Some very tough women take the spotlight in the May 17 DVD releases.
“The Witch,” Grade (☆☆☆): This is the kind of movie that depends on the psychology of terror, which is why it will haunt you long after the film ends.
Director Robert Eggers carefully sets up a scary situation, fans the flames of horror with fears based on sexuality and ignorance, and caps it off with an ending that leaves viewers questioning whether what happened was real or just the shattered mind of a young woman. That’s the stuff of which lingering scares are made.
“The Witch” has its bloody moments, but it isn’t the kind of movie that depends on buckets of blood to be chilling. Its haunting effect comes from how Eggers uses this family as a vessel for serving up a fear that rests in the netherworld between reality and the unchained mind.
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“Orange Is the New Black: Season 3,” Grade (☆☆☆1/2): The release of this third season comes in time to get caught up before the fourth season launches. It’s another top-notch season that looks at the women of Litchfield Penitentiary.
All it takes is one episode to understand why “Orange Is the New Black” won the 2015 and 2016 Screen Actors Guild Award for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a comedy series. That talented cast includes Taylor Schilling and Uzo Aduba.
As if it were necessary, the set includes several special features including a gag reel and commentaries with the writer and producers.
Also new on DVD May 17:
▪ “The Ghost and the Whale”: Journalist investigates mystery of Annabel Lee.
▪ “The Mermaid”: Mermaid (Jelly Lin ) falls for a greedy developer.
▪ “Mr. Selfridge: The Final Season”: Jeremy Piven stars in the “Masterpiece” series.
▪ “The Films of Maurice Pialat”: Includes “The Mouth Agape,” “Graduate First” and “Loulou.”
▪ “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off: 30th Anniversary”: Ferris (Matthew Broderick) has made a science out of skipping school.
▪ “Angie Tribeca: The Complete First Season”: Includes 10 episodes of the cable cop comedy.
▪ “Southbound”: Tired travelers confront their greatest nightmares.
▪ “Carol + 2: The Original Queens of Comedy”: Comedy special starring Carol Burnett and Lucille Ball.
▪ “Dementia”: Disabled vet must deal with a frightful nurse.
▪ “Super Sentai: Ninja Sentai Kakuranger: The Complete Series”: Third installment of the Japanese series that inspired the “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.”
▪ “The Facts of Life: The Final Season”: Eastland School for Girls faces possible closure.
▪ “Merchant of Venice”: The 1973 adaptation starring Sir Laurence Olivier.
▪ “I Saw What You Did”: Joan Crawford stars in this film about a prank call that goes bad.
▪ “Dirty Grandpa”: Grandson and his grandfather go on a road trip.
Available on Digital HD May 17:
▪ “The Gods of Egypt”: Looks at the battle to be the king of Egypt.
▪ “Triple 9”: Russian mob blackmails dirty cops to execute a nearly impossible heist.