthony Edwards, Julianne Nicholson and Harry Hamlin. *** (Not rated: AS, P, V)

“THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW 50TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL”: Still “so glad we had this time together,” one of television’s all-time comedy greats marked a half-century since her classic show’s debut with this currently Emmy-nominated CBS special, recorded on the original program’s Los Angeles soundstage. Burnett’s longtime cohorts Vicki Lawrence and Lyle Waggoner also are on hand for the celebration, as are guests and admirers including Jim Carrey, Kristin Chenoweth, Martin Short, Bernadette Peters, Stephen Colbert, Jane Lynch and Harry Connick Jr. Separate segments honor Tim Conway (who was unavailable at the time of the taping), the late Harvey Korman and costume designer Bob Mackie. And yes, the clips include one of the funniest skits ever done, the “Gone With the Wind” parody “Went With the Wind” (featuring Burnett in a gown with a curtain rod through the shoulders). Additional material not seen in the broadcast version includes testimonials from such Burnett admirers as her longtime friend Julie Andrews. **** (Not rated: AS)

“SCORPION: THE FINAL SEASON”: For four years, this CBS adventure series had a pretty good run of finding offbeat missions for its team of computer wizards to tackle, but its time ultimately was up. Personal matters – such as the shifted relationship of Walter and Paige (Elyes Gabel, Katharine McPhee), and the marriage of Toby and Happy (Eddie Kaye Thomas, Jadyn Wong) – had big roles here, along with the case of the week, which ranged here from a Halloween ghost hunt to an endangered nuclear plant. Tina Majorino (“Veronica Mars”) joined the cast as the quirky genius next door. Robert Patrick, Ari Stidham and young Riley B. Smith also star. *** (Not rated: AS, P, V)

COMING SOON (Upcoming releases):

Michael Shannon
Michael Shannon in “Fahrenheit 451”

“FAHRENHEIT 451” (Sept. 18): In this made-for-HBO remake of the Ray Bradbury fantasy classic, a fireman develops doubts about his mission to burn all books. (Not rated: AS, P)

“JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM” (Sept. 18): Business interests have their own plans for the dinosaurs now threatened by an active volcano; Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard return. (PG-13: P, V)

“BILLIONS: SEASON THREE” (Sept. 25): Axe and Chuck (Damian Lewis, Paul Giamatti) both end up in unexpected positions in this season of the Showtime drama series. (Not rated: AS, N, P)

“DYNASTY: SEASON ONE” (Sept. 25): The CW’s reboot of the popular ’80s series stars Grant Show as tycoon Blake Carrington and Elizabeth Gillies as his willful daughter Fallon. (Not rated: AS, P, V)

“SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY” (Sept. 25): Alden Ehrenreich has the title role as the younger years of rogue pilot Han Solo are depicted by director Ron Howard. (PG-13: V)

“THE AMERICANS: THE COMPLETE FINAL SEASON” (Oct. 23): Russian spies Elizabeth and Philip (Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys) put the coda on their espionage adventures posing as U.S. citizens. (Not rated: AS, P, V)

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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