New to DVD and On Demand Releases for May 24 - 30
Releasing this week:
"Seventh Son": When a witch's (Julianne Moore) power grows and threatens the world at large, the last (Jeff Bridges) of a group of defenders against the supernatural needs fresh help in this decidedly odd but interestingly cast fantasy. Ben Barnes ("Sons of Liberty'') plays the novice who enters the scene as the path to stopping the sorceress becomes more perilous ... and more special-effects-infused. Based on Joseph Delaney's novel "The Spook's Apprentice,'' the film also features Alicia Vikander (of the upcoming movie version of "The Man From U.N.C.L.E.''), Kit Harington ("Game of Thrones'') and Djimon Hounsou. (PG-13: P, V) (Also on Blu-ray and On Demand)
"The Loft": Remade by Belgian director Erik Van Looy from his own earlier film, this melodrama poses a big problem for five married men who keep a secret penthouse for liaisons with their respective mistresses. A dead woman (Isabel Lucas, whose background is detailed in the story's plentiful flashbacks) is found there, prompting the members of the quintet to start suspecting one another of murder. Karl Urban, James Marsden, Wentworth Miller ("Prison Break''), Eric Stonestreet ("Modern Family'') and -- in the same role he played in the first version -- Matthias Schoenaerts portray the men. (R: AS, N, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray and On Demand)
"Sons of Liberty": History -- which also happens to be the name of the network that first showed this miniseries -- gets literally dramatic twists as Sam Adams (Ben Barnes) and a British governor (Sean Gilder) try to outmaneuver each other while rioting wracks Boston. A certain tea party and the famous ride of Paul Revere also factor into the saga. Cast members also include Marton Csokas, Dean Norris ("Breaking Bad''), Henry Thomas, Ryan Eggold ("The Blacklist''), Rafe Spall, Jason O'Mara and Emily Berrington ("24: Live Another Day''). DVD extras: three "making-of'' documentaries. (Not rated: AS, V) (Also on Blu-ray)
Also Releasing this week:
"Ray Donovan: The Complete Second Season": Soon to start Season 3, the superbly cast, well-acted Showtime drama series continues here with "fixer'' Ray (Liev Schreiber) concerned about his estranged ex-con father Mickey (Jon Voight) as two newcomers to their lives -- an overbearing federal agent and a determined reporter (Hank Azaria, Vinessa Shaw) -- look into their activities, specifically Mickey's involvement in a recent murder. Ann-Margret and Wendell Pierce ("The Wire'') also join the cast for this season. Paula Malcomson, Eddie Marsan and Katherine Moennig also are among the returning regulars. (Not rated: AS, N, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray)
"The Nanny: The Complete Series": Also being a co-creator and executive producer of this sitcom, Fran Drescher gave herself a long CBS run as saucy Fran Fine, the unlikely employee of conservative Broadway producer Maxwell Sheffield (Charles Shaughnessy). His children (Nicholle Tom, Benjamin Salisbury, Madeline Zima) take to her right away, even if his business partner (Lauren Lane) is slower to warm up to her. Daniel Davis plays the household servant, and Renee Taylor has a recurring role as Fran's mother. Guest stars include everyone from Pamela Anderson and David Letterman to Elizabeth Taylor and Elton John. DVD extras: "making-of'' documentary; audio commentary by Drescher on selected episodes; interview with Drescher and executive producer and co-creator Peter Marc Jacobson. (Not rated: AS)
"The Saint: The Complete Series": You know who Simon Templar is by the halo over his head ... even if it only was for the show's memorable opening credits. Roger Moore established himself as an international star, and set himself up to assume the role of James Bond later, as author Leslie Charteris' self-styled troubleshooter. Many notable British talents were guest stars on the show before they established their own fame, including Oscar winner Julie Christie and two actresses who would become icons in different portions of "Goldfinger,'' Honor Blackman and Shirley Eaton. DVD extras: "making-of'' documentary; audio commentary by Moore and/or others on selected episodes. (Not rated: AS, V)
"Jupiter Ascending" (June 2): A young woman (Mila Kunis), leading a rather ordinary life, turns out to be the key to the future of the universe; Channing Tatum also stars in the ``Matrix''-veteran Wachowskis' fantasy. (PG-13: AS, N, V)
"Focus" (June 2): A seasoned con artist (Will Smith) teams with a relative newcomer (Margot Robbie) professionally and personally. (R: AS, P, V)
"The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water" (June 2): Pursuing the stolen recipe for Krabby Patties, SpongeBob SquarePants and his allies enter the world above theirs in this animated tale. (PG: AS)
"Kingsman: The Secret Service" (June 9): A street-smart youth (Taron Egerton) is recruited for global espionage work; Colin Firth, Michael Caine and Samuel L. Jackson also star. (R: AS, P, V)
"Chappie"' (June 16): A stolen, futuristic police robot becomes a threat when it's enabled to think for itself; Hugh Jackman stars in writer-director Neill Blomkamp's sci-fi thriller. (R: N, P, V)
TOP 10 DVD RENTALS (week ending ending April 19, courtesy of Rentrak)
2) "Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb"
3) "Exocus" Gods and Kings"
4) "The Imitation Game"
5) "Wild Card"
6) "Penguins of Madagascar"
7) "Big Hero 6"
8) "Into the Woods"
9) "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1"
FAMILY VIEWING GUIDE KEY: AS, adult situations; N, nudity; P, profanity; V, violence; GV, particularly graphic violence.
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