What’s New on Digital, DVD/Blu-ray, TV, & Netflix This Week: August 5-11
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix and on good old fashioned television, we've got you covered.
NEW ON DVD AND BLU-RAY
'Pokemon: Detective Pikachu' (August 6)
Ryan Reynolds voices the wisecracking, mystery-solving Pokemon, who teams up with his former human partner's son, Tim Goodman (Justice Smith), to find the missing detective. They chase clues through the neon-lit streets of Ryme City, a sprawling metropolis where humans and Pokémon live side by side. Along the way, they encounter a diverse cast of Pokémon characters and uncover a shocking plot that could destroy the whole Pokémon universe.
The movie arrives on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD on August 6 (and is already available on Digital HD). Bonus content includes an alternate opening and multiple making-of featurettes.
'Tolkien' (August 6)
This is a story of adventure, magic, love, courage, and fellowship — the story of J.R.R. Tolkien's life. The iconic author of "The Hobbit" and "Lord of the Rings" is the subject of this biopic. Nicholas Hoult stars as the young writer in his formative years who finds friendship and artistic inspiration in a close-knit group of friends at college. But their "fellowship" is torn apart when they're all sent to fight in World War I.
The movie arrives on Blu-ray and DVD on August 6 (and is already available on Digital HD). Bonus content includes deleted scenes and audio commentary.
'The Curse of La Llorona' (August 6)
The creepy thriller is the latest in the "Conjuring" franchise. In 1970s Los Angeles, La Llorona is stalking the night — and children. Ignoring the eerie warning of a troubled mother suspected of child endangerment, a social worker (Linda Cardellini) and her own small kids are soon drawn into a frightening supernatural realm. Their only hope to survive La Llorona's deadly wrath may be a disillusioned priest and the mysticism he practices to keep evil at bay, on the fringes where fear and faith collide
The movie arrives on Blu-ray and DVD on August 6 (and is already available on Digital HD). Bonus content includes deleted scenes making-of featurettes.
'An Angel at My Table' (August 6)
Criterion presents a new high-def digital transfer of acclaimed director Jane Campion's 1990 biopic of Janet Frame, New Zealand's most distinguished author. The harrowing tale features three actors in the lead role as it chronicles Frame's impoverished and tragic childhood to a misdiagnosis of schizophrenia resulting in electroshock therapy and a narrowly escaped lobotomy to, finally, international literary fame.
'Penguin Highway' (August 6)
A sleeper hit both in its native Japan and abroad, “Penguin Highway,” based on the 2010 novel by Tomihiko Morimi, concerns a young boy who sets out to solve the mystery of why penguins start showing up in his small town. This looks very, very adorable.
'What We Left Behind' (August 6)
Do you love “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” the idiosyncratic “Star Trek” series that followed the universally adored “Star Trek: The Next Generation?” If so, you will want to check out this crowd-funded documentary that details the breakthroughs and the nuance of the underrated series.
NEW VIDEO ON DIGITAL, DEMAND, AND STREAMING
'Godzilla: King of the Monsters' (August 6)
The sheer destructive power of the humongous Kaiju is on fully display as their return threatens the world. Seventeen monsters — including Mothra, Rodan, and the three-headed King Ghidorah — cause untold chaos when they rise again to vie for supremacy. Millie Bobby Brown,Vera Farmiga, Ken Watanabe, Kyle Chandler, and their fellow humans fight for survival, but they need some help — from one of those monsters ... Godzilla. Available on Digital HD August 6.
'The Hustle' (August 6)
Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson are conning some "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" in a remake of the 1988 classic comedy. They play con artists who team up to take down the dirty rotten men who have wronged them. Hathaway takes over the Michael Caine role of the high-class crook with wealthy targets, while Wilson steps into Steve Martin's shoes as the less-refined, low-rent scammer who wants to move on up to bigger cons.
'Rocketman' (August 6)
The music biopic chronicles the life of Reginald Dwight, who would change his name to become the iconic singer Elton John (as portrayed by Taron Egerton). It follows his early days as a prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music through his musical partnership with singer-songwriter Bernie Taupin (Jamie Bell) to his breakthrough in the 1970s and rise to become a music legend.
NEW ON NETFLIX
'Glow' Season 3 (August 9)
The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling in Vegas find themselves in the spotlight as the new headliners at the Fan-Tan Hotel and Casino. Ruth (Alison Brie) is happy to have job and a boyfriend — but something is still missing. And she seems to be wrestling outside the ring with feelings for coach/director Sam Sylvia (Marc Maron). Meanwhile, Debbie (Betty Gilpin) continues to fight her corner as a producer but feels tremendous guilt for leaving behind her son.
For more, see what else is new on Netflix in August 2019.
TV WORTH WATCHING
'Bachelor in Paradise' Season 6 Premiere, ABC (August 5, 8 p.m.)
Another wild ride of love, lust, betrayal, and heartbreak is in store for members of Bachelor Nation as they begin their journey for another chance at finding their happily ever after. Cannot wait.
'Bulletproof' Series Premiere, The CW (August 7, 8 p.m.)
Two undercover cops, Bishop (Noel Clarke) and Pike (Ashley Walters) chase down hardened criminals in London's East End. Despite their differences, Bishop and Pike work brilliantly together even when the chemistry between them looks set to explode.
'BH90210' Series Premiere, Fox (August 7, 9 p.m.)
"Beverly Hills, 90210" original cast members Jason Priestley, Jennie Garth, Ian Ziering, Gabrielle Carteris, Brian Austin Green, Tori Spelling, and Shannen Doherty reunite to play heightened versions of themselves — with a healthy dose of irreverence — as they reunite and consider launching a revival.
'Succession' Season 2 Premiere, HBO (August 11, 9 p.m.)
The Roys continue to jockey for power, with patriarch Logan (Brian Cox) still pitting his children against each other. Kendall (Jeremy Strong) is attempting to pick up the pieces of his life, while Shiv (Sarah Snook) seems to put aside her political career to take on a role in the family's media empire.