By ANGELA DAWSON
Front Row Features
Albert Einstein: Still a Revolutionary
The documentary “Albert Einstein: Still a Revolutionary” arrives on DVD Tuesday May 20, from First Run Features.
Albert Einstein, the most famous scientist of all time, was a world-famous celebrity in his time, greeted like a rock star when he appeared in public. An anti-war firebrand, Einstein also spoke out on issues ranging from women’s rights and racism to immigration and nuclear arms control. But today, his image has been neutered into that of a charmingly absent-minded genius. He was, in fact, a powerful force for social change and a model for political activism.
Using a wealth of rarely-seen archival footage, correspondence, and new and illuminating interviews, filmmaker Julia Newman’s “Albert Einstein: Still a Revolutionary,” makes the case that Einstein’s example of social and political activism is as important today as are his brilliant, ground-breaking theories.
The DVD is available for the suggested retail price (SRP) of $24.95.
“Delta Zoo” is available on DVD and Digital Tuesday May 26, from IndiePix Unlimited on Amazon Channels.
In the ’90s, boys around the world, even amidst cultural embargoes, was glued to VHS karate action films and dreamt of being a superhero. On March 11, 1990, a year before the formal dissolution of the Soviet Union, Lithuania became the first Soviet republic to declare itself independent.
Reacting to Soviet aggression, the newly re-established Lithuanian Army Command decided to create the first-ever national crack commando unit and gave a selective group of young men the chance to be the “Rambos” of their country as members of a top-secret Special Forces Unit aimed at countering Soviet aggression.
Most members were given an animal nickname—Spider, Horse, Whale, Crab—hence the unit was known as the Zoo. From parachute jumps and hand-to-hand combat training to securing the KGB building in Vilnius, at the beginning of the end of the USSR, ‘Delta Zoo” is a playful documentary from filmmaker Andrius Lekavičius, utilizes first-person interviews, cleverly stylized animation, archival footage and original music to tell the hidden story of the first-ever Lithuanian Special Forces: a courageous, impassioned, and youthful endeavor against the powers that once were. It is in Lithuanian with English subtitles. “Delta Zoo” is available for $24.95 (SRP).
The Invisible Man
“The Invisible Man,” an intense, modern-day psychological thriller, becomes available to own on 4K UHD, Blu-ray and DVD Tuesday May 26, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The thriller/sci-fi movie also is available now on Digital.
From iconic producer Jason Blum (“Halloween,” “Get Out”) and director Leigh Whannel (“Saw,” “Insidious”), this psychological thriller modernizes Universal’s shapeshifting, classic monster against a backdrop of an empowered woman facing her tormentor.
“The Invisible Man” follows a modern tale of obsession inspired by Universal’s classic monster character. Cecilia Kass (Elisabeth Moss) slowly begins to rebuild her life after the death of her abusive ex-boyfriend (Oliver Jackson-Cohen). But before long, she begins to question whether or not he is truly gone. In addition to the feature, “The Invisible Man” delivers approximately 20 minutes of exclusive bonus content, including a chance to better get acquainted with Moss, feature commentary with the writer/director and deleted scenes.
“Premature” arrives on DVD Tuesday May 26, from IFC.
On a summer night in Harlem during her last months at home before starting college, seventeen-year-old poet Ayanna (Zora Howard) meets Isaiah (Joshua Boone), a charming music producer who has just moved to the city. It’s not long before these two artistic souls are drawn together in a passionate summer romance. But as the highs of young love give way to jealousy, suspicion, and all-too-real consequences, Ayanna must confront the complexities of the adult world’s whether she is ready or not. Emotionally raw, intimate, and honest, “Premature” is at once timeless and bracingly contemporary in its portrait of a young woman navigating the difficult choices that can shape a life.
Rufus: The Fantastic Pet
A fun, fantasy adventure for the whole family and recipient of the Dove Seal of Approval for All Ages, “Adventures of Rufus: The Fantastic Pet” will arrive on DVD, Digital, and On Demand Tuesday May 26, from Lionsgate.
At his grandmother’s house, Scott and his friend Emily meet Rufus, a swashbuckling, furry creature who begs them to help restore his fading kingdom. Wizard Abbott’s spell book contains the magic healing formula—but Abbott’s ancient nemesis Lilith, posing as the grandmother’s servant, wants the book, too. In this hilarious, high-flying family adventure, Scott and Emily must confront a gigantic alligator, a vicious dinosaur skeleton, a ruthless owl, and a fire-breathing dragon to rescue Rufus’ magical world.
The “Adventures of Rufus: The Fantastic Pet” DVD will be available for $14.98 (SRP).
“Scoob!” is available for a 48-hour rental via Premium VOD for $19.99 (SRP), or premium digital ownership for $24.99 (SRP). The title also is available on participating digital platforms.
The animated comedy/mystery reveals the never-before-told story of Scooby’s origins. It shows how one of history’s most famous friendships began when an adorable, homeless puppy met a lonesome young boy named Shaggy, and how the two of them joined forces with aspiring young detectives Fred, Velma and Daphne to become the celebrated Mystery Inc. Now, with hundreds of cases solved and adventures shared, Scooby and the gang face the biggest and most challenging mystery of their careers: a plot that will unleash the legendary ghost dog Cerberus upon the world. As they race to stop this “dogpocalypse,” they discover that Scooby has a secret legacy and an epic destiny greater than anyone imagined.
“Scoob!” features an all-star ensemble voice cast led by Will Forte, two-time Oscar nominee Mark Wahlberg, Jason Isaacs, Gina Rodriguez, Zac Efron, Amanda Seyfried, Kiersey Clemons, Ken Jeong, Tracy Morgan, Simon Cowell and Frank Welker.
The film is directed by Warner Bros. animation stalwart Tony Cervone, an Annie Award nominee for the feature film “Space Jam,” two-time Emmy nominee for his work on “Duck Dodgers” and one of the creators of the popular Scooby-Doo series “Mystery Incorporated.”
The documentary, “Screened Out,” arrives on DVD Tuesday May 26, from Dark Star Pictures.
All over the world, as the technology grows and advances, so does our addiction to our devices. Join ﬁlmmaker Jon Hyatt and his family on a journey through the life changing eﬀects of screen addiction, how the tech industry hooked global consumers, and its greater impact on our lives. From smartphones, portable tablets and social media, the tech industry has designed these fun immersive technologies, but are they good for us? Are we too dependent on our devices? What keeps us hooked and how is it impacting our children and the world as a whole?
“Wildlife” arrives on Blu-ray and DVD Tuesday May 26, from Criterion.
The directorial debut of actor Paul Dano reveals a filmmaking talent of remarkable intelligence and restraint. Adapted by Dano and Zoe Kazan from the novel by Richard Ford, this meticulously crafted portrait of the American nuclear family in crisis charts the rift that forms within a 1960s Montana household when the father and breadwinner (Jake Gyllenhaal) abruptly departs to fight the forest fires raging nearby, leaving his restless wife (Carey Mulligan, in a performance of fearless emotional honesty) and teenage son (Ed Oxenbould) to pick up the pieces. A deeply human look at a woman’s wayward journey toward self-fulfillment in the pre-women’s-liberation era and a sensitively observed, child’s-eye coming-of-age tale, “Wildlife” poignantly illuminates the complex ways in which families function, fall apart, and find their way.
The Blu-ray and DVD are available for $39.95 (SRP) and $29.95 (SRP), respectively, and are filled with bonus features including interviews with Dano, co-screenwriter Kazan and actors Mulligan and Gyllenhaal, along with behind the scenes crew, and more.
Agatha Raisin: Series 3
Acorn TV features the DVD debut of Acorn TV Original popular comedic mystery, “Agatha Raisin: Series 3” Tuesday May 26.
Emmy and SAG-nominated actress Ashley Jensen (“Extras,” “Catastrophe”) is back in the P.I business as she resumes the comic antics, crafty know-how, and chic fashions of the charismatic sleuth in the quintessentially British village mystery based on the bestselling novels by M.C. Beaton.
Brimming with the show’s trademark frolicsome adventures and colorful, eclectic characters, this three-disc DVD set ($39.99, Amazon.com) includes four feature-length mysteries, as well as a bonus disc with locations tour, behind-the-scenes featurette, Q&A, and games with the cast. Series 3 of “Agatha Raisin” premiered on Acorn TV in February.
In Series 3 of this contemporary mystery, Agatha is now an official private investigator and operates her first detective agency, where pressures are high to keep new business flowing. In the Halloween special, “Agatha Raisin and The Haunted House,” Agatha’s new agency fails to attract clients, so James (Jamie Glover, “Waterloo Road”) suggests they investigate the haunting of Ivy Hall, a mystery that has baffled locals, historians and ambitious treasure hunters for centuries, as the perfect opportunity to drum up business. In the first episode, “Agatha Raisin & the Deadly Dance,” Agatha investigates a young woman about to get married—however, the case takes an unexpected turn when the would-be-assassin is found dead. In “Agatha Raisin & the Love from Hell,” James (Jamie Glover, “Waterloo Road”) vanishes after a blazing argument with Agatha; leaving behind only a trail of blood and a dead body, everyone is left fearing the worst. Lastly, in “Agatha Raisin: As the Pig Turns,” Agatha takes a relaxing trip to a traditional winter festival with her team to temporarily relieve her troubles behind, but her plans are quickly derailed when a gruesome discovery leaves all of Carsely fearing for their safety.
“Agatha Raisin: Series 3” also features Matt McCooey (“Skins”) as Detective Constable Bill Wong, Matthew Horne (“Gavin and Stacey”) as Agatha’s former assistant, Roy, Jason Merrells (“Emmerdale”) as the charming Sir Charles Fraith, Lucy Liemann (“Rev”) as her friend, Sarah, and Jodie Tyack (“Noughts & Crosses”) as Agatha’s new assistant, Toni.
The DVD contains four feature-length episodes on three discs, with the third disc including a Q&A, cast games, location tour and a behind-the-scenes featurette.
The Good Place: The Complete Series (Collector’s Edition)
“The Good Place: The Complete Series (Collector’s Edition)” makes its Blu-ray debut Tuesday May 19, from Shout! Factory.
What happens when we die? It’s a question everyone has asked, since the beginning of time. But when Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell, “Veronica Mars”) dies tragically, she finds out that the afterlife is amazing: full of frozen yogurt, soulmates, and wonderful people who have done incredible things with their lives. It is absolutely perfect. The only problem is Eleanor herself. She isn’t supposed to be in “The Good Place.” In fact, her life decisions wouldn’t have gotten her even close. But due to a clerical error, she’s been given someone else’s reward and now has to struggle with being good in order to make sure her secret isn’t discovered.
The comedy series co-stars Ted Danson (“Cheers”) in an Emmy Award-nominated performance, D’Arcy Carden (HBO’s “Barry”), William Jackson Harper, Jameela Jamil and Manny Jacinto.
All 53 episodes from the NBC series will be packaged in a nine-disc set, complete with bonus features including the series finale after show and extended episodes, with footage not seen on the televised episodes.