New to DVD and On Demand Releases for September 24 - 30

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24 September 2017
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:
Transformers: The Last Knight"Transformers: The Last Knight": If you didn't think a story in this series inspired by the enduringly popular toy line would have anything to do with the days of King Arthur, this one goes there. Mark Wahlberg's scruffy character is back, this time teamed up with an Oxford professor (Laura Haddock) who has a keen interest in the magician Merlin ... which evidently has something to do with the converting robots. If that's not enough to try to transform "Transformers'' into something grander, Anthony Hopkins also is on hand, but let there be no mistake: Returning director Michael Bay's ultimate modus operandi remains the same, to make things blow up real good and real loud. And that, he certainly does here. Josh Duhamel and John Turturro also are back from earlier editions, and the character Bumblebee is slated to get his (its?) own spinoff. *** (PG-13: AS, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray and On Demand)
Transformers: The Last Knight"47 Meters Down": Though her series "This Is Us'' hadn't premiered yet, the buzz on it was strong enough to prompt (along with the film's sale to another studio) a holdback of this Mandy Moore-starring undersea thriller, which delayed its then-scheduled home-video debut to go for a theatrical run ... and one that yielded respectable profits. Moore and Claire Holt spend a lot of screen time way below the surface as vacationing sisters who plunge to the bottom of the ocean when the cable attaching their protective cage to a boat comes loose, making them easy prey for sharks. The intense thriller also stars Matthew Modine as the boat's captain. *** (PG-13: P, V) (Also on Blu-ray and On Demand)
2:22"2:22'': The title time has definite significance in this supernatural drama, as Michiel Huisman ("Game of Thrones'') plays an air-traffic controller rendered helpless by a sudden flash of light ... and almost causing two passenger planes to collide. While on a forced leave from his job, he realizes that certain things are happening in his life at the same time every day, but his developing relationship with an art-gallery worker (Teresa Palmer, "Hacksaw Ridge'') may prompt him to find a way to break that pattern. Sam Reid ("Prime Suspect: Tennison''), Simone Kessell and Kerry Armstrong also star. *** (PG-13: AS, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray)

Also Releasing this Week:
"Longmire: The Complete Fifth Season": If you don't have Netflix -- or maybe even if you do -- these episodes of the modern Western formerly seen on A&E Network will be new to you. Based on novels by Craig Johnson, the show had its second round on the streaming service with these tales, which begin with a wounded Sheriff Walt Longmire (played by Robert Taylor) recuperating and trying to determine who attempted to kill him. Matters get even more complicated for him with some of his once-closest allies now working for his rival (A Martinez), and with his relationship with his deputy Vic (Katee Sackhoff) turning more than professional. Cassidy Freeman and Lou Diamond Phillips also star; the show's next Netflix season will be its last. *** (Not rated: AS, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray)
"Taken: Season One": The hugely successful Liam Neeson action-movie franchise has gotten a television-series variation with this drama, also from filmmaker Luc Besson and casting Clive Standen ("Vikings'') as central character Bryan Mills in his younger years. After serving as a Green Beret, Mills tries to exorcise his hunger for personal revenge by going to work for the CIA and using his very special -- and very lethal -- set of skills. Jennifer Beals also stars, but virtually all of the rest of the regular cast seen here (including Michael Irby and Gaius Charles) has been dismissed from the forthcoming Season 2 of the show. DVD extra: "making-of'' documentary. *** (Not rated: AS, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray)
"Ned and Stacey: the Complete Series": Before Debra Messing became part of another sitcom title duo (and one that lasted a lot longer) in the now-being-revived "Will & Grace,'' she teamed with Thomas Haden Church in this Fox sitcom. Each character has a need for the other, since Ned's rise in the advertising world may be limited unless he has a spouse to show, and free-lance writer Stacey needs a place to live. Despite the mutual convenience their in-name-only marriage provides, the two frequently argue -- and where that leads will be new even for those who watched the show, since its run was terminated before all the episodes could be shown. Greg Germann ("Ally McBeal'') and Nadia Dajani also are cast regulars. DVD extras: "making-of'' documentary; audio commentary on pilot episode. *** (Not rated: AS, P)

Upcoming Releases:
"American Horror Story: Roanoke" (Oct. 3): The sixth season of the FX drama series takes the form of a re-enactment show about an encounter with the paranormal. (Not rated: AS, P, V)
"The Book of Henry" (Oct. 3): A woman (Naomi Watts) and her surviving son try to carry out her late child's plans against a neighbor. (PG-13: AS, P)
"Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" (Oct. 3): Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) has adventures anew as he seeks an artifact that will keep a murderous enemy at bay. (PG-13: AS, V)
"The House" (Oct. 10): To fund their daughter's college tuition, a couple (Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler) opens a makeshift casino. (R: AS, N, P, V)
"Baby Driver" (Oct. 10): A getaway driver (Ansel Elgort) can't get out of the grasp of the crime kingpin (Kevin Spacey) who employs him. (R: AS, P, V)
"Fallen" (Oct. 10): A teen (Addison Timlin) finds herself enmeshed in a timeless love triangle at her new reform school. (PG-13: AS, P, V)
"Girls Trip" (Oct. 17): Several longtime friends reunite for a trip to New Orleans and get new revelations along the way; Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Regina Hall and Tiffany Haddish star. (R: AS, N, P)

Oldies But Goodies:
"The Deep" (1977): A treasure-seeking couple (Nick Nolte, Jacqueline Bisset) runs afoul of criminals in this adaptation of Peter Benchley's novel; Robert Shaw also stars. *** (Also on Blu-ray)
"The Sailor Who Fell From Grace Wth The Sea'' (1976): The wonderfully moody drama, about a widow's (Sarah Miles) romance with a sailor (Kris Kristofferson) -- to her son's (Jonathan Kahn) chagrin -- comes to Blu-ray. ***
"Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" (1978): The curio of a musical based on the iconic Beatles album makes its Blu-ray debut; stars include the Bee Gees, Peter Frampton and Steve Martin. ***

TOP 10 DVD & Blu-Ray Rentals
(Week ending September 10, 2017, Courtesy of 

1)  "Baywatch"
2)  "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2"
3)  "Snatched"
4)  "Alien: Covenant"
5)  "The Boss Baby"
6)  "Rough Night"
7)  "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword"
8)  "The Fate of the Furious"
9)  "Kong: Skull Island"
10) "All Eyez On Me"

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