New to DVD and On Demand Releases for September 20 - 26

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22 September 2015
By Jay Bobbin 
Releasing this week:

Pitch Perfect 2"Pitch Perfect 2": The Bellas sing again in this enjoyable sequel directed by returning co-star Elizabeth Banks, also a producer of both this and the original. Humiliated on a major scale during a presidential performance, the a cappella group seeks fresh glory in a global competition, but some intense rivals won't make that easy. Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, Alexis Knapp and Skylar Astin are joined by cast newcomer Hailee Steinfeld ("True Grit''). John Michael Higgins also is back as Banks' partner in commenting on the contest. DVD extras: "making-of'' documentary; outtakes; deleted, extended and alternate scenes. (PG-13: AS, P) (Also on Blu-ray and On Demand)
The Flash: The Complete First Season
"The Flash: The Complete First Season": Tried earlier as a television series, the DC Comics franchise has had much more success the second time around with the CW show starring Grant Gustin as Barry Allen, who acquires super-speed through a lab accident. His efforts to keep Central City safe also involve colleague Caitlin Snow (Danielle Panabaker), policeman Joe West (Jesse L. Martin) and the ultimately duplicitous Dr. Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh). Crossover stories with the fellow DC/CW series "Arrow'' are involved; Candice Patton, Carlos Valdes and Rick Cosnett also star, with John Wesley Shipp -- who was television's first "Flash'' -- recurring as Barry's father. (Not rated: P, V) (Also on Blu-ray)
Saint Laurent"Saint Laurent": Anyone who knows fashion knows the name that gives this biographical drama its title. Gaspard Ulliel stars as Yves Saint Laurent, whose designs largely were inspired by the culture of the late 1960s and early 1970s ... though the times also caused him personal distress as he built his label into an internationally recognized force. Presented in French with English subtitles, and showcased at several prestigious festivals including Cannes, the film also features Lea Seydoux -- soon to be seen in the next James Bond installment, "SPECTRE'' -- and veteran actor Helmut Berger. (R: AS, N, P) (Also on Blu-ray and On Demand)
"The Last Man on Earth: The Complete First Season": Also the show's creator, "Saturday Night Live'' alum Will Forte has the title part in this frequently clever Fox sitcom, which puts spins on a concept treated seriously in such movies as "I Am Legend'' and `"The Omega Man.'' In the year 2020, Phil Miller (Forte) apparently is the sole survivor of a virus -- and just as he's convinced no one else is alive, he gets a surprise. Suffice it to say Kristin Schaal and January Jones ("Mad Men'') eventually turn up as co-stars, with Mary Steenburgen in a guest role. DVD extras: two "making-of'' documentaries; deleted scenes; audio commentary on selected episodes; outtakes; question-and-answer panel.(Not rated: AS, P)

Also Releasing this week:
"Modern Family: The Complete Sixth Season": Technology plays a major role in certain stories in this round of the much-honored ABC sitcom, as both Claire (Julie Bowen) and Phil (Ty Burrell) have to rely on it to stay in touch with the family while traveling. Also, Haley (Sarah Hyland) has a memorable 21st birthday, and the clan celebrates Halloween, Thanksgiving, Valentine's Day and Alex's (Ariel Winter) high-school graduation. Ed O'Neill, Sofia Vergara, Eric Stonestreet and Jesse Tyler Ferguson also star. (Not rated: AS, P) 
"The Red Road: The Complete Second Season": The SundanceTV drama series continues a year after Season 1 left off, with Harold Jensen's (Martin Henderson) police career on the ascent and a casino a possibility for the tribe. However, for all the promise that seems to exist for certain people, complicated family ties and problematic alliances threaten to keep those individuals weighed down. Jason Momoa, Julianne Nicholson, Tamara Tunie, Lisa Bonet and Tom Sizemore also return, with Wes Studi joining the cast. DVD extra: "making-of'' documentary. (Not rated: AS, P, V)

Upcoming Releases:
"Entourage" (Sept. 29): The movie continuation of the former HBO comedy series reunites cast members including Adrian Grenier, Kevin Dillon and Jeremy Piven. (R: AS, N, P)
"Outlander: Season 1, Volume 2" (Sept. 29): The epic Starz romantic adventure continues, with Claire (Caitriona Balfe) involved in an effort to rescue Jamie (Sam Heughan). (Not rated: AS, N, P, V)
"Poltergeist" (Sept. 29): A revision of the horror tale casts Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt as a couple whose child is taken by evil spirits. (PG-13: AS, P, V)
"Spy" (Sept. 29): Melissa McCarthy plays a CIA analyst who becomes a surprisingly effective field agent. (R and unrated versions: AS, P, V)
"Avengers: Age of Ultron" (Oct. 2): Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), alias Iron Man, unwittingly generates a new enemy (voice of James Spader) for himself and his Marvel superhero allies. (PG-13: P, V)

"Insidious Chapter 3" (Oct. 6): Paranormal sleuths try to help a teen (Stefanie Scott) who's convinced her late mother is reaching out to her. (PG-13: AS, P, V)
"Magic Mike XXL" (Oct. 6): Mike (Channing Tatum) and his former male-stripper peers reunite for a final performance; Matt Bomer and Joe Manganiello also return. (R: AS, N, P)
"Me and Earl and the Dying Girl" (Oct. 6): A teen (Thomas Mann) gets plenty of life lessons from his new friendship with an ill classmate (Olivia Cooke). (PG-13: 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)
"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 16, courtesy of Rentrak Corp.)
1) "The Divergent Series: Insurgent"
2) "Get Hard"

3) "Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2:
4) "The Longest Ride"
5) "Kingsman: The Secret Service"
6) "Focus"
7) "Unfinished Business"
8) "The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel"
9) "Run All Night
10) "The Gunman"

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