New Video on Demand, Rental Streaming, and Digital
"La La Land"
The blockbuster musical that very briefly got to think it won Best Picture will be available for home viewing on Digital HD April 11, then on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand April 25. The 4K, Blu-ray, and Digital releases include multiple extras: song selection; audio commentary with writer/director Damien Chazelle and composer Justin Hurwitz; and the featurettes "Another Day of Sun: They Closed Down a Freeway," "La La Land's Great Party," "Ryan Gosling: Piano Student," "Before Whiplash: Damien Chazelle's Passion Project," "La La Land's Love Letter to Los Angeles," "The Music of La La Land," "John Legend's Acting Debut," "The Look of Love: Designing La La Land," "Ryan and Emma: Third Time's the Charm," "Epilogue: The Romance of the Dream," and "Damien & Justin Sing: The Demos." The DVD includes audio commentary, three featurettes, and song selection."Underworld: Blood Wars"
Kate Beckinsale returns as Seline in the fifth installment of the "Underworld" franchise. It debuts on Digital HD April 11, then 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD April 25. Theo James, Lara Pulver, Tobias Menzies, James Faulkner, Bradley James, and Charles Dance join Beckinsale as the war between Vampires and Lycans escalates. The digital, Blu-ray, and 4K include four behind-the-scenes featurettes and the Official Movie Graphic Novel. The DVD has two featurettes.
"The Young Pope"
Jude Law plays the newly elected pope -- also the youngest in history, and also the first American, and also kind of an extremist, and also way too into Cherry Coke Zero -- in Paolo Sorrentino's visually creative HBO limited series. You can download the 10 episodes in its digital release Monday, April 10, or pick up the series on Blu-ray/DVD on June 6.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
This true story following three African-American women working at NASA -- Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughn (Octavia Spencer), and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae) -- reveals how their brilliance helped launch astronaut John Glenn into orbit. The three-time Oscar nominee arrives on Blu-ray, 4K, and DVD on April 11. Special features include the featurettes "It All Adds Up – The Making of Hidden Figures," "No Limits – The Life of Katherine Johnson," "The Right People for the Job," "Recreating an Era – The Look of Hidden Figures," "A Spiritual Journey – The Music of Hidden Figures," "Moving the Decimal – Honoring Katherine Johnson," and "Hidden Figures: Filming in Georgia"; plus deleted scenes, and audio commentary by Theodore Melfi and Taraji P. Henson.
Also inspired by a true story, "Lion" follows Saroo (Sunny Pawar as a child, Dev Patel as an adult) who loses his family as a child in India, and seeks to find them again after being adopted and raised by a couple (Nicole Kidman and David Wenham) in Australia. The six-time Oscar nominee is available on Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand April 11. The discs include deleted scenes, a behind-the-scenes gallery, and "Never Give Up" Official Lyric Video performed by Sia.
Watch this clip from the bonus features, with the actors talking about working with director Gareth Davis:
Dakota Fanning stars in this Western thriller as a woman who quickly realizes the new pastor (Guy Pearce) at her church represents a danger to herself, her daughter, and those she cares about. To protect them, she goes to great lengths and puts her safety and position in society at risk. Kit Harington, Carice van Houten, and Emilia Jones co-star in the film, which arrives on DVD and Blu-ray April 11.
In this action-comedy, a high school senior (Lucas Till) finds and hides a gas-guzzling monster under the hood of his newly created Monster Truck. The Blu-ray Combo Pack (available April 11) has 40 minutes of bonus content, including a gag reel and behind-the-scenes featurettes.
This critically acclaimed dramedy won five European film awards and was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars. It arrives on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital on April 11. The story follows a quirky father who tries to reconnect with his high-powered corporate daughter by creating an outrageous alter ego life coach named Toni Erdmann. Special features include commentary with actors Peter Simonischek and Sandra Hüller and producer Janine Jackowski; and the AFI Fest Q&A.
"Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return" (Netflix Original)
The cult hit is back! A new batch of B movies will be mocked in glorious fashion in this revival, featuring 14 new episodes starting April 14 on Netflix. The cast includes comedian Jonah Ray, Patton Oswalt, Felicia Day, Baron Vaughn, and Hampton Yount. The original MST3K aired from 1988 to 1999.
"Sandy Wexler" (Netflix Original)Adam Sandler has returned for another Netflix original movie, this time as a 1990s talent manager who falls in love with his new client, the talented singer Courtney Clarke (Jennifer Hudson). The trailer makes it seem like a mockumentary of sorts, with stars like Chris Rock and Henry Winkler speaking into the camera to talk about Sandy. The cast is jam-packed with comedy stars, so even if it doesn't seem like your cup of tea, the cameos might be worth it. It's available on Netflix April 14.
"Chelsea" Season 2 (Netflix Original)Chelsea Handler's series is moving to a once-a-week format for its second season, with hour-long episodes appearing on Netflix every Friday night, starting April 14. Season 2 guests include Melissa McCarthy, Ben Falcone, the cast of "Nobodies," CNN's Van Jones, Christiane Amanpour, Matt Walsh of "Veep," Charlize Theron, Rosario Dawson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Senator Cory Booker, Jim Parsons, Rashida Jones, Gaby Hoffmann, and Mary McCormack.
TV Worth Watching
"The Leftovers" (Sunday on HBO at 9 p.m.)
It's time to stop talking, and start chain-smoking as you dress all in white and glare at a stranger until they can't take it, because the final season of "The Leftovers" is here! The beleaguered Kevin Garvey (Justin Theroux) is back in the Season 3 premiere, "The Book of Kevin," which is set three years after Season 2 saw Miracle, Texas overrun by the Guilty Remnant. Now Kevin returns to his role as chief of police as the seventh anniversary of the Sudden Departure approaches, and many believe another apocalyptic event will happen.
"Better Call Saul" (Monday on AMC at 10 p.m.)
Bob Odenkirk's third season of this fantastic "Breaking Bad" prequel still sees "Saul" as Jimmy McGill, who was left in a bit of a pickle in the Season 2 finale after his brother Chuck (Michael McKean) caught him confessing on tape. Season 3 will introduce future "Breaking Bad" villain Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito), which is certainly something to look forward to. Or you could just watch for another black-and-white trip to that Cinnabon in Omaha. The Season 3 premiere will be followed by "Talking Saul" to dissect the episode.
"Veep" (Sunday on HBO at 10:30 p.m.)
The best comedy on television today -- don't argue! -- returns with Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) arguably at her lowest point. She's not even the title at this point, never mind POTUS. Instead, the Season 6 premiere, titled "Omaha," follows her one year after losing the presidency, as she attempts to secure her legacy. Meanwhile, Dan tries to ingratiate himself at his new job (shocker), and Amy's brash personality proves too much for her new co-workers.
"Doctor Who" (Saturday on BBC America at 9 p.m.)
Peter Capaldi's Time Lord returns for his final round in Season 10, which starts with "The Pilot." Here's the BBC's synopsis: "[B]efore he hands over the key to the Tardis to his as-yet-undecided successor, there's the matter of the girl with a star in her eye to deal with. A chance encounter brings Bill Potts into contact with the Doctor, who is conducting a secret mission on Earth. What follows is a terrifying chase across time and space, one that opens Bill's mind to the prospect of a bigger and wider universe than she'd ever imagined. Pearl Mackie makes her debut Doctor Who appearance as new companion Bill, while Matt Lucas also stars as the Doctor's old ally Nardole."
"Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (Tuesday on FOX at 8 p.m.)
Season 4 returns from winter break on April 11 with "The Audit." Here's FOX's synopsis: "With the crime rate lowered, Brooklyn will be shutting down one of its precincts - permanently. The Nine-Nine is confident they will be evaluated fairly, until the official auditor turns out to be Amy's ex-boyfriend, Teddy (guest star Kyle Bornheimer). The whole squad then must band together to try to save the precinct."
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