New on DVD and Blu-ray
"Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2"
Perhaps you've heard of these guys? The "Guardians" came out on digital a couple of weeks ago, and now you and your squad can see them at Redbox, or wherever you go to rent/buy DVDs, or Blu-rays, or 4K Ultra HD editions. They'll be waiting for you as of Tuesday, August 22. There's an Ultimate Cinematic Universe Edition, including a collectible poster, packaged to include a 4K Ultra HD version of the film, a Blu-ray, a Digital Copy and more than 80-minutes of bonus materials. The Blu-ray has several behind-the-scenes featurettes, plus an all-new original music video starring David Hasselhoff and special guests; a gag reel; deleted scenes; and audio commentary by director James Gunn.
"The Walking Dead: The Complete Seventh Season"
You'd have to search far and wide to find someone who thought Season 7 was one of TWD's best. But it may be worth checking out the DVD/Blu-ray just for the extended dream sequence showing Glenn playing with his son. It's torture! But still. So beautiful. The discs are out this Tuesday, Aug. 22, including deleted and alternate scenes, and several featurettes, including an "In Memorium"; "Warrior Women"; "Top Walkers"; "The Making of The Walking Dead": "Inside the Walking Dead"; audio commentaries; and more.
Dan Stevens ("Downton Abbey," "Beauty and the Beast") stars in this sci-fi action film out on Blu-ray and DVD August 22. "In the future world, a physicist's experiment to harness unlimited energy goes wrong. Chased by drones and soldiers, Will Porter must race through an imploding world and retrieve the Redivider box to save his family — and all of humanity." Disc bonus features include a featurette called "The Visual Effect: Inside the Director's Process," and audio commentary with director Tim Smit.
TV Worth Watching
"Game of Thrones" (Sunday on HBO at 9 p.m.)
This is it. The Season 7 finale. Already. I know. How? Gods willing, Season 7, Episode 7 won't already be on the Internet by the time you read this, but ... maybe. Watch it with the rest of the nation anyway, 'cause Twitter is going to melt down. This is the last episode of GoT until the final Season 8 airs, and we don't know if that will be in 2018 or 2019. It could be a very long wait for those final six episodes of the series. We want them now ... but we also want this show to go on forever.
"NOVA: Eclipse Over America" (Monday on PBS from 9-10 p.m. EDT)
As you know, today -- Monday, Aug. 21 -- is exciting because Americans have the opportunity to see the first total solar eclipse visible in the U.S. in 38 years. The PBS science series NOVA is not missing this historic event, and it will air a special presentation tonight, several hours after the eclipse. Starting at 10:15 a.m. PDT (1:15 p.m. EDT), a lunar shadow 73 miles wide will take one hour and 33 minutes to travel from Oregon on the west coast to South Carolina on the East, allowing continuous observation for 90 minutes. NOVA?s most extensive fast-turnaround film to date, "Eclipse Over America"? will be the ultimate companion to this spectacular celestial event, following teams working on the forefront of solar science and solar storm detection, and incorporating immersive CGI animation to reveal the sun?s secret mechanisms, stunning sequences of the eclipse itself, NASA footage, and more.
"ABC News Special: The Great American Eclipse" (Monday on ABC from 1-3 p.m. EDT)
ABC News is covering the "The Great American Eclipse" live on ABC, ABCNews.com, Facebook Live, YouTube, and across social media.
CBS Eclipse Coverage (Monday on CBS, all day)
Not to be out done, CBS News has announced it will deliver a full day of division-wide coverage of the first total solar eclipse since 1979. The coverage starts with "CBS This Morning" and continues with CBS News' Special Report: Solar Eclipse 08.21.17 (1:00-3:00 PM, ET); the CBS Evening News (6:30-7:00 PM, ET); CBSN, CBS News' 24/7 live, streaming news service; CBS News Radio; and CBS Newspath. Be safe out there!
New Video on Demand, Rental Streaming, and Digital
Between "Guardians" and "Bushwick," it's officially Dave Bautista week! In this action film starring Brittany Snow and Bautista, college student Lucy comes home to New York and discovers her neighborhood of Bushwick engulfed in chaos. She takes refuge in the basement of a former Marine named Stupe, who's on his way out of town to find his family. As the unlikely pair try to navigate the crisis, they discover they are in the middle of a civil war as Texas attempts to secede from the U.S. Watch what happens when "Bushwick" arrives in select theaters and on VOD and Digital HD this Friday, Aug. 25.
Maybe you didn't feel like going to see Tom Cruise's "The Mummy" in theaters, or maybe you just want to see it again at home. Either way, the action movie co-starring Russell Crowe, Sofia Boutella, Jake Johnson, Annabelle Wallis, and Courtney B. Vance arrives on Digital HD August 22 and then on DVD, Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD, and On Demand on September 12. The Blu-ray and DVD will have more than an hour of bonus content, including deleted and extended scenes, a bunch of featurettes on the making of the movie -- including one called "Cruise in Action" looking at his most memorable "Mummy" stunts -- and feature commentary with director/producer Alex Kurtzman and select members of the cast.
"All Eyez on Me"
Demetrius Shipp, Jr. plays the late legend Tupac Shakur in this biopic following his rise and fall. Danai Gurira, Lauren Cohan, and Kat Graham co-star in the film -- which is filled with cameos from hip-hop legends -- and you can check it out on Digital HD August 22, then Blu-ray/DVD on September 5. The home release includes featurettes on the making of the film, a look at Demetrius Shipp, Jr.'s transformation into Tupac, behind-the-scenes interviews, deleted scenes, and cast audition tapes.
"The Tick" (Amazon)
Amazon's new original comedy series is a revival of the short-lived Fox superhero parody. A mild-mannered accountant named Arthur (Griffin Newman) has his life turned upside down when he runs into a mysterious blue superhero, The Tick (Peter Serafinowicz), who insists that Arthur become the brains to his brawn in a crime-fighting duo. The 10-episode season starts streaming on Amazon August 25. Check out the trailer.
"Death Note" (Netflix Original Film)Netflix's official trailer for this adaptation of the famous Japanese manga has more than 3 million views on YouTube. Fan reaction has been mixed, but since they haven't seen the full movie yet, everyone can judge for themselves at the same time this Friday, Aug. 25. Nat Wolff, Margaret Qualley, Lakeith Stanfield, and Willem Dafoe ("death god") star in the film, which has this synopsis: "What if you had the power to decide who lives and who dies? We suggest you obey the rules. [...] 'Death Note' follows a high school student who comes across a supernatural notebook, realizing it holds within it a great power; if the owner inscribes someone's name into it while picturing their face, he or she will die. Intoxicated with his new godlike abilities, the young man begins to kill those he deems unworthy of life."
"DreamWorks Dragons: Race to The Edge" Season 5 (Netflix Original)
Hiccup and friends are back for their fifth season of this family series from the creators of "How to Train Your Dragon." Check out the exclusive clip below, showing Heather, Astrid, and Ruffnut as they run into some Wingmaidens in the sky. The Wingmaidens seem very interested in Razorwhips and very uninterested in men coming to their island. Get to know these curious new friends in Season 5, which arrives on Netflix August 25."Once Upon a Time" Season 6
"Once" is going through a whole reboot in Season 7, so stream the 22 episodes of the final *vintage* season on Netflix starting August 25.
"Disjointed" Season 1 (Netflix Original)
Kathy Bates stars in this new workplace/stoner comedy from Chuck Lorre and David Javerbaum. Bates plays Ruth, "a lifelong advocate for legalization who is finally living her dream as the owner of an Los Angeles cannabis dispensary, Ruth's Alternative Caring. Joining her are three charismatic 'budtenders,' her entrepreneurial 20-something year old son and a very troubled security guard." Check out the trailer, and stream the first season August 25.
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