DVD Releases – week of July 5 2020

STARTING THIS WEEK (New releases):

“TROLLS WORLD TOUR”: This animated sequel made news when it kept its original release date during the coronavirus pandemic, but debuted on On Demand as well as in any theaters that still wanted (and were open) to book it … and it fared quite well financially in its first wave of home viewing. Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake reprise their voice roles from the first “Trolls” as Queen Poppy and Branch, who fight a plot to quiet all other music in their kingdom by a “Rocker Troll” who wants her sound to be the only one. Kelly Clarkson, Rachel Bloom (“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”), “Saturday Night Live’s” Kenan Thompson, James Corden, Oscar winner Sam Rockwell and Ozzy Osbourne also are heard. DVD extras: two “making-of” documentaries; audio commentary by director Walt Dohrn, co-director David P. Smith and producer Gina Shay; “Trolls Dance Academy” and “Trolls World Tourist Map” features; “Dance Party Mode.” *** (PG: AS) (Also on Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD and On Demand)

“HOPE GAP”: Writer-director William Nicholson’s (“Shadowlands”) drama boasts an obviously fine acting duo in Annette Bening and Bill Nighy, playing a couple whose family reunion takes an even more emotional course than anticipated. The husband intends to end his 30-year marriage, of which he informs his son (Josh O’Connor) during a weekend visit, resulting in great stress and greatly amped-up feelings for all concerned. The coastal atmosphere of Sussex, England, adds greatly to the overall effect of the film … which, as with so many recent releases, had its theatrical run compacted by the coronavirus pandemic. *** (PG-13: AS, P) (Also on Blu-ray and On Demand)

“GO GO MANIA”: During the 1960s, movies showcasing some of the decade’s most popular music acts were big draws produced relatively inexpensively. Having the artists pretty much just stand there and lip-sync to their hits, this is one such film — though it’s particularly notable for the concert performances by The Beatles that open and close the picture. “Twist and Shout” and “She Loves You” are their selections, and in-between are appearances by such other “British Invasion” stars as The Animals (“House of the Rising Sun”), Peter and Gordon (“A World Without Love”), Herman’s Hermits (“I’m Into Something Good”), The Honeycombs (“Have I the Right?”) and Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas (“Little Children”). The host is Jimmy Savile, at the time a popular television and radio presenter of such shows as “Top of the Pops” in England. *** (Not rated) (Also on Blu-ray)

“GORDON LIGHTFOOT: IF YOU COULD READ MY MIND”: One of the most enduring of all modern singer-songwriters, Lightfoot has had quite a storied life, as conveyed through his own recollections in this documentary made for CBC Television in his native Canada. He remembers his early years touring as a teenage musical discovery and playing coffee houses, but he ultimately would render such hits as “Sundown,” “Carefree Highway,” “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald,” “Rainy Day People” and (of course) “If You Could Read My Mind” before packed arenas — with health challenges sometimes threatening to end his career prematurely. Friends, peers and admirers including Anne Murray, Alec Baldwin, Randy Bachman, Rush’s Geddy Lee and Sarah McLachlan offer their perspectives on Lightfoot’s personal and professional times. *** (Not rated: AS, P)

“LOVE ON ICELAND”: Now, see if you can guess which cable network this was made for: For a trek to Iceland, a woman regathers the friends she often traveled with during college, and her ex unexpectedly shows up. Yes, you probably guessed it … it was done for Hallmark Channel, and it’s actually quite charming, thanks largely to an engaging lead performance by Kaitlin Doubleday and expectedly lovely scenery. “Chicago Med” alum Colin Donnell plays the surprise attendee, and another co-star — Patti Murin — probably kept close watch on him during the romantic sequences, since in real life, she’s his wife. *** (Not rated: AS)

“TOOTH FAIRY: THE ROOT OF EVIL”: Typically, a visit from the Tooth Fairy is quite welcome by the recipient, who cashes in (often literally) by leaving a certain something that came out of their mouth under the pillow … but not so in this case, as the title of the horror tale probably suggests. A man (Jake Watkins) tries to get past his terrifying memories of an encounter he and his family had years ago with a sinister incarnation of the Tooth Fairy — which frames him by targeting his friends at a reunion, extracting (take a wild guess here) the victims’ teeth as an especially sinister calling card. Katie McKenna and AJ Blackwell also are featured. ** (Not rated: AS, P, V)

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

COMING SOON (Upcoming releases):







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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