New to DVD and On Demand Releases for September 2 - 8

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02 September 2018
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:
Adrift"Adrift": Their new romance takes two young people, played by Shailene Woodley and Sam Claflin, on a quest to return a boat to California -- which turns into a fight to survive -- in this fact-inspired drama. They sail right into a Category 4 hurricane, and once the waves hit their vessel, they have a lot more to concern themselves with than blossoming love. Well-executed special effects help the overall result greatly, along with the involving performances. DVD extras: theatrical trailers; three "making-of'' documentaries; audio commentary by Woodley and director Baltasar Kormakur; deleted scenes. *** (PG-13: AS, N, P, V)
Won't You Be My Neighbor"Won't You Be My Neighbor?'': Childhood memories are bound to come flooding back for many viewers of this wonderful documentary recalling the gentle wisdom and demeanor of the late Fred Rogers, whose public-television classic "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood'' (which actually originated on Canadian TV) kept countless youngsters company and taught them life lessons. A number of his colleagues reflect on their experiences with the sweater-wearing icon and the impact that he had, in what proved to be quite an emotional time in the theater -- and a box-office success -- during its original run. Tom Hanks is slated to portray Rogers in a forthcoming film. *** (PG-13: AS, P)
Young Sheldon: The Complete First Season"Young Sheldon: The Complete First Season": The earlier years of Jim Parsons' unnervingly brainy "The Big Bang Theory'' character Sheldon Cooper are examined in this CBS spinoff, one of the few certifiable hits among new series last season ... so, of course, it will have a second year that starts soon. While Parsons narrates this show, the excellent Iain Armitage ("Big Little Lies'') is perfectly cast as young Sheldon, whose pernickety ways are quite clear to his parents (Zoe Perry -- whose mother, Laurie Metcalf, plays the same role on "Big Bang'' -- and Lance Barber. Jon Favreau directed the pilot, and Howard Deutch ("Pretty in Pink'') called the shots on several other episodes. Annie Potts also stars. *** (Not rated)

Hawaii Five-0: The Eighth Season"Hawaii Five-0: The Eighth Season": The CBS reboot of the police drama underwent some big changes in this season, since original cast members Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park were gone, and Meaghan Rath and Beulah Koale signed up as new members of the law-enforcement squad. Series star Alex O'Loughlin -- alias team leader Steve McGarrett -- directed one of the episodes, and "RoboCop'' star Peter Weller returned to handle that job on a couple of other stories. Joey Lawrence, Chris Vance and former series regular Michelle Borth are among returning guest stars. *** (Not rated: AS, P, V)

Also Releasing this Week:

Timeless: Season Two"Timeless: Season Two": At least for now, the saga ends with a cliffhanger -- but it's destined to be resolved in a two-part special that NBC intends to air during the end-of-year holidays. This is the season of the time-traveling adventure series that almost didn't happen, since the network canceled the show after its first year ... only to have a change of heart after an outcry from fans. Abigail Spencer, Matt Lanter and Malcolm Barrett play the trio sent to different eras and historical circumstances, with Goran Visnjic as the enemy who surprises them sometimes. Situations they find themselves in this time involve the Salem witch hunt, the release of "Citizen Kane'' and the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. *** (Not rated: AS, P, V)
Royal Weddings on Film"Royal Weddings on Film": Highlights of several of England's most prominent marital events during the past century are compiled in this documentary. As might be expected, given the timing of this release, the relatively recent nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are included. So is the wedding of his brother, Prince William, to Kate Middleton -- and the siblings' mother, Princess Diana, is seen taking her vows with Prince Charles. Delving much farther back into history, the program also covers the wedding of the then-future King George VI (part of whose story is known from "The King's Speech''), the first royal wedding that the public was able to see. *** (Not rated)

Upcoming Releases:

"Ocean's 8'' (Sept. 11): The sister (Sandra Bullock) of thief Danny Ocean leads a female crew in trying to steal an actress' (Anne Hathaway) priceless necklace. (PG-13: AS, P)
"Superfly" (Sept. 11): In this revision of the 1970s classic, a drug dealer (Trevor Jackson) aims for one last score that attracts many enemies. (R: AS, N, P, V)
"Fahrenheit 451" (Sept. 18): In this made-for-HBO remake of the Ray Bradbury fantasy classic, a fireman develops doubts about his mission to burn all books. (Not rated: AS, P)
"Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" (Sept. 18): Business interests have their own plans for the dinosaurs now threatened by an active volcano; Chris Pratt and Bryce
Dallas Howard return. (PG-13: P, V)
"Billions: Season Three" (Sept. 25): Axe and Chuck (Damian Lewis, Paul Giamatti) both end up in unexpected positions in this season of the Showtime drama series. (Not rated: AS, N, P)
"Solo: A Star Wars Story" (Sept. 25): Alden Ehrenreich has the title role as the younger years of rogue pilot Han Solo are depicted by director Ron Howard. (PG-13: V)

Oldies But Goodies:

"All is Lost" (2013): Robert Redford holds the screen alone -- and is excellent -- as a solo sailor stranded at sea after a collision. *** (Also on Blu-ray)
"Mrs. Doubtfire" (1993): A divorced children's entertainer (Robin Williams) adopts a female alias to be able to stay close to his own youngsters. **** (Also on Blu-ray)
"Time After Time" (1979): H.G. Wells (Malcolm McDowell) uses his time machine to pursue Jack the Ripper (David Warner) into modern San Francisco. *** (Also on Blu-ray)

TOP 10 DVD & Blu-Ray Rentals
(Week ending August 19, 2018, Courtesy of 

1   "Life of the Party"
2    "Breaking In"
3    "Rampage"
4    "Overboard"
5    "Avengers: Infinity War"
6    "Ready Player One"
7    "I Feel Pretty"
8    "Super Troopers 2"
9    "Blumhouse's Truth or Dare"
10   "A Quiet Place"

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

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