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OnVideo's Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases

Tuesday, November 29 -- Monday, December 5

All DVD Releases

  • Pete's Dragon

    photo for Pete's Dragon Remake of the 1977 film of the same name. For years, old wood carver Mr. Meacham (Robert Redford) has delighted local children with his tales of the fierce dragon that resides deep in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. To his daughter, Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard), who works as a forest ranger, these stories are little more than tall tales ... until she meets Pete (Oakes Fegley). Pete is a mysterious 10-year-old with no family and no home who claims to live in the woods with a giant, green dragon named Elliot. And from Pete's descriptions, Elliot seems remarkably similar to the dragon from Mr. Meacham's stories. With the help of Natalie (Oona Laurence), an 11-year-old girl whose father Jack (Wes Bentley) owns the local lumber mill, Grace sets out to determine where Pete came from, where he belongs, and the truth about this dragon. Vitals: Director: David Lowery. Stars: Bryce Dallas Howard, Robert Redford, Karl Urban, Oakes Fegley, Oona Laurence, Craig Hall, Wes Bentley, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Jim McLarty, Tim Wong. 2016, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 103 min., Family, Box office gross: $75.205 million, Disney. Extras: "Making Magic" fun facts about what went into designing the spectacular, lovable dragon. Blu-ray adds "Notes to Self: A Director's Diary"; "Disappearing" Moments" montage of the film's "lost" scenes; "Welcome to New Zealand" location featurette; commentary from director Lowery, co-writer Toby Halbrooks and actors Oakes Fegley and Oona Laurence; music videos "Nobody Knows" by The Lumineers and "Something Wild" by Lindsey Stirling featuring Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness; bloopers. 2 stars


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  • The BFG

    photo for The BFG This month, the world celebrates the 100th anniversary of the birth of Roald Dahl, beloved children's author of family favorites like "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," "James and the Giant Peach," "Matilda" and Dahl's personal favorite, "The BFG," as well as World Dream Day, an annual event honoring "the dreamer, visionary and innovator in all of us." The classic tale of a courageous little girl named Sophie (newcomer Ruby Barnhill) and a gentle and charming Big Friendly Giant (Mark Rylance) who introduces her to the wonders and perils of Giant Country. The Big Friendly Giant -- despite his intimidating appearance -- turns out to be a kind-hearted soul who is considered an outcast by the other giants because, unlike them, he refuses to eat children. Steven Spielberg employs a new, hybrid style of filmmaking blending live-action and performance-capture techniques for super-photorealistic animation. Vitals: Director: Steven Spielberg. Stars: Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill, Penelope Wilton, Jemaine Clement, Rebecca Hall, Rafe Spall, Bill Hader. 2016, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 117 min., Family, Box office gross: $55.366 million, Disney. Extras: "Bringing The BFG to Life," "The Big Friendly Giant and Me," "Gobblefunk: The Wonderful Words of The BFG," "Giants 101," "Melissa Mathison: A Tribute" homage to Melissa Mathison, the extraordinary, Oscar-nominated screenwriter of "The BFG" and "E.T." 2 stars

  • Don't Breathe

    photo for Don't Breathe A trio of reckless thieves breaks into the house of a wealthy blind man, thinking they'll get away with the perfect heist. When the blind man reveals a dark side, the trio quickly discovers they were dead wrong. Vitals: Director: Fede Alvarez. Stars: Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette, Daniel Zovatto, Stephen Lang. 2016, CC, MPAA rating: R, 88 min., Suspense-Horror, Box office gross: $88.239 million, Sony. Extras: Deleted scenes, commentary with director Fede Alvarez, co-writer Rodo Sayagues and actor Stephen Lang; five featurettes: "No Escape," "Creating the Creepy House," "Meet the Cast," "Man in the Dark" and "The Sounds of Horror." 3 stars


    This Week's Digital Releases

    November 29:
    Ben-Hur (DVD, Blu-ray release: December 13)
    The BFG
    Florence Foster Jenkins (DVD, Blu-ray release: December 13)
    Pete's Dragon
    Southside With You (DVD, Blu-ray release: December 13)

    December 2:
    Bodyguards: Secret Lives From the Watchtower (VOD only)
    Morgan (DVD, Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD release: December 13)

    December 5:
    Be My Cat: A Film for Anne: A young man in Romania goes to shocking extremes to convince Hollywood actress Anne Hathaway to star in his film. (VOD)

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    All DVD Releases

    Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (2016) Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, Rebel Wilson, Kim Kardashian West, Joan Collins. Appropriate for their big screen debut, Edina and Patsy (Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley) are still oozing glitz and glamour, living the high life they are accustomed to; shopping, drinking and clubbing their way around London's trendiest hotspots. Blamed for a major incident at an uber fashionable launch party, they become entangled in a media storm and are relentlessly pursued by the paparazzi. Fleeing penniless to the glamorous playground of the super-rich, the French Riviera, they hatch a plan to make their escape permanent and live the high life forever more. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Fox).

    Ants on a Shrimp (2016) What happens when the worlds most acclaimed restaurant picks up and moves halfway across the world? Named for just one of the many surprising dishes that René Redzepi serves at his esteemed Copenhagen foodie destination Noma (named Worlds Best Restaurant in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2014), "Ants on a Shrimp" follows the superstar chef and his team as they relocate to Japan to set up a five-week pop-up in Tokyo. Formats: DVD. (IFC Films).

    photo for Baked In Brooklyn Baked In Brooklyn (2015) Alexandra Daddario, Josh Brener, Lindsey Broad, Tovah Feldshuh. A recent college graduate decides to sell marijuana on the streets of Manhattan after losing his job at a consulting firm. With an unsupportive girlfriend, an increase of clients and the growing threat of being caught or killed, he soon realizes he's in way over his head. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. (Well Go USA).



    The BFG (2016) Director: Steven Spielberg. Stars: Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill, Penelope Wilton, Jemaine Clement, Rebecca Hall, Rafe Spall, Bill Hader. A girl named Sophie encounters the Big Friendly Giant who, despite his intimidating appearance, turns out to be a kind-hearted soul who is considered an outcast by the other giants because, unlike them, he refuses to eat children. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, Disney Movies Anywhere (cloud). Extras: "Bringing The BFG to Life," "The Big Friendly Giant and Me," "Gobblefunk: The Wonderful Words of The BFG," "Giants 101," "Melissa Mathison: A Tribute" homage to Melissa Mathison, the extraordinary, Oscar-nominated screenwriter of "The BFG" and "E.T." (Disney).

    Don't Breathe (2016) Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette, Daniel Zovatto, Stephen Lang. Three young thieves fight for their lives after breaking into the home of a blind man who has a dark side. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes, commentary with director Fede Alvarez, co-writer Rodo Sayagues and actor Stephen Lang; five featurettes: "No Escape," "Creating the Creepy House," "Meet the Cast," "Man in the Dark" and "The Sounds of Horror." (Sony).

    photo for House of Lies: The Final Season House of Lies: The Final Season (2016) Two-disc set with all 10 episodes of the series that takes a subversive, scathing look at a self-loathing management consultant from a top-tier firm. Marty Kaan (Don Cheadle), a highly successful, cutthroat consultant is never above using any means (or anyone) necessary to get his clients the information they want. Now that Kaan & Associates is back on top, their biggest mission is staying there. In the fifth and final season, the tight-knit, profit-seeking pod launches life-changing moves with some game-changing tactics. Marty and Jeannie Van Der Hooven (Kristen Bell) venture into new romances while they co-parent their baby daughter. Numbers analyst Doug Guggenheim (Josh Lawson) tackles an item on his bucket list by preparing and delivering a Ted Talk, while spin doctor Clyde Oberholt (Ben Schwartz) lends his skills to a mayoral candidate. Together, the team's unconventional management style continues to make corporate waves. And an unexpected offer from the past could alter all of their futures, culminating in a historic series closer filmed in Havana, Cuba. Formats: DVD. (Paramount).


    The Intervention (2016) Clea DuVall, Melanie Lynskey, Natasha Lyonne, Vincent Piazza, Jason Ritter, Ben Schwartz, Alia Shawkat, Cobie Smulders. First time feature director DuVall writes, directs and stars in the film in which four couples reunite for a "marriage intervention" disguised as a fun-filled weekend at a lakeside vacation home. In an attempt to push Ruby (Smulders) and her husband Peter (Piazza) toward divorce, Annie (Lynskey) and her fiancé Matt (Ritter) have gathered family and friends to address their failing marriage. But as "the fun weekend" falls apart, close quarters bring longstanding issues to the surface. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Fade Out" music video by Tegan and Sara, blooper reel. (Paramount).

    Pete's Dragon (2016) Bryce Dallas Howard, Robert Redford, Karl Urban, Oakes Fegley, Oona Laurence, Craig Hall, Wes Bentley, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Jim McLarty, Tim Wong. When a mysterious 10-year-old boy turns up who claims to live in the woods with a giant green dragon, a forest ranger and an 11-year-old girl set out to learn the truth about him. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, Disney Movies Anywhere (cloud). Extras: "Making Magic" fun facts about what went into designing the spectacular, lovable dragon. Blu-ray adds "Notes to Self: A Director's Diary"; "Disappearing" Moments" montage of the film's "lost" scenes; "Welcome to New Zealand" location featurette; commentary from director Lowery, co-writer Toby Halbrooks and actors Oakes Fegley and Oona Laurence; music videos "Nobody Knows" by The Lumineers and "Something Wild" by Lindsey Stirling featuring Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness; bloopers. (Disney).

    Soundbreaking: Stories from the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music (2016) Produced in association with the late legendary music producer George Martin, and the filmmakers Show of Force, LLC, the highly-anticipated eight-part series took over five years to make and features more than 150 exclusive and original interviews with some of photo for Soundbreaking: Stories from the Cutting Edge of Recorded Musicthe most celebrated recording artists, producers, and music industry pioneers of all time sharing behind-the-scenes stories celebrating the art of recording. Soundbreaking includes Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Elton John, Roger Waters, Joni Mitchell, Roger Daltrey, Linda Perry, Quincy Jones, B.B. King, Annie Lennox, Dave Stewart, Tom Petty, Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, Rosanne Cash, Steven Van Zandt, Billy Idol, Beck, RZA, and many more. In eight captivating episodes, "Soundbreaking" charts a century's worth of innovation and experimentation, and offers a behind-the-scenes look at the birth of brand new sounds. From the Beatles’ groundbreaking use of multi-track technology to the synthesized stylings of Stevie Wonder, from disco-era drum machines to the modern art of sampling, the series highlights the dynamic tension between the artificial and the natural––between the man-made and the God-given –– and explores the way in which that tension has continuously redefined not only what we listen to and how we listen to it, but our very sense of what music is and can be. In the end, "Soundbreaking" makes us hear the songs we love in a whole new way, and illuminates the sonic alchemy by which the music we listen to becomes a fundamental part of who we are. The episodes: The Art of Recording, Painting with Sound, The Human Instrument, Going Electric, Four on the Floor, The World is Yours, Sound and Vision, and I Am My Music. Formats: Three-disc DVD, Three-disc Blu-ray. (Athena).

    The Wild Life (2016 -- Belgium/France) Voices of Matthias Schweighöfer, Kaya Yanar, Ilka Bessin, Dieter Hallervorden. Animated family yarn about a daring parrot who recounts how Robinson Crusoe came to be stranded on a tropical island. When savage cats invade their paradise, Robinson and the island’s animals team up to defend themselves and their home. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "A Wild World: Making The Wild Life" featurette, "Meet the Characters" featurette, "Tips for Your Trip" featurette, "The Wild Life Musical Adventure." (Lionsgate).


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