Entertainment, Video Releases

Video Releases For December, January, February

Drama, comedy and action films on DVD/Blu-ray and 4K.  Most of the releases are of films that were released in theaters and should include some of the most wanted.  The most notable Suicide Squad  on December on December 13. Most of the films may also be available on VOD so check with your favorite download site.  We will be reviewing select titles so check back to get opinions from our writing staff.  You might also discover a gem that you didn’t know existed or a hilarious comedy to brighten your day. Whether you’re on the lookout for horror, action-adventure, drama, comedy, thriller, crime or lifestyles— the list below has a lot to offer.

DECEMBER

December 6, 2016

Scream Queens: Season 1-DVD

SCREAM QUEENS: SEASON 1 In the thrilling new series, a mysterious “Red Devil” killer wreaks havoc at Wallace University’s Kappa Kappa Tau sorority, putting every pledge on edge. Tension mounts as it becomes clear that anyone could be the murderer – or the next victim! Meanwhile, Dean Cathy Munsch(Jamie Lee Curtis) forces Kappa’s tyrannical fashionista president, Chanel Oberlin (Emma Roberts), to accept anyone who wants to join the sorority.

dont-think-boxDon’t Think Twice- Blu-ray/DVD

DON’T THINK TWICE From the director of Sleepwalk With Me and the creator of This American Life comes this smart, funny and honest comedy starring Keegan-Michael Key, Gillian Jacobs, Mike Birbiglia, Kate Micucci, Chris Gethard and Tami Sagher. For 11 years, the six-person comedy team known as The Commune has killed onstage, waiting for its big break. The team finds itself at a crossroads, when one of the group becomes a solo success and the others start to wonder if they will make it after all.

Kicks- Blu-ray/DVD

KICKS 15-year-old Brandon longs for a pair of the freshest sneakers that money can buy to help him escape the reality of being poor and picked on by everyone. Working hard to get them, he soon finds that the titular shoes have instead made him a target after they are promptly snatched by a local hood. Brandon and his two best friends embark on a dangerous and exciting journey where nothing is as simple as it seems in this unique and memorable coming-of-age story.

family-guy-12-16Family Guy: Season 14- DVD

FAMILY GUY: SEASON 14 Peter reveals his sweet K-pop dance moves, Stewie lands a sticky gig as a peanut butter spokesbaby, Brian fetches true love in India, and the gang spends a terrifying night in a totally insane asylum. It’s a haunting and hilarious complete season, featuring celebrity guest voices Ed O’Neill, Margaret Cho, Glenn Close, Simon Cowell and many more!

Jason Bourne- 4K- Blu-ray

JASON BOURNE Matt Damon returns to his most iconic role in Jason Bourne. Paul Greengrass, the director of The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum, once again joins Damon for the next chapter of Universal Pictures’ Bourne franchise, which finds the CIA’s most lethal operative drawn out of the shadows. Damon is joined by Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel and Tommy Lee Jones, while Julia Stiles reprises her role in the series.

Ordinary World- Blu-ray/DVD

ORDINARY WORLD  a former punk rocker, is ten years into his band’s “indefinite hiatus” and is struggling with his adjustment to the real world, which includes working in his family’s hardware store. When Perry’s hotshot attorney wife (Selma Blair) and precocious young daughter forget his 40th birthday, his brother (Chris Messina) takes pity and gives him the money to throw a huge rockstar blowout in a fancy New York hotel. At the party, Perry’s punk past clashes hilariously with his grown-up reality as he encounters crazy former bandmates, including best pal Gary (Fred Armisen), and an old-flame-turned-manager (Judy Greer), who offers him a chance to revive his stalled career, all in one outrageous day

secret-life-pets-boxartThe Secret Life of Pets- Blu-ray/DVD

THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS  what do your pets do when you’re not home? When their owners leave for the day, pets from the building gossip with their friends, satisfy their sweet tooths, and throw outrageous parties. But when a pampered terrier (C.K.) and his unruly new “roommate” from the pound (Stonestreet) get lost in the urban jungle of New York City, they must put aside their differences to survive the epic journey back home.

The BFG- Blu-ray/DVD

THE BFG  A girl named Sophie encounters the Big Friendly Giant who, despite his intimidating appearance, turns out to be a kind-hearted soul who is considered an outcast by the other giants because, unlike them, he refuses to eat children.

The possession Experiment- DVD

THE POSSESSION EXPERIMENT  tells the story of Brandon (Minor), who has always been drawn to the supernatural.  So when asked to pick a topic to base his final world theology class project on, he decides to explore the dark world of exorcisms. Teamed up with three classmates, the group investigates a multiple homicide that they eventually discover was an exorcism gone horribly wrong. Brandon becomes obsessed with the event, and in a strange turn of events, decides the only way to research this topic is to undergo an exorcism himself.

Never Open the Door- DVD

NEVER OPEN THE DOOR Three happy couples retreat to a cozy secluded cabin in the woods to enjoy Thanksgiving. A badly wounded stranger appears at the door, and when they let him in, he throws up blood and collapses on the floor. As he dies, he points towards the lovers and croaks his final words: “Never open the door”. The dumbfounded group of friends start to panic as one of their own inexplicably disappears. Doubt rises by the minute and mistrust soaks through the cabin.  As strange men surround the cabin, escape becomes paramount.  Who will open the door?

December 13, 2016

Morgan-Blu-ray/DVD/4K

MORGAN  Inside a remote, top-secret lab, a group of scientists are working on an experiment that is leading the way for the next steps in human evolution. But when the experiment’s subject – a genetically designed “human” (Anya Taylor-Joy) – triggers a terrifying event, those involved must decide if the promise of infinite potential outweighs the incalculable danger.

EQUITY- Blu-ray/DVD

EQUITY An investment banker (Anna Gunn) tries to work her way up the Wall Street ladder while a prosecutor (Alysia Reiner) keeps an eye out for corrupt practices.

bridget-jones-boxBridget Jones’s Baby- Blu-ray/DVD

BRIDGET JONES’S BABY Breaking up with Mark Darcy (Colin Firth) leaves Bridget Jones (Renée Zellweger) over 40 and single again. Feeling that she has everything under control, Jones decides to focus on her career as a top news producer. Suddenly, her love life comes back from the dead when she meets a dashing and handsome American named Jack (Patrick Dempsey). Things couldn’t be better, until Bridget discovers that she is pregnant. Now, the befuddled mom-to-be must figure out if the proud papa is Mark or Jack

Florence Foster Jenkins- Blu-ray/DVD

FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS In the 1940s, New York socialite Florence Foster Jenkins (Meryl Streep) dreams of becoming a great opera singer. Unfortunately, her ambition far exceeds her talent. The voice Florence hears in her head is beautiful, but to everyone else it is quite lousy. Her husband St. Clair goes to extreme lengths to make sure his wife never finds out how awful she truly is. When Florence announces her plans for a concert at Carnegie Hall, St. Clair soon realizes that he’s facing his greatest challenge yet.

suicide-squad-boxSuicide Squad- Blu-ray/DVD

SUICIDE SQUAD Figuring they’re all expendable, a U.S. intelligence officer decides to assemble a team of dangerous, incarcerated supervillains for a top-secret mission. Now armed with government weapons, Deadshot (Will Smith), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Captain Boomerang, Killer Croc and other despicable inmates must learn to work together. Dubbed Task Force X, the criminals unite to battle a mysterious and powerful entity, while the diabolical Joker (Jared Leto) launches an evil agenda of his own.

December 20, 2016

Sea Monsters: The Definitive Guide- DVD

SEA MONSTERS: THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE  deep ocean has always been even more mysterious than outer space – populated in our imaginations and in seaman’s tales with strange, alien monsters, creatures out of nightmares – Leviathan, Kraken…Now, the latest scientific techniques and discoveries allow us to explore the ocean like never before.  And scientists and explorers are discovering that, when it comes to SEAMONSTERS, the truth can be even stranger and more terrifying than legend.

The Disappointments Room- DVD

THE DISAPPOINTMENTS ROOM Dana (Kate Beckinsale), David (Mel Raido) and their five-year-old son move from the big city to a rural Southern mansion in need of restoration. But the young family’s dream home quickly becomes a chilling nightmare when Dana discovers a hidden room in the attic, unleashing unexplainable events that test her sanity and slowly reveal shocking secrets from the past.

Hillsong: Let Hope Rise- Blu-ray/DVD

HILLSONG: LET HOPE RISE Capturing the on-stage energy and off-stage hearts of the Australia-based church band Hillsong United, Hillsong: Let Hope Rise spotlights the talent and humility of this group that has become a global phenomenon. Their songs are sung every Sunday by more than 50 million people worldwide. Discover their modest beginnings and astonishing rise to prominence in this captivating movie of unwavering faith and musical inspiration.

December 27, 2016

Dog Eat Dog- Blu-ray/DVD

DOG EAT DOG In this “sordid and engaging crime drama” (The Hollywood Reporter), ex-cons Troy (Cage), Mad Dog (Willem Dafoe) and Diesel (Christopher Matthew Cook) are hired by an eccentric mob boss to kidnap a baby for a large ransom. When the abduction goes awry, the trio find themselves on the run from the mob and the cops. Vowing to stay out of prison at all costs, getting away with the crime is literally a matter of life and death.

Incredible Dr. Pol Season 9- DVD

INCREDIBLE DR. POL SEASON 9 With 100,000 patients, Dr. Pol has seen it all. Specializing in large farm animals, this senior is anything but retiring as he takes an old schoSteelol, no-nonsense approach to veterinary medicine. Unflappable and unstoppable, this Doc routinely puts in 14-hour days and is a legend in the community. In this series, we travel with Dr. Pol across rural Michigan to care for every family pet and head of livestock in need of his expertise.

JANUARY 2017

January 3, 2017- DVD

Bones: Season 11- DVD

BONES: SEASON 11  will thrill you to the marrow – with bizarre cases, and secrets and scandals that threaten to tear apart one of the world’s best detective teams. Six months after Bones (Emily Deschanel) and Booth (David Boreanaz) leave their jobs to start a new life, Booth goes missing. Desperate for distraction, Bones takes a murder case, and is devastated to learn the deceased’s identity.

January 10, 2017

Homeland: Season Five- Blu-ray/DVD

HOMELAND: SEASON FIVE Now working at a private security firm in Berlin, Carrie is trying to start a new life, but she soon discovers she can’t escape her past. Blindsided by stunning betrayals, and without Saul (Mandy Patinkin) and Quinn (Rupert Friend) to rely on, Carrie must uncover a deadly conspiracy that puts thousands of lives at risk, including her own.

Kevin Hart: What Now?- Blu-ray/DVD

KEVIN HART: WHAT NOW? Rock-star comedian Kevin Hart takes center stage for the biggest comedy tour in history. Following his 2013 hit stand-up concert movie, Let Me Explain, this groundbreaking, record-setting, sold-out performance of What Now? — filmed outdoors in front of 50,000 people at Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field—marks the first time a comedian has ever

Max Steel- Blu-ray/DVD

MAX STEEL 16-year-old Max McGrath is just trying to fit in at his new school when he discovers that his body can generate a mysterious energy. When he meets Steel—a rebellious techno-organic alien who has been secretly watching him—these two unlikely friends find  Blu-rthemselves hunted, and must band together to form the superhero Max Steel to stop the sinister forces who want to control Max’s power in this adventure of galactic proportions!

January 17, 2017

The Girl on the Train- Blu-ray/DVD

THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN The Girl on the Train is based on Paula Hawkins’ bestselling thriller that shocked the world. Rachel (Emily Blunt), devastated by her recent divorce, spends her daily commute fantasizing about the seemingly perfect couple who live in a house that her train passes every day. Everything changes when she sees something shocking happen there, and becomes entangled in the mystery that unfolds.

Ouija: Origin of Evil- Blu-ray/DVD

OUIJA: ORIGIN OF EVIL  It was never just a game. Inviting audiences again into the lore of the spirit board, Ouija: Origin of Evil tells a terrifying new tale in 1967 Los Angeles. A widowed mother and her two daughters add a new stunt to bolster their seance scam business and unwittingly invite authentic evil into their home. When the youngest daughter is overtaken by the merciless spirit, this small family confronts unthinkable fears to save her and send her possessor back to the other side.

January 31, 2017

Ballers: Second Season- Blu-ray/DVD

BALLERS: SECOND SEASON  things are getting more competitive and complicated for retired football star turned financial manager Spencer Strasmore. As the lines between professional and personal blur in his pursuit of lasting success and glory, Spencer must face demons from the past when he goes head-to-head with the biggest business manager on the scene. Meanwhile, Spencer’s closest friends and clients struggle to find their footing. A humbled Ricky (John David Washington, former pro-football player) explores his options as a free agent, while getting to know the father who left him behind; Charles (Omar Miller) tries to balance a new baby and his future in the game; and Vernon (Donovan Carter) deals with the consequences of his life off the field. Returning to help Spencer juggle lucrative deals and big personalities are his outrageous business partner, Joe (Rob Corddry), level-headed agent, Jason (Troy Garity) and girlfriend/sports reporter, Tracy (Arielle Kebbel). In a business where it’s go big or go home, Spencer and his crew are about to learn that having it all means being ready to fight for more dollars, deals and respect.

Barbie: Video Game Hero- Blu-ray/DVD

BARBIE: VIDEO GAME HERO Get ready to power up! When Barbie™ magically gets pulled into her favorite video game, she is excited to see she’s transformed into a fun roller-skating character. In the game, she meets Cutie, the lovable cloud-shaped friend, and Bella, the roller-skating princess. Together, they soon discover a mischievous emoji is trying to take control of the game. As they travel from level to level, Barbie™ must rely on her amazing gaming skills and out-of-the-box thinking to save her team and beat the game!

Masterminds- Blu-ray/DVD

MASTERMINDS David (Zach Galifianakis) is an unassuming armored-truck driver who longs for adventure. Lured into the scheme of a lifetime by his beautiful work crush Kelly (Kristen Wiig) and her cohort Steve (Owen Wilson), David manages the impossible and makes off with $17 million in cash. But when his partners-in-crime keep the loot and set him up for a fall, David must dodge the authorities, evade a hitman (Jason Sudeikis) and find a way to take back what he rightfully stole!

Queen of Katwe-Blu-ray/DVD

QUEEN OF KATWE the inspirational journey of a young girl from the streets of Uganda to world-class chess player.

FEBRUARY 2017

February 7, 2017

The Take-Blu-ray/DVD

THE TAKE Sean Briar, a rogue CIA agent who isn’t afraid to step on a few toes to solve a case. While roaming the streets of Paris, a pickpocket (Richard Madden, TV’s Game of Thrones) swipes a bag containing a bomb and inadvertently ruins a bank heist attempt by corrupt French government officials. Now labeled as a terrorist threat and running for his life, the only person who can save him is Sean. This unlikely duo joins forces to solve the case before they become victims in a devious plot of international conspiracy.

Frank & Lola- Blu-ray/DVD

FRANK & LOLA A seductive and intense noir romance for our times, Frank & Lola is the story of two people locked in a battle of passion and obsession. When talented chef Frank meets aspiring fashion designer Lola, he is instantly and violently in love. As the secrets of Lola’s dark past are revealed, the lovers are drawn into a web of sex, jealousy and revenge. With outstanding performances from Michael Shannon and Imogen Poots, Frank & Lola is a haunting examination of love, obsession and domination that weaves a twisted yet irresistible spell.

King Kong- Blu-ray/DVD

KING KING  Academy Award-winning director Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings Trilogy) brings his sweeping cinematic vision to King Kong. Get ready for breathtaking action in this thrilling epic adventure about a legendary gorilla captured on a treacherous island and brought to civilization, where he faces the ultimate fight for survival.

February 14, 2017

Thomas & Friends: Extraordinary Engines- DVD

THOMAS & FRIENDS: EXTRAORDINARY ENGINES Excitement spreads across Sodor with the arrival of a new and unusual engine. Worrying they’ll be replaced by the fast and modern Hugo, the engines fail to be good friends by not making him feel welcome. When they stop to listen, they realize that Hugo is a very special engine who truly belongs on the rails. Elsewhere things get spooky when the engines see a ghost train and Percy goes on a troll hunt. Skiff takes Sir Topham Hatt on a wild ride in search of a mermaid, Hugo dreams of taking to the skies and Judy and Jerome learn what it takes to feel really useful again. Discover the wonders of dreaming big and join Thomas & Friends™ in six unique adventures!

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Film Editor John Delia has been on all sides of the movie business from publications to film making. He has worked as a film critic with ACED Magazine for more than 12 years and earned a Bachelors degree in communications from the University of Florida. John is a member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association. Follow John on Twitter @staragent1 or send John a message at jdelia@acedmagazine.com