DVD Releases – Week of January 17 2021

STARTING THIS WEEK (New releases):

“Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese”

“ROLLING THUNDER REVUE: A BOB DYLAN STORY BY MARTIN SCORSESE”: Presented by Netflix in its original 2019 run, this Scorsese-directed documentary — which also factors in fantasy sequences inspired by the music — captures portions of early performances in the mid-1970s concert tour that Dylan staged along with a number of other celebrated performers. Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, Roger McGuinn and guitarist Mick Ronson were among others participating. Those first dates largely were played throughout New England, with several stops in Eastern Canada, and “Blowin’ in the Wind” (done as a duet by Dylan and Baez, who had been closely associated for nearly 15 years by that point) and “This Land Is Your Land” were standard parts of the song set. It’s worth noting that Scorsese filmed this footage not long before making what is regarded as one of the seminal concert documentaries, “The Last Waltz.” *** (Not rated: AS, P) (Also on Blu-ray)

“DREAMLAND”: Reminiscent of such films as “Days of Heaven” and “Badlands” (both of which, incidentally, were made by director Terrence Malick), this atmospheric drama casts Margot Robbie as a Depression-era bank robber on the run. She’s discovered by a young man (Finn Cole, “Peaky Blinders”) who tends to her wounds and becomes inspired to help her escape … fueling his own aspiration to escape the small Texas town where he lives. The part provides Robbie, also a producer of the film, with a nice change of pace from the flashier roles she’s had in recent years; Travis Fimmel, Kerry Condon and Lola Kirke also appear. *** (R: AS, N, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray and On Demand)

“THE KID DETECTIVE”: As the saying goes, he’s not a kid anymore — but the title sleuth, played by Adam Brody (“The O.C.”) — continues the investigating ways he was celebrated for in childhood into adulthood, where he finds out just how rough the game can be in writer-director Evan Morgan’s dark comedy. He’s been hitting the bottle a bit too hard post-adolescence, but he has to straighten up in order to solve the murder of his latest client’s (Sophie Nelisse) boyfriend. Brody also is an executive producer of the tale that features Tzi Ma, Wendy Crewson and Sarah Sutherland. *** (R: AS, N, P, V) (Also on Bu-ray and On Demand)

“ALWAYS AND FOREVER”: Since its theatrical exhibition was curtailed last fall by the coronavirus pandemic, this melodrama largely is making its debut via home video. Cynthia Addai-Robinson plays a prosecutor who reunites with childhood friends when a tragedy strikes them all — and as others in the group encounter danger that turns lethal in some cases, they realize someone has drawn them back together for a deadly purpose. The lawyer then directs her analytical mind toward figuring out who is targeting them. Robbie Jones, Loretta Devine, Wood Harris and Lauren London also are featured. *** (PG-13: AS, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray)

“SCOOBY-DOO AND GUESS WHO?: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON”: An earlier incarnation of the cartoon had animated versions of celebrities as “guest stars” to help solve mysteries, and that premise has been revived for this version. The Scooby Gang gets assistance from the likes of actor-comedian Ricky Gervais (come on, you always knew he’d work with Scooby-Doo!), “science guy” Bill Nye and “Star Wars” icon Mark Hamill, but also on board for various capers are some legendary fictional characters … including Batman, The Flash and Wonder Woman, whose services were relatively easy to acquire since production company Warner Bros. also owns DC Comics, (Plus, um, they’re cartoons.) Frank Welker and Matthew Lillard are among those continuing their voice work for the “Scooby-Doo” franchise here. *** (Not rated)

“COMEDY FAVORITES 4-FILM COLLECTION”: This quartet of admittedly female-centric movies has a particularly appealing entry in “Because I Said So,” a nice showcase for a pre-“This Is Us” Mandy Moore as a caterer who’s one of the three daughters of a meddling mom (Diane Keaton). Lauren Graham and Piper Perabo play the other siblings. Also included: Matt Dillon and Kate Hudson as a couple who find it hard to avoid an ever-present friend (Owen Wilson) in “You, Me and Dupree”; Debra Messing as a woman who needs “The Wedding Date” for a family function; and Monica Potter as a museum employee who gets an assist from her supermodel roommates in finding love in “Head Over Heels.” *** (PG-13: AS, P)

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

COMING SOON (Upcoming releases):

“Doom Patrol”


“FATMAN” (Jan. 26)


“TESLA” (Feb. 2)



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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