What's New on TV, Netflix, Digital, and DVD/Blu-ray This Week: August 10 - 16
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 on DVD and Blu-ray
Critics torched this crime comedy, but you can judge for yourself. Reese Witherspoon plays a by-the-book cop trying to protect Sofia Vergara's drug lord wife as they race through Texas. The Blu-ray featurettes may actually be better than the movie. There's "The Womance," showing Reese and Sofia's on-set antics; "Say What?" where Reese and Sofia try to speak the other's language; "Action Like a Lady," where they show the making of all the stunts; and an alternate ending. The DVD just has "The Womance."
During their usual group video chat, high school friends are terrorized by an unseen figure in this horror thriller. It pretty much polarized critics -- some really liked, some REALLY disliked -- so be prepared for either reaction.
"I Am Chris Farley"
The life story of Chris Farley -- the amazing much-missed comedy legend who died of a drug overdose back in 1997 at age 33 -- is told by his friends, family, and TV/film colleagues in this new documentary. It just came out in limited release July 31 and it's on DVD, Digital and VOD on August 11.
New Video on Demand, Rental Streaming, and Digital Only
"Mad Max: Fury Road"
George Miller's amazing apocalyptic action movie -- starring Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy -- has its Digital HD debut on August 11. It won't be out on Blu-ray and DVD until Tuesday, September 1, but when those discs do drop they will come with tons of extra bonus features.
Season 1 of this gritty, critically acclaimed series -- from DirecTV's Audience Network -- has its Digital HD release on August 10. In the Venice, CA-set drama, Alvey (Frank Grillo) and Lisa (Kiele Sanchez) fight to keep Navy Street, a Mixed Martial Arts gym, alive. Everything is put to the test as two fighters -- Alvey's son, Nate (Nick Jonas), and Lisa's ex-boyfriend, Ryan (Matt Lauria) -– prove they just might be what Navy Street needs. Catch it on iTunes, Google Play, Vudu, Amazon Instant Video, Sony Playstation, X-Box Nation, or MGo.
This millennial comedy about two women in quarter-life crises won the 2014 SXSW grand jury prize winner for narrative film, and Orion is releasing it both theatrically and on VOD on August 14. Allie struggles to prepare for the Peace Corps, while Harper awaits checks from her father to fund her artistic dreams. But the two friends quickly ditch responsibilities for the day when a pair of good-looking guys invite them along for a carefree Fort Tilden afternoon. The movie is billed as "a hilariously insightful look at the consequences of extended adolescence."
"You're the Worst"
Two toxic people -- Jimmy, a self-involved writer, and Gretchen, a self-destructive Los Angeles PR executive -- attempt a relationship in this comedy series. The first season is coming to Hulu on August 10, which gives you plenty of time to catch up before Season 2 premieres September 9 on FXX. Here's the Season 2 trailer.
Three Netflix original series are arriving on August 14:
•"Demetri Martin Live (At the Time)": The actor/writer/stand-up comic's comedy special.
• "DinoTrux": Season 1 of the children's fantasy show set in a world of giant creatures that are half dinosaur and half truck.
•"Ever After High: Way Too Wonderland": The fifth TV special for the "Ever After High" cartoon series, tied to the "Way Too Wonderland" dolls. Here's the trailer.
TV Worth Watching
"Mr. Robinson" (Wednesday on NBC at 9 p.m.)
NBC launched two new back-to-back shows last Wednesday night: "The Office" alum Craig Robinson's classroom comedy, "Mr. Robinson," and Jerrod Carmichael's family comedy, "The Carmichael Show." Check them out this week and see what you think of the new lineup.
"Show Me a Hero" (Sunday on HBO at 8 p.m.)
David Simon, creator of "The Wire" and "Treme," now brings HBO this six-part series set in the 1980s, exploring racial tensions in Yonkers, New York through the eyes of a 28-year-old mayor played by Oscar Isaac. All six episodes are directed by Paul Haggis, and the supporting cast includes Catherine Keener, Jim Belushi, Clarke Peters, Alfred Molina and Winona Ryder. Parts 1 and 2 premiere August 16.
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