New to DVD and On Demand Releases for October 4 - 10
Releasing this week:
"Magic Mike XXL": The many fans of the original movie will know the source of the "magic'' in this effective sequel, with Channing Tatum -- whose life inspired the first film -- back in the title role of the now-former male stripper. His ex-comrades (fellow returnees Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Kevin Nash, Adam Rodriguez and Gabriel Iglesias) also have moved on from that career, but they decide to reunite for one last return to it for a club owner (Jada Pinkett-Smith) in Myrtle Beach, S.C. There's no Matthew McConaughey this time, but Andie MacDowell, Elizabeth Banks and Michael Strahan are among the other cast newcomers. DVD extras: two "making-of'' documentaries. (R: AS, N, P) (Also on Blu-ray and On Demand)
"Me and Earl and the Dying Girl": Reminiscent of "The Fault in Our Stars,'' this affecting drama -- adapted by Jesse Andrews from his own novel, honored at the most recent Sundance Film Festival -- focuses on a teen (Thomas Mann) who gets plenty of life lessons from his new friendship with an ill classmate (Olivia Cooke). His mother ("Nashville's'' Connie Britton) puts them together, and though he's reluctant to spend time with her at first, his outlook and demeanor change radically as a result of their association. RJ Cyler plays the Earl of the title, the hero's amateur-filmmaking comrade, with Nick Offerman ("Parks and Recreation'') and Molly Shannon also featured. DVD extras: theatrical trailer; audio commentary by director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon; deleted scenes; photo gallery. (PG-13: AS, P) (Also on Blu-ray and On Demand)
"American Horror Story: Freak Show": Arriving on home video just before FX debuts the next iteration of the franchise, "Hotel,'' this drama series had lots of Emmy love showered on it recently ... making it the second-most-nominated program of the past television season. Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Emma Roberts, Evan Peters, Frances Conroy and Sarah Paulson (who superbly plays two parts in one body) are among the returnees for executive producer Ryan Murphy as the show probes the personalities and problems of the performers in a literal freak show of the 1950s, one of the last then in existence. Notable among the new cast members are Michael Chiklis, Finn Witrock and Patti Labelle. (Not rated: AS, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray)
"The Leftovers: The Complete First Season'': As its second round gets under way on HBO, the drama series based on the novel by Tom Perrotta -- who adapted it along with Damon Lindelof ("Lost'') -- suddenly removes a percentage of the world's population in an apparent Rapture. The residents of one upstate New York town struggle to cope with their losses, as different factions emerge among those who remain. The fine ensemble cast includes Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Liv Tyler, Christopher Eccleston, Michael Gaston and Carrie Coon ("Gone Girl''). Executive producer Peter Berg ("Friday Night Lights'') directed the first two episodes. (Not rated: AS, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray)
Also Releasing this week:
"Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!'': Washington, D.C., is the initial target this time -- but the setting soon shifts to Florida -- as perpetually hungry sharks rain down from the skies again in this latest entry in Syfy's franchise of campy yet gory horror movies. If you think we're kidding about "gory,'' just watch what happens to Frankie Muniz in his brief role as a military man who thinks he's well equipped to handle the crisis. David Hasselhoff also joins the cast as the ex-astronaut father of hero Fin (Ian Ziering), with Bo Derek, Mark Cuban, Ann Coulter, Jerry Springer and Penn & Teller among the many others appearing. Tara Reid, Mark McGrath and Cassie Scerbo also return. (Not rated: AS, P, GV) (Also on Blu-ray)
"Insiduous: Chapter 3": The horror franchise backs up to its roots -- prior to the first two films the starred Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne -- in a prequel that finds a teenager (Stefanie Scott) believing her recently deceased mother is trying to communicate with her. A psychic (genre veteran Lin Shaye) doesn't want to get involved but ultimately does, and from there, all bets are off as the world beyond doesn't appreciate the intrusion. Writer-director Leigh Whannell reprises his earlier acting role in the picture, with Dermot Mulroney also among the cast members. (PG-13: AS, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray and On Demand)
"Dope" (Oct. 13): A high-school senior's (Shameik Moore) ambitions for his future take a sharp turn via his experiences at an underground party. (R: AS, N, P, V)
"Mad Men: The Final Season - Part Two" (Oct. 13): Destinies are determined as the much-acclaimed drama series about the 1960s advertising world concludes. (Not rated: AS, P)
"San Andreas" (Oct. 13): A rescue pilot and his estranged wife (Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino) try to save their daughter when "the big one'' hits California. (PG-13: AS, P, V)
"Tomorrowland" (Oct. 13): An inventor and a young woman (George Clooney, Britt Robertson) are united by their shared thoughts of a unique place. (PG: P, V)
"Jurassic World" (Oct. 20): Trouble hits the expanded resort anew, thanks to a genetically altered breed of dinosaur; Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard star.
"Terminator Genisys" (Nov.10): He'll be back, all right: Arnold Schwarzenegger returns in a reboot of the sci-fi saga. (PG-13: N, P, V)
TOP 10 DVD RENTALS (week ending ending August 30, courtesy of Rentrak Corp.)
1) "Hot Pursuit"
2) "The Divergent Series: Insurgent"
3) "Get Hard"
6) "Longest Ride"
7) "Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2"
9) "Kingsman: The Secret Service"
10) "Unfinished Business"
FAMILY VIEWING GUIDE KEY: AS, adult situations; N, nudity; P, profanity; V, violence; GV, particularly graphic violence.
Other articles in On Demand News: