At a loss for what to watch this week? From new TV, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
The battle between Humans and Orcs is ready for your home viewing September 27 on Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand. Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Dominic Cooper, and Ben Foster star in this crowd (if not critic) pleasing action thriller based on the blockbuster video games. The Blu-ray comes with several in-depth behind-the-scenes featurettes on the stunts, VFX, original graphic novel, and cast prep. Both the Blu-ray and DVD include deleted scenes, a gag reel, the origin story, and the featurettes "The Fandom of WARCRAFT" and "ILM: Behind the Magic of WARCRAFT."
Blake Lively needs a bigger boat -- or raft, floatie, air rescue, anything -- in this sharp shark thriller out on Blu-ray and DVD September 27. The extras include deleted scenes and four behind-the-scenes featurettes -- including interviews with director Jaume Collet-Serra and Blake Lively on the challenges and rewards of shooting in the waters off Lord Howe Island in the Tasman Sea; details on the visual effects; and a first-person account from a real-life shark attack survivor, with expert commentary on what makes sharks attack.
"Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates"
This raunchy comedy starring Adam Devine and Zac Efron arrives on Blu-ray/DVD September 27. Brothers Mike and Dave place an ad online to find the perfect presentable dates for their sister's Hawaiian wedding, but they find themselves outsmarted and outpartied by the girls themselves (Anna Kendrick and Aubrey Plaza), who just wanted a free trip to Hawaii. The home release includes deleted and extended scenes, including this racy exclusive extended clip, with Adam Devine's Mike and Alice Wetterlund's Cousin Terry battling over a girl they both like:
"The Catch – The Complete First Season"
Mireille Enos and Peter Krause star in ABC's sexy cat-and-mouse crime drama/romance (produced by Shonda Rhimes), and you can watch the first season on DVD September 27. Bonus features include outtakes and deleted scenes. Here's an exclusive deleted scene featuring Peter Krause as Benjamin Jones, and Sonya Walger as Margot Bishop:
Dwayne Johnson plays Bob, who was bullied as an overweight teen growing up, with Kevin Hart as Calvin, a former popular high school athlete now working as an accountant. They reconnect years later, with Bob looking verrrrry different, and now working as a lethal CIA agent who needs his old classmate's numbers skills to help save the day. The action comedy is out on DVD and Blu-ray September 27, and the Blu-ray includes an unrated version with more than eight minutes of unseen footage. Both the DVD and Blu-ray also have director commentary, a gag reel, alternate scenes, Line-O-Rama, Couch Scene, and Dance-Off.
"Who Gets the Dog?"
Can you believe Alicia Silverstone and Ryan Kwanten are getting a divorce? Not really, but in this movie -- straight to DVD September 27 -- she plays a doctor who wants to start a family, and he's jobless but busy working on his dream to be a hockey star. They're ready to split, but can't agree on who would get custody of their beloved dog, Wesley, resorting to court battles, dirty tricks, and hilarious shenanigans. Here's an exclusive clip, with Alicia's character, Olive, trying (and failing) to prove to a court-appointed advocate that her home is best for Wesley:
"Hunt for the Wilderpeople"
Here's one worth taking a chance on, and not just because it's from wonderfully quirky director Taika Waititi, who just finished directing something called "Thor: Ragnarok." This offbeat coming-of-age comedy -- certified fresh with a 98 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes -- is out September 27 on DVD. Jullian Dennison plays a defiant city kid who gets a fresh start in the New Zealand countryside. After a tragedy in his new foster family, he and his curmudgeon Uncle Hec (Sam Neill) go on the run in the bush, with a national manhunt following the "outlaws." Special features include commentary, bloopers, and behind-the-scenes making-of featurettes.
New Video on Demand, Rental Streaming, and Digital
"Independence Day: Resurgence"
It's time to save the world again! Twenty years after "The War of 1996" in "Independence Day," a new alien invasion is faced by Liam Hemsworth, Jesse T. Usher, and OGs Jeff Goldblum, Brent Spiner, and President Bill Pullman (let's write him in this year!) in this action-packed sequel. "Resurgence" arrives on Digital HD on September 27, then Blu-ray and DVD October 18. Bonus features include eight deleted scenes; a featurette on "The War of 1996"; a gag reel; commentary from Roland Emmerich; the documentary "Another Day: The Making of Independence Day: Resurgence"; and the morning show parody "It's Early, ABQ," featuring Jeff Goldblum, Judd Hirsch, and Liam Hemsworth.
"Crisis in Six Scenes" (Amazon)
Woody Allen wrote, directed, and stars in this comedy series set in the 1960s, co-starring Elaine May, Rachel Brosnahan, John Magaro, and Miley Cyrus as a hippie. Each episode is half-hour and -- as the title suggests -- there are six episodes, premiering September 30 only on Amazon.
Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Chris Hemsworth, and several OG Ghostbusters star in director Paul Feig's supernatural comedy, which arrives on Digital HD September 27, before the Blu-ray and DVD October 11. The special "Ghostbusters: Answer the Call Extended Edition" features more than 15 minutes of never-before-seen footage. Blu-ray and Digital extras include the extended and theatrical version, two gag reels, four deleted scenes, 11 alternate scenes with more than 60 minutes of additional scenes, filmmaker commentaries, six Jokes-A-Plenty alternate take reels, and five behind-the-scenes featurettes. The DVD includes three making-of featurettes, filmmaker commentaries, a photo gallery, and "Jokes A Plenty: Free for All." Check out this exclusive behind-the-scenes clip from the "Ghost of Ghostbusters" featurette:
New on Netflix
It's a new month, and you know that means a bunch of things are being added to Netflix as of October 1, and a bunch of things are also leaving. But don't forget about late September, because there are still a couple of major originals premiering this Friday.
"Marvel's Luke Cage" Season 1 (Netflix Original)
Mike Colter plays Luke Cage, an ex-con with super strength and unbreakable skin caused by a sabotaged experiment, in Marvel's new superhero series, arriving September 30. "I was put in some tank like an exotic fish and came out with abilities," he says in the trailer. "I just want to be left the hell alone." But, as he's told, "that would be a waste." Now he fights crime on the streets of New York as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, in the third Netflix series (after "Daredevil" and "Jessica Jones") leading up to a Defenders crossover miniseries. Watch the official trailer:
"The Imitation Game"
Benedict Cumberbatch plays genius British mathematician Alan Turing, who led the group that cracked the German Enigma Code during World War II, in this historical drama available on Netflix September 28. Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Allen Leech, and Charles Dance co-star in the 2014 film, which was nominated for eight Oscars last year, and won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.
"Amanda Knox" (Netflix Original)
As Amanda Knox herself says in the trailer for this new Netflix documentary, "Either I'm a psychopath in sheep's clothing, or I am you." This doc is meant to be the definitive tell-all following the trial, conviction, and acquittal of Knox for the 2007 murder of her former roommate in Italy, Meredith Kercher. According to a Business Insider review, "What 'Amanda Knox' reveals is how crucial mistakes in the handling of the crime scene and a false confession by Knox led to complete dysfunction in the case. But it also shows how journalists became obsessed with Knox." Watch it all play out starting September 30.
TV Worth Watching
"Westworld" (Sunday on HBO at 9 p.m.)
HBO's highly anticipated new sci-fi Western drama from Jonathan Nolan, Lisa Joy, and J.J Abrams finally arrives October 2. The series is set in a mysterious futuristic theme park called Westworld, with Anthony Hopkins as the park's creative director. The all-star cast includes Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, James Marsden, Tessa Thompson, Jimmi Simpson, Rodrigo Santoro, Clifton Collins Jr., and Jeffrey Wright. HBO needs a new "Game of Thrones" -- or "Sopranos," "The Wire," even "Deadwood," "True Blood," "Six Feet Under," etc. -- so will this be the next big hit to keep the premium network on the Emmys stage for years to come?
"Criminal Minds" (Wednesday on CBS at 9 p.m.)
This is going to be quite an interesting season. Shemar Moore is gone and -- after the first couple of episodes -- somehow Thomas Gibson's Hotch is going to have to be written out, too. We'll have to wait and see how they handle that. At any rate, Adam Rodriguez is joining the team as Agent Luke Alvez, with Season 12, Episode 1, "The Crimson King," following this new recruit from the FBI's Fugitive Task Force as the team tries to capture a killer who escaped from prison along with 13 other convicts.
"Saturday Night Live" (Saturday on NBC at 11:29 p.m.)
Harley Quinn herself, Margot Robbie, is hosting the Season 42 premiere on October 1, with the Weeknd as musical guest. This season will show the loss of Taran Killam and Jay Pharoah (and Jon Rudnitsky), and the additions of Mikey Day, Alex Moffat, and Melissa Villaseñor. In other news, according to AdvertisingAge, SNL will cut about 30 percent of ads out of the show this season by removing two commercial breaks per episode, making room for more content.
"Frontline's The Choice 2016" (Tuesday on PBS at 9 p.m.)
It's time to get serious again, and PBS's "Frontline" is here to help you get to know the presidential candidates even better. On September 27, two-hour special "The Choice 2016" will present "an interwoven investigative biography of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump that draws on dozens of interviews from those who know the candidates best — friends and family, advisors and adversaries — as well as authors, journalists, and political insiders."
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