At a loss for what to watch this week? From new TV, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
You know his name. Now take him home -- but don't make him mad, you see how he gets! -- on DVD, Blu-ray, and On Demand this Tuesday, December 6. Matt Damon's fourth film as Bourne comes with several bonus featurettes, including "Bringing Back Bourne," with Damon and director Paul Greengrass discussing how they revived the character for the big screen; "Bourne to Fight," a behind-the-scenes look at the fight sequences; "Bare-Knuckle Boxing," with Damon talking about his love for boxing and how he prepared for fight sequences; more fight sequence features; and a couple of inside looks at how they filmed the Las Vegas scenes.
"The Secret Life of Pets"
See what Big Apple dogs and cats get up to while you're at work when this animated blockbuster arrives on Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand December 6. The home releases has nearly an hour of bonus content, including three mini-movies, a sing-along, and featurettes with the voice actors. The Blu-ray also has a couple of exclusives: the behind-the-scenes "How to Make an Animated Film," and "Anatomy of a Scene," with the filmmakers taking viewers through the multi-step process it takes to create a specific scene.
"The Secret Agent"Based on Joseph Conrad's novel on terror, espionage and betrayal, this acclaimed BBC One and Acorn TV period drama starring Toby Jones makes its DVD debut on December 6.
"Greenleaf" Season 1
Executive produced by Oprah Winfrey, this series about one woman's (Merle Dandridge) return home to her family -- the leaders of a megachurch -- was OWN's biggest launch to date. Season 1 arrives on DVD and Blu-ray December 6. The home release includes two behind-the-scenes featurettes, bloopers, and one-on-one conversations between Oprah Winfrey and executive producer/director Clement Virgo and actors Merle Dandridge, Keith David, Lynn Whitfield, and Regina King.
Watch this exclusive clip from Oprah's one-on-one conversations:"Knucklehead"
Alfre Woodard co-stars in this drama, out on DVD December 6, following a neighborhood eccentric who is convinced that prescription drugs can cure his mental disability. When his brother (Amari Cheatom) is shot, mentally disabled Langston Bellows (Gbenga Akinnagbe) is left without a protector in Brooklyn's housing projects. Now under the control of his abusive mother (Alfre Woodard), Langston sets out to find the one doctor he believes can cure him, a celebrity magazine columnist who touts questionable prescription drug cocktails.
New Video on Demand, Rental Streaming, and Digital
"The Magnificent Seven"
Director Antoine Fuqua gathered an all-star cast -- including Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio, and Peter Sarsgaard -- for this modern retelling of the 1960 Western film, which was itself a retelling of the Japanese masterpiece "Seven Samurai." In every case, desperate townfolk turn to seven outlaws for protection, leading to a violent showdown. The 2016 film is available on Digital HD December 6, before the Blu-ray and DVD drop December 20. The home release is going to come with massive amounts of bonus material, with several exclusive just to Blu-ray, so keep that in mind for later in the month. Might make a good Christmas present for a certain someone in your life.
Tom Hanks and director Clint Eastwood combined superpowers for this dramatic retelling of Captain Sullenberger's January 15, 2009 Miracle on the Hudson. The acclaimed film -- co-starring Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney, and Anna Gunn -- is available from digital retailers starting December 6, then on disc December 20.
"Contract to Kill"
Steven Seagal stars as John Harmon, a CIA/DEA enforcer investigating Arab terrorists captured in Mexico, in this international action-thriller in theaters and on VOD Friday, December 9. Harmon and his team -- including FBI agent Zara (Jemma Dallender) and pilot Sharp (Russell Wong) -- fly to Istanbul to uncover a plot from Islamic extremists to use Sonora drug-smuggling routes to bring weapons and leaders to the U.S.
Check out this exclusive clip from the movie:"Storks"
In this animated family film, storks have moved from baby delivery to corporate package delivery, until a baby girl is accidentally produced, and top delivery stork Junior (voiced by Andy Samberg) must race to make their first-ever baby drop before his boss finds out. The movie is available on digital December 6, then Blu-ray and DVD December 20. The home release comes with tons of fun features, including outtakes, commentary, a music video, "Storks: Guide to Your New Baby," and "The Master: A LEGO Ninjago Short."
New on Netflix
"Fuller House" Season 2
They're baaaack! Agaaaain! Season 2 of the Netlix revival brings 13 new episodes, and fans should expect a heavy focus on the holidays -- from Halloween costumes, to Danny Tanner giving a Thanksgiving toast, everyone wearing Christmas pajamas, etc. Plus, fans will meet Joey's family and Kimmy's brother, and see D.J.'s reunion with her old flame Nelson. Watch it all play out Friday, December 9.
"Captive" Season 1 (Netflix Original)This true-crime documentary series from "The Bourne Identity" producer/director Doug Liman "delves into the terse, dangerous world of hostage negotiation. Victims, negotiators, and kidnappers give an unprecedented look at what it means to be captive." Watch the eight episodes on Friday, December 9.
"Spectral" (Netflix Original)
Netflix packed this week with a bunch of intriguing originals, including this action/sci-fi film, which is making its global debut December 9. James Badge Dale, Emily Mortimer, and Bruce Greenwood star in the story of a brilliant DARPA scientist who embarks on a deadly mission with a Special Ops team of Delta Force soldiers into a battle-scarred, war-torn city; in that city, mysterious phantom aggressors code-named Spectral have been causing inexplicable civilian deaths. According to Deadline, the film was shot on location in Budapest, Hungary, creating "an authentic, gritty atmosphere firmly planted in reality."
TV Worth Watching
"Hairspray Live!" (Wednesday on NBC at 8 p.m.)
It's time to watch Twitter react to another live televised musical! That's the most entertaining aspect of these live events, to be honest. This adaptation of the 1988 film turned Broadway musical stars Maddie Baillio as Tracy Turnblad and Harvey Fierstein as Edna Turnblad, with an all-star supporting cast of Kristin Chenoweth, Martin Short, Jennifer Hudson, Ariana Grande, and Derek Hough. You can't stop the beat, so dance along with it on December 7.
"This Is Us" Season 1 (Tuesday on NBC at 9 p.m.)
Keep an extra box of Kleenex handy for the Pearson family's Christmas episode, which is also the last episode of 2016. (Don't worry, there's more coming in 2017.) Here's NBC's synopsis for "Last Christmas": "The Pearsons discover Dr. K alone at the hospital on Christmas Eve after Kate's afflicted with appendicitis. In the present, Kevin celebrates Hanukkah with Olivia; Kate pursues her big surgery; and someone from William's past resurfaces." Fun fact: Actress Helen Hunt directed the fall finale, which will gift you with All The Feels on December 6.
"Mozart in the Jungle" Season 3 (Amazon Original)Gael Garcia Bernal's Golden Globe and Emmy-winning dramedy returns December 9. Season 3 is about "reinvention," Amazon teased, "as the orchestral family must find themselves as individuals before they can reunite renewed and stronger. With the symphony under lockout, Rodrigo heads to Venice to find inspiration working with an operatic diva. Meanwhile Hailey (Lola Kirke) unsuccessfully tours Europe and begins to question her career as an oboist."
"The Walking Dead" Season 7 (Sunday on AMC at 9 p.m.)
TWD has not been at its strongest so far in Season 7, but the AMC series traditionally has standout midseason finales, so cross your fingers and hope for the best from Episode 8, "Hearts Still Beating." Here's the synopsis: "Negan's unwelcome visit to Alexandria continues as other members scavenge for supplies; things quickly spin out of control." That will be the last episode of 2016, with Season 7B starting in February 2017. The second half of the season is meant to be verrry different from the first, which can only mean actual light is at the end of this dark tunnel.
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