New on DVD and Blu-ray
"Ride Along 2"
Are you ready for another ride with Kevin Hart and Ice Cube? In "Ride Along 2," the comedy duo return as partners (and brothers-in-law-to-be) to tackle a new crime in Miami. The movie comes out on Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand on Tuesday, April 26. The DVD and Blu-ray both include deleted scenes, a gag reel, feature commentary, and several featurettes; the Blu-ray also includes five other special features.
Watch this funny exclusive behind-the-scenes clip illustrating the real-life odd couple dynamic between Kevin Hart and Ice Cube:
"Jane Got a Gun"
This film has a rather labored history to the big screen, but you can see the results for yourself on DVD/Blu-ray April 26. Natalie Portman plays the lead role of Jane Hammond, who built a life on the Western plains with her husband Bill Hammond (Noah Emmerich) and young daughter. When her husband shows up full of bullets after a run-in with John Bishop (Ewan McGregor) and his gang, Jane knows they won't stop until her family is dad. So she turns to a man from her past (Joel Edgerton) for help.
"Son of Saul"
This Hungarian drama, set in the Auschwitz concentration camp during World War II, won
the 2016 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. The Blu-ray release has several special features, including commentary with director Laszlo Nemes, actor Geza Rohrig, and cinematographer Matyas Erdely; a deleted scene; an hour of interviews; and trailers.
New on Netflix
On May 1, Netflix will release a whole heap of new titles, but there's still plenty to keep an eye on in the last week of April. This Netflix original comedy from Ricky Gervais, premiering April 29, follows a struggling radio journalist (Eric Bana) and his hapless technician (Gervais), who fake frontline reports on a war in Ecuador from the safety of their NYC hideout. It's a remake of the 2009 French comedy, and co-stars Vera Farmiga, Kelly Macdonald, Kevin Pollak, Benjamin Bratt, America Ferrera, and Raúl Castillo.
Watch the trailer:
"Danger Mouse" Season 1
The world's greatest superspy is back! This new animated series from Netflix brings back all the characters, catchphrases, and comedy that made the 1980s TV series a favorite. Here's the synopsis for the new show, which arrives Friday, April 29: "With the world once more teetering on the edge of disaster, the small but heroic secret agent is back to thrill a whole new generation of fans as he attempts to overthrow a host of villainous rivals with the help of hapless hamster Penfold and a collection of state-of-the-art gadgetry and vehicles."
You may have seen the 2014 drama "Foxcatcher" -- starring Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, and Mark Ruffalo -- based on the real-life tragic story of multi-millionaire John du Pont and two champion wrestlers. Now watch the Netflix original documentary "Team Foxcatcher," featuring exclusive footage to reveal the inner workings of the Foxcatcher wrestling facility and founder du Pont's descent from philanthropist to murderer. It streams on Netflix starting April 29.
Here's the trailer:
New Video on Demand, Rental Streaming, and Digital Only
Surprise! Ryan Reynolds's alter ego is coming early, in an unexpected Digital HD (iTunes, Vudu, Amazon, etc) release on Tuesday, April 26. The R-rated superhero movie arrives on Blu-ray and DVD on May 10.
Lauren Cohan, aka Maggie on "The Walking Dead," stars as nanny Greta in this horror thriller out on Digital HD on April 26. Greta takes a job in a remote English village and discovers her charge is an 8-year-old life-sized doll that the parents care for as a real boy as a way of coping with the death of their son 20 years ago. But things get really bizarre from there, and you can check it out this week on digital and then on DVD/Blu-ray/On Demand on May 10.
"Where to Invade Next"
Michael Moore latest provocative opinion piece/documentary arrives on Digital HD from Starz Digital on April 29, ahead of the DVD/Blu-ray/VOD release May 10. In this subversive comedy, Moore takes on the role of the "invader," visiting various nations to learn how the U.S. could improve its own prospects. As the film puts it, "Turns out the solutions to America's most entrenched problems already existed in the world - they're just waiting to be co-opted."
Starting this Sunday, May 1, all four seasons of the HBO sketch comedy series "Mr. Show" (starring Bob Odenkirk and David Cross) will be available to stream for the first time on HBO NOW and HBO GO. Also, HBO NOW has a bunch of new films arriving May 1, including the 1991 cult classic "Soapdish," starring Sally Field, Robert Downey. Jr., Kevin Kline, Whoopi Goldberg, Carrie Fisher, etc. You really should watch it, even if you've seen it before.
TV Worth Watching
"Penny Dreadful" (Sunday on Showtime at 10 p.m.)
"Penny Dreadful" always has the best episode titles. Season 3's nine episodes begin May 1 with a premiere called "The Day Tennyson Died." Here's the synopsis: "With Ethan (Josh Hartnett), Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton) and Dr. Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway) now scattered around the world facing their own demons, a shattered and despondent Vanessa (Eva Green) seeks the help of Dr. Seward (Patti LuPone) to battle a new evil." Future episode titles include "Predators Far and Near," "Good and Evil Braided Be," "A Blade of Grass," and "This World Is Our Hell." Fun!
"TURN: Washington's Spies" (Monday on AMC at 10 p.m.)
Season 3 of AMC's historical drama begins April 25 with "Valediction." There are 10 episodes ahead, and this behind-the-scenes video with the cast and creators gives you a good preview of what's in store:
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