Due August 5: Need for Speed
The film centers around Tobey Marshall (Aaron Paul), a blue-collar mechanic who races muscle-cars on the side in an unsanctioned street-racing circuit. Struggling to keep his family-owned garage afloat, he reluctantly partners with the wealthy and arrogant ex-NASCAR driver Dino Brewster (Dominic Cooper). But just as a major sale to car broker Julia Bonet (Imogen Poots) looks like it will save Tobey’s shop, a disastrous race allows Dino to frame Tobey for a crime he didn’t commit, sending Tobey to prison while Dino expands his business out west. Two years later, Tobey is released and set on revenge — but he knows his only chance to take down his rival Dino is to defeat him in the high-stakes race known as De Leon — the Super Bowl of underground racing. However to get there in time, Tobey will have to run a high-octane, action-packed gauntlet that includes dodging pursuing cops coast-to-coast as well as contending with a dangerous bounty Dino has put out on his car. With the help of his loyal crew and the surprisingly resourceful Julia, Tobey defies odds at every turn and proves that even in the flashy world of exotic supercars, the underdog can still finish first. Based on the best-selling video game series. Extras: “Capturing Speed: Making an Authentic Car Movie,” “Need for Speed Rivals” trailer. Blu-ray adds “Ties That Bind,” “The Circus Is In Town,” commentary with director Scott Waugh and Aaron Paul, Monarch & Maverick outtakes, deleted scenes, “The Sound of Need for Speed,” “B-Camera” crash compilation (Easter Egg). Vitals: Director: Scott Waugh. Stars: Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots, Scott Mescudi (aka Kid Cudi), Dakota Johnson, Michael Keaton. 2014, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 130 min., Action, Box office gross: $43.189 million, Disney.
Due August 12: Muppets Most Wanted
Two Frogs! One Pig! Intrigue! Music! Mayhem! Muppets! Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Animal and the entire Muppets gang head out on a world tour, selling out grand theaters in some of Europe’s most exciting destinations, including Berlin, Madrid and London. But mayhem follows the Muppets overseas, as they find themselves unwittingly entangled in an international crime caper headed by Constantine — the World’s Number One Criminal and a dead ringer for Kermit — and his dastardly sidekick Dominic, aka Number Two (Ricky Gervais). Kermit is put behind bars at the mercy of prison warden Nadya (Tina Fey), and Constantin takes his place. As Constantine Dominic plot the robbery of the century, they are pursued by Sam Eagle and Interpol agent Jean Pierre Napoleon (Ty Burrell). Will Constantine get away with his nefarious scheme? Will Kermit escape in time to save the day? With guest cameos by Tony Bennett, Sean Combs, Rob Corddry, Celine Dion, Josh Groban, Salma Hayek, Ray Liotta, Ross Lynch, Chloe Grace Moretz, Christoph Waltz and more. Extras: “I’ll Get You What You Want” music video performed by Bret McKenzie. Blu-ray adds “The Unnecessarily Extended Cut” featuring 12 minutes of exclusive scenes not seen in theaters; “The Statler and Waldorf Cut,” “The Longer Longest Blooper Reel in Muppets History,” “Rizzo’s Biggest Fan.” Vitals: Director: James Bobin. Stars: Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, The Great Gonzo, Animal, Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, Tina Fey. 2014, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 107 min., Family, Box office gross: $50.012 million, Disney.