New to DVD and On Demand Releases for April 26 - May 2

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26 April 2015
By Jay Bobbin 

Releasing this week:

Paddington"Paddington": The beloved title bear created by Michael Bond gets an enjoyable-for-all-ages movie showcase as he's brought to life via computer animation -- and the voice of Ben Whishaw ("Skyfall"). Seeking a new destiny for himself, he leaves Peru and travels to London, where he gets an adoptive family headed by Hugh Bonneville ("Downton Abbey'') and Sally Hawkins. He gets an enemy, too ... a taxidermist (Nicole Kidman, who obviously has fun with the role) determined to add him to her collection. Jim Broadbent and Peter Capaldi also appear. DVD extras: three "making-of'' documentaries; music video. (PG: AS) (Also on Blu-ray and On Demand)
Inherent Vice"Inherent Vice": Marking the first film adaptation of a Thomas Pynchon novel, director-screenwriter Paul Thomas Anderson's ("There Will Be Blood'') noir-themed, late-1960s patchwork boasts an impressive ensemble cast. A private eye (Joaquin Phoenix) has several missions, including helping his former flame (Katherine Waterston, daughter of "Law & Order'' alum Sam) protect her current beau (Eric Roberts) from those who might do him harm. Phoenix's "Walk the Line'' partner Reese Witherspoon, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Benicio Del Toro, Jena Malone, Martin Short and Maya Rudolph also are among the players. DVD extras: four "making-of'' documentaries. (R: AS, N, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray and On Demand)
The Boy Next Door"The Boy Next Door": A one-night stand has lasting, perilous effects for a martially troubled teacher (Jennifer Lopez) in this melodrama, a "Fatal Attraction'' relative that's both predictable and oddly enjoyable as directed by Rob Cohen ("The Fast and the Furious''). A studly young neighbor (Ryan Guzman) catches the woman in a moment of weakness and subsequent intimacy that she regrets afterward -- and even more so as his obsession with her only intensifies. Kristen Chenoweth adds her typical spark as the heroine's best friend, and John Corbett and Ian Nelson play Lopez's husband and son. (R: AS, N, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray and On Demand)
The Gambler"The Gambler": Originally made in the mid-1970s with James Caan in the lead role, this drama now features Mark Wahlberg as a professor whose gambling addiction ultimately means trouble not only for him, but possibly for his loved ones as well. With large debts owed to a mobster and a loan shark, he finds his time running out. As he so often is, John Goodman is the bright spot here as another funding source; Jessica Lange, Brie Larson and Michael K. Williams ("Boardwalk Empire'') also are featured. (R: AS, N, P) (Also on Blu-ray and Video on Demand)


Also Releasing this week:
The Wedding Ringer"The Wedding Ringer": Kevin Hart and Josh Gad ("The Comedians,'' "Frozen'') clearly come from very different places in humor, and that marked difference largely works for their teaming in this comedy. Gad plays a groom who finds himself in desperate need of a best man as the wedding nears, so he turns to the operator (Kevin Hart) of a firm that furnishes them for a fee. Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting also stars as the bride-to-be, with Cloris Leachman, Mimi Rogers, Ken Howard, Whitney Cummings and (as himself) football legend Joe Namath in the cast as well. DVD extras: "making-of'' documentary; audio commentary by Gad and director and co-writer Jeremy Garelick. (R: AS, N, P) (Also on Blu-ray and On Demand)
The Mentalist: The Complete Seventh and Final Season"The Mentalist: The Complete Seventh and Final Season": The last round of the recently concluded CBS show still offers its share of crime, but it also has much to do with the personal relationship of "mentalist'' Patrick Jane and FBI operative Teresa Lisbon (Simon Baker, Robin Tunney), which they try to keep secret from their co-workers as the season begins. By the end of the 13 episodes, though, it's definitely a secret no more. Series star Baker also directed one of the stories; Josie Loren became a new cast regular. (Not rated: AS, P, V)


Upcoming Releases:
Selma"Selma" (May 5): In director Ava DuVernay's Oscar-winning drama, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (played by David Oyelowo) leads the legendary 1965 march advocating voting equality. (PG-13: AS, P, V)
(Also on Blu-ray and On Demand)
(Also on Blu-ray and HD & SD On Demand)

"Goodfellas" (May 5): For its 25th anniversary, the true crime drama gets a newly remastered Blu-ray edition with new cast and director (Martin Scorsese) interviews. (R: AS, P, GV)
"Black or White" (May 5): A child becomes the object of a custody battle between two of her grandparents (Kevin Costner, Octavia Spencer). (PG-13: AS, P, V)
"The Last Five Years" (May 5): The romance of a would-be actress and an aspiring novelist (Anna Kendrick, Jeremy Jordan) is traced ... in reverse, and largely in song. (PG-13: AS, P)
"Fifty Shades of Grey" (May 8): A student and an entrepreneur (Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan) have a sizzling affair in the screen version of E.L. James' provocative best-seller. (R: AS, N, P)
"Blackhat" (May 12): A convict (Chris Hemsworth) is sprung to help dismantle a global cybercrime ring. (R: AS, P, V)


TOP 10 DVD RENTALS (week ending ending March 22, courtesy of Rentrak)
1) "The Hunger Games" Mockingjay - Part 1"
2) "Dumb and Duber To"
3) "Birdman"
4) "Big Hero 6"
5) "Nightcrawler"
6) "Horrible Bosses 2"
7) "Annie"
8) "Gone Girl"
9) "Dracula Untold"
10) "Lucy"


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