New to DVD and On Demand Releases for July 15 - 21

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15 July 2018
VIEW FROM THE COUCH
By Jay Bobbin Zap2it
(Ratings for each film begin with a "star'' rating -- one star meaning "poor,'' four meaning "excellent'' -- followed by the Motion Picture Association of America rating, and then by a family-viewing guide, the key for which appears below.)

 
Releasing this Week:
 
A Quiet Place"Rampage": Expectedly big and loud, this adaptation of the same-named video game casts Dwayne Johnson -- reunited with director Brad Peyton ("San Andreas''), and again doing his established action-hero-with-humor thing -- as a primatologist who faces a dilemma when his gorilla friend is among the animals genetically altered by fallen material from space and turned lethal. The survival of Chicago is in question unless the animals can be stopped by the Johnson character and his colleagues; Naomie Harris, "The Walking Dead's'' Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Malin Akerman ("Billions'') and Jake Lacy also are among the humans in the cast. As usual in cases like this, though, the members of the special-effects team also are among the true stars. DVD extra: "making-of'' documentary. *** (PG-13: AS, P, V)
I Feel Pretty"I Feel Pretty": Amy Schumer stays true to her brand in this comedy, playing a cosmetics-company worker who's aware she doesn't match the physical perfection that the firm promotes ... but what if she thought she did? That happens when an accident in a spin class leaves her envisioning herself as the hottest of the hot, though everyone around her sees her the same way they always have physically. The premise lets Schumer cash in fully on her in-your-face humor, opposite such co-stars as Lauren Hutton as the cosmetics firm's founder and Michelle Williams -- who's wonderfully funny in her own right here -- as Hutton's granddaughter and employee. Emily Ratajkowski, Busy Philipps and "Saturday Night Live's'' Aidy Bryant also appear in the tale from the writers of Drew Barrymore's "Never Been Kissed.'' DVD extras: "making-of'' documentary; deleted scenes; outtakes. *** (PG-13: AS, N, P) (Also on Blu-ray and On Demand)
Isle of Dogs"Isle of Dogs": Typically unique filmmaker Wes Anderson tackled animation with "Fantastic Mr. Fox,'' and he does so again with this Japan-set tale of a youngster whose dog is taken from him by mayoral decree. That won't keep the boy from being reunited with his beloved canine, and he goes to the island where the dog has been taken -- along with many others -- to retrieve him. Included in the star-laden voice cast are Bryan Cranston, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Scarlett Johansson, Frances McDormand, Edward Norton, Harvey Keitel, Liev Schreiber, Tilda Swinton, Anjelica Huston, F. Murray Abraham, Yoko Ono and "Lady Bird'' filmmaker Greta Gerwig. *** (PG-13: AS, V) (Also on Blu-ray and On Demand)


Also Releasing this Week:

I Feel Pretty"Truth or Dare": The classic title game gets some supernatural twists in this well-acted thriller, casting Lucy Hale ("Pretty Little Liars,'' "Life Sentence'') as one of several friends vacationing in Mexico when they're drawn into a lethal variation on the contest. The young travelers then take turns playing, though the consequences could be -- and often turn out to be -- dire if they lose. Tyler Posey ("Teen Wolf'') and Violett Beane ("The Flash'') also are in the cast. (PG-13: AS, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray and On Demand)
Super Troopers 2"Super Troopers 2": A long-in-coming sequel -- 17 years, to be exact -- this comedy revisits the offbeat police officers who lose their jobs, only to have the chance to get them back when territorial ownership of a region between New York State and Quebec is in question. International relations are in jeopardy as intrigue and danger ensue, generally played for laughs. Among the stars are Jay Chandrasekhar (also the director and co-writer here), Seann William Scott (who's about to join the Fox series version of "Lethal Weapon''), Emmanuelle Chriqui, Damon Wayans Jr., Jim Gaffigan, Rob Lowe, Lynda Carter and (as himself) Fred Savage. DVD extras: theatrical trailers; two "making-of'' documentaries; extended and deleted scenes. *** (R: AS, N, P, V) (also on Blu-ray and On Demand)
Andover"Andover": Spouses Jonathan Silverman and Jennifer Finnigan -- who also are both appearing this summer in Season 3 of the CBS series "Salvation'' -- play on-screen mates in writer-director merging of comedy, drama and fantasy. Actually, Silverman's widower character is an expert in genetics who uses his knowledge to clone his wife, multiple times. The result is a something of a more emotional take on the Michael Keaton movie "Multiplicity.'' Richard Kind, Angela Kinsey ("The Office''), Scout Taylor-Compton and Steven Bauer ("Scarface'') also are in the cast. *** (Not rated: AS, P) (Also on Blu-ray and On Demand)

 
Upcoming Releases:

"Ready Player One" (July 24): The Steven Spielberg-directed fantasy casts Tye Sheridan as a youth vying to win a virtual-reality game for multiple reasons. (PG-13: N, P, V)
"Counterpart: The Complete First Season" (July 31): Oscar winner J.K. Simmons has dual roles, as an intelligence-agency drone and his much more adventurous doppelganger, in the Starz series. (Not rated: AS, P, V)
"Overboard" (July 31): A revision of the Goldie Hawn-Kurt Russell comedy stars Anna Faris as a single mom who gets revenge on her suddenly amnesiac ex-employer (Eugenio Derbez). (PG-13: AS, N, P)
"Breaking In" (Aug. 7): A woman (Gabrielle Union) does whatever it takes to save her children from thieves in a security-laden vacation house. (PG-13: AS, P, V)
"The Good Doctor: Season One'' (Aug. 7): One of the past television season's top new hits, this ABC drama stars Freddie Highmore as a skilled young surgeon who has autism and a new job at a major hospital. (Not rated: AS, P)
"Life of the Party" (Aug. 7): After her husband calls it quits with her, a woman (Melissa McCarthy) decides to go back and finish her college education. (PG-13: AS, P)
"Here and Now" (Aug. 7): Holly Hunter and Tim Robbins play the heads of a very diverse family in this HBO drama series from producer Alan Ball ("True Blood''). (Not rated: AS, P)


Oldies But Goodies:

"King Kong" (1933): For many viewers, the original version of the saga of the giant ape and the woman he loves (Fay Wray) remains the best. **** (Also on Blu-ray)
"The Royal Tenenbaums" (2001): Wes Anderson's tale of a very dysfunctional family's reunion stars Gene Hackman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben Stiller and brothers Luke and Owen Wilson. *** (Also on Blu-ray)
"Running Scared" (1986): Billy Crystal and Gregory Hines play Chicago police-detective partners in pursuit of an old enemy (Jimmy Smits). *** (Also on Blu-ray)


TOP 10 DVD & Blu-Ray Rentals
(Week ending July 8, 2018, Courtesy of 
comScore)

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


 
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