The Lego Ninjago Movie (2017) (** ½) is the latest in the ongoing series of animated films featuring the Lego brand. Extras include mini movies, music videos and featurettes. Also available is director Christopher Nolan’s acclaimed WWII epic from last summer, Dunkirk (** ½), a film that didn’t impress me as much as previous films from the director due to its lack of character development. Extras include a making of documentary.
Last summer’s animated sequel Despicable Me 3 (* ½) will probably satiate the film’s fans for now. Others beware. Extras include deleted scene and featurettes.
Also available from Universal is the divorce comedy Home Again (2017) (** ½). Extras include feature commentary.
Stronger (2017) (***) features Jake Gyllenhaal in a truly memorable performance as Jeff Bauman, a man who lost his legs in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing. Extras include a featurette.
Darren Aronofsky’s Mother (2017) (***), is one of the most daring and jarring films of last year and also both equally loathed and loved by audiences. It basically defies description but demands to be seen. Extras include two featurettes.
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Auntie Mame (1958) (***) features Rosalind Russell in her iconic performance as the title character. Extras include a music track and two trailers.
The cop film Code of Silence (1985) (***) is one of star Chuck Norris’s better efforts thanks to good direction by Andrew Davis (The Fugitive). Extras include director commentary, trailer and four interviews. Also available is the western Valdez is Coming (1971) (***), which stars Burt Lancaster. (Extras include audio commentary and the film’s trailer), and the last film for both Bette Davis and Lillian Gish, The Whales of August (1987) (***) Extras on that title include audio commentary, multiple archival interviews and the film’s trailer.
Fargo: Year 3 (2017) (***) features an unrecognizable Ewan McGregor in two roles for the third season of this popular series. Extras include multiple featurettes.
The Trip to Spain (2017) (***) is the third in the delightful series of road films starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon as traveling food critics, this time sampling the culinary delights of Italy. Also available is the controversial Christmas horror film Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984) (**). Extras on the two disc set include two cuts of the film, audio commentary, interviews, documentary, poster and still gallery and trailers.
The arresting comedy A New Leaf (1971) (***) features Walter Matthau in a terrific performance as lifelong bachelor who is forced to marry a wealthy woman (Elaine May) in order to maintain his lifestyle. Extras include audio commentary, two featurettes, an essay booklet and the film’s trailer.
The Complete Monterey Pop Festival (1967) (*** ½) is a box set containing virtually every piece of footage shot at the legendary music fest. Extras include two bonus films, two hours of deleted performances, the short film, essay booklet, theatrical trailers, audio commentaries from 2002 and new interviews with behind the scenes talent.
The ruthless Ugandan dictator is effectively profiled by director Barbet Schroeder in General Idi Amin: A Self Portrait (1974) (***). Extras include director interviews, an essay booklet and an interview with journalist, Andrew Rice.
Woody Allen’s film Alice (1990) (***), features Mia Farrow as a disenchanted New Yorker whose life is changed when she chances upon an herbalist. Extras include music track and the film’s trailer.
The Hospital (1971) (*** ½) is an uproarious black comedy sending up the medical profession and featuring George C. Scott in a commanding performance as the head doctor trying to keep his hospital together. Writer Paddy Chayefsky won his second Oscar for this one. Extras include music track and the film’s trailer.
Leslie Caron is an unwed mother-to-be living out her days in The L-Shaped Room (1962) (***) of the film’s title. Extras include audio commentary, music/effects track and the film’s trailer.
A pre-James Bond Timothy Dalton stars in the adaptation of Emily Bronte’s revered novel Wuthering Heights (1970) (***). Extras include audio commentary, isolated music track and the film’s trailer.
Otto Preminger’s Technicolor adaptation of Kathleen Winsor’s bestseller Forever Amber (1947) (***) is also now available. Extras include a documentary on star Linda Darnell and the isolated music track.
Coming soon: Intermezzo, Judgment at Nuremburg, Inherit the Wind, The Executioner’s Song, It, Blade Runner 2049, Matinee, Hell Night, Macon County Line and I, Daniel Blake.