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New on DVD for Sept. 12: ‘Captain Underpants,’ ‘The Mummy’



Tribune News Service
Sunday, September 10, 2017

This week’s new DVD releases feature the good, bad and very great.

Captain Underpants, 3 stars: The new DVD is as childish as it is immature, silly as it is infantile and juvenile as it is puerile. Of course, anyone of the animated feature film’s target audience who has read one of the 70 million books sold around the world featuring the rotund hero and the elementary students who created him know that already.

The important thing is that while the production never reaches for intellectual grandeur, it is on a very basic level one of the funniest movies of the year. If you still giggle when someone mentions the seventh planet from the son is Uranus, then get ready to blow some laugh snot bubbles. If that planetary joke comes across as crass, then either skip the rental or lighten up a little.

The Mummy, 1 star: The scariest thing about the new Tom Cruise action/horror/travelogue film, The Mummy, is that anyone would think releasing a production that’s such a muddled mess is a good idea. This tale of a wrapper gone bad suffers from a script that bounces around the Universal Studios creature feature library without rhyme or reason, features the most uncertain performance by Cruise in decades and includes a majority of action scenes that lack originality and have been staged far better in numerous other movies.

This Is Us: the Complete First Season, 4 stars: The only thing surprising about this NBC family drama being nominated for 10 Emmys — including outstanding drama series � is that it didn’t pick up more nods. This is one of the best written, best acted and best produced series to come to network TV in years.

The series follows the lives of the Pearson family through the decades. It starts with a young married couple, Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) and Rebecca (Mandy Moore), just as they become parents. The series bounces between the ’80s, ’90s and preset day where the adult kids Kevin (Justin Hartley), Kate (Chrissy Metz) and Randall (Sterling K. Brown) are the major focus. Every time frame is a masterful examination of family, love, loss and hope.

You can get caught up on the first-rate series before the second season begins Tuesday, Sept. 26, on NBC.

Also New on DVD And Blu-Ray

Orphan Black: Season Five: The final episodes of the first-rate cable series about a group of clones are in this set.

Beatriz at Dinner: Selma Hayek stars in this fish-out-of-water comedy.

Veep: The Complete Sixth Season: President Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) is out of office after her loss in a Senate vote to resolve an Electoral College tie.

Secrets and Lies: Season One: Family man gets pulled into a murder investigation. Juliette Lewis stars.

The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Tenth Season: Much of the 10th season of the CBS comedy focused on the growing relationship between Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and Amy (Mayim Bialik).

Scorpion: Season Three: A group of geniuses manage to save the world while also dealing with the courtship and marriage of two members of the team.

P. King Duckling: Seize the Day: A young duck has dreams of being everything from a magician to an astronaut in this animated series.

Dead Again in Tombstone: Devil’s outlaw (Danny Trejo) returns from the dead to protect a stolen relic.

Decline and Fall: Unfair expulsion of Paul Pennyfeather from Oxford University triggers a disastrous chain of event. Eva Longoria stars.

I Love You Both: Codependent twins find themselves falling for the same guy.

The Hatred: Four college students face terror in the country home of one of their professors.

Chicago Justice: Season One: Philip Winchester stars in the NBC legal drama set in Chicago.

Rake: Series 3: Richard Roxburgh plays brilliant and destructive lawyer Cleaver Greene in this TV series.

The Resurrected: Director Dan O’Bannon’s 1991 film looks at what happens when one wealthy scientists believes he can cheat death. Chris Sarandon stars.

Silicon Valley: the Complete Fourth Season: The Pied Piper guys continue to chase their video-chat app. Martin Starr stars.

Empire: Season 3: The fight for power continues against the backdrop of the hip-hop world. Terrence Howard stars.

My Little Pony � Friendship is Magic: Flutthershy: Fluttershy is reserved and caring makes, qualities that make for a great friend.

Fun Mom Dinner: An evening away from their children goes wrong for four moms. Toni Collette stars.

It Comes at Night: Two families begin to battle when dark forces begin to surround their world. Joel Edgerton stars.

Chicago P.D.: Season Four: NBC drama that follows the men and women trying to maintain order in Chicago’s District 2. Sophia Bush stars.

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