This Week’s DVD Releases – April 5th, 2016.
An interesting batch of DVDs for release this week. 10 big ones and four honorable mentions.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
The Force Awakens is the latest Star Wars adventure. Directed by Christopher Miller and Phil Lord, the screenplay was written by Lawrence Kasdan and his son, Jon Kasdan. The elder Kasdan co-wrote the screenplays for The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, and The Force Awakens.
In Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we go back in time to learn how a young Han Solo becomes the smuggler and scoundrel Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi encountered in the cantina at Mos Eisley.
How to Change the World
How To Change The World is the story of the small group of pioneers who founded Greenpeace. They also defined the modern green movement.
This film brings to the screen archive film that has never been seen before, so it brings their extraordinary world to life. It all started when a group of friends sailed into a nuclear test zone, to protest the use of nuclear material. That was 1971 and their action captured the imagination of many people throughout the world.
Directed by: Jerry Rothwell, it features the music of Pink Floyd, Leonard Cohen, Jodi Mitchell, Brigitte Bardot, Country Joe Mcdonald & The Fish and the Can.
“Invisible Scars, Hope for Warriors With Hidden Wounds” is a documentary about PTSD. Produced by Front Porch Media and Entertainment, a subsidiary of Crosswinds Foundation, it looks at what happens to soldiers when they return home from war. “Wars don’t end with a peace treaty.”
In Stealing Cars, with Emory Cohen and William H. Macy, a rebellious teenager gets into trouble and navigates his way through the juvenile court system.
The Great Hypnotist
Xu Ruining (Xu Zheng) is an incredibly skilled hypnotherapist. A young woman, Ren Xiaoyan, played by Karen Mok comes to him with a problem. The struggle between the doctor and the patient is more difficult than he expected. Ren Xiaoyan has a thin and weak appearance, but she always reacts violently to any problems.
He wonders why she is so closed-off to everyone. Is it caused by a painful childhood memory or possibly the ring mark visible on her middle finger? While sparing no effort to figure it out, Xu Ruining falls into a horrible trap…
A Place to Call Home: Season Three
Ron Taylor: Dr. Baseball
Ron Taylor: Dr. Baseball is the story of an 11-year Major League pitcher. After winning two world championships (1964 St. Louis Cardinals and 1969 Miracle Mets), he tours Vietnam with the USO and it changes his life.
After visiting field hospitals, he goes home, and at the age of 35 enrolls in medical school and eventually becomes team physician with the Toronto Blue Jays. Through interviews with former teammates and friends, his two sons uncover the course of their father’s life.
This documentary features interviews with five Hall of Famers – Joe Torre, Bob Gibson, Lou Brock, Ferguson Jenkins, and Pat Gillick, plus MLB All-Stars Joe Carter, Tim McCarver, Art Shamsky and Cito Gaston.
Historical MLB footage details Ron’s performances in the ‘64 and ‘69 World Series, pitching against the Mickey Mantle Roger Maris and others.
Natural Born Pranksters
Curve Ball is the coming of age story of a boy name Nolan as he faces several challenges in his life which he must learn to conquer without the help of his mother or counselor.
Lynn Whitfield (Hit The Floor, Josephine Baker story, Eves Bayou)
Rockmond Dunbar (Son’s of Anarchy, The Mentalist, Prison Break)
E. Roger Mitchell (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The Equalizer, Flight) introducing Jean-Luc McMurtry and Adam Aalderks.
Identicals is sci-fi, starring Nora-Jane Noone and Nick Blood. An organization called Brand New-U is set up to identify networks of Identicals – people who walk and talk just like you, but they have a better life. And this is where the company helps their customers make a life upgrade. They do it by eliminating the “donor” with the better-life, and they replace the eliminated person with their client.
Slater, played by Nick Blood, seems to have a perfect life, a perfect job and a perfect girlfriend. Slater’s girlfriend is abducted by Brand New-U, and a corpse is left in her place. Slater is forced to become an Identical. He moves through a series of parallel lives, becoming more obsessed with finding his girlfriend. But he must actually find himself.
Archer: The Complete Season Six
Sterling Archer is the world’s most dangerous spy. He works for a spy agency run by his mother. In between dealing with his boss and his co-workers – one of whom is his ex-girlfriend – Archer manages to annoy or seduce everyone that crosses his path. His antics are only excusable because at the end of the day, he still somehow always manages to thwart whatever crises was threatening mankind.
Starring: H. Jon Benjamin, Judy Greer, Aisha Tyler, Amber Nash, Jessica Walter, and Chris Parnell.
The Expanse: Season One
Ella, played by Mischa Barton, sneaks off one night to snoop through her fiancé’s storage unit on the outskirts of town. Deep in the lower levels of the warehouse, Ella and a half dozen storage unit customers discover a relentless psychopath has started his own “collection,” and unless Ella and the others can survive the blood-soaked rampage of the Hoarder, and find a way out of the maze-like building, they’ll never see another day.
Stars include Robert Knepper, Valene Kane, Charlotte Salt and Andrew Buckley.