Here are just a few of the many new options this week:
"Altered Carbon" (Netflix Original)
The biggest release of the week is this Netflix Original sci-fi TV series starring Joel Kinnaman and James Purefoy. Season 1's 10 episodes premiere this Friday, Feb. 2.
"In the distant future, human consciousness can be digitized and downloaded into different bodies. Brought back to life after 250 years by Laurens Bancroft (James Purefoy), the richest man on Earth, ex-Envoy soldier Takeshi Kovacs (Joel Kinnaman /Will Yun Lee) must solve Bancroft's attempted murder for the chance to live again in a world he doesn't recognize."
Check out the trailer:"Retribution" Season 1 (Netflix Original)
You don't have to wait until February starts for some good streaming options this week. On January 30, aka Tuesday, you can check out the first season of this original series: "A dark web of secrets and lies emerges when a newlywed couple is killed and detectives question their feuding families." Georgina Campbell (Amy on the "Black Mirror" episode "Hang the DJ"), Laura Fraser (Lydia on "Breaking Bad"), Joe Dempsie (Gendry on "Game of Thrones"), Adrian Edmondson, and Steve Evets star.
"Disney·Pixar Cars 3"
Also, on the very last day of January, the third "Cars" movie will race onto Netflix.
New Video on Demand, Rental Streaming, and Digital
"Absentia" Season 1 (Amazon)Long time no see, Stana Katic! Our "Castle" heroine returns in this Amazon Prime Original Series, which premieres February 2 on Prime. Stana plays FBI agent Emily Byrne, who disappears without a trace while hunting one of Boston's most notorious serial killers. She's declared dead, but -- not so fast! Six years later, she's found in a cabin in the woods, barely alive, with no memory of the years she was missing. She returns home to discover her husband has remarried, with her son is being raised by another woman. And she finds out she's implicated in a new series of murders. Almost better to have stayed dead?
"Blueprint" -- on EST and VOD Tuesday, Feb. 6 (see new later date) -- follows a young black man searching for his identity in the aftermath of a fatal shooting in South Side, Chicago. Inspired by a true story, this timely drama tackles racial injustice and what it takes to overcome grief under difficult circumstances.
Check out this exclusive clip from the movie:"Girlfriends" (Acorn TV)
Starting Monday, Jan. 29 (today), Acorn TV is premiering this six-part addictive British drama series, starring Miranda Richardson, Phyllis Logan, Zoe Wanamaker, Anthony Head, and Matthew Lewis (aka Neville of Harry Potter fame). "Three women of a certain age are juggling the challenges of modern life when a tragedy exposes secrets that put their friendship to the test."
"The Music of Silence: The Unforgettable True Story of Andrea Bocelli"
This drama -- opening in select theaters and on VOD and Digital HD on February 2 -- is based on the true story of Andrea Bocelli, a blind boy who against all odds becomes one of the most world renowned opera singers in the world. Toby Sebastian, Luisa Ranieri, Jordi Mollà, Ennio Fantastichini, and Antonio Banderas star in the film.
Jacob Tremblay, Owen Wilson, and Julia Roberts star in this heartwarming family film -- based on the book by R.J. Palacio -- out on digital January 30, then Blu-ray, 4K Blu-ray, and DVD on February 13. The movie follows young Auggie, who had multiple surgeries on his face, and must handle the challenge of how his peers and community react to his condition. Extras include the five-part documentary "Summer of Fun," a music video "Brand New Eyes," audio commentary, and several featurettes.
"Roman J. Israel, Esq."
Denzel Washington just picked up another Oscar nomination for his lead role in this legal drama, which arrives on Digital HD January 30, then on Blu-ray and DVD on February 13. Washington plays the title character, a driven, idealistic defense attorney who finds himself in a tumultuous series of events that lead to a crisis and the necessity for extreme action. Colin Farrell, Carmen Ejogo, Amanda Warren, and Sam Gilroy co-star. The movie comes with three behind-the-scenes featurettes and eight deleted scenes.
New on HBO Now
Netflix doesn't get to have all the fun. HBO is also adding a bunch of new titles as of February 1, for streaming on HBO Now (and HBO On Demand):
- Adam Sandler's Eight Crazy Nights, 2002
- AVP: Alien vs. Predator (Extended Version), 2004
- Alien (Director's Cut), 1979
- Alien 3 (Extended Version), 1992
- Alien Resurrection (Extended Version), 1997
- Aliens (Extended Version), 1986
- Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (Unrated Version), 2003
- Diner, 1982
- E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, 1982
- Freaky Friday, 2003
- Glory Road, 2006
- The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, 1992
- Johnson Family Vacation, 2004
- Man on the Moon, 1999
- National Security, 2003
- Predator, 198
- Predator 2, 1990
- Romeo and Juliet, 2013
- Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, 2010
- West Side Story, 1961
New on DVD and Blu-ray
"Professor Marston & the Wonder Women"Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall, and Bella Heathcote star in this historical drama available on DVD and Blu-ray Tuesday, January 30. Based on a true story set in the 1940s, the film -- directed by Angela Robinson -- follows a Harvard professor and psychologist who was inspired by his wife and mistress to create the iconic comic book character Wonder Woman. Bonus features include the featurettes "A Dynamic Trio: Birth of a Feminist Icon," and "A Crucial Point of View: Directing - Professor Marston and the Wonder Women."
"God's Own Country"
This highly acclaimed, multi-award winning feature -- which recently won the Best British Independent Film Award -- is available on DVD starting January 30. It's a contemporary tale of self-discovery and emotional-awakening set on the sheep farming hills of rural England. "Johnny Saxby (Josh O'Connor) works long hours on his family's remote farm in the north of England. He numbs the daily frustration of his lonely existence with nightly binge-drinking at the local pub and casual sex. But when a handsome Romanian migrant worker (Alec Secareanu) arrives to take up temporary work on the family farm, Johnny suddenly finds himself having to deal with emotions he has never felt before. As they begin working closely together during lambing season, an intense relationship starts to form which could change Johnny's life forever."
• Redbox: New titles coming to the big red box on Tuesday, Jan. 30 include "Geostorm," "Tyler Perry's Boo 2! A Madea Halloween," "Last Flag Flying," "Trafficked," "Alien: Domicile," "Beyond Skyline," and "The Age of Adeline."
TV Worth Watching
"This Is Us" (Sunday on NBC at 10:30 p.m.)This Sunday, Feb. 4 is Super Bowl LII. If you're the kind of person who doesn't care about the Super Bowl, you may still care about what's airing around it. "This Is Us" got the cushy post-Super Bowl spot, starting at 10:30 p.m. or whenever the dang thing ends. It's going to be *THE* episode -- the one showing how Jack Pearson dies, and why Kate blames herself. Since it's airing on Super Bowl Sunday, the modern storyline will also focus on the big game, and how The Big Three honor their father on the anniversary of the day he died.
Kitten Bowl V (Sunday on Hallmark Hannel at noon)
Puppy Bowl XIV (Sunday on Animal Planet at 3 p.m. ET)
No Super Bowl Sunday is complete without cute kittens and puppies! First up is Kitten Bowl on Hallmark: "Displaced kittens rescued from the country's most recent natural disasters vie for the National Championship of Feline Football trophy and a loving, forever home in which to display it." After that, Animal Planet has a ton of pre-show stuff for Puppy Bowl even before the game begins: "The cutest, fuzziest, fluffiest event of the year has finally arrived as Animal Planet's Puppy Bowl returns for its fourteenth season; more puppies, more rescues, and a brand-new bone-shaped stadium."
"The Trade" (Friday on Showtime at 9 p.m.)
Showtime is premiering this five-episode docuseries on Friday, Feb. 2. "From Columbus, Ohio to Guerrero, Mexico and countless cities in between, the opioid epidemic has ravaged communities on both sides of the border. But what about the lives behind the headlines and statistics? This timely, provocative docuseries spotlights the crisis through the eyes of those most affected: the growers, addicts, cartel bosses and law enforcement hopelessly caught in its web."
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