From the Big Screen:
This Week’s Best Bet
“In the Heat of the Night” (1967): Passing through the backwoods town of Sparta, Mississippi, Philadelphia detective Virgil Tibbs (Sidney Poitier) becomes embroiled in a murder case. He forms an uneasy alliance with the bigoted police chief (Rod Steiger), who faces mounting pressure from Sparta’s hostile citizens to catch the killer and run the African American interloper out of town. Director Norman Jewison splices incisive social commentary into this thrilling police procedural with the help of Haskell Wexler’s vivid cinematography, Quincy Jones’s eclectic score, and two indelible lead performances — a career-defining display of seething indignation and moral authority from Poitier and an Oscar-winning master class in Method acting from Steiger. Winner of five Academy Awards, including for best picture, “In the Heat of the Night” is one of the most courageous Hollywood films of the civil rights era. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc with new 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. From The Criterion Collection.
From TV to Disc:
“Ballers: The Complete Fourth Season” (2018) is a single disc with nine episodes. Success hits hard. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson stars in this series as a retired football superstar trying to reinvent himself as a financial manager for current players in sun-soaked Miami. After refusing to compromise his principles by joining an alliance with the filthy-rich Anderson brothers to move a football franchise to Las Vegas, Spencer and his partner Joe set out to expand their foothold in the client-management business, weighing an opportunity to purchase an extreme-sports LA outfit. From HBO … “Crashing: The Complete Second Season” (2018) is a single-disc with all nine episodes. Executive produced by Judd Apatow and Pete Holmes, and loosely inspired by Holmes’ personal experiences in stand-up comedy, “Crashing” follows an aspiring comic named Pete, who finds out his wife is cheating on him, forcing a move to New York to pursue his dream of being a comedian. From HBO … “The Game: The Complete Series” (2006-2015) is a 20-disc set with all 147 episodes of the spin-off of “Girlfriends,” featuring a group of women who all have relationships with professional football players. It may seem glamourous being the wife or girlfriend of a pro-football player, but Melanie Barnett quickly learns the hard truth. After her boyfriend, Derwin Davis, gets drafted as the new third-string wide receiver for the San Diego Sabers, Melanie discovers her role is much more than supporting her beau from the sidelines. She must pick up a playbook of her own and learn the power plays that NFL wives use to get their men the best agents, managers, charity opportunities, endorsements and merchandising deals. From CBS/Paramount … “Humans 3.0” (2018) includes all eight episodes. In the near future, humanoid servants called Synthetics have been created to help busy families simplify their lives. The AMC UK series explores the intersection of man and machine. One year after synths around the globe gained consciousness, human distrust of synths is at an all-time high, and both populations struggle to cope with the fallout. Human lawyer Laura (Katherine Parkinson) fights for synth rights at a high-profile government commission, while Mia (Gemma Chan) and Max (Ivanno Jeremiah) run a settlement for sentient synths. But Max is torn between his new role as leader and helping his friend, human-synth hybrid Leo (Colin Morgan). When a bomb blast at a synth-friendly bar inflames already high tensions, Niska (Emily Berrington) searches for the perpetrator, and what she finds will have monumental consequences for humans and synths alike. From Acorn Media … “Kidding: Season One” (2018) is a two-disc set with all 10 episodes. Jeff Piccirillo (Jim Carrey) is the face of a longtime children’s TV show called “Mr. Pickles’ Puppet Time.” However, behind his jovial Mr. Pickles mask, Jeff struggles with the death of his son Phil (Cole Allen), his separation from his wife Jill (Judy Greer), and his conflict with his father Seb (Frank Langella), with whom he works as the producer of his TV show. Rounding up the first-season cast of “Kidding” are Catherine Keener as Jeff’s sister Didi, Juliet Morris as Didi’s daughter Maddy, Bernard White as Didi’s husband Scott, and Justin Kirk as Jill’s new boyfriend. Cole Allen also stars as Will, Jeff’s other son and Phil’s twin. Guest stars include Tara Lipinski and Conan O’Brien as themselves. From Showtime/Paramount.