‘Dolittle’ Coming to Digital March 24, Disc — Including 4K — April 7

Dolittle will arrive on digital March 24 and 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and on demand April 7 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

Robert Downey Jr. plays Dr. Dolittle, a man who can talk to animals. The cast also includes the voice talents of Emma Thompson, Rami Malek, Selena Gomez, John Cena and Tom Holland, among others.

After losing his wife, Dolittle he locks himself away behind the high wall of his manor but is forced to set sail on an epic adventure when the queen falls gravely ill. Helping Dolittle in search of a rare cure are his animal friends — including Chee-Chee (Malek), an anxious, self-conscious gorilla; Dab-Dab (Octavia Spencer), an enthusiastic but bird-brained duck; the bickering duo of cynical, neurotic ostrich Plimpton (Kumail Nanjiani) and the polar bear Yoshi (Cena); and a headstrong parrot named Polynesia (Thompson).

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The film earned $161.7 million at the global box office.

The 4K disc includes HDR+.

Bonus features include:

  • “Talk to the Animals,” a peek at the fun the cast had giving each of the animals their unique voice;
  • “Robert Downey Jr. & Harry: Mentor and Mentee,” about the unique bond the two actors formed on-set, and how Downey took the film’s young co-star under his wing;
  • “Becoming the Good Doctor,” about how Downey transformed into the iconic Dolittle;
  • “Antonio Banderas: Pirate King,” in which Banderas discusses what attracted him to the project, his experiences working with Downey and what he brought to the role of King Rassouli;
  • “The Wicked Dr. Mudfly,” about the nefarious villain Dr. Blair Müdfly with Michael Sheen diving into his character’s motivations for being Dolittle’s foil; and
  • “A Most Unusual House,” about the unique rooms and modifications that allow Dolittle to house anyone or anything, big or small.

 

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Rom-Com ‘Last Christmas’ Home Release Announced by Universal

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment will release the romantic-comedy Last Christmas through digital retailers Jan. 21, and on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Feb. 4.

The film stars Emilia Clarke (“Game of Thrones”) as Kate, who works as an elf at a year-round holiday shop and faces an endless streak of bad luck and poor decision-making until she meets Tom (Henry Golding), a kind-hearted man with a mysterious past who challenges her cynical world view. The cast also includes Michelle Yeoh and Emma Thompson.

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Directed by Paul Feig, and co-written by Thompson and Greg Wise, the film earned $35 million at the domestic box office. The film features the music of George Michael, including a never-before-heard track.

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Home video extras include an alternate opening and ending; deleted scenes; a blooper reel; a Feig solo commentary; a commentary with Feig and Thompson; a full performance of George Michael’s “Last Christmas”; and several featurettes:

  • “Director in Vision” — Feig offers directorial tips and fashion advice;
  • “It’s All So Cold” — how Clarke and Golding’s stayed warm while filming in chilly London;
  • “Try Not to Laugh” — Clarke and Thompson come down with a severe case of the giggles;
  • “A Legacy Revealed” — how the song “Last Christmas” was developed into a film;
  • “Pure Golding” — A profile of Henry Golding;
  • “Emilia Recording Session” — a recording session with Emilia Clarke;
  • “Love Letter to London” — Feig and some of the cast explore London;
  • “Santa and Her Elf” — a behind the scenes look at the quirky relationship between Kate and “Santa” (Michelle Yeoh);
  • “12 Days of Production” — a chronicle of the production;
  • “Paul Feig Takes Over the Tram” – Before Feig became a director he was a Universal Studios tram tour guide in 1981. Hop on the tram and experience part of the tour as Paul takes over the ride.

 

Men in Black: International

BLU-RAY REVIEW:

 Street Date 9/3/19;
Sony Pictures;
Sci-Fi;
Box Office: $79.66 million;
$30.99 DVD, $34.99 Blu-ray, $45.99 UHD BD;
Rated ‘PG-13’ for sci-fi action, some language and suggestive material.
Stars Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Rebecca Ferguson, Kumail Nanjiani, Rafe Spall, Laurent Bourgeois, Larry Bourgeois, Emma Thompson, Liam Neeson.

The fourth film in the “Men in Black” franchise was supposed to freshen up the franchise with a new cast and creative team. But old habits are hard to break, and Men in Black: International ends up coming across as a bland rehash of the formula established by the original film.

It’s not the fault of the cast, who are doing their best to milk laughs out of the material. And the film looks great, with all the weird aliens, slick gadgets and kooky visual effects one would expect from a “Men in Black” movie.

The issue is that the “MIB” movies don’t seem concerned with the kind of worldbuilding needed to create a viable sci-fi mythology, like establishing a set of rules for how things work. Instead they rely on familiar gags and situations that hint at a bigger picture but ultimately don’t yield many consequences for the characters or the fictional organization they work for that is tasked with secretly defending the Earth from intergalactic threats.

The fourth film kicks off with not one but two flashbacks. In one, a young girl witnesses her parents’ memories erased by MIB agents, causing her to become obsessed with learning the secrets of the organization, which she finally stumbles upon decades later and earns a chance to prove herself as an agent. Played as an adult by Tessa Thompson, she’s dubbed agent M and assigned to the London branch, where MIB boss O (Emma Thompson) thinks something’s not quite right with the operation.

The London branch is run by High T (Liam Neeson), who a few years earlier (in the other flashback) joined agent H (Chris Hemsworth) in fighting off an alien invader named The Hive, and once you hear why they’re called that it pretty much telegraphs every potential plot twist in the movie.

Anyway, back in the present, M and H work together to investigate a potential new threat from the Hive, involving a pair of alien assassins who are looking for a superweapon on Earth, taking them on an adventure through exotic locales in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

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Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth work well together, as we’ve seen in the “Thor” and “Avengers” movies. But their pairing here seems more an attempt to coast off that buzz than come up with fresh ideas.

The shift to London, the globetrotting story and addition of Hemsworth as a suave secret agent are undoubtedly meant to give the film a “James Bond meets Men in Black” vibe, which might have been better served if the film embraced the tone such a mashup would imply, rather than lazily resorting to the familiar buddy cop vs. aliens boilerplate we’ve seen before.

The bonus materials on the Blu-ray, DVD and digital versions mostly reinforce the notion that this is merely the next iteration of a familiar franchise, with a half-hour of behind-the-scenes featurettes about the cast, stunts, production design and gadgets showing how “MIB” is being taken to the next level. But nostalgia isn’t left behind, as there’s a three-minute video recapping the earlier movies.

There’s also a bizarre three-minute NBA crossover video in which M and H discover a number of top NBA superstars are actually aliens. While these were produced as promos for the NBA playoffs around the time of the film’s theatrical run, without that context they play more as a prequel for a “Space Jam”-type movie.

The home video editions also come with a two-minute gag reel.

Exclusive to the Blu-ray are 11-and-a-half minutes of deleted scenes, some of which shed new light on elements in the movie. There’s also a pair of amusing faux commercials for “MIB”-style products, one for a consumer-approved memory-wiping neuralyzer, and another for a parody ancestry website for people to discover their alien heritage. However, the Alien-cestry.com URL just leads back to the Sony Pictures home page.

‘Johnny English Strikes Again’ Coming to Digital Jan. 8, Disc Jan. 22 From Universal

Rowan Atkinson (Mr. Bean) returns as an accidental secret agent in Johnny English Strikes Again, the third installment of the comedic spy series, arriving on digital Jan. 8 and Blu-ray, DVD and on demand Jan. 22 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

English (Atkinson) and his sidekick Bough (Ben Miller) are back. When a cyber-attack reveals the identity of all active undercover agents in Britain, English is called out of retirement to find the mastermind hacker. A man with few skills and analog methods, he must overcome the challenges of modern technology.

The cast also includes Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace), Jake Lacy (Carol) and Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks).

Bonus features on disc and digital include:

  • “The Comedy Genius of Rowan Atkinson,” a look at Atkinson’s comedic talents;
  • “The Johnny EnglishLegacy,” in which the cast and filmmakers discuss how the character has evolved;
  • “Virtual Reality Johnny EnglishStyle”;
  • “The Gadgets,” in which Atkinson leads viewers through his notable collection of gadgets;
  • “The Cars,” about the use of autos in the film;
  • “Locations and Design,” covering the film’s set designs and locations;
  • “A Cast of Characters,” about the supporting cast; and
  • feature commentary with director David Kerr.

‘The Children Act’ With Emma Thompson Due on DVD Nov. 13 From Lionsgate

The Children Act, starring Emma Thompson, will come out on DVD Nov. 13 from Lionsgate.

Based on the novel by Ian McEwan (Atonement), the film follows a British High Court judge  (Thompson) asked to rule in the complicated case of a minor who refuses life-saving treatment. The film also stars Stanley Tucci and Fionn Whitehead.

The DVD ($19.98) Includes an audio commentary with director Richard Eyre, writer Ian McEwan and producer Duncan Kenworthy.

Amazon Bowing Prime Original Series ‘King Lear’ Sept. 28

Amazon Aug. 23 announced that its original Prime series, “King Lear” – starring Oscar winners Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson – will begin streaming on Sept. 28.

Other Prime Originals coming to the service in September include series premieres of “Six Dreams” (Sept. 7) and “Forever” (Sept. 14) as well as season 1a of “Pete the Cat” (Sept. 7) and season 2b of “Wishenpoof” (Sept. 7).

Additionally, Prime Video will begin streaming season two of PBS’s British series, “Victoria,” starting Aug. 25.

Meanwhile, Prime Video’s entire September release slate of licensed third-party content includes:

September 1 series:

Asylum, Season 1

The Blue Rose, Season 1

The Broker’s Man, Seasons 1-2

The Field of Blood, Seasons 1-2

Golden, Season 1

The Kevin Bishop Show, Season 2

London Irish, Season 1

The Palace, Season 1

Parents, Season 1

Rocket’s Island, Seasons 1-3

Sam’s Game, Season 1

Texas Rising, Season 1

The Triangle, Season 1

Trust, Season 1

Westside, Seasons 1-3

Wild at Heart, Seasons 1-8

Movies

1492: Conquest of Paradise(1992)

A Field in England(2013)

A Good Woman (2006)

A Love Song for Bobby Long (2004)

A Murder of Crows (1999)

A Turtle’s Tale: Sammy’s Adventures (2010)

A Turtle’s Tale 2: Sammy’s Escape from Paradise (2012)

All You Can Eat Buddha (2017)

Bandits (2001)

Beowulf (2007)

Big Top Pee-wee (1988)

Blow Out (1981)

Bolero (1984)

Can’t Stand Losing You: Surviving the Police (2012)

Chinatown (1974)

Cool It (2010)

Double Impact (1991)

DragonHeart (1996)

Dressed to Kill (1980)

Fall Time (1993)

Fighting Temptations (2003)

Ghostbusters (1984)

Ghostbusters II (1989)

Going Overboard (1989)

Gutland (2017)

Hard Rain (1998)

Harry and Paul’s History of the 2s (2014)

Harry Price: Ghost Hunter (2015)

Hotel for Dogs (2009)

House of D (2004)

Hustle & Flow (2005)

Ingenious (2009)

Jerry Maguire (1996)

Joyride (1997)

Kill Me Again (1989)

Lea to the Rescue (2016)

Luk’Luk’I (2017)

Miami Vice (2006)

Over the Top (1987)

Paycheck (2003)

Poltergeist II: The Other Side (1986)

Prancer (1989)

Primal Fear (1996)

Pumpkinhead (1988)

Pumpkinhead II: Blood Wings (1994)

Resurrecting the Champ (2007)

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)

Roger Dodger (2002)

Rustlers’ Rhapsody (1985)

Senorita Justice (2004)

Sleepless in Seattle (1993)

Small Town Saturday Night (2010)

Smokey and the Bandit (1977)

Stealth Fighter (1999)

The Amityville Horror (1979)

The Dark Half (1993)

The Eagle (2011)

The Great Outdoors (1988)

The Longest Yard (1974)

The Man Who Lost His Head (2007)

The Perfect Weapon (1991)

The Score (2001)

There Will Be Blood (2007)

Tonightly (2008)

What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)

 Sept. 2

Movies

Future World (2018)

Sept. 4

Movies

Beirut (2018)

Crescent (2017)

Strangers Prey at Night (2018)

Sept. 6

Movies

Pistorius (2018)

Cesar Chavez (2014)

Sept. 8

Movies

From Paris with Love (2009)

Stronger (2017)

Sept. 12

Movies

Grace Unplugged (2014)

Sept. 14

Movies

High Fantasy (2017)

Sept. 15

Movies

On Chesil Beach (2018)

Sept. 16

Movies

Baby Mama (2008)

I Am Wrath (2016)

The Good Shepherd (2006)

Sept. 20

Movies

Jugnu (1973)

This is Home: A Refugee Story (2018)

Sept. 21

Movies

My Little Pony (2017)

Sept. 22

Movies

For Colored Girls (2010)

Hot Summer Night (2018)

Sept. 27

Movies

Escape Plan 2 (2018)

Sept. 28

Movies

Hannah (2017)

Plonger (Diving) (2017)

Suburbicon (2017)

Sept. 29

Movies

Jigsaw (2017)

New in September – Available to purchase on Prime Video:

Sept. 4

Movies

Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom (2018)

Sept. 11

Movies

Uncle Drew (2018)

Sept. 26

Series

This Is Us, Season 3, NBC

Sept. 27

Series

Modern Family, Season 10, ABC

Sept. 28

Series

Grey’s Anatomy, Season 14, ABC

The Good Place, Season 3, NBC

New in September for streaming on Prime Video Channels

Sept. 8

Live Sports

UFC 228: “Woodley vs Till,” UFC

Sept. 9

Series

Kidding, Season 1, Showtime

Shameless, Season 9, Showtime

Sept. 14-16

Live Sports

AVP – Honolulu

Sept. 16

Series

Warriors of Liberty City, Mini-Series, Starz

Sept. 21-23

Live Sports

Laver Cup – Chicago

Sept. 24

Series

Magnum PI, Season 1, CBS All Access

Sept. 25

Series

FBI, Season 1, CBS All Access

Sept. 27

Series

Murphy Brown, Season 1, CBS All Access

Live Sports

Thursday Night Football: Minnesota Vikings vs Los Angeles Rams, Game 4, Prime Video

Sept. 30

Series

God Friended Me, Season 1, CBS All Access