New to DVD and On Demand Releases for July 19 - 25
Releasing this week:
"Wild Horses": As he also did in "The Judge'' recently, Oscar winner Robert Duvall -- the director and screenwriter as well here -- plays a respected community member investigated for a possible dark side in this modern Western. His wealthy character comes under suspicion of involvement in a youngster's death, and the probe is complicated by the return of his estranged son (James Franco), who's more than just an interested observer in terms of the case. Luciana Duvall -- the star's wife, who also worked with him on "Assassination Tango'' -- plays the Texas Ranger bent on uncovering the truth; Josh Hartnett also stars (R: AS, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray and On Demand)
"What We Do In The Shadows'': Jemaine Clement ("Flight of the Conchords'') is a triple threat as co-writer, co-director and co-star of this send-up of both documentaries and horror movies that also makes him something of a threat in another sense. He, Taika Waititi (the picture's other writer-director) and Jonathan Brugh play vampires followed by cameras as they try to assimilate into ordinary daily life, which finds them experiencing roommate complications and being turned away at nightclub entrances. Amid such complications, it's remarkable they have enough focus left to prey upon humans for their blood. (R: AS, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray and On Demand)
"Scooby Doo and Kiss: Rock and Roll Mystery": Well, one thing is no mystery ... the members of the veteran rock band KISS will have a much easier time putting in all their makeup in animated form. Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley and company voice their cartoon likenesses as they join Scooby (voice by Frank Welker) and the Mystery Machine crew to stop an otherworldly evildoer who has invaded a KISS-themed amusement park. Some of the other voice-cast members also are notable, including Mindy Cohn ("The Facts of Life''), Pauley Perrette ("NCIS''), Jennifer Carpenter ("Dexter''), music star Darius Rucker and siblings Penny and Garry Marshall. (Not rated: V) (Also on Blu-ray)
Also Releasing this week:
"Sharknado: Feeding Frenzy": A little different than what the title might suggest, this release isn't another of the campy thrillers about sharks that drop from the skies onto the populations of major cities -- the third of those actually arrives this week on Syfy -- but rather, this is a documentary about how the franchise became so immediately and hugely popular, thanks in no small part to the massive trending of the title on social media. Many of those involved in the movie series talk about the unexpected effect its success has had on their careers. Of course, clips from the various "Sharknados'' are woven around the interviews. (Not rated: V)
"The Jokesters": Things actually aren't all that funny for the pranksters who decide to create one final, pull-out-all-stops episode for their television show in this thriller. The target of their stunts is their ringleader (Dante Spencer), who has decided to leave the group to get married ... and when their efforts to scare him backfire, they're the ones who end up experiencing the major frights. The movie takes the "Blair Witch Project'' approach of unfolding as supposedly lost and recovered film footage. Nathan Reid, Gabriel Tigerman and Jen Yeager also star. DVD extras: theatrical trailer; "making-of'' documentary; behind-the-scenes footage. (Not rated: AS, P, V) (Also on On Demand)
"Nature: Animal Childhood": The long-running PBS series often has told stories of animal families, but as the title indicates, this recently televised episode focuses specifically on younger members as they get ready to venture into the world on their own. In some cases, that happens very shortly after birth, with the relative infants having to learn quickly as they go through their first stages of life. Among the challenges they face are locating nourishment and finding others to befriend. (Not rated)
"Every Secret Thing" (Aug. 4): A detective (Elizabeth Banks) suspects two young women (Dakota Fanning, Danielle Macdonald) of involvement in a child's disappearance. (R: AS, P, V)
"Insurgent" (Aug. 4): The "Divergent'' sequel finds Tris (Shailene Woodley) trying to find respite while being hunted by enemies, physically and psychically. (PG-13: AS, P, V)
"True Story" (Aug. 4): A reporter (Jonah Hill) seeks a career rebirth by interviewing a jailed killer (James Franco) who has been posing as him. (R: AS, P)
"The Blacklist: The Coplete Second Season'' (Aug. 18): FBI agent Liz (Megan Boone) needs informant Red's (James Spader) help when some of her actions catch up to her. (Not rated: AS, P, V)
"Aloha" (Aug. 25): While on a mission in Hawaii, a military contractor (Bradley Cooper) gets involved with his professional liaison (Emma Stone) and an old flame (Rachel McAdams). (PG-13: AS, P)
"The Walking Dead: The Complete Fifth Season" (Aug. 25): The entire population of Earth faces a new threat in this latest round of the AMC hit. (Not rated: AS, P, GV)
"Gotham: The Complete First Season" (Sept. 8): Police detective Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) tries to keep the habitat of Batman-to-be Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) safe in The CW series. (Not rated: AS, P, V)
TOP 10 DVD RENTALS (week ending ending June 14, courtesy of Rentrak)
1) "Fifty Shades of Grey"
2) "Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water"
3) "The Boy Next Door"
4) "Taken 3"
5) "Project Almanac"
6) "The Duff"
7) "Seventh Son"
8) "The Wedding Ringer"
10) "Hot Tub Time Machine 2"
FAMILY VIEWING GUIDE KEY: AS, adult situations; N, nudity; P, profanity; V, violence; GV, particularly graphic violence.
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