DVD Releases – Week of September 20 2020

STARTING THIS WEEK (New releases):

“THE GOOD FIGHT: SEASON FOUR”: The way it has worked out, this most recent season of CBS All Access’ spinoff of “The Good Wife” offers the final chances to see two of its founding stars — Cush Jumbo and Delroy Lindo — as cast regulars. After a devastating turn of events that sees their legal firm gobbled up by a much larger one, Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski), Lucca Quinn (Jumbo) and their colleagues are on their guard until they can determine just how permissive their new bosses will be. A mysterious memo also causes concern for the lawyers. In the first of the episodes here, writers (and series executive producers) Robert and Michelle King recast history, since the story purports that the 2006 presidential election had a different outcome. John Larroquette has a notable presence in these stories; Audra McDonald, Sarah Steele, Nyambi Nymabi and Michael Boatman also continue their roles. *** (Not rated: AS, P, V)

“MOST WANTED”: The fate of a man (played by Antoine Olivier Pilon) arrested for forced participation in a drug   deal rests with an investigative reporter (Josh Hartnett) in this “Midnight Express”-ish drama inspired by another true story. Sentenced to 100 years in a Thai prison, the entrapped man suffers greatly at the hands of his jailers … and his survival is in doubt unless the reporter can locate and expose the duplicitous cops who set up the convict. Actor-comedian Jim Gafigan, seen frequently on CBS’ “Sunday Morning,” also appears for writer-director Daniel Roby — as do Amanda Crew (“Silicon Valley”) and veteran Canadian talents Stephen McHattie and Don McKellar. *** (R: AS, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray and On Demand)

“DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW: THE COMPLETE FIFTH SEASON”: The latest round of the CW adventure series saw the departure of a prominent character, and it’s not a spoiler to mention it here, since the actor had telegraphed that it was coming long before. Brandon Routh makes his exit as Ray Palmer, alias The Atom, in the course of stories that find the Legends enjoying new fame … but still having to find outside financing to continue their missions. Rasputin, Jack the Ripper, mobster Bugsy Siegel, Marie Antoinette, Genghis Khan and William Shakespeare are among figures from history they encounter in their time-traveling. References are made to the superhero-show-uniting “Crisis on Infinite Earths” event, which preceded the start of this season; Matt Ryan’s John Constantine remains a transplanted presence, with Caity Lotz, Maisie Richardson-Sellers, Tala Ashe, Jes Macallan, Courtney Ford (Routh’s real-life wife), Olivia Swann, Nick Zano and Dominic Purcell also starring. *** DVD extras: “making-of” documentary; deleted scenes; outtakes. *** (Also on Blu-ray)

“EDDIE MURPHY 14-MOVIE COLLECTION”: This expansive grouping of DVDs spans the “Saturday Night Live” alum’s whole history of moviemaking at Paramount Pictures, and by and large, his earliest films there are the best. Solid examples: “48 HRS.,” with Murphy as a temporarily released convict helping a grouchy cop (Nick Nolte) track escaped fugitives; “Trading Places,” an extremely smart comedy about the financial world, casting Murphy and fellow “SNL” veteran Dan Aykroyd as men of very different stations in life who literally do trade places; and the mega-hit “Beverly Hills Cop,” featuring Murphy as a Detroit police detective who heads for California to probe a friend’s murder. Also included is Murphy’s Oscar-nominated turn in the screen version of the stage hit “Dreamgirls,” casting him as a music star whose career starts on a downslide. *** (PG, PG-13 and R: AS, N, P, V)

“ROYAL PAINS: THE COMPLETE SERIES”: The former USA Network comedy-drama about an ex-emergency-room doctor in relative paradise (played by Mark Feuerstein), privately marketing his services to those who need them — and are willing to pay handsomely for them — in the posh Hamptons of Long Island, N.Y., gets full-set treatment on DVD. Paulo Costanzo plays his brother, who becomes his partner in the business they dub HankMed, with Jill Flint as a hospital administrator who becomes involved with the medic both personally and professionally. Henry Winkler made recurring appearances over the show’s eight seasons as the siblings’ father in an enjoyable cast that also included Reshma Shetty, Brooke D’Orsay and Camobell Scott. *** (Not rated: AS, P)

“THE BEATLES IN AMERICA”: The very telling title of this documentary channels nothing less than one of the biggest pop-culture events of the 20th century, the arrival here of the iconically musical lads from Liverpool. The focus is on the year 1964, when John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr touched down on American soil that February and proceeded to captivate a country that already was tuned into Beatlemania, thanks to the hit songs they already had turned out.– and thanks also to their U.S. label, Capitol Records, which had an ingenious strategy to market them. “Meet the Beatles” was an enormously successful album, and for those who didn’t get to see them perform in person, a concert of theirs was presented in theaters across the nation via closed circuit. And, of course, there were their appearances on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show” … which were more than entertainment, they were genuine history. *** (Not rated)

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

COMING SOON (Upcoming releases):






“PARASITE” (Oct. 27)

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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