New to DVD and On Demand Releases for September 6 - 12
Releasing this week:
"The Age of Adaline": Some have referred to former "Gossip Girl'' star Blake Lively as a timeless beauty, and that's never been more true than in her title performance in this fantasy-drama, which draws fresh pathos from a familiar premise. She plays a woman whose aging is halted by an accident, leaving her to appear eternally young ... a dilemma for her as those around her grow older. The situation becomes especially dicey when she finds her true love (Michiel Huisman, "Game of Thrones'') and becomes acquainted with his parents (Harrison Ford, particularly good here, and Kathy Baker). Ellen Burstyn also stars, and Lively holds her own impressively against such high-caliber colleagues. DVD extras: three "making-of'' documentaries; audio commentary by director Lee Toland Krieger; deleted scenes. (PG-13: AS, P) (Also on Blu-ray and On Demand)
"Gotham: The Complete First Season": The roots of several legends are traced by this visually striking Fox series that's based around young police detective Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie), who will go on to become the police commissioner of Gotham City. Before he gets there, he and his ethically flexible partner Bullock (Donal Logue) run across early versions of such nemeses as the Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor), the Riddler (Cory Michael Smith) and Catwoman (Camren Bicondova) -- as well as the childhood Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz), who will grow into a certain Caped Crusader. Jada Pinkett Smith is impressive as the power-hungry Fish Mooney. DVD extras: "making-of'' documentaries; deleted scenes; outtakes. (Not rated: AS, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray)
"Homeland: The Complete Fourth Season": One of television's most acclaimed, complex and challenging dramas resumes, opening with Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) stationed for the CIA in Kabul -- where an air strike against a terrorist has devastating consequences and ultimately leads Carrie to connect with the target`s nephew (Suraj Sharma, "Life of Pi'') in Pakistan. Mandy Patinkin's Saul becomes a major factor in the dealings between the two sides. Rupert Friend also continues in the Showtime series as the enigmatic Peter Quinn. (Also on Blu-ray)
Also Releasing this week:
"American Heist": Family ties mean trouble for the brother (Hayden Christensen, also a producer of the film) of a newly minted ex-con (Adrien Brody), just released from a sentence for a crime they staged together, in this melodrama. The former inmate sees few options but to turn back to his illegal ways, and he wants his sibling to go in on one final heist with him. Jordana Brewster and Rachel Bilson ("Hart of Dixie'') also appear in the picture inspired by the 1959 cult classic "The Great St. Louis Bank Robbery,'' which was one of Steve McQueen's earliest starring credits. (R: AS, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray and On Demand)
"Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Season Two": The Fox police comedy continues with a particularly notable recurring guest star -- Kyra Sedgwick, who largely gets to send up her Emmy-winning role in "The Closer'' as a longtime professional nemesis of Captain Holt (Andre Braugher). As she works with the precinct, others there have cause to wonder if she's "playing'' them just to stoke her standing rivalry with Holt. Andy Samberg, Terry Crews, Stephanie Beatriz, Joe Lo Truglio and Melissa Fumero also continue as regular cast members. DVD extras: deleted scenes. (Not rated: AS, P, V)
"Blue Bloods: The Fifth Season": Personal and professional challenges continue -- and often conflict -- for New York's law-and-order Reagan family in this most recent round of the CBS drama. Police commissioner Frank (Tom Selleck) has his detective son Danny's (Donnie Wahlberg) former boss (Robert Clohessy) as a new adviser, and Danny himself ends up with an on-the-job crisis that cuts very close to the home front ... and tests him to keep his emotions in check. Bridget Moynahan, Will Estes and Len Cariou also still star. (Not rated: AS, P, V)
"Empire: Season One" (Sept. 15): Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson head the cast of the Fox drama series about a music-industry titan and his divisive family. (Not rated: AS, P)
"Furious 7'' (Sept. 15): Paul Walker's last film in the franchise finds Dom (Vin Diesel) and his hard-driving comrades hunted as well as hunting. (PG-13: AS, P, V)
"Lost in Space" (Sept. 15): The Irwin Allen-produced 1960s sci-fi classic makes its Blu-ray debut, with Guy Williams and June Lockhart as the heads of the family stranded among the stars. (Not rated: V)
"Pitch Perfect 2" (Sept. 22): The Bellas return to take part in a global a cappella competition; Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson reprise their roles. (PG-13: AS, P)
"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) "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)
TOP 10 DVD RENTALS (week ending ending August 2, courtesy of Rentrak Corp.)
1) "Get Hard"
2) "Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2"
3) "Kingsman: The Secret Service"
4) "Run All Night"
6) "Unfinished Business"
7) "Ex Machina"
8) "Jupiter Ascending"
9) "The Gunman"
10) "American Sniper"
FAMILY VIEWING GUIDE KEY: AS, adult situations; N, nudity; P, profanity; V, violence; GV, particularly graphic violence.
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