New DVD and Blu-ray Releases for the Week of January 3

From the Big Screen:

Black Adam

photo for Black Adam (2022) In ancient Kahndaq, Teth Adam was bestowed the almighty powers of the gods. After using these powers for vengeance, he was imprisoned, becoming Black Adam. Nearly 5,000 years have passed and Black Adam has gone from man, to myth, to legend. Now released, his unique form of justice, born out of rage, is challenged by modern day heroes who form the Justice Society: Hawkman, Dr. Fate, Atom Smasher and Cyclone. Vitals: Director: Jaume Collet-Serra. Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Viola Davis, Sarah Shahi, Pierce Brosnan, Aldis Hodge, Odelya Halevi. 2021, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 125 min., Action Adventure, North American box office gross: $167.667 million, worldwide $391.067 million, Warner. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Code, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo + Digital Code, VOD, Digital. Blu-ray extras: “The History of Black Adam,” “Who is The Justice Society?”, “From Soul to Screen,” “Black Adam: A Flawed Hero,” “Black Adam: New Tech in an Old World,” “Black Adam: Taking Flight,” “Kahndaq: Designing a Nation,” “The Rock of Eternity,” “Costumes Make the Hero,” “Black Adam: A New Type of Action.” 2 stars

Armageddon Time

photo for Armageddon Time (2022) Set in 1980s Queens, New York, it is a deeply personal story about the strength of family, the complexity of friendship and the generational pursuit of the American Dream. Inspired by Gray’s childhood experiences, the story follows a young Jewish-American boy who befriends an African-American classmate and begins to struggle with expectations from his family and growing up in a world of privilege, inequality and prejudice. Vitals: Director: James Gray. Stars: Anne Hathaway, Jeremy Strong, Banks Repeta, Jaylin Webb, Anthony Hopkins, Ryan Sell, Andrew Polk, Tovah Feldshuh, Jessica Chastain. 2022, CC, MPAA rating: R, 115 min., Drama, North American box office gross: $1.860 million, worldwide $5.659 million, Universal. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Code, VOD, Digital. Extras: Deleted scenes, “Building a Family Cast” featurette, “Growing Up Gray” featurette, “A Grandfather’s Legacy” featurette. Read more here 3 stars

Pray for the Devil

photo for Pray for the Devil (2022) Sister Ann (Jacqueline Byers) believes she is answering a calling to be the first female exorcist … but who, or what, called her? In response to a global rise in demonic possessions, Ann seeks out a place at an exorcism school reopened by the Catholic Church. Until now these schools have only trained priests in the Rite of Exorcism … but a professor (Colin Salmon) recognizes Sister Ann’s gifts and agrees to train her. Thrust onto the spiritual frontline with fellow student Father Dante (Christian Navarro), Sister Ann finds herself in a battle for the soul of a young girl, who Sister Ann believes is possessed by the same demon that tormented her own mother years ago. Determined to root out the evil, Ann soon realizes that evil has been expecting her. Vitals: Director: Daniel Stamm. Stars: Jacqueline Byers, Colin Salmon, Christian Navarro, Lisa Palfrey, Nicholas Ralph, Ben Cross, Virginia Madsen. 2022, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 93 min., Horror, North American box office gross: $17.029 million, worldwide $26.901 million, Lionsgate. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo + Digital, VOD, Digital. Extras: Audio commentary with director Daniel Stamm and Actress Jacqueline Byers; “Possessed: Creating Prey for the Devil”: “A Lullaby of Terror”; “The Devil’s Tricks: Visual Effects.” Blu-ray adds “Prey for the Devil Cast-Read: The Original First-Draft Screenplay”; “Speak No Evil: A Real Exorcist and Church Psychologist Discuss Possession.” Read more here 2 stars

This Week’s Best Bet:

The boundless imagination of Terry Gilliam yields a dazzling fantasy of epic proportions in “The Adventures of Baron Munchausen” (1988). Inspired by the extravagant exploits of the fabled Baron Munchausen, this spectacle — born of a famously turbulent production — follows the photo for THE ADVENTURES OF BARON MUNCHAUSEN whimsical 18th-century nobleman (John Neville) as he embarks on an outlandish quest that takes him from faraway lands to the moon to the belly of a sea monster and beyond, meanwhile waging battle against a vengeful sultan and the tyranny of logic. Packed frame to frame with special effects, mischievous wit, and colorful performances—including a young Sarah Polley as the Baron’s no-nonsense sidekick—the Oscar-nominated “The Adventures of Baron Munchausen” is a lavish celebration of the triumph of make-believe over reality. New 4K digital restoration, approved by writer-director Terry Gilliam, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. On Blu-ray, 4K UHD, from The Criterion Collection.

Foreign Films:

“Big Time Gambling Boss” (1968 — Japan) is set in Tokyo, 1934. Gang boss Arakawa is too ill and a successor must be named. The choice falls on Nakai, but being an outsider he refuses and suggests senior clansman Matsuda instead. But Matsuda is in jail and the elders won’t wait for his release, so they appoint the younger and more malleable Ishido to take the reins. Clan honor and loyalties are severely tested when Matsuda is released, resulting in an increasingly violent internal strife. An atmospheric tale of gangland intrigue written by Kazuo Kasahara (“Battles Without Honour and Humanity”) and starring Tomisaburo Wakayama, (“Lone Wolf and Cub,” “The Bounty Hunter Trilogy”) and genre legend Koji Tsuruta, “Big Time Gambling Boss” is one of the all-time classics of the yakuza genre. Paul Schrader called it the richest and most complex film of its type, while novelist Yukio Mishima hailed it as a masterpiece. High Definition digital transfer on Blu-ray for the first time. On Blu-ray from Radiance Films/MVD Entertainment … photo for Memories of My Father Directed by Academy Award-winner Fernando Trueba (“Belle Epoque”), “Memories of My Father” (2020 — Columbia) dramatizes the true life story of Héctor Abad Gómez (Javier Cámara), a renowned Colombian doctor and human rights activist in corrupt and chaotic 1970s Medellín, Colombia. A devoted father, Abad Gómez adored his children and fought against oppression and social inequality at great sacrifice to himself and his family. Colombia’s official submission for the 93rd Academy Awards, the film is a stylish and beautifully shot portrait of a man who dedicated his life to helping others. “Memories of My Father” is based on the international best-seller, “Oblivion: A Memoir”, written by Héctor Abad Faciolince, the son of Héctor Abad Gómez and one of Colombia’s most acclaimed contemporary authors. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Cohen Media Group.

From TV to Disc:

“Star Trek: Prodigy: Season 1 Volume 1” (2022) is a two-disc set with all 10 episodes. The animated series follows a motley crew of young aliens who must figure out how to work together while navigating a greater galaxy, in search of a better future. These six young outcasts know nothing about the ship they have commandeered a first in the history of the Star Trek franchise but over the course of their adventures together, they will each be introduced to Starfleet and the ideals it represents. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Nickelodeon/Paramount.

All DVDs and Blu-rays are screened on a reference system consisting of an Oppo BDP-83 Blu-ray Disc Player w/SACD & DVD-Audio, a Rotel RSX-972 Surround Sound Receiver, and Phase Technology 1.1 (front), 33.1 (center), and 50 (rear) speakers, and Power 10 subwoofer.

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