New DVD releases Tuesday, Sept. 1, range from the action-packed to emotional.
“Mad Max: Fury Road,” Grade ☆☆1/2: Max is forced into helping a driver who is trying to rescue a group of women. Tom Hardy stars. If the only (and only should be in capital letters, underlined three times and followed by 37 exclamation points) thing you want in a movie are massive explosions, white knuckle driving sequences and a body count that rivals most video games, then “Mad Max: Fury Road” is insane.
Those who require more than 25 lines of dialogue, at least a hint of plot and a smattering of character development will find the new movie drives you insane.
The fact that “Mad Max: Fury Road” is like watching your best buddy play a video game version of the movie for two hours isn’t a shock. This is an action series that relies more on adrenalin than intellect. If that’s what you want, then “Mad Max: Fury Road” is a high-octane blast. Others should take a different path.
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“I’ll See You In My Dreams,” Grade ( ☆☆☆1/2): An older woman (Blythe Danner ) begins to question her life. Hollywood often has embraced the examination of the angst and excitement young people face growing up in coming-of-age movies.
“I’ll See You in My Dreams” is a beautiful and smart coming-of-old-age film. The production from director Brett Haley shows that as people grow older, they too begin to think about the good and bad of life.
Coming-of-age stories are interesting because they tend to be the forerunner to a long life of ups and downs. Examination of life for senior citizens takes on a heavier mantle because decisions are accented by life. In her darkest moments, Carol begins to doubt that she’s had a life well lived. It’s a moment that will resonate with those who are reaching the later years of their lives.
This all works because Danner embraces the role with a quiet energy and a skittish passion. It all goes to make the character feel very real, and it’s always easier to relate to a character who comes across so three-dimensional.
Also new on DVD Sept. 1
▪ “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me”: Documentary on the failing health of the singer.
▪ “Alpha & Omega: The Legend of the Saw Tooth Cave”: Wolf cubs slip off to explore a haunted cave.
▪ “Five Star”: Gang member takes son of his mentor under his wing.
▪ “Bessie”: Queen Latifah stars in this look at the life of Bessie Smith.
▪ “The Vampire Diaries: The Complete Sixth Season”: CW series about a group of good looking vampires that do bad things.
▪ “Broken Horses”: Aman must save his brother from working for a local gang.
▪ “Caillou’s Halloween”: Features 13 stories, including “Caillou Loves Halloween.”
▪ “Blood Punch”: Murderous love triangle takes a shocking turn.
▪ “Paranormal Island”: Job at a bar in the middle of a lake serves up trouble.
▪ “20 Halloween Stories”: Includes stories from “Scholastic Storybook Treasures.”
▪ “The Lesson”: Women attempts one desperate act to save her family.
▪ “The Chambermaid”: Call girl helps pull woman out of her shell.
▪ “Extinction”: Survivors of an apocalypse must join forces to survive.
▪ “The Surface”: Plane crash survivor, man marooned on boat must work together.
▪ “Cracked: The Darkness Within”: Detective Aidan Black and psychiatrist Dr. Daniella Ridley return to take on another caseload of bizarre and emotionally explosive criminals.
▪ “Run, Hide, Die”: A trip to the woods to get over a loss turns deadly.
▪ “Midnight Masquerade”: Autumn Reeser stars in the real-life fairy tale.
▪ “Gemma Bovery”: Adaptation of Posy Simmonds’ graphic novel.
▪ “Dark Was the Night”: Something stirs in the dark woods surrounding an isolated community.
▪ “Army of Frankensteins”: Efforts to re-create Frankenstein’s experiments opens a hole in time and space.
▪ “The D Train”: The ultimate bromance goes wrong.
▪ “Redeemer”: Martial arts master Marko Zaror plays a born-again equalizer.
▪ “The Curse of Downers Grove”: For the past eight years, one graduating senior has died.
▪ “The Originals: The Complete Second Season”: New Orleans continues to be the location for a deadly demon war.
▪ “Good Kill”: Stars Ethan Hawke and January Jones.
▪ “Peg + Cat: A Totally Awesome Halloween”: Includes four adventures, two of which are Halloween themed.
▪ “Out the Vault: Halloween”: Includes episodes of “Hey Arnold,” “ Rocko’s Modern Life.”
▪ “Texas Rising”: The eight-hour miniseries looks at historical events after the Alamo has fallen. Bill Paxton stars.
▪ “Wordworld: Halloween Fun” : WordFriends go on adventures that demonstrate the connections between letters, sounds, words, and meaning.