New on DVD and Blu-ray
"Manchester by the Sea"
The Oscars air this Sunday, Feb. 26, and Casey Affleck still has a strong chance of winning Best Actor for his role in this drama. "Manchester by the Sea" is nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, plus nods for co-stars Michelle Williams and Lucas Hedges, and Kenneth Lonergan for directing and writing the original screenplay. The Boston-based story arrives on Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand February 21. Special features include the featurette "Emotional Lives: The Making of Manchester by the Sea," plus "A Conversation with Director/Writer Kenneth Lonergan," and deleted scenes.
Director Mel Gibson and star Andrew Garfield are nominated for this World War II war drama, which is also up for Best Picture. The film arrives on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand February 21. The DVD includes deleted scenes and a Veterans Day greeting with Mel Gibson. The Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD also include those features, plus an in-depth, behind-the-scenes documentary on the film, called "The Soul of War: Making Hacksaw Ridge," with interviews from the cast, director, and others involved.
Here's an exclusive clip from the making-of documentary:"Nocturnal Animals"
Director Tom Ford keeps proving he has an eye for more than design, leading Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Isla Fisher, Armie Hammer, Michael Sheen, and Oscar nominee Michael Shannon through this tense, haunting romantic thriller. The drama arrives on Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand February 21. Bonus features include "The Making of Nocturnal Animals," "Building the Story," "The Look of Nocturnal Animals," and "The Filmmaker's Eye: Tom Ford."
New Video on Demand, Rental Streaming, and Digital
This Disney princess is ready to sail home with you! "Moana" will be released on Digital HD/3D and Disney Movies Anywhere on February 21, then March 7 on Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand. The Digital and Blu-ray releases include hours of bonus footage, including a Maui Mini-Movie, "Gone Fishing"; a short film called "Inner Workings"; an in-depth look at how the Pacific Island people and cultures inspired the film; behind-the-scenes features with the stars and musical team; a deep-dive into the Easter Eggs hidden by the Disney animators; a deleted song; deleted scenes; Alessia Cara's music video for "How Far I'll Go"; a multi-language reel of the song; and more. The DVD just includes the theatrical short film "Inner Workings," audio commentary, and the music video for "How Far I'll Go."
Here's an exclusive bonus clip with Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mark Mancina, and Opetaia Foa'i discussing the writing "We Know the Way":"Jackie"
Oscar nominee Natalie Portman takes viewers behind the elegant historical figure of First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy to show them the very human grieving woman named Jackie in the days after the assassination of President JFK. The historical drama arrives on Digital HD February 21, and March 7 on Blu-ray and DVD. Special features on all formats include the featurette "From Jackie to Camelot," and audio commentary by director Pablo Larraín and star Natalie Portman.
Denzel Washington just won the Screen Actors Guild Award for his lead performance in this drama, which he also directed. He's a frontrunner to win the Best Actor Oscar (unless Affleck gets it), and the film was also nominated for Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay (for playwright August Wilson), and Best Supporting Actress Viola Davis. Catch the drama on Digital HD this Friday, February 24, before it arrives on disc March 14. The Blu-ray will include more than 30 minutes of bonus content, including interviews with the cast and crew and a visit to the movie's Pittsburgh set.
"Patriot" (Amazon Original)
On Friday, Feb. 24, Amazon Prime Video will debut this comedy thriller starring Michael Dorman, Terry O'Quinn, Kurtwood Smith, and Michael Chernus. According to Deadline, "'Patriot' follows the complicated life of intelligence officer John Tavner (Dorman). His latest assignment is to prevent Iran from going nuclear, requiring him to forgo all safety nets and assume a perilous 'non-official cover' -- that of a mid-level employee at a Midwestern industrial piping firm. A bout with PTSD, the federal government's incompetence and the intricacies of keeping a day job in the 'front' company cause a barrage of ever-escalating fiascos that jeopardize Tavner's mission." The trailer is great, check it out:"Moonlight" (On Demand)
If "La La Land" does not win Best Picture, it's possible this eight-time nominee will take the big prize. Mahershala Ali and Naomie Harris are both nominated in supporting roles, and the film is also nominated for director, original score, adapted screenplay, cinematography, and editing. The drama will be available first On Demand, starting February 21, and then Blu-ray and DVD on February 28.
"Berlin Station" Season 1
This intriguing modern-day spy thriller, which premiered in October on Epix, arrives February 21 on Digital HD. Richard Armitage plays Daniel Miller, a new arrival at Berlin's CIA station who is on a clandestine mission to uncover the source of leaks by an enigmatic whistleblower known as "Thomas Shaw." Richard Jenkins plays Steven Frost, the head of the station, who carries the burden of his own secrets; Michelle Forbes plays Valerie Edwards, the no-nonsense Internal Branch Chief; Rhys Ifans is Hector DeJean, a tenacious case officer and old friend of Daniel; Leland Orser plays Robert Kirsch, a devoted and successful deputy chief; and Tamlyn Tomita is Sandra Abe, assistant to Frost.
"I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore" (Netflix Original)
This comedy crime thriller just picked up the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival last month. Netflix snapped it up fast, and it's already heading to the streaming service this Friday, Feb. 24. Macon Blair's directorial debut (which he also wrote) stars Melanie Lynskey, Elijah Wood, David Yow, Jane Levy, and Devon Graye. Here's the synopsis: "A timid nursing assistant gets a new lease on life when she and a neighborhood loner track down the degenerates who broke into her house."
Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill, Bill Hader, Michael Cera, James Franco, and Danny McBride lead the all-star voice cast of this R-rated animated comedy about supermarket food products that suddenly figure out their destiny is to be eaten. The horror! Stream the raunchy, violent shenanigans starting Feb. 23.
"Ultimate Beastmaster" (Netflix Original)
"Ultimate Beastmaster: Mexico" (Netflix Original)Are you ready to meet the Beast? Here's the synopsis from Netflix: "It lives to destroy all challengers. 108 challengers from 6 different countries will compete in the most physically demanding competition the world has ever seen. But only one can be crowned The Ultimate Beastmaster." Watch the challenge plays out February 24.
"Legend Quest" Season 1 (Netflix Original)
"Legend Quest" follows a teenage boy who lives in 19th century Mexico and has the power to communicate with the supernatural. It's the first animated Netflix original produced in Latin America, and you can start streaming the colorful all-ages adventure on Feb. 24.
TV Worth Watching
The 89th Annual Academy Awards (Sunday on ABC at 8 p.m.)
The Oscars are here! Jimmy Kimmel hosts Sunday's show, which still seems to be set up for a big "La La Land" win. Here's the full list of nominees; and here's a printable version, if you like to play along at home while you watch. There's no shame in it!
"Bates Motel" (Monday on A&E at 10 p.m.)
The final season of A&E's deep-dive into Norman Bates's backstory will catch up to the "Psycho" timeline, with Rihanna cast as Marion Crane. Season 5 starts with Episode 1 "Dark Paradise" on Feb. 20. Here's the synopsis: "Norman tries to keep up appearances despite a troubling discovery; Dylan and Emma receive a surprise guest."
"The Blacklist: Redemption" (Thursday on NBC at 10 p.m.)
This crime series spinoff of "The Blacklist" premieres Feb. 23 with "Leland Bray." Here's the synopsis from NBC:"A routine trip to New York turns dangerous when ex-operative Tom Keen (Ryan Eggold) is recruited by Scottie Hargrave (Famke Janssen), the head of an international security firm, to help rescue a kidnapped CIA agent. During the mission, Tom discovers evidence of a conspiracy within his own family." Read Moviefone's Q&A with Ryan Eggold for much more on the series.
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