DVD Releases – week of July 12 2020

STARTING THIS WEEK (New releases):

“12 MONKEYS: THE COMPLETE SERIES”: Inspired by the same-named movie, this Syfy show had a fairly healthy run, lasting four seasons. Using the same basic premise, it casts Aaron Stanford as a fugitive from the future, sent to the present day by those behind the so-called “Project Splinter” to eliminate the cause of a plague that eventually will wipe out mankind. A doctor (Amanda Schull) helps him, but only partially willingly, since assisting him sometimes forces her to go against her professional oath. The regular cast also includes Kirk Acevedo, Noah Bean, Emily Hampshire and Barbara Sukowa. The movie’s Charles Roven also was an executive producer here. *** (Not rated: AS, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray)

“IMAX: JOURNEY TO SPACE”: With astronauts having gone back to the cosmos recently in the first U.S. space launch in some time, there might be extra interest now in this documentary, making its DVD debut (an interesting twist, since that’s the physical home-video format that typically comes first) along with some other features made for the immersive IMAX theatrical format. None other than “Jean-Luc Picard” himself, Patrick Stewart, is the appropriate narrator as the focus is placed on the space shuttle program and its achievements — including its role in such projects as the Hubble Space Telescope and the International Space Station. Capping the program is a projection of a mission to Mars, which would see travelers remain on the so-called “red planet” for a reasonably long period of time. *** (Not rated) (Also on Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD)

“THE MAGICIANS: SEASON FIVE”: After recently concluding its run, this Syfy show puts forth its fifth and final round on home video. The last set of stories begins with a meteor shower that indicates something has gone haywire in the realm of magic … but in a more immediate level for the regular characters, the fate of some of them hangs in the balance, a situation that runs right up to the closing moments of the series finale. Stella Maeve, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Hale Appleman, Arjun Gupta and Summer Bishil are among cast members who saw the show through from its start to its finish. A “Complete Series” set also is available. *** (Not rated: AS, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray)

“RIDE WITH NORMAN REEDUS, SERIES 1”: His success with “The Walking Dead” helped cast member Reedus land his own AMC series, a documentary of sorts in which he joins other motorcycling enthusiasts to discuss various aspects of the biker culture, often while they’re literally on the road. Among his guests in this freshman season was someone who personified the theme for many people … the since-deceased Peter Fonda, iconic for his starring role in the movie “Easy Rider.” Balthazar Getty and filmmaker Robert Rodriguez also are featured. The show, which has gone on to feature many more stars and their bikes, has been renewed for a fifth season. *** (Not rated: AS, P) (Also on Blu-ray)

“KOBE: LIFE OF A LEGEND”: Tributes surely were bountiful when basketball icon Kobe Bryant died with several others, very sadly including his daughter Gianna, in a helicopter crash last January. This documentary also recalls the athlete’s life and times, which encompassed many milestones during his two decades with the Los Angeles Lakers … including five NBA championships. Hios not-always-smooth relationship with teammate Shaquille O’Neal is considered, as are his Summer Olympics stints that brought him two Gold Medals as a member of the USA National Men’s Basketball Team. He also was an Oscar winner for writing and narrating the animated short subject “Dear Basketball.” *** (Not rated)

“QUEEN ELIZABETH II: END OF A REIGN”: It’s not over yet, so the title of this documentary is jumping ahead by foretelling the closure of the British monarch’s very storied time on the throne. Certainly, there is a lot to recount from the time she began her tenure in 1952 right up to this year, when her speech to her subjects and the world about the coronavirus pandemic received as much attention — if not more — than her much-anticipated Christmas messages. For the staid image she always has projected, Elizabeth’s reign hasn’t always been free of scandal, a notable example (cited here, of course) being her famously strained connection to Princess Diana. *** (Not rated)

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

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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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