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BLU-RAY REVIEW:

Universal;
Thriller;
Box Office $48.24 million;
$34.98 DVD, $39.98 Blu-ray, $49.98 UHD BD;
Rated ‘PG-13’ for strong violence, disturbing images, suggestive content, partial nudity and brief strong language.
Stars Gael García Bernal, Vicky Krieps, Rufus Sewell, Alex Wolff, Emun Elliott, Thomasin McKenzie, Abbey Lee, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Ken Leung, Eliza Scanlen, Aaron Pierre.

Director M. Night Shyamalan’s latest twisty thriller offers a disturbing examination of the concept of time and the aging process.

The story involves a family on vacation at a tropical resort. As a bonus perk, they are whisked away to a secluded beach with a few other families to spend a day relaxing in peace and quiet.

Things quickly go awry, however, when the older members of the group begin to experience health problems, while the children seem to be years older than they should be after a few hours.

They deduce that the cliffs surrounding the beach are composed of a strange type of strange type of rock that emits radiation that speeds up the body’s cellular processes, causing the visitors to age roughly one year each half-hour.

Making matters worse, the rock walls seemingly have them trapped on the beach, as the ocean currents make it difficult to swim away.

They also learn that someone in each family has a disease or illness, and it seems they were manipulated into visiting the resort and herded onto that beach, a suspicion compounded when they discover they’re being watched.

The story is built around the notion that time is a valuable resource that shouldn’t be squandered, hammered home by the scenario of parents literally watching their children grow into adulthood right before their eyes. Another member of the group is a model to whom the very concept of growing old suddenly becomes the immediate horror she must confront.

While the premise is fascinating, Shyamalan’s efforts to explore it are somewhat uneven, as scenes of creepy tension are often undercut by clunky dialogue.

The Blu-ray includes some deleted scenes that are too short to have much impact, and a few interesting behind-the-scenes featurettes, particularly one that explores the relationship between Shyamalan and his daughter, who worked as an assistant director on the movie.

The same extras can be found on both the regular Blu-ray and the 4K disc.

Lionsgate Bringing ‘Judy’ Home in December

Lionsgate will release the Judy Garland biopic Judy through digital retailers Dec. 10, and on Blu-ray, DVD and on demand Dec. 24.

The film stars Oscar winner Renée Zellweger as Garland, 30 years after rising to global stardom in The Wizard of Oz, arriving in London to perform a five-week sold-out run at The Talk of the Town. While preparing for the shows, Garland battles with management, reminisces with friends and adoring fans, and embarks on a whirlwind romance with soon-to-be fifth husband Mickey Deans — all while struggling to overcome anxiety and physical decline.

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Shedding light on Garland’s final years, the film features perfomances of some of her best-known songs, such as “Over the Rainbow,” “For Once In My Life” and “Come Rain or Come Shine.”

The cast also includes Jessie Buckley, Finn Wittrock, Rufus Sewell and Michael Gambon.

The film earned $22.9 million at the domestic box office.

Home video extras include the theatrical trailer, an image gallery and the featurette “From the Heart: The Making of Judy.