DVD Releases – week of May 3 2020

STARTING THIS WEEK (New releases):

“BLOODSHOT”: The Marvel and DC comic-book brands have had enormous success in spawning “Cinematic Universes” featuring live-action adventures of their characters, and another — Valiant Comics — is aiming to get on that bandwagon, starting with this Vin Diesel-starring saga of a Marine killed in revenge by mercenaries whose hostage plot he foiled. He’s then scientifically revived and deploys his new powers against the foes who apparently also took the life of his wife. Guy Pearce plays the leader of the operation that turns the slain military man into Bloodshot, with Eiza Gonzales, Sam Heughan (“Outlander”) and Lamorne Morris (“New Girl”) as the reconstructed hero’s would-be allies. Toby Kebbell also appears as Bloodshot’s main nemesis. *** (PG-13: AS, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD and On Demand)

“DOCTOR WHO: THE COMPLETE TWELFTH SERIES”: The Doctor is still a woman in this season of the globally popular fantasy-adventure, with Jodie Whittaker continuing the part of the time traveler. The opener is a two-part story that pokes some cheeky fun at the James Bond franchise with the title “Spyfall,” putting the Doctor and her team on the trail of a media mogul who appears to be connected to s series of strange deaths. That’s the linear plot, but as so often happens on this show, there are lots of subplots that shoot off of that and play liberally with time and place; in other words, don’t be surprised to see the Doctor experience the Australian outback and World War II in the course of that first tale (written by executive producer Chris Chibnall, whose acclaimed series “Broadchurch” also featured Whittaker). Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill also are back as the Doctor’s colleagues, and there’s a very notable return of an actor and his character along the way. The special episode “Resolution,” which was shown last New Year’s Day, is included. *** (Not rated: V),(Also on Blu-ray)

“I STILL BELIEVE”: Done in the tradition of “I Can Only Imagine,” this moving, faith-based drama — from the makers of the earlier film — casts KJ Apa, alias Archie Andrews on television’s “Riverdale,” in the true story of singer-songwriter Jeremy Camp and his first wife (played by Britt Robertson). He knew of her bout with ovarian cancer before they wed, then they learned of the progression of her illness following their honeymoon, while his career was on the rise. Gary Sinise and music superstar Shania Twain play Camp’s parents, with Melissa Roxburgh (“Manifest”) as his sister-in-law. The real Camp was an executive producer of the movie, co-written by Madeleine Carroll, who performed as the female lead in “I Can Only Imagine.” DVD extras: four “making-of” documentaries; audio commentary by director Andy Erwin and co-writer and director Jon Erwin; deleted scenes. *** (PG: AS) (Also on Blu-ray and On Demand)

“ORDINARY LOVE”: Liam Neeson, stepping away from his action-hero mode, and Lesley Manville (”Phantom Thread”) make a fine team in this intensely personal drama about a couple trying to cope with the wife’s breast-cancer diagnosis. Having spent virtually their entire lives together, the couple ruminates about what the future may hold for them under the vastly changed circumstances. Irish playwright Owen McCafferty based his script on some of his own experiences, and though the film largely and rightfully focuses on the two stars, Amit Shah and David Wilmot also are in the cast. Producer David Holmes also was one of the composers of the music score.  *** (R: AS, N, P) (Also on On Demand)

“GRETEL & HANSEL”: Still quite a grim fairy tale (see what we did there?), the legendary story of the siblings whose trek into the woods turns memorable for all the wrong reasons gets a highly atmospheric, filmed-in-Ireland revision that certainly isn’t for young children … though older ones may have a certain appreciation of it. Sophia Lillis (“It Chapter Two”) and Samuel Leakey assume the title roles of the sister and brother whose trek takes a terrifying turn when they encounter a witch (Alice Krige) who has very bad intentions for the two of them. DVD extra: “Storybook” featurette. *** (PG-13: AS, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray and On Demand)

“RAY DONOVAN: SEASON SEVEN”: Showtime canceled this commendably moody drama series after this round was televised, catching a number of people — including title star Liev Schreiber, who has vowed that somehow, there will be more of it — by surprise. In what became its last season at least for now, “fixer” Ray tries to disassociate his family from a murder, with his father Mickey (Jon Voight) making things particularly complicated … as usual. Kerry Condon plays a potential love interest for Ray, with Alan Alda continuing his role as Ray’s psychiatrist, who has a particularly tough time getting his patient to open up. Schreiber also co-wrote what could remain the series finale, and Kyra Sedgwick directed one of the season’s episodes. Eddie Marsan, Dash Mihok, Pooch Hall and Katherine Moenning are among other casting members who stayed until the presumed end. *** (Not rated: AS, N, P, V)

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

COMING SOON (Upcoming releases):





“DOWNHILL”  (May 19)


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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