DVD Releases for the week of July 25, 2021


STARTING THIS WEEK (New releases):

Marcus (Noah Jupe), Regan (Millicent Simmonds), and Evelyn (Emily Blunt) brave the unknown in “A Quiet Place Part II.”

“A QUIET PLACE PART II”: John Krasinski returned as writer and director with this sequel to a hugely successful thriller, in which silence is still paramount (and yes, that’s an acknowledgement of the releasing studio) as the surviving members of the Abbott family tread carefully in making their way into and through the outside world … knowing that any sound they cause could bring lethal creatures down upon them. As often is the case in a “Part II,” they also have added perils to be wary of — with the classic song “Beyond the Sea” serving as a clue. Krasinski’s wife Emily Blunt (who has a somewhat lighter time of things this summer in “Jungle Cruise”) continues as the matriarch, with Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe as her children. Cillian Murphy and Djimon Hounsou also star. *** (PG-13: AS, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD, Digital and On Demand)

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

Ian McShane in “American Gods”

“AMERICAN GODS: SEASON THREE”: Based on the novel by Neil Gaiman, who was an executive producer here, the Starz fantasy-drama series came to its end with this set of episodes. The Old Gods and the New Gods are on a seemingly inevitable path to an epic clash, and against that larger picture, Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle) makes a stunning discovery about his own background, and about Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane) specifically. That prompts him to seek seemingly peaceful respite in a Wisconsin town, but what he doesn’t know about the place eventually will give him more shocks … and force him to make a determination about his destiny. Emily Browning, Crispin Glover and Demore Barnes (who now is a regular on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”) also star, with Blythe Danner and Dominique Jackson among cast additions for this concluding round. DVD extras: three “making-of” documentaries. *** (Not rated: AS, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray)

“EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE”: A psychiatrist’s (Casey Affleck) attempt to do the right thing, following a tragedy, ends up imperiling his entire family in this melodrama. After one of his patients commits suicide, he invites her brother (Sam Claflin) to his home … and what transpires endangers not only the counselor, but also his wife (Michele Monaghan) and daughter (India Eisley). Long in development and personnel changes — since this was earmarked for Harrison Ford, Zac Efron and director Rob Reiner a decade ago, and later for filmmaker Christine Jeffs (“Sunshine Cleaning”) — the film also features Veronica Ferres and Emily Alyn Lind. *** (R: AS, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray and On Demand)

“V.C. ANDREWS’ LANDRY FAMILY 4-MOVIE SERIES”: Over two weekends earlier this year, four interconnected Lifetime movies spun author Andrews’ saga of heroine Ruby Landry and her family tree, which encompasses some rather unsettling branches — and this set combines those films. In “Ruby” and “Pearl in the Mist,” Louisiana-bayou-bred Ruby (played by Raechelle Banno, whose twin sister Karina Banno portrays Ruby’s hateful sibling) faces off against her stern stepmother Daphne (“The Young and the Restless” veteran Lauralee Bell) while forcibly separated from her high-school sweetheart Paul (Sam Duke). The last two stories, “All That Glitters” and “Hidden Jewel,” feature “Days of Our Lives” alum Kristian Alfonso as Paul’s domineering mother Gladys … who threatens to use a secret against Ruby just as the latter thinks she’s finally found happiness. Crystal Fox (“Big Little Lies”) and Gil Bellows (“Ally McBeal”) also have prominent roles. *** (Not rated: AS, P, V)

“THE DEAD ZONE”: One of the most praised screen adaptations of a Stephen King novel gets a home-video relaunch in a new Blu-ray “Collector’s Edition.” Director David Cronenberg’s 1983 thriller boasts a great cast led by Christopher Walken as Johnny Smith, a teacher left in a coma by a car accident; when he comes out of it five years later, he finds himself with the ability to see others’ destinies, which is helpful in some cases but problematic in others … such as that of a politician who has his sights trained on the Oval Office. (The part is played by Martin Sheen, who eventually got there on “The West Wing,” of course,) The special features include new interviews with co-star Brooke Adams and several of the crew members, and audio commentaries by film historians. Tom Skerritt, Herbert Lom, Colleen Dewhurst and Anthony Zerbe also appear. *** (R: AS, P, V)

“FINDING YOUR ROOTS: SEASON 7”: Henry Louis Gates Jr.’s popular PBS genealogy series continues to dive deep in unlocking the family histories of well-known personalities, and the lineup of participants is as impressive as ever in this most recent round of the show. Glenn Close, John Lithgow, Christopher Meloni, Andy Cohen, Jane Lynch, Audra McDonald, Mandy Patinkin, Tony Shalhoub, filmmaker John Waters, comedians Lewis Black and Jim Gaffigan, journalists Don Lemon and Nina Totenberg, and music stars Pharrell Williams, Clint Black and Rosanne Cash are among those who receive the Gates treatment here — and as usual, many of them are visibly surprised and moved by what they learn about their ancestors. *** (Not rated)

COMING SOON (Upcoming releases):

“THOSE WHO WISH ME DEAD” (Aug. 3)

“FINDING YOU” (Aug. 10)

“FRIDAY THE 13th — 8-MOVIE COLLECTION” (Aug. 10)

“THE MISFITS” (Aug. 10)

“NASHVILLE” (Blu-ray) (Aug. 10)

“LABYRINTH” (4K Ultra HD) (Aug. 17)

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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