What's New on TV, Netflix, Digital, and DVD/Blu-ray This Week: May 30-June 5
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new TV, we've got you covered.
New Video on Demand, Rental Streaming, and Digital Only
"London Has Fallen"
It's Memorial Day in the U.S., so instead of watching our landmarks get blown up on screen, why not head across the pond and see how the U.K. likes it. "London Has Fallen" has its Digital HD release on May 31, then on disc/demand June 14. Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett, and company return for this sequel to "Olympus Has Fallen," following the aftermath of the British Prime Minster's death. Bonus features include "The Making of London Has Fallen," featuring interviews with cast and crew; and "Guns, Knives & Explosives," delving deeper into Butler's character, Mike Banning, and the extensive training he needed to play a Secret Service agent.
Check out this exclusive clip on the logistics of making the film, including making sure there are enough trousers for the actors to wear. Really!
"Hello, My Name Is Doris"
Two-time Oscar winner Sally Field leads an all-star cast (Max Greenfield, Beth Behrs, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Stephen Root, Natasha Lyonne) in this coming-of-age-story about a quirky 60-something woman who takes a chance on love with a much-younger new co-worker ("New Girl" star Greenfield). Catch it on Digital May 31, then Blu-ray and DVD June 14. Extras include an alternate opening, deleted and extended scenes, and filmmaker commentary.
"Strawberry Shortcake: Campberry Stories"
Here's one for the kids. (Or for you -- grown-ups can be Strawberry Shortcake fans, too. Not here to judge.) Follow SS and her friends on their annual campout in Very Beautiful Meadow when they decide to see who can tell the most outrageous story. It's available on Digital HD platforms May 31.
TV Worth Watching
"Roots" (Monday on A&E, Lifetime, and History at 9 p.m.)
This remake of the landmark 1977 TV miniseries will run over four consecutive nights, starting Memorial Day, simulcast on the History Channel and sister networks, A&E and Lifetime. The eight-hour miniseries stars Forest Whitaker, Anna Paquin, Laurence Fishburne, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Anika Noni Rose, T.I., Matthew Goode, Mekhi Phifer, and James Purefoy, with Malachi Kirby as Kunta Kinte.
Watch the powerful trailer:
"POV: Of Men and War" (Monday on PBS at 10 p.m.)
Here's another strong option for Memorial Day viewing. This latest episode of PBS's POV documentary series follows a dozen combat veterans and their families as the soldiers undergo intense residential PTSD therapy at the Pathway Home, a unique specialized care facility. Filmmaker Laurent Bécue-Renard reveals the enduring consequences of PTSD and the role treatment can play in helping soldiers reclaim their lives.
"Outcast" (Friday at 10 p.m. on Cinemax)
Cinemax's new horror series, based on the comic by "The Walking Dead" creator Robert Kirkman, debuts June 3. "Outcast" follows Kyle Barnes (Patrick Fugit), who has been plagued by possession since he was a child. He sets out to find answers, but what he discovers could mean the end of life on Earth. (Eh. That's OK. We had a good run.) The first season has 10 episodes and it already has a Season 2 renewal, so you don't have to worry about being left high and dry if you get hooked.
Check out the Season 1 trailer:
"Feed the Beast" (Sunday on AMC at 10 p.m.)
David Schwimmer and Jim Sturgess star in this new crime drama (based on a Danish series) about two best friends who open a restaurant together in their hometown of the Bronx. According to the AMC's synopsis, "Together, they take on the insanity of the New York restaurant world, and navigate its underbelly of petty criminals, corrupt officials and violent mobsters." The original start date was May 31, but it got moved to June 5, to air after "Preacher."
New on DVD and Blu-ray
A veteran cop and his rookie nephew uncover a conspiracy that hits close to home in "Triple 9," which arrives on DVD, Blu-ray, and On Demand May 31. Every other great actor in Hollywood is in this movie, including Woody Harrelson, Casey Affleck, Anthony Mackie, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Aaron Paul, Norman Reedus, Kate Winslet, Clifton Collins Jr., Teresa Palmer, Michael K. Williams, and Gal Gadot. Extras include deleted scenes and a behind-the-scenes look the making of the thriller.
Check out this exclusive deleted scene starring Woody Harrelson as Sgt. Detective Jeffrey Allen:
"Pride + Prejudice + Zombies"
The Bennett sisters and Mr. Darcy are force to slay zombies in the adaptation Jane Austen never saw coming for her classic novel. Lily James, Sam Riley, Jack Huston Matt Smith, Charles Dance, and Lena Headey star in the film, which is out on DVD and Blu-ray May 31. The DVD has tw featurettes, and the Blu-ray has four featurettes, plus deleted scenes, a gag reel, and "Mr. Collins Line-o-rama."
"Gods of Egypt"
SPARTA! a pretty big week for Gerard Butler releases. You can watch him as London falls, and then here in Egypt for this battle between good and evil. Butler and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau play rival gods Set and Horus, who both want to rule the universe. The Blu-ray and DVD, out May 31, include six featurettes, including behind-the-scenes videos on the costumes, hair, makeup, location, visual effects, stunts, action, and casting.
This sports biography, based on track-and-field athlete Jesse Owens's real-life triumphs at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, comes out on Blu-ray an DVD on May 31. Bonus features for both versions include "The Making of Race," with interviews from the cast and filmmakers' " Becoming Jesse Owens," featuring Stephan James and director Stephen Hopkins; and " The Owens Sisters," with Jesse's three daughters sharing unique insight into their father's life.
New on Netflix
It's a new month, and that means a ton of stuff is being added to Netflix as of June 1, and some other stuff is going bye-bye. Hold on to your butts, 'cause three of the new titles coming Wednesday are dino-mite:
"Hibana: Spark" (Netflix Original)
Netflix is debuting Season 1 of this new series on June 2, based on the award-winning book by Naoki Matayoshi. It's set in Japan (with Japanese subtitles) and follows the friendship and conflict between two comedians who search for meaning in life and comedy.
"Pretty Little Liars" Season 6
Also on June 2, Netflix will start streaming the 20 episodes of PLL Season 6. You should have just enough time to watch them all before Season 7 premieres June 21 on Freeform.
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