At a loss for what to watch this week? From new TV, we've got you covered.
New Video on Demand, Rental Streaming, and Digital
"Kubo and the Two Strings"
Kubo (voiced by Art Parkinson, aka Rickon on "Game of Thrones"), a young boy with magical gifts, embarks on a quest to discover his family's legacy in this animated adventure available on Digital HD November 8 and Blu-ray and DVD November 22. The rest of the all-star vocal cast includes Charlize Theron, Matthew McConaughey, George Takei, Ralph Fiennes, and Rooney Mara, and the movie itself has an impressive 97 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Extras include several behind-the-scenes featurettes on the techniques of making the movie and the story at the core of the film, plus feature commentary from director/producer Travis Knight.
Watch an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Beetle (voiced by Matthew McConaughey):"Hell or High Water"
Here's another one of the year's best-reviewed movies. This action thriller -- with a 98 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes -- stars Chris Pine and Ben Foster as two very different brothers who decide to rob the branches of the bank threatening to take their family's land. Jeff Bridges plays a Texas Ranger on the verge of retirement who stands in the duo's way. The modern western arrives on Digital HD November 8, then Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand November 22. Special features include filmmaker Q&A; and the featurettes "Enemies Forever: The Characters of Hell or High Water," "Visualizing the Heart of America," and "Damaged Heroes: The Performances of Hell or High Water."
Check out this exclusive clip from the bonus features, examining how Jeff Bridges's character, Marcus Hamilton, was developed:"Don't Breathe"
You're in luck, because still another critical darling (87 percent on Rotten Tomatoes) is available on digital formats this week. This horror film follows a group of thieves who break into a blind man's home, thinking they picked the perfect target. Watch how wrong they were when the movie arrives on Digital November 8 and Blu-ray/DVD November 29. Bonus materials include commentary with director Fede Alvarez, co-writer Rodo Sayagues and actor Stephen Lang; deleted scenes with director's commentary; and five featurettes.
"Red Oaks" (Amazon)
Head back to the summer of 1986 with the "clueless members and misfit staffers of Red Oaks Country Club" when Season 2 of this comedy series premieres Friday, November 11 on Amazon Prime Video.
"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer"
Everyone's favorite flying reindeer (sorry, Prancer) is heading over to Digital HD for the first time ever, starting November 8. "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" will be joined by several other titles in The Original Christmas Classics, including "Frosty the Snowman," the "Frosty the Snowman Holiday Collection" (which also includes "Frosty Returns" and "The Legend of Frosty the Snowman"), "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town," "The Little Drummer Boy," "Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol," and "VeggieTales: Merry Larry & the True Light of Christmas."
New on DVD and Blu-ray
"Sausage Party"Pity the poor supermarket food items. They have no idea what we're about to do to them. This R-rated animated comedy shows what happens when food products realize their fate is to be eaten by human "gods." The all-star voice cast includes Seth Rogen, Michael Cera, Edward Norton, Jonah Hill, Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, James Franco, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Paul Rudd, Nick Kroll, and David Krumholtz. The Blu-ray, out November 8, includes four featurettes, a gag reel, Line-O-Rama, and Animation Imaginatorium. The DVD has the Animation Imaginatorium and three featurettes.
In this exceptional four-episode British series, based on the bestselling novel by John Lanchester, the residents of a South London street all receive similar anonymous postcards reading, "We want what you have." Who sent the cards and why? The investigation reveals secrets, prejudices, and connections across multiple storylines. The series makes its Acorn DVD debut November 8.
Jean-Claude Van Damme, Gina Carano, David Bautista, and Alain Moussi star in this update to the 1989 action film "Kickboxer," out on DVD and Blu-ray November 8. The story follows Kurt Sloane (Moussi) who travels to Thailand to avenge his brother's death at the hands of Tong Po (Bautista). Kurt trains with the legendary Master Durand (Van Damme) to prepare for the brutal fight to the death. The home release includes a behind-the-scenes featurette with the cast, showing how the champion fights took their martial arts skills to the big screen.
New on Netflix
"True Memoirs of an International Assassin" (Netflix Original)Kevin James plays a mild-mannered author mistaken for an assassin when his novel about a killer is published as a true story. He ends up kidnapped and taken out of the country, forced to help with an assassination plot. As you can imagine, shenanigans ensue. The comedy, co-starring Andy Garcia, arrives on Netflix November 11.
"Danger Mouse" Season 2 (Netflix Original)
The world's greatest superspy -- and his trusty sidekick Penfold -- attempt to save the world in Season 2 of this British animated TV series (a continuation of the old '80s cartoon), available November 9.
"All Hail King Julien" Season 4 (Netflix Original)
Everyone's favorite "Madagascar" lemur, King Julien (Danny Jacobs), takes on the jungle's craziest adventures in the latest season of this Emmy winner for Outstanding Children's Animated Program. Stream it on Netflix starting November 11.
And, if you're feeling adventurous, you can also check out these titles, which start streaming November 11:
- "Case" Season 1 (Netflix Original)
- "Estocolmo" Season 1 (Netflix Original)
- "Roman Empire: Reign of Blood" Season 1 (Netflix Original)
- 'Tales by Light" Season 1 (Netflix Original)
TV Worth Watching
"The 2016 SNL Election Special" (Monday on NBC at 10 p.m.)
You probably can't see Russia from your house, but you can see this one-hour election special, airing on the eve of Election Day, including all of the best (and probably worst) sketches from SNL's coverage of the 2016 presidential campaign. Expect to see a lot of Kate McKinnon's Hillary, Larry David's Bernie, Alec Baldwin's Trump, and also Trump, Bernie, and Hillary themselves in their own SNL appearances.
"Underfire: The Untold Story of Pfc. Tony Vaccaro" (Friday on HBO Now/Go/On Demand)
Friday, November 11 is Veterans Day and, in its honor, this documentary on World War II combat infantryman and war photographer Tony Vaccaro will have a sneak preview on HBO NOW, HBO GO, and HBO On Demand, and will subsequently be available on those digital platforms. The poignant doc makes its cable debut Monday, November 14 on HBO.
"The Walking Dead" (Sunday on AMC at 9 p.m.)
The November 13 episode, "Service," is being supersized from the usual 60 minutes to 85 minutes. Why? Probably because Negan is such a bad mofo they didn't dare cut any of his scenes in case Lucille came out to punish the editors. Negan is coming to Alexandria in this episode, and we are not expecting it to be a pleasant visit.
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