Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created with a new chapter in his groundbreaking Alien franchise; this edition is another prequel to the original “Alien,” situated between “Prometheus” and the original. The crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discovers what they think is an unchartered paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world. When they uncover a terrifying threat beyond their imagination, they must attempt a harrowing escape.
Vitals: Director: Ridley Scott. Stars: Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir.
2017, CC, MPAA rating: R, 122 min., Science Fiction, Box office gross: $73.757 million, Fox.
Extras: Commentary by director Ridley Scott; 12 deleted and extended scenes; “Master Class: Ridley Scott” documentary on the making of “Alien: Covenant”; crew fear tests; an inside look at “David’s Lab”; “USCSS Covenant”: “Meet Walter,” “Phobos,” “The Last Supper”; “Sector 87 – Planet 4”: “The Crossing,” “Advent.” There are three exclusive editions at Walmart, Target and Best Buy: Walmart: Alien Day fan art designed T-shirt (4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray formats), Target: 36-page book packaging featuring an inside look at David’s Lab and the creatures of “Alien: Covenant,” plus behind-the-scenes photography and concept sketches (Blu-ray format), Best Buy: Alien baby Xenomorph steelbook (4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray formats).
Big screen redo of the 1980s TV series. Matt Brody (Zac Efron) is a former Olympic swimmer who wants to join an elite team of lifeguards led by the hulking Lt. Mitch Buchannon (Dwayne Johnson). Brody thinks he’s a shoo-in, but his casual attitude starts to instantly rub Mitch the wrong way. When a dangerous crime wave hits the beach, Buchannon leads his elite squad of badass lifeguards on a mission to prove you don’t have to wear a badge to save the bay. Joined by a trio of hot-shot recruits, they’ll ditch the surf and go deep undercover to take down a ruthless businesswoman, whose devious plans threaten the future of the bay.
Vitals: Director: Seth Gordon. Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Alexandra Daddario, Priyanka Chopra, Zac Efron, Pamela Anderson, Angelique Kenney, Charlotte McKinney.
2017, CC, MPAA rating: R, 116 min., Action, Box office gross: $58.047
Blu-ray extras: Extended and theatrical versions of the film, “Meet the Lifeguards: Continuing the Legacy,” stunts & training, deleted & extended scenes.
A woman lands a dream job at a powerful tech company called the Circle, only to uncover an agenda that will affect the lives of all of humanity. When Mae (Emma Watson) is hired to work for the world’s largest and most powerful tech and social media company, she sees it as an opportunity of a lifetime. As she rises through the ranks, she is encouraged by the company’s founder, Eamon Bailey (Tom Hanks), to engage in a groundbreaking experiment that pushes the boundaries of privacy, ethics, and ultimately, her personal freedom. Her participation in the experiment and every decision she makes begin to affect the lives and future of her friends, family, and all of humanity.
Vitals: Director: James Ponsoldt. Stars: Emma Watson, Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, Glenne Headly, John Boyega, Karen Gillan, Ellar Coltrane, Patton Oswalt, Ellen Wong.
2017, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 110 min., Thriller, Box office gross: $20.476 million, Lionsgate.
Extras: “No More Secrets: Completing the Circle” four-part featurette, “The Future Won’t Wait: Design and Technology,” “A True Original: Remembering Bill Paxton.”
Diary of a Wimpy Kid 4: The Long Haul
A Heffley family road trip to attend Meemaw’s 90th birthday party goes hilariously off course thanks to Greg’s newest scheme to get to a video gaming convention. The family cross-country adventure turns into an experience the Heffleys will never forget. Based on the record-breaking book series.
Vitals: Director: David Bowers. Stars: Jason Ian Drucker,Charlie Wright, Owen Asztalos, Tom Everett Scott, Alicia Silverstone.
2016, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 91 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $20.324 million, Fox.
Extras: “Making a Scene,” “Greg Heffley’s 10 Rules for the Perfect Road Trip,” “Road Games,” “Learn to Draw,” “A Decade of Wimpy Fun,” bloopers and deleted scenes, deleted animation, “Haulin’ Through Georgia.”.
The unlikely love story of Maddy, a smart, curious and imaginative 18-year-old who, due to an illness, cannot leave the protection of the hermetically sealed environment within her house, and Olly, the boy next door who won’t let that stop them. Maddy is desperate to experience the much more stimulating outside world, and the promise of her first romance. Gazing through windows and talking only through texts, she and Olly form a deep bond that leads them to risk everything to be together … even if it means losing everything.
Vitals: Director: Stella Meghie. Stars: Amandla Stenberg, Nick Robinson, Ana de la Reguera, Anika Noni Rose.
2017, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 96 min., Drama, Box office gross: $33.580 million, MGM/Warner.
Extras: Deleted scenes.
Blu-ray adds “Trapped in Love: The Story of Everything, Everything” featurette.