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DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for March 1, 2019

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Hello and welcome to another look at highlights arriving on Blu-ray and DVD. There’s a lot of variety in this edition, which covers everything from family features to Oscar and indie fare. So if you can’t make it out to the movies this week, be sure to give one of these titles a try!

Big New Releases!

Between Worlds - In this unusual supernatural thriller a down-on-his-luck widower spends his days driving trucks. He meets a woman with spiritualist abilities who is trying to find the lost soul of her comatose daughter. The pair make an arrangement, with the woman agreeing to help the driver to communicate with his late wife and daughter. However, the spirits raised are...

‘How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’ makes the cut for genial family entertainment

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Rating: «« out of ««««

Running Time: 104 minutes

Based on a series of children’s books, the original How to Train Your Dragon was surprisingly entertaining and effective, following a young Viking who decided to upset societal norms and befriend a dragon instead of slaying it. The second feature took a darker turn, so much so that sections of it distressed younger audience members.

Following a TV series, the third and reportedly final chapter in the series has now arrived. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is a more genial effort that will certainly please children.

Truthfully, it lacks the same kind of drama seen in previous installments. However, some parents may...

DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for February 22, 2019

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It’s time for another look at highlights arriving on Blu-ray and DVD. There are more Oscar nominees arriving as well as plenty of genre fare; essentially, lots to choose from. So if you can’t make it out to the movies this week, be sure to give one of these titles a try!


Big New Releases!

Backtrace - A bank robber suffers a brain injury, develops amnesia and ends up locked away for years in a psychiatric institution. After a doctor gives the man a serum that begins to heal his broken mind, the criminal breaks out and heads out to retrieve the cash. Critics were disappointed by this thriller. It stars Sylvester Stallone, Matthew Modine, Ryan Guzman and Christopher...

‘Isn’t It Romantic’ provides breezy fun winking at genre clichés

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Rating: ««« out of ««««

Running Time: 88 minutes

With Valentine’s Day approaching, it isn’t a surprise to see a new rom-com arriving in theaters. Isn’t It Romantic tries to provide a few new wrinkles to the formula with a lead character who hates the movie genre and all the falsehoods it projects. Of course, the film can’t help but end up repeating some of the elements it attempts to make fun of. Still, thanks to an entertaining lead and the film’s breezy charm, there’s enough amusing material here to earn it a recommendation.

After being told as a child that Hollywood romantic comedies are a complete lie, an adult Natalie (Rebel Wilson) works as an architect at a...

‘Alita: Battle Angel’ looks great, but lacks a compelling story

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Rating: ««« out of ««««

Running Time: 122 minutes

If you read Japanese manga, then you might be familiar with the story of the latest sci-fi epic to hit cinema screens. Alita: Battle Angel is based on one such series, which sets up a unique futuristic world where humans coexist with cybernetic organisms. The movie certainly looks remarkable and features some impressive visuals. However, the creaky screenplay ultimately prevents the final result from being anything more than a curious oddity.

Set in a post-apocalyptic future, the story begins with cyborg scientist Dr. Dyson Ido (Christoph Waltz) discovering the robotic head of Alita (Rosa Salazar). He quickly finds a human...

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