New on DVD and Blu-ray
When the pessimistic Bergens invade Troll Village, happy Poppy (Anna Kendrick) and overly-cautious Branch (Justin Timberlake) embark on a mission to save her friends. The musical family film is available on Blu-ray/DVD on Tuesday, February 7, and it's available on Digital HD now from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. The home release comes with several behind-the-scenes features, and the "Trolls" Blu-ray Part Edition includes four interactive Party Mode features where fans can use their remotes to engage with the on-screen fun.
Check out this exclusive clip from the bonus features, as DreamWorks production designer Kendal Cronkhite-Shaindlin shares a behind-the-scenes look at the process of building the set from pre-visualization to the final cut:"Almost Christmas"
In this ensemble holiday comedy, a beloved patriarch (Danny Glover) asks his family for one gift this holiday season: for everyone to get along. If they can spend five days under the same roof without killing one another, it will be a Christmas miracle. Mo'Nique, J.B Smoove, Gabrielle Union, Jessie T. Usher, and Omar Epps co-star in the heartwarming film, available on DVD, Blu-ray, and On Demand Feb. 7. Bonus features include a gag reel, Monique's "Aunt May" unplugged, a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film, a feature on filming in Atlanta, and more.
Check out this exclusive look at the blooper reel:"Cross Wars"
Brian Austin Green, Vinnie Jones, Danny Trejo, and Tom Sizemore return in this action-packed sequel to the 2011 film "Cross." The comic-book adventure comedy debuts on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital Feb. 7. Bonus materials include alternate credits and commentary with director Patrick Durham and executive producer Gary T. Williams.
Check out this exclusive clip from "Cross Wars," aka "Cross 2":"Loving"
Ruth Negga earned an Oscar nomination as Mildred Loving, opposite Joel Edgerton as Richard Loving, in this moving historical drama based on the real-life interracial couple who were married in 1958. The pair were jailed and banished from Virginia for their love, and fought for marriage equality in a case that went all the way to the Supreme Court. The film arrives on Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand Feb. 7, and the bonus features include several behind-the-scenes making-of featurettes with the cast and filmmakers, plus commentary from writer/director Jeff Nichols.
New Video on Demand, Rental Streaming, and Digital
"Hacksaw Ridge"Director Mel Gibson and star Andrew Garfield are nominated for Academy Awards for this earnest World War II drama, which is itself up for Best Picture. Garfield plays real-life conscientious objector medic Desmond Doss, who saved 75 men at Okinawa -- the bloodiest battle of WWII -- without firing or even carrying a gun. The drama is available on Digital HD on February 7 and on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand February 21. The DVD will include deleted scenes and a Veterans Day greeting with Mel Gibson. The 4K, Blu-ray, and Digital have both of those features, plus "The Soul of War: Making Hacksaw Ridge" documentary.
Check out this exclusive clip from the bonus features, with Sam Worthington and Mel Gibson sharing reasons why Andrew Garfield was perfect for the role of Desmond Doss:"Manchester by the Sea"
This powerful drama earned Oscar nominations for Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Lucas Hedges, director Kenneth Lonergan, and the film itself. Affleck plays a Boston janitor who unexpectedly becomes the guardian of his teen nephew (Hedges) and must confront the dark past that separated him from his wife (Williams) and hometown. The movie is available on Digital HD February 7 and on Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand Feb. 21. Special features include deleted scenes, the featurette "Emotional Lives: The Making of Manchester by the Sea," and "A Conversation with Director/Writer Kenneth Lonergan."
Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal play a divorced couple discovering dark truths about each other in this tense romantic thriller from writer/director Tom Ford. The film -- out on Digital HD Feb. 7, and DVD/Blu-ray/On Demand Feb. 21 -- co-stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Isla Fisher, Karl Glusman, Armie Hammer, Laura Linney, Michael Sheen, and Michael Shannon (who earned an Oscar nod for this role). Bonus features include "The Making of Nocturnal Animals ," "Building the Story," "The Look of Nocturnal Animals," and "The Filmmaker's Eye."
"David Brent: Life on the Road" (Netflix Original)Please say you're familiar with the original British version of "The Office." Ricky Gervais played the worst boss ever, David Brent, in that series, and this new mockumentary film catches up with him 12 years later. Brent is now a traveling salesman, but he still dreams of being a rock star, and is launching his own self-financed U.K. tour with his band, Foregone Conclusion. Stream the comedy on Netflix starting Friday, Feb. 10.
"Abstract: The Art of Design" (Netflix Original)
This eight-episode documentary series -- starting Feb. 10 -- follows the creative process of eight leading designers: Bjarke Ingels (architect), Christoph Niemann (illustrator), Es Devlin (stage designer), Ilse Crawford (interior designer), Paula Scher (graphic designer), Platon (photographer), Ralph Gilles (automobile designer), and Tinker Hatfield (Nike shoe designer).
"Clouds of Sils Maria"
Juliette Binoche plays a veteran actress struggling to overcome her personal insecurities and professional jealousies when she's cast in the older role of a play that launched her career 20 years prior. Chloe Grace Moretz and Kristen Stewart co-star, with Stewart's performance earning her the Cesar Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2015. Stream the acclaimed drama on Netflix starting Feb. 12.
TV Worth Watching
"Legion" (Wednesday on FX at 10 p.m.)In this deep psychological sci-fi series, based on the "X-Men" character Legion, Dan Stevens ("Downton Abbey," "Beauty and the Beast") plays David Haller, the mutant son of Charles Xavier, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia at a young age. The first episode, "Chapter 1," was written and directed by FX's "Fargo" master Noah Hawley. Here's the vague synopsis: "David considers whether the voices he hears might be real." The show is getting strong reviews so far, so give it a shot and stick with it through the mental mysteries.
"The Walking Dead" Season 7 (Sunday on AMC at 9 p.m.)
The second half of TWD Season 7 starts February 12 with Season 7, Episode 9, "Rock in the Road," where Rick Grimes "is introduced to a new community." Will AMC be introduced to higher ratings than the first half, or is it too late?
"Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" (Sunday on HBO at 11 p.m.)
Oh, John Oliver, how we missed you! The sardonic late night host returns to skewer the current political and cultural climate when Season 4 begins February 12.
Grammy Awards (Sunday on CBS at 8 p.m.)
James Corden hosts the 59th annual Grammy Awards, held February 12, with Adele and Beyonce battling it out in several categories. Better get in formation and see which queen walks away with the most trophies.
"Girls" Season 6 (Sunday on HBO at 10 p.m.)
The final season of "Girls" begins February 12 with "All I Ever Wanted." Here's HBO's synopsis: "Hannah gets an assignment to write about a female surf camp in the Hamptons, where she meets an uncomplicated water-skiing instructor; Marnie tells Ray that he needs to spend more time at his own place."
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