What’s New on Digital, DVD/Blu-ray, TV, & Netflix This Week: April 29-May 5
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
NEW VIDEO ON DIGITAL, DEMAND, AND STREAMING
'How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World' (April 30)
The saga of the unlikely friendship between a teen Viking and a fearsome Night Fury dragon comes to an epic conclusion. The dazzling animation supports a bittersweet story, which follows Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) searching for a secret dragon utopia all while coming to terms with Toothless' new bond with Light Fury. Available on Digital HD.
'Isn't It Romantic?' (April 30)
This is a romantic comedy that casts a satirical eye on ... romantic comedies. Rebel Wilson stars as a cynical New York City architect who thinks rom-coms are "lies set to terrible pop songs." Then, after suffering a head injury, she wakes up to find her life has become a rom-com, complete with cliches like a huge apartment with all the shoes, a handsome suitor (Liam Hemsworth) falling at her feet, and flash mobs dancing in the streets. Available on Digital HD.
'Fighting With My Family' (April 30)
The indie sports dramedy is based on a documentary about the WWE wrestler Paige. Florence Pugh plays the up-and-coming wrestler, who lands a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to try out for the WWE alongside brother Zak (Jack Lowden) and even meet Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. But only Paige earns a spot in the training program and must leave behind her family to navigate this new cutthroat world alone. Available on Digital HD.
NEW ON DVD AND BLU-RAY
'Serenity' (April 30)
Fate's funny, huh? Not so much for Matthew McConaughey in this psychological thriller. He plays a fishing boat captain whose life is turned upside down when his ex-wife (Anne Hathaway) tracks him down and asks him to kill her abusive current husband (Jason Clarke) by feeding him to sharks. That's not the only thing bedeviling the captain, though. Something is very odd about the island he's on, and the atmosphere is messing with his head.
The movie arrives on Blu-ray and DVD on April 30 (and is already available on Digital HD).
'Never Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki' (April 30)
Courtesy of our friends at Shout Factory, this new documentary on the legendary Japanese animator, has he enters an unexpected phase of his career: having to deal with a CGI-animated short. This is a rare and unprecedented glimpse into an absolute artist willing to expand his craft at a late stage in his career. Inspiring.
'Police Story' and 'Police Story 2' (April 30): Criterion releases new 4k restorations of both action-packed films starring and directed by Jackie Chan. His Hong Kong police inspector uses some ... shall we say ... unorthodox methods, all resulting in some spectacular acrobatic sequences and jaw-dropping acrobatic stunts. The first movie is considered by Chan to be his best, and it established him as an influential force in action cinema.
NEW ON NETFLIX
'Dead to Me' (May 3)
Misery loves company, as they say. Christina Applegate stars as Jen, a sardonic widow whose husband recently died in a hit-and-run. She meets free spirit Judy (Linda Cardellini), who is grieving her fiancé, at a support group. Despite their opposite personalities, they bond over wine and late night phone chats.
This biopic of serial killer Ted Bundy decides to turn him into a charming psycopath played by the handsome Zac Efron. It follows Bundy's relationship with girlfriend Elizabeth Kloepfer (Lily Collins), who is completely clueless for a long time that he's actually a psychopath. But then the evidence starts piling up and she's forced to make a life-changing decision.
'Tuca & Bertie' (May 3)
Tiffany Haddish and Ali Wong provide the lead voices in this animated comedy about two 30something bird women who become friends after living in the same building. Tuca (Haddish) is a cocky, care-free toucan, while Bertie (Wong) is an anxious, daydreaming songbird.
For more, see what else is new on Netflix in May 2019.
TV WORTH WATCHING
'The 100' Season 6 Premiere, The CW (April 30, 9 p.m.)
After waking from cryogenic sleep, Clarke and her fellow survivors decide to explore the mysterious new planet that could be their new home.
'iZombie' Season 5 Premiere, The CW (May 1, 8 p.m.)
The final season kicks off finds Liv (Rose McIver) and Clive (Malcolm Goodwin) working a murder case with no body ... and no brain for Liv to eat for clues.
'The Spanish Princess' Series Premiere, Starz (May 5, 8 p.m.)
The newest Philippa Gregory adaptation centers on Catherine of Aragon (Charlotte Hope), the beautiful teen princess of Spain who eventually weds Henry VIII.