DVD Releases – week of Aug 30 2020

STARTING THIS WEEK (New releases):

“ROGUE”: Megan Fox hasn’t done many action-driven projects lately, but she’s back with guns blazing — and that isn’t just a figure of speech — in this tale of mercenaries enlisted by an African politician to retrieve his kidnapped daughter from an enemy organization.  Fox plays one of the would-be rescuers, who soon find their mission more complex than they anticipated, so they seek refuge at a supposedly abandoned farm to regroup. They eventually discover the place was used by poachers to breed lions, and (see if you guessed it) one of the animals is still around .. and hungry. “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” alum Philip Winchester, who also worked with director and co-writer M.J. Barrett on the series “Strike Back,” and Calli Taylor (Lifetime’s “The Wrong Stepmother”) are among co-stars. ** (R: P, GV) (Also on DVD and On Demand)

“IRRESISTIBLE”: Jon Stewart turns director for the second time with this comedy, with his script giving longtime acquaintance Steve Carell — whose career got a major boost from his being part of Stewart’s comedic crew on “The Daily Show” —  as a political consultant who sees his own fortunes resting with a military man turned farmer (Chris Cooper) who draws a lot of attention through a video that goes viral. The strategist persuades the new celebrity to run for mayor of his Midwestern town, but opposition presents itself in the form of a longtime political rival (Rose Byrne) who arrives on the scene and also factors into the contest. Mackenzie Davis (“Tully”), Topher Grace, Natasha Lyonne and Will Sasso also are featured. DVD extras: three “making-of” documentaries; deleted and extended scenes; outtakes. *** (R: AS, P) (Also on Blu-ray and On Demand)

“YOUNG SHELDON: THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON”: With “The Big Bang Theory” having ended the season before, this prequel series from executive producers including Chuck Lorre and Jim Parsons (the latter also the narrator of the show, as the older Sheldon) was left to carry the CBS franchise by itself. Mary (Zoe Perry) continues to have concerns about her young son Sheldon’s (Iain Armitage) greatly advanced mind, fearing that his being so smart so young may lead to problems for him on other levels. As for Sheldon himself, he feels he’s so far beyond what he’s being taught in the classroom, he devises his own unique brand of independent study. The season’s directors included actresses Lea Thompson and Melissa Joan Hart, with Reba McEntire and Cyndi Lauper among guest performers; Lance Barber, Montana Jordan and Annie Potts also star. *** (Not rated) (Also on Blu-ray)

“THE GOONIES”: Very fondly remembered by many viewers from their youths, this 1985 comedy-adventure is among several Warner Bros. titles getting elaborate home-video relaunches with their debuts in the 4K Ultra HD format. Directed by Richard Donner (“Superman: The Movie”), written by Chris Columbus (“Home Alone”) and executive-produced by Steven Spielberg, it’s the tale of several kids who unite to follow a map to a supposed treasure and stop the foreclosure of their homes. A sinister family also wants the riches, putting the youngsters on a literal run for the money. Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Kerri Green, Corey Feldman and Martha Plimpton are among those playing the story’s heroes and heroines, with Joe Pantoliano (“Risky Business”) and Robert Davi (“Licence to Kill”) among those playing the bad guys. “Beetlejuice,” “Sherlock Holmes” and “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” are the other films getting new, similar treatment. *** (PG: P, V) (Also on Blu-ray)

“MAGNUM P.I.: SEASON TWO”: The CBS reboot of the detective series sees a lot of focus on Hawaii-based private detective Thomas Magnum’s (Jay Hernandez) romantic relationships in its sophomore round. After his involvement with a lawyer (Brooke Lyons, who left to co-star in NBCs ultimately short-lived “Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector”), he finds his connection to this version’s Higgins (Perdita Weeks) deepening. Before the update of “Hawaii Five-0” signed off for good, there was a crossover story involving that drama’s Tani and Quinn characters (played by Meaghan Rath and Katrina Law). Guest stars include Corbin Bernsen, William Forsythe and James Remar. This show will be back for a third stanza whenever the new television season can begin. *** (Not rated: AS, P, V)

“SESAME STREET MONSTER HITS: ROCK & RHYME WITH ELMO”: In case you didn’t know Elmo wields a mean guitar, that becomes clear in this obviously child-oriented release that sees the popular character lead a combination of nursery rhymes and related clips from the iconic PBS and HBO series — which has been marking its 50th season lately. As an example, “Do You Know the Muffin Man?” is matched to “Sesame” staples Cookie Monster and Gonger baking actual muffins. The emphasis is on sound-alike words meant to engage and entertain youngsters, but a musical beat meant to get viewers moving is a big element of the program, too. “Elmo’s Music Magic” also is included. *** (Not rated)

FAMILY VIEWING GUIDE KEY: AS, adult situations; N, nudity; P, profanity; V, violence; GV, particularly graphic violence.

COMING SOON (Upcoming releases):



“FIRST COW” (Sept. 8)




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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