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OnVideo's Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases

Tuesday, January 14 -- Monday, January 20

All DVD Releases

  • Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

    photo for Maleficent: Mistress of Evil Sequel to 2014's "Maleficent" carries on the story of Disney's most iconic villain. The years have been kind to Maleficent and Aurora. Their relationship, born of heartbreak, revenge and ultimately love, has flourished. Yet hatred between man and the fairies still exists. Aurora's impending marriage to Prince Philip is cause for celebration as the wedding serves to unite the Kingdom of Ulstead and the neighboring Moors. But, when an unexpected encounter introduces a powerful new alliance, Maleficent and Aurora are pulled apart to opposing sides in a Great War, testing their loyalties and causing them to question whether they can truly be a family. Vitals: Director: Joachim Rřnning. Stars: Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Michelle Pfeiffer, Harris Dickinson, Sam Riley, Chiwetel Ejiofor. 2019, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 118 min., Fantasy Adventure, Box office gross: $111.615 million, Disney. Extras: Extended scenes, "Origins of the Fey" featurette, "Aurora's Wedding " featurette, "If You Had Wings" visual effects featurette, "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil" VFX reel, outtakes," "You Can't Stop The Girl" music video performed by Bebe Rexha. 3 stars


  • Gemini Man

    photo for >Gemini Man Will Smith stars as retired hitman Henry Brogan, forced on the run by a young, highly skilled operative -- a clone of his younger self -- who will stop at nothing to eliminate his target. Now on a race around the globe, Henry must outsmart the mysterious assassin at every step. Vitals: Director: Ang Lee. Stars: Will Smith, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Clive Owen, Benedict Wong. 2019, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 117 min., Action Thriller, Box office gross: $48.546 million, Paramount. Extras: Alternate opening, deleted scenes, "The Genesis of Gemini Man," "Facing Your Younger Self," The Future Is Now," "Setting the Action," "Next Level Detail," "The Vision of Ang Lee." 2 stars

    This Week's Digital Releases

    January 13

    A Serial Killer’s Guide to Life: A self-help addict unwittingly finds herself on a killing spree with her unhinged life coach. (Digital only)

    January 14

    The Bravest: When the oil pipeline in the city harbor explodes due to a calculation error, a disgraced Chief Firefighter must put the past aside and team up with his former rookie in order to save the city. (Digital only)

    Give Me Liberty: A medical transport driver risks his job when he deviates from his day’s route to shuttle a group of rowdy senior citizens to a funeral, bringing his clients along for the ride in the rambunctious comedy. (DVD, Blu-ray release: January 28)

    Harriet: The extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman's escape from slavery and transformation into one of America's greatest heroes, whose courage, ingenuity, and tenacity freed hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history. (DVD, Blu-ray release: January 28)

    Motherless Brooklyn: In 1950s New York, a lonely private detective afflicted with Tourette's Syndrome ventures to solve the murder of his mentor and only friend. (DVD, Blu-ray release: January 28)

    Pain and Glory: A film director (Antonio Banderas) reflects on the choices he's made in life as past and present come crashing down around him in Pedro Almodóvar's semi-autobiographical film. (DVD, Blu-ray release: January 21)

    Parasite: Kim Ki-taek and his family don't put a lot of effort into steady jobs and hard work. They live in a dirty apartment in a basement and make a small amount of money, enough to survive, by completing low-paying side jobs and gigs. One day, Ki-taek's son, Ki-woo, receives an offer that could help improve the family's situation: Ki-woo's friend, Min-hyuk, plans to study abroad and suggests that Ki-woo take over his English tutoring job with a wealthy family. Ki-woo is hired immediately, but uses his position, manipulation and lies to get the rest of the staff fired and replaced with the members of his family, setting up a winner-take-all class war. (DVD, Blu-ray release: January 28)

    Terminator: Dark Fate: In this sequel to "Terminator 2: Judgment Day," an augmented human and Sarah Connor must stop an advanced liquid Terminator from hunting down a young girl, whose fate is critical to the survival of the human race. (DVD, Blu-ray release: January 28)

    2050: Satiric comic sci-fi fantasy tells the story of a married video game developer who is introduced to a warehouse that customizes androids for human companionship. (DVD: Day & date)

    January 17

    Disturbing the Peace: A small-town marshal who hasn't carried a gun since he left the Texas Rangers after a tragic shooting must pick up his gun again. This time to do battle with a gang of outlaw bikers that has invaded the town to pull off a brazen and violent heist. (Digital only)

    Intrigo: Death of an Author: First of three thrillers based on Swedish writer Hakan Nesser’s novels. After an author named David plots the seemingly accidental murder of his wife, her body is never recovered, and he’s convinced that she’s still alive. Meanwhile, as David translates the final novel by a writer who also died mysteriously, he finds himself attracted to the man’s sultry widow. (VOD only)

    Snatchers: Thanks to her relationship with clueless hunk Skyler, Sara is totally in with the cool girls during her senior year. But Skyler contracted an extraterrestrial bug during his summer vacation and, after just one night together, Sara discovers she’s Nine. Months. Pregnant. Desperate to keep her condition on the DL, she turns to the only person she can trust: her nerdy ex-bestie, Hayley. The girls soon realize this alien problem is only just the beginning. (DVD, Blu-ray release: February 18)

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    All DVD Releases

    Angels Fallen (2020) Houston Rhines, Michael Teh, Nicola Posener, Michael Madsen. After the tragic loss of his wife battling the forces of darkness, Gabriel is persuaded to rejoin his former team of demon hunters traveling from relatively obscurity in America to the deep unknown regions of Europe. He is joined by his estranged best friend Michael who harbors a dark secret, the mystical Hannah, whose visions predict the future, and a motley crew of demon slayers. After losing part of his team Gabriel must confront his tragic past and decide who really is friend or foe. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Uncork’d Entertainment).

    The Big Trip (2020) Voices of Drake Bell, Pauley Shore. Adventure about a gang of misfit animals on an exciting quest to return a panda cub to its family when a stork accidentally delivers it to the wrong place. Received the Dove Seal of Approval for all ages. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: “Giving the Characters a Voice: At the Recording Studio with Drake Bell and Pauly Shore” featurette. (Lionsgate).

    photo for Brewster’s Millions [Collector’s Edition]Brewster’s Millions [Collector’s Edition] (1985) Richard Pryor, John Candy, Lonette McKee. Minor league baseball pitcher Montgomery Brewster (Pryor) gets the surprise of his life when he learns a rich, distant relative has died and left him his entire fortune. But there's a catch: he must spend $30 million in 30 days as a condition of receiving his real inheritance of $300 million. And to complicate matters, he can't tell anyone why he's "throwing away" all that cash ... or he will forfeit everything. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: New audio commentary with film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold, hosts of the podcast Critically Acclaimed; new interview with screenwriter Herschel Weingrod; "Brewster's Millions" 1945 adaptation starring Dennis O'Keefe and Helen Walker; theatrical trailer; still gallery. (Shout! Select).

    Britt-Marie Was Here (2019 -- Sweden) Pernilla August, Vera Vitali, Peter Haber, Olle Sarri. Housewife Britt-Marie'e 40-year-old marriage has just ended because she learned her husband was unfaithful. Now, at 63 years old, she is faced with making a new start in life in the small Swedish town of Borg. Told she is nothing but a nagging, passive-aggressive aunt, the only job Britt-Marie can find is a true challenge for which she has had zero training: to coach the town's youth soccer team. She knows nothing about soccer or coaching, and the team is the town's pride and joy, but she takes the job anyway, beginning a journey filled with struggles and challenges but also humor, warmth and love. The comedy is based on the best-selling novel by Fredrik Backman, author of "A Man Called Ove." Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. (Cohen Media Group).

    photo for The Fugitive Kind The Fugitive Kind (1960) Four Oscar-winning actors — Marlon Brando, Anna Magnani, Joanne Woodward, and Maureen Stapleton — shine in this enthralling film, which also brings together the legendary talents of director Sidney Lumet and writer Tennessee Williams. A smoldering, snakeskin-jacketed Brando is Val Xavier, a drifter trying to go straight. He finds work and solace in a small-town southern variety store run by the married, sexually frustrated Lady Torrance (Magnani), who proves as much a temptation for Val as does local wild child Carol Cutrere (Woodward). Lumet captures the intense, fearless performances and Williams’s hot-blooded story­telling and social critique with his customary restraint, resulting in a drama of uncommon sophistication and craft. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc with high-definition digital restoration, approved by director Sidney Lumet, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: "Three Plays by Tennessee Williams," an hour-long 1958 television presentation of one-act plays, directed by Lumet and starring Ben Gazzara and Lee Grant, among others; program from 2010 discussing Williams’s work in Hollywood and "The Fugitive Kind"; an essay by film critic David Thomson. (The Criterion Collection).

    photo for >Gemini Man Gemini Man (2019) Will Smith stars as retired hitman Henry Brogan, forced on the run by a young, highly skilled operative -- a clone of his younger self -- who will stop at nothing to eliminate his target. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Alternate opening, deleted scenes, "The Genesis of Gemini Man," "Facing Your Younger Self," The Future Is Now," "Setting the Action," "Next Level Detail," "The Vision of Ang Lee." (Paramount).

    The Golden Glove (2019 -- Germany) Jonas Dassler, Margarete Tiesel. Based on the best-selling novel of the same name, acclaimed filmmaker Fatih Akin delivers a gruesome tale of notorious German serial killer Fritz Honka as he haunts Hamburg’s red light district in the 1970s, frequenting his favorite bar of boozy castaways, the “Golden Glove,” and chasing after any lonely woman he might just be able to lure into his attic.Formats: DVD. (Strand Releasing).

    House by the River (Special Edition) (1950) Dir.: Fritz Lang; Louis Hayward, Jane Wyatt, Lee Bowman, Dorothy Patrick, Ann Shoemaker, Jody Gilbert. Exiled to Republic Pictures,Fritz Lang created this shocking and mordant low-budget thriller. Like fellow cinema giants Orson Welles and John Ford, Lang enjoyed a freedom at Republic that allowed him to make a truly unique and personal film. Cahiers du Cinéma declared, "Lang's main erotic obsession is displayed more clearly than in any of his other films." Victorian ne'er-do-well Stephen Byrne (Hayward) assaults and accidentally murders his wife's virginal housekeeper. With the reluctant assistance of loyal brother John (Bowman), Stephen remorselessly consigns the girl's corpse to the river. But as John's affection for Stephen's wife Marjorie (Wyatt), police suspicion about the girl's disappearance, and the depths of Stephen's depravity all escalate, the river itself provokes a horrifying reunion between victim and murderer. Boasting an ingenious script by "The Spiral Staircase" scribe Mel Dinelli and evocative photography by seven-time Oscar nominee Edward Cronjager, "House by the River" is a criminally underrated American film, both a work of art and a moral nightmare. New 2K restoration. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (Kino Lorber Studio Classics).

    Jexi (2019) Adam Devine, Alexandra Shipp, Ron Funches, Charlyne Yi, Wanda Sykes, Justin Hartley, Michael Peńa, Rose Byrne. Phil has a major dependency issue -- he's addicted to his phone. He has no friends, he has a job writing pop culture "Top 10" lists, and his love life is non-existent. But his Facebook status is about to change. When he is forced to upgrade his phone, the latest model comes with an unexpected feature ... Jexi - an A.I. life coach, virtual assistant and cheerleader. With her help, Phil begins to get a real life. But as he becomes less dependent on his phone, Jexi's artificial intelligence morphs into a tech nightmare determined to keep Phil all to herself, even if it means ruining his chances of finding success. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Jexi: Making Life Better" featurette, "Unboxing Jexi" featurette, "Filming in Fog City" featurette, "Tech Bros" featurette, "Phone Fixation" featurette. (Lionsgate).

    Krypton: The Complete Second & Final Season (2019) Two-disc set with all 10 episodes of the series that tells an entirely new story in the mythology of DC’s iconic Superman universe. Season Two brings us back to a changed Kandor, locked in a battle over its freedom and its future. With Zod now in control, he’s on a ruthless mission to rebuild Krypton according to his ideals and to secure its future by conquering the universe. Faced with a bleak outlook, Superman’s ancestor, Seg-El, attempts to unite a dispersed group of resisters in an effort to defeat Zod and restore hope to their beloved planet. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. Extras: "The Fate of Superman," "Villains: Modes of Persuasion." (Warner).

    Krypton: The Complete Series (2018-19) Four-disc set with all 20 episodes. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (Warner).

    Line of Duty (2019) Aaron Eckhart, Courtney Eaton, Jessica Lu, Dina Meyer, Ben McKenzie, Giancarlo Esposito. Eckhart stars as Frank Penny, a disgraced cop looking for a shot at redemption. When the police chief’s 11-year-old daughter is abducted, Frank goes rogue to try and save her. But to find the girl, Frank will need the help of Ava Brooks (Eaton), whose live-streaming news channel is photo for Maleficent: Mistress of Evilbroadcasting Frank’s every move. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Audio commentary with director Steven C. Miller, “Meaningful Action: Making Line of Duty” featurette. (Lionsgate).

    Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Michelle Pfeiffer, Harris Dickinson, Sam Riley, Chiwetel Ejiofor. Sequel to 2014's "Maleficent," in which Maleficent and her goddaughter Aurora begin to question the complex family ties that bind them as they are pulled in different directions by impending nuptials, unexpected allies, and dark new forces at play. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Extended scenes, "Origins of the Fey" featurette, "Aurora's Wedding " featurette, "If You Had Wings" visual effects featurette, "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil" VFX reel, outtakes," "You Can't Stop The Girl" music video performed by Bebe Rexha. (Disney).

    Mister America photo for Mister America(2019) Tim Heidecker, Gregg Turkington, Terri Parks. Mocumentary has a freshman filmmaker following comedian Tim Heidecker's attempt to enter the world of politics. After beating a murder charge for selling faulty e-cigarettes at an EDM festival, Heidecker seeks revenge by running a campaign to unseat the San Bernardino District Attorney. Fueled by ego and ignorance, he tries to surmount a lack of experience, funds and likability by personally connecting with unsuspecting constituents. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: Commentary with the filmmakers, campaign ads, "On Cinema at the Cinema" special edition, theatrical trailer, deleted scene. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).

    Mob Town (2019) David Arquette, Jennifer Esposito, Robert Davi, Danny A. Abeckaser, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, PJ Byrne. True crime thriller, inspired by the notorious mob summit of 1957, when over 50 mafia leaders across America converged on a small town in upstate New York to honor the “capo dei capi.” Stumbling upon their illegal operations, Sgt. Ed Croswell (Arquette) risks his life to stand up for justice, shedding light on the massive web of corruption to change the face of law enforcement forever. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Paramount).

    Nothing Man (2017) Daniel Hall, Jennifer Jordan, Ric Vince, Tony Goodall. Noam, a frightened amnesiac, has taken himself away from society, living life as a homeless man. When his only friend is murdered in cold blood, Noam sets out in search of justice and truth, but at the cost of unlocking his own checkered past. Formats: DVD, Digital. (High Octane Pictures).

    A Rough Draft (2018 -- Russia) Nikita Volkov, Severija Janusauskaite, Vilen Babichev. Written by Sergei Lukianenko, author of the Russian blockbuster "Night Watch," the fantasy film is set in and around the concept of open world video gaming, following a man without an identity nor memories who plays middle-man to corresponding worlds. Kirill’s identity has been eliminated, erased from the memories of everyone around him, and he's forced to serve as the gatekeeper of a portal that connects parallel worlds. Formats: DVD, Digital. (High Octane Pictures).

    The Turkey Bowl (2019) Ryan Hansen, Matt Jones, Kristen Hager, Brett Cullen, Barry Switzer, Alan Ritchson. Patrick Hodges, a former small-town high school quarterback and now a high-powered Chicago businessman, is lured back to his tiny Midwestern town at Thanksgiving by his old friends to finish the legendary Turkey Bowl -- a football game that was snowed out 15 years ago. Patrick must risk his future to lead his ragtag team against their bitter crosstown rivals, ultimately realizing how much he misses the simpler life and the girl that got away. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: Audio commentary with director Greg Coolidge and co-writer Kirk Ward, deleted scenes. (Lionsgate).

    2050 (2019) Dean Cain, David Vaughn, Irina Abraham, Devin Fuller, Stefanie Bloom, Stormi Maya, Jace Nicole, Shannone Holt, Hope Blackstock. Satiric comic sci-fi fantasy tells the story of a married video game developer who is introduced to a warehouse that customizes androids for human companionship. Formats:DVD, Digital. (Uncork'd Entertainment).

    Veep: The Final Season (2019) Two-disc set with all seven episodes. Former vice president and onetime president Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) is back in the campaign trail in the seventh and final season of the acclaimed HBO comedy series. As Selina woos uber-wealthy donors while navigating threats from primary challengers, including aide-turned Congressman Jonah Ryan (Timothy C. Simons), her band of misfits is also back. Meanwhile, Amy (Anna Chlumsky) is figuring out how she feels about her pregnancy vis-a-vis Dan (Reid Scott), who seems unwillingly to give up his playboy ways for fatherhood. And rounding out the team are ever-faithful bagman Gary (Tony Hale), cantankerous Ben (Kevin Dunn), numbers-obsessed Kent (Gary Cole) and new staffer Richard (Sam Richardson). Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. Extras: Character retrospectives, "Invitation to Set," audio commentaries. (Warner).

    Veep: The Complete Series (2012-19) Thirteen-disc set. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Character retrospectives, "Invitation to Set," audio commentaries, deleted scenes. (Warner).

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