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New DVD, Blu-ray and digital release highlights for the week of Aug. 9-15, 2021

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Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) in Marvel Studios' BLACK WIDOW, in theaters and on Disney+ with Premier Access. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ¬©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.{ } (Photo: Marvel Studios)

It's a great week if you're a fan of genre films as "Black Widow" comes to digital, the final chapter in "Batman: The Long Halloween" sees a physical release and old friends Hulk (Lou Ferrigno era) and Jason (parts 1-8) get the box-set treatment.

Digital

  • Black Widow - While it wasn't exactly the movie I wanted, "Black Widow" did almost everything I would have asked it to do. I just would have preferred it to be done in two or three films. Still, I'm thankful that audiences have the opportunity to see Scarlett Johansson's take on Natasha Romanoff gain a little more depth. "Avengers: Endgame" will always be her swan song, but now that finale resonates more deeply. [Full Review]

  • Joe Bell - Based on a true story, this recounts story of Joe Bell (Mark Wahlberg) a grieving father sets out to walk across America talking to people about bullying. It is the story of a father who feels like he didn’t do enough to protect his son from the world. A father who did his best to embrace his son’s uniqueness but recognizes that he failed to convey his love. It is the devastating story of Jadin Bell (Reid Miller), a queer teenager who kills himself after being constantly bullied by his classmates. [Full Review]

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DVD & Blu-ray

  • Batman: The Long Halloween Part Two - The history of the DC Universe Animated Original Movies is a rocky road of hits and misses. "The Long Halloween" feels as close to a direct hit as I can remember. While some have reacted poorly to the vulnerability of Batman or complained that there is too much focus on supporting characters (we get a lot Harvey Dent and Selina Kyle) but Batman has often shared the stage with other players. More often than not he still gets the final bow.

  • Profile - Valene Kane stars as Amy, a British reporter, who sets out to write a article on the tactics used by the Islamic State to recruit young women. Amy dives deeper down the rabbit hole than she ever intended.

  • The Misfits - Pierce Brosnan stars as Richard Pace, a renown thief, who escapes from prison only to fall into the company of a rogue group do-gooders who intend on pulling off a massive gold heist. Tim Roth and Nick Cannon co-star.

  • Finding You - Finley Sinclair (Rose Reid), a young woman traveling to Ireland for a study abroad program, unexpectedly finds herself in the company of Beckett Rush (Jedidiah Goodacre), a rising movie star.

  • Nashville - Robert Altman's classic political satire that follows a group of musicians and performers as they prepare for a gala fundraiser for Hal Philip Walker, the Replacement Party's candidate for president. The cast is massive and includes Karen Black, Ned Beatty, Keith Carradine, Lily Tomlin and Henry Gibson.

  • Friday the 13th 8-Movie Collection - The original 8 films from the influential franchise including new remasters for the first four films. This covers all the films released by Paramount between 1980 - 1989.

  • The Hulk: The Ultimate Movie and TV Collection - Universal has a new bundle the combines both "The Incredible Hulk" and "Hulk" films from the 2000s and the original five seasons of the television show that ran from 1978 to 1982.

  • After Life - Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda’s 1998 film "After Life" presents an afterlife where souls are given seven days to choose one memory to retain from their previous life. Once chosen, the memory is recreated on a stage. Once viewed, the soul lives in that singular moment forever.


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