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OnVideo's Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases

Tuesday, April 3 -- Monday, April 9

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  • Insidious: The Last Key

    photo for Insidious: The Last Key The fourth installment of the Insidious-franchise. In this edition, Shaye reprises her role as parapsychologist Dr. Elise Rainier, who returns to her family home to face the unrelenting demons that have plagued her since childhood. Accompanied by her two investigative partners, Specs and Tucker (Whannell and Sampson), Elise must delve deeper into the Further to unlock the mystery and destroy her greatest fear. Vitals: Director: Adam Robitel. Stars: Lin Shaye, Leigh Whannell, Angus Sampson, Josh Stewart, Kirk Acevedo, Caitlin Gerard, Spencer Locke, Bruce Davison. 2017, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 103 min., Horror-Thriller, Box office gross: $67.347 million, Sony. Extras: Alternate ending, eight deleted scenes, Franchise Recap: “Dive Into the Insidious Universe,” three featurettes: "Becoming Elise,” “Going Into the Further” and “Unlocking Keyface.” 2 stars


  • Father Figures

    photo for Father Figures Fraternal twins Kyle (Owen Wilson) and Peter (Ed Helms,) accidentally discover they’ve been living with a lie all their lives. The kindly man in the photo on their mantle isn’t their father after all, but an invention their mother (Glenn Close) concocted to conceal the truth: that she actually doesn’t know who their real father is. See, it was the seventies, and things were crazy, and … well. Armed with only a handful of clues, the brothers resolve to find the mystery man in what results in a wild road trip of discovery and revelations -- about their mother, themselves and each other. Vitals: Director: Lawrence Sher. Stars: Owen Wilson, Ed Helms, Glenn Close, J.K. Simmons, Katt Williams, Terry Bradshaw, Ving Rhames, Harry Shearer, Christopher Walken, June Squibb. 2017, CC, MPAA rating: R, 113 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $17.501 million, Warner. Extras: Deleted scenes. Blu-ray adds a gag reel. 2 stars

    This Week's Digital Releases

    April 2:

    Divorce Season 2: In the aftermath of their explosive separation, Frances (Parker) and Robert (Church) tackle the tricky terrain of parenting their children Lila and Tom post-divorce while pursuing their own aspirations in life. (Digital only)

    April 3:

    Accident: When a foursome “borrow” a car for one night of fun, what starts as a wild joy ride turns into a nightmare as the psychotic owner of the car that they stole has them in his cross hairs. (Digital only)

    The Commuter: An insurance salesman (Liam Neeson) gets entangled in a deadly conspiracy on his daily commute that forces him to work against the clock to protect the lives of his fellow train passengers. (DVD, Blu-ray, 4K release: April 17)

    The Post: A thrilling drama about the unlikely partnership between The Washington Post's Katharine Graham (Meryl Streep), the first female publisher of a major American newspaper, and editor Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks), as they race to catch up with The New York Times to print "The Pentagon Papers." (DVD, Blu-ray release: April 17)

    Trouble Is My Business: Neo-noir follows Roland Drake, a 1940s private investigator trying to untangle a mystery that’s only landing him in deeper trouble, in an adventure that ticks all the classic boxes -- seductive femme fatales, corrupt cops, a weary PI, and troublesome thugs and dames. (DVD release: Day & Date)

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    Ballers: The Complete Third Season (2017) Single disc with 10 episodes. This season, retired football superstar Spencer Strasmor (Dwayne Johnson), along with longtime colleague Joe Krutel (Rob Corddry), return with a new outlook and fresh goals, hoping to forge bonds with new players across the country while improving his relationships with existing clients. In an ever-changing business where the shelf life for stardom and multi-million-dollar contracts are short, Spencer is intent on proving that the key to successful sports management isn't just about making money and having fun -- it's about delivering on the promises you make. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. (HBO).

    photo for Basmati Blues Basmati Blues (2017) Brie Larson, Saahil Sehgal, Utkarsh Ambudkar. A musical romantic comedy about two people who reach across cultures, fight against corporate greed, and find love. Academy Award-winner Larson leads an ensemble cast as Dr. Linda Watt, a sheltered but brilliant young scientist who is sent on a work trip to India. She's welcomed by almost everyone, and embraces a world she is unfamiliar with. She's also assigned a guide, an ambitious young bureaucrat, who immediately takes a liking to her. But when Linda meets Rajit, a rebellious college student forced to drop out by lack of funds, there's instant chemistry. And through their playful antagonism, Linda’s eyes are ultimately opened to the fact she has unknowingly become part of a destructive plan against the farmers. When she and the villagers discover her company’s greedy agenda, they work together to fight against the abusive agricultural giant. Features original songs written for the film by global artists Pearl Jam, Kristian Bush of Sugarland, Goldspot, Dave Baerwald, and Sonu Nigam. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Commentary with writer-director Dan Baron, producers Monique Caulfield and Jeffrey Soros, and actor Utkarsh Ambudkar; behind-the-scenes featurette; theatrical trailer. (Shout! Factory).

    Dance Academy: The Comeback (2018) Starring the original members of the Dance Academy “troupe” -- Xenia Goodwin, Thomas Lacey, Keiynan Lonsdale, Alicia Banit, Dena Kaplan and Jordan Rodrigues -- along with fresh faces Nic Westaway and Miranda Otto, the new film, based on the two-time Emmy-nominated "Dance Academy" Australian TV series, continues the story of Tara Webster (Xenia Goodwin), who was destined to become one of the top dancers of her generation before a devastating injury crippled her career. Although she tried to embrace life as a university student, Tara cannot give up her dream of dancing professionally. In her quest to defy the odds in a near impossible comeback, Tara leaves her life and love behind in Sydney and travels to New York. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: “3 Words,” “Filming the Stage,” “The Choreographers,” “Shooting in NYC,” “Resilience & Mentors.” (Cinedigm).

    photo for Father Figures Father Figures (2017) Owen Wilson, Ed Helms, Glenn Close, J.K. Simmons, Katt Williams, Terry Bradshaw, Ving Rhames, Harry Shearer, Christopher Walken, June Squibb. Upon learning that their mother has been lying to them for years about their allegedly deceased father, two fraternal twin brothers hit the road in order to find him. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, Movies Anywhere. Extras: Deleted scenes. Blu-ray adds a gag reel. (Warner).

    The Governor: The Complete Collection (1995-96) Five-disc set with all 12 episodes. Two-time Academy Award-nominee Janet McTeer stars in this gritty prison drama by acclaimed British crime writer Lynda La Plante ("Above Suspicion," "The Commander"). After a disastrous riot at Barfield Prison, Helen Hewitt (McTeer) helps investigate an inmate’s suspicious death. When the governor of Barfield is subsequently ousted, Helen takes the job, becoming the youngest woman in charge of an all-male prison. Determined to clean up the place, she causes resentment among both prisoners and officers with her new ideas and no-nonsense attitude. Despite the odds stacked against her, Helen works tirelessly to earn the respect she deserves. Formats: DVD. (Acorn Media).

    Insidious: The Last Key (2018) Lin Shaye, Leigh Whannell, Angus Sampson, Josh Stewart, Kirk Acevedo, Caitlin Gerard, Spencer Locke, Bruce Davison. Parapsychologist Dr. Elise Rainier faces her most fearsome and personal haunting yet -- in her own family home -- in this fourth installment of the franchise. photo for Insidious: The Last Key Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: Alternate ending, eight deleted scenes, Franchise Recap: “Dive Into the Insidious Universe,” three featurettes: "Becoming Elise,” “Going Into the Further” and “Unlocking Keyface.” (Sony).

    My Friend Dahmer (2017) Anne Heche, Vincent Kartheiser, Ross Lynch, Alex Wolff, Dallas Roberts. Based on the acclaimed graphic novel about one of the most notorious serial killers of our time. Jeffrey Dahmer committed the rape, murder, and dismemberment of 17 men and boys between 1978 and 1991. Many of his later murders involved necrophilia, cannibalism, and the permanent preservation of body parts. He would become one of America's most infamous serial killers. Jeff Dahmer (Lynch) was an awkward teenager struggling to make it through high school with a family life in ruins. He collected roadkill, fixated on a neighborhood jogger (Kartheiser), and coped with his unstable mother (Heche) and well intentioned father (Roberts). He began to act out at school, and his goofball antics won over a group of band-nerds who formed The Dahmer Fan Club, headed by Derf Backderf (Wolff). But this camaraderie didn't mask his growing depravity. Approaching graduation, Dahmer spirals further out of control, inching ever closer to madness. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (FilmRise).

    Nature: The Last Rhino (2017) The tragic story of the last Northern White Rhino who has survived against all odds, and how experts are working to save the rest of the species from extinction. Meet Sudan, the last male of his sub-species, the Northern White Rhinoceros. His harrowing journey is told through the international cast of characters who have been involved in Sudan’s life, from when he was snatched as a calf from his mother’s side in war-torn Central Africa, to his captivity as a prized exhibit in a cold, concrete zoo behind the Iron Curtain while poaching devastated his kind to extinction back home. Now at 43 years old and half-blind, Sudan is living out his days under 24-hour armed guard, on a protective sanctuary in Kenya. As his kind nears its last hour, scientists and animal experts turn to technology in a race to save the Northern White Rhino before it dies out forever. Formats: DVD, Digital. (PBS Distribution).

    Nova: Black Hole Apocalypse (2018) Black holes: they are the most enigmatic, mysterious, and exotic objects in the universe. NOVA investigates recent surprising discoveries about black holes that have raised deep questions and brought astrophysics to a major crossroads. Guided by astrophysicist and novelist Janna Levin, viewers journey to the weirdest places in the cosmos to explore the profound mysteries of these gravitational monsters. Where do they come from? What’s inside them? What happens if you fall into one? And what can they tell us about the nature of space, time, and gravity? Through dynamic CGI animation, Levin illustrates the principles of gravity, and even takes a trip to the edge of the black hole at the center of our galaxy. What will happen if she gets too close? Formats: DVD, Digital. (PBS Distribution).

    photo for Permanent Permanent (2017) Patricia Arquette, Rainn Wilson, Kira McLean. Set in 1982 in small town Virginia, the film centers around the newly relocated Dickson family, Jeanne and Jim (Arquette and Wilson) and their 13-year-old daughter Aurelie (McLean). In this awkward and unique story full of wit and wisdom of a hairstyle gone wrong, the Dicksons are struggling through major life changes together all the while trying desperately to emerge intact on the other side. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: Deleted/alternate scenes, "Getting Permanent with Rainn Wilson," "Virginia Is for Lovers," trailer. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).

    The Railway Children (2016) Adapted from E. Nesbit's classic novel, this Olivier award-winning production follows the story of Bobbie, Phyllis and Peter, three sheltered siblings who suffer a huge upheaval when their father is mysteriously taken away. Along with their photo for The Railway Childrenmother, they move from London to a cottage in rural Yorkshire, where they befriend the local railway porter, Perks, and embark on a magical journey of discovery, friendship and adventure. But the mystery remains - where is their Father, and is he ever coming back? Dove Approved for All Ages, the film, from York Theatre Royal's Olivier award-winning production features the original locomotive from the original 1970 film. The film captures every moment of Mike Kenny and Damian Cruden's imaginative, fast-paced production which was staged at England's National Railway Museum. Formats: DVD. (Film Movement).

    Shakespeare Wallah (1965) Geoffrey Kendal, Laura Liddell, Shashi Kapoor, Madhur Jaffrey. One of the first Merchant Ivory productions, the sumptuous film established the tone for so many of the collaborations to come from producer Ismail Merchant and director James Ivory: the deft, multilayered screenplay by their frequent collaborator Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, luminous cinematography, a wry sense of humor and a cast of characters rich in their very human complexity. The true story of British actor-manager Geoffrey Kendal and his family of traveling theatrical players is used as a fascinating lens into the ever-evolving relationship between Great Britain and India. The film follows Tony Buckingham and his wife, Carla, as the actor-managers of a troupe who travel through 1960s post-colonial India staging Shakespeare's plays. But the Buckinghams come to realize to their dismay that classic English theater is falling out of favor in a changing country where the public has become more excited by the explosion of vibrant Bollywood films -- and, more deeply, is looking to move beyond everything British. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: A conversation with the filmmakers, featuring Ismail Merchant, James Ivory, Shashi Kapoor and Felicity Kendal; original trailer; 2017 rerelease trailer. (Cohen Film Collection).

    photo for Sweet Virginia Sweet Virginia (2017) Christopher Abbott,Jon Bernthal, Imogen Poots, Rosemarie DeWit. A mysterious stranger sends shock waves through a close-knit community in this nerve-jangling slice of raw suspense. In the wake of a triple murder that leaves the residents of a remote Alaskan outpost on edge, tightly wound drifter Elwood checks into a motel run by Sam, a former rodeo champion whose imposing physical presence conceals a troubled soul. Bound together by their outsider status, the two men strike up an uneasy friendship: a dangerous association that will set off a new wave of violence and unleash Sam’s darkest demons. Formats: DVD. (IFC Films/Shout! Factory).

    The Tag-Along 2 (2017 -- Taiwan) Rainie Yang, Wei-Ning Hsu, Francesca Kao. Based on 1998 home video footage that spawned an urban legend with never-before-seen viral activity, this Sequel to 2015’s "The Tag-Along" (Taiwan’s highest grossing horror film), continues the frightening mystery of “The Little Girl in Red” to critical praise and box office success. When social worker Shu-fen (Yang) discovers her pregnant teenage daughter has disappeared, the only clue to the teen’s whereabouts is a video of her being led away by a mysterious girl in red. As she attempts to unravel the mystery behind the little girl and the disappearance of her daughter, Shu-fen is drawn to the Red Forest where her discovery of an abandoned hospital leads to a series of terrifying experiences that can all be traced back to the legend of the girl in the red dress. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Cinedigm).

    photo for 13 Reasons Why Season One 13 Reasons Why Season One (2017) Four-disc set with all 13 episodes of the critically acclaimed ground-breaking drama. Clay Jensen (Dylan Minnette) returns home from high school to discover a box of cassette tapes, recorded by Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford), his classmate and secret crush, who died by suicide only two weeks before. Hannah’s tapes reveal the 13 reasons that led to her untimely death, and the people she felt were responsible. This begins an emotional journey of suspense and heartbreak to uncover the mystery behind Hannah’s tragic end. Based on the best-selling mystery by author Jay Asher. Named one of the top 15 pop culture moments that defined 2017 by USA Today, “13 REASONS WHY” inspired more than 11 million tweets, becoming one of the top 10 most-tweeted about television shows and Google’s most-searched show of the year. Season Two will debut on Netflix in 2018. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Hannah & Clay: An Unfinished Love Story," "Justin Foley: Not Your Typical Jock," "Discovering Jessica Davis," "Bringing the Book to Life," "13 Things About Me: Dylan Minnette," "13 Things About Me: Justin Prentice," "Beyond the Reasons" special. (Paramount).

    photo for Trouble Is My Business Trouble Is My Business (2018) Vernon Wells, Brittney Powell, Thomas Konkle, Steve Tom, Jordana Capra, Ben Pace. Classically inspired neo-noir follows Roland Drake, a 1940s private investigator trying to untangle a mystery that’s only landing him in deeper trouble, in an adventure that ticks all the classic boxes -- seductive femme fatales, corrupt cops, murder, a weary PI, troublesome thugs and dames, a priceless gem, and a journey into a world peeled back to reveal a twisted family and the immoral underbelly of human nature. Features the film in color and black & white. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Random Media).

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