What's New on TV, Netflix Streaming, Digital, and DVD/Blu-ray This Week: January 19 - 25
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
Laika's latest stop-motion film is about a kiddo named Eggs (Isaac Hempstead Wright) who is raised by a gaggle of trolls under the streets of Cheesebridge. It got pretty good reviews, as well as an Oscar nomination, and while it hasn't snatched up as many eyes and hearts as "Coraline" or "ParaNorman," it's still a solid kid's movie. The Blu-ray includes audio commentary from directors Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi, as well as a few other extra goodies.
Scarlett Johansson's actioner has been available digitally, but now you can snag it on Blu-ray.
Guy Maddin's wonderfully weird ode to his hometown is finally on Criterion. In addition to your typical Criterion updates -- a high-def digital video transfer, improved audio soundtrack, etc. -- it includes five short films, a featurette that's a live recording of a Toronto screening narrated by Maddin himself, and some other cool stuff.
This rom-com from the late Mike Nichols is finally on Blu-ray. Check out Melanie Griffith as a plucky secretary who has to figure out how to maneuver all the typical office BS, including a boss (Sigourney Weaver) who steals her ideas. The excellent supporting cast includes Joan Cusack, Harrison Ford, Alec Baldwin, and a bevy of others. Definitely worth adding to your collection, despite a dearth of special features.
TV Worth Watching
"Justified" (Tuesday, FX at 10 p.m. EST)
The first episode of the last season of this gun-happy drama premieres, and the teasers are promising that things will start off with a bang. Gun-toting Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) and charming criminal Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins) are still at it after all these years, and it looks like their mutual love Ava (Joelle Carter) has some big decisions to make.
"American Horror Story: Freak Show" (Wednesday, FX at 10 p.m. EST)
It's the season finale of this freaky deaky late-night drama. Quite a few characters have already been killed off, but surely more will meet a grisly end in tonight's episode. Who will live and who will die? Tune in and find out!
New on Netflix
"Death Comes to Pemberley"
If you didn't catch this British mini-series on PBS, now's your chance! Jane Austen fans will want to sign right up for P.D. James's sorta sequel to "Pride and Prejudice," which picks up six years after Austen's book leaves off. And there's a murder mystery!
"Kids for Cash"
It sounds like something from "Law and Order," but this doc is all too true. Pennsylvania scandal centers on a judge who seems like he's just a tough cookie on kids, but is actually getting kickbacks from sending them to a private juvenile facility.
"Pee-Wee's Big Adventure"
This was one of Netflix's New Year's additions, but it's still notable. Because, hello, now you can watch "Pee-Wee's Big Adventure" any time of the day or night, and that's worth a reminder.
New Video on Demand, Rental Streaming, and Digital Only
"Dear White People" (iTunes, January 20)
Justin Simien's feature-length directorial debut is about four very different African American students navigating life and establishing identities at an Ivy League school. Tessa Thompson ("Selma") rocks as a student whose radio show "Dear White People" takes aim at campus politics. Brandon P. Bell, Tyler James Williams, and Teyonah Parris co-star.
"The Comeback" (iTunes, January 19)
The comeback of this short-lived HBO series is just as cringe-inducingly awkward the second time around. Lisa Kudrow stars as washed-up sitcom star Valerie Cherish as she continues her valiant attempts to resuscitate her career by taking on a role on a TV show while simultaneously spearheading her own reality show.
"Patton Oswalt: Comedy Plus Tragedy Equals Time" (Amazon Prime)
Bobcat Goldthwait directs this stand-up special starring actor and comedian Patton Oswalt.