Mike On Movies
New movies on DVD, Blu-ray, pay-per-view and in theaters
O.K., so you’ve got this great high definition TV, and there are literally thousands of movies out there to choose from. Every Friday, I post a quick list of the films that will be coming out on DVD, Blu-ray and pay-per-view on the next Tuesday, and on the Tuesday after that, along the theatrical releases for the next week. In effect, the home entertainment information is repeated for those who want to get a jump on things.
Most Recent Releases on DVD/Blu-Ray/Pay-Per-View
On DVD and pay-per-view July 15
Breakthrough (PG-13) Drama – Prayer miraculously brings a drowned teen back to life. Allegedly based on a true story.
Shazam! (PG) Action fantasy – 14-year-old Asher Angel is magically transformed into a somewhat-super superhero, Shazam – Zachary Levi. First-rate combination of humor and special-effects action. Pick of the week.
Shortcut to Happiness (PG-13) Fantasy – Novelist Alec Baldwin sells his soul to devil Jennifer Love Hewitt. Anthony Hopkins argues that the contract should be scrapped. Infamous 2001 production, long shrouded in controversy, finally arrives on DVD.
In theaters July 19
The Lion King (PG) Fantasy – Jon Favreau’s CGI-heavy remake of Disney’s animated hit is receiving rapturous advance reviews.
On DVD and pay-per-view July 22
Alita: Battle Angel (PG-13) SF Action – Long-in-the-works adaptation of a popular comic book combines animation and live-action. Produced by James Cameron (Avatar); directed by Robert Rodriguez (Machete). The big-eyed heroine strikes me as creepy.
Hellboy (R) SF Action – David Harbour takes over the stone-handed superhero eleven years after the last entry in the series.