New DVD and Blu-ray movies this week include In the Heart of the Sea (Chris Hemsworth), Peanuts (giveaway | review), Macbeth (Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard), The Benefactor (Richard Gere, Dakota Fanning), Victor Frankenstein (James McAvoy, Daniel Radcliffe), Grease Live! (Julianne Hough, Aaron Tveit, Vanessa Hudgens), and Open Season: Scared Silly (review). The Peanuts Movie and In the Heart of the Sea are at the top of my list. Continue reading for a summary of the new Blu-rays and DVDs for this week.
DVDs coming out the week of March 8, 2016
In the Heart of the Sea
In the winter of 1820, the New England whaling ship Essex was assaulted by something no one could believe: a whale of mammoth size and will, and an almost human sense of vengeance. The real-life maritime disaster would inspire Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick. But that told only half the story. In the Heart of the Sea reveals the encounter’s harrowing aftermath, as the ship’s surviving crew is pushed to their limits and forced to do the unthinkable to stay alive. Braving storms, starvation, panic and despair, the men will call into question their deepest beliefs, from the value of their lives to the morality of their trade, as their captain searches for direction on the open sea and his first mate still seeks to bring the great whale down.
Peanuts (giveaway | review)
Join everyone’s favorite eternal optimist, Charlie Brown, as he embarks on a heroic quest, while his beagle pal Snoopy takes to the skies as the Flying Ace to pursue his arch nemesis, the Red Baron. Fans of all ages will rejoice as Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the gang appear as you’ve never seen them before.
From the producers of The King’s Speech comes the story of a fearless Scottish General, Macbeth (Academy Award Nominee Michael Fassbender), whose ambitious wife (Academy Award Winner Marion Cotillard) urges him to use wicked means to gain power of the throne. A thrilling interpretation of one of Shakespeare’s most famous and compelling characters, Macbeth is a dramatic re-imagining of the realities of war-torn times and a tale of all-consuming passion and ambition.
Richard Gere delivers a bravura performance as the title character, a rich eccentric man who worms his way into the lives of a deceased friend’s young daughter and her new husband. Writer-director Andrew Renzi’s narrative feature debut is a warm and winsome story that explores the pangs of the past and reflects on what it is to be family.
Superstars James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe are electrifying in this action-packed thriller that breathes new life into the most famous horror tale of all time. Radical scientist Victor Frankenstein (McAvoy) and his trusted assistant Igor (Radcliffe) share a noble vision of aiding humanity through their groundbreaking research into immortality. But when Victor s experiments go too far, his obsession has terrifying consequences, and now only Igor can bring his friend back from the brink of madness… and save him from his monstrous creation.
Join the rollicking gang at Rydell High with Grease Live, a one-night musical television adaptation of the popular crossover musical ‘Grease’ performed live before a studio audience. Featuring a talented young ensemble cast, Grease Live will reintroduce and reimagine the unforgettable moments, great music, and timeless love story to an entirely new generation.
Open Season: Scared Silly (review)
Boog and Elliot are back in an all-new fun-tastic adventure! When Elliot tells a campfire story of a monster in the woods, Boog — who has never been the bravest of bears — becomes very scared. His best friend Elliot comes up with a crazy plan to scare the fear out of Boog. With the help of Mr. Weenie, McSquizzy and the rest of their forest friends, they embark on a memorable journey where the power of friendship helps Boog overcome his fears with lots of laughs and some surprises along the way.