From the Big Screen:
This Week’s Highlights:
Due this week is an outrageously funny horror film from James Gunn, co-writer and director, making its Blu-ray debut this week, the sleepy town of Wheelsy could be any small town in America — somewhat quaint and gentle, peopled with friendly folks who mind their own business. But just beneath the surface charm, something unnamed and evil has arrived … and is growing. Intent on devouring all life on Earth, this dark and slimy entity is infecting anyone in its path. Now it’s up to the local sheriff, Bill Pardy (Nathan), and his team to stop the spread of rampant devastation — and shocking mutilation — before it’s too late. Stars Nathan Fillion, Michael Rooker, Elizabeth Banks, Gregg Henry. Extras include new audio commentary with writer-director James Gunn and actors Nathan Fillion and Michael Rooker; new “The Genesis of SLITHER” featurette; new “The Other MacReady” featurette; audio commentary with Gunn and Fillion; deleted and extended scenes; “Visual Effects: Step by Step”; “Slithery Set Tour” with Fillion; “The Sick Minds and Slimy Days of SLITHER” featurette; “Brewing the Blood — How to Make Blood” featurette; “Bringing SLITHER’s Creatures to Life” featurette. From Scream Factory.
From TV to DVD:
“Big Little Lies: Season 1” (2017) is a three-disc set with all seven episodes of the HBO limited series — starring Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Alexander Skarsgard, Adam Scott, Zoe Kravitz, James Tupper, Jeffrey Nordling — based in the tranquil seaside town of Monterey, California, where nothing is quite as it seems. Witherspoon, Kidman and Woodley star in this limited HBO drama series that tells the darkly comedic story of three northern-California mothers whose seemingly perfect lives unravel to the point of murder. Doting moms, successful husbands, adorable children, beautiful homes: What lies will be told to keep their perfect worlds from unraveling? Told through the eyes of three mothers – Madeline (Witherspoon), Celeste ( Kidman) and Jane (Woodley) — “Big Little Lies” paints a picture of a town fueled by rumors and divided into the haves and have-nots, exposing the conflicts, secrets and betrayals that compromise relationships between husbands and wives, parents and children, and friends and neighbors. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc. From HBO … “The Carol Burnett Show: The Best of Harvey Korman”: During his 10-season run on “The Carol Burnett Show,” Harvey Korman was television’s top second banana, with multiple Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe to prove it. He was fearless: he sang, he danced, he ad-libbed, he pranced, and he made TV audiences roar with laughter. No sketch, drama or musical number was safe once Harvey entered the scene — either from his prodigious talents, or the probable cast crack-up to come. Features four episodes, three which are rare and haven’t seen the light of day in more than 40 years, showcasing some of Korman’s most memorable on-screen moments: as he slips into a Hugh Hefner-style fantasy to indulge his ego, goes way over the top as a conga player and singer supporting Carol’s Carmen Miranda character, and outdoes himself donning a sequined dress and heels for an Andrews Sisters takeoff with Carol and Vicki Lawrence. Includes classic long-running sketches “V.I.P.,” “Carol and Sis,” and “The Old Folks.” On DVD from Time Life … “Crashing: The Complete First Season” (2017) includes all eight episodes. Starring and created by Pete Holmes, one of today’s most popular stand-up comedians, the series is a semi-autobiographical comedy that follows a stand-up comic whose suburban life unravels, causing him to lose everything, but his sense of humor. Already renewed for a second season. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from HBO … “Fortitude Season 2” (2017) is a three-disc set with 10 episodes. Fortitude is a place like nowhere else on Earth. Surrounded by the savage beauty of the polar landscape, its future sparkling with the promise of Arctic opportunity, wealth and discovery, Fortitude is one of the safest towns on earth. There has never been a violent crime here. Until now. The parasite threat from season one has gone, but the residents are still fleeing the Arctic town in droves. Cut off from the mainland, those who remain in Fortitude battle on. However, in the wilderness, nature is growing restless and unpredictable. When the sky turns red, locals fear it is a bad omen for the town. A strange new figure appears hell-bent on destroying an evil spirit he believes has descended upon Fortitude and its inhabitants. There’s a demon amongst the herd and it has to be stopped, no matter what the consequences. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from Public Media Distribution …“Kingdom: Seasons One and Two” (2014-15) is a nine-disc set with all 30 episodes of the series that centers on a family of fighters set against the backdrop of their Mixed Martial Arts gym. Frank Grillo stars in this gritty drama as former pro fighter Alvey Kulina, who, along with his girlfriend, Lisa (Kiele Sanchez), runs a Mixed Martial Arts gym in Venice, California. Tensions mount when Alvey’s estranged ex-wife, Christina (Joanna Going), stops being estranged. Meanwhile, Lisa’s ex-fiancé, Ryan (Matt Lauria), returns from prison to resurrect his fighting career — with Alvey as his trainer. And although Alvey and Christina’s sons, Jay (Jonathan Tucker) and Nate (Nick Jonas), show promise as fighters, each contends with demons and secrets of his own.From Shout! Factory … “Remember Me” (2017) is a three-part drama that follows Tom Parfitt (Michael Palin), a frail and elderly Yorkshire man seemingly alone in the world whose admittance to a nursing home triggers a series of inexplicable events. On the very day Tom leaves his home to move into residential care, he becomes the sole witness to a violent death. Teenage care assistant Hannah Ward and investigating police detective Rob Fairholme try to unravel the riddle of Parfitt’s mysterious past as they are drawn into an eerie and dangerous world of lost love and betrayal. From PBS Distribution … In “Sleight” (2017), starring Jacob Latimore, Seychelle Gabriel, Sasheer Zamata, Storm Reid, Camron Esposito and Dulé Hill, Bo (Lattimore) is a young street magician who has to raise his little sister after their parents pass away. To keep a roof over their heads, he takes on a job selling drugs for psychopathic drug dealer Angelo (Hill). When he realizes he’s in too deep and that he and his sister are at risk, Bo uses his magic to find a way out. On DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo from Universal.