At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what’s streaming on Netflix and on good old fashioned television, we’ve got you covered.
NEW VIDEO ON DIGITAL, DEMAND, AND STREAMING
‘Aladdin’ (August 27)
Disney’s live-action remake of the 1992 animated classic proved to be a winner, riding its magic carpet ride to $1 billion and beyond at the box office. Guy Ritchie’s version starred Mena Massoud as the titular thief-with-a-heart-of-gold and Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine. Will Smith took on the iconic role of the Genie, made famous by Robin Williams in the original. Available on Digital HD August 27.
‘Carnival Row’ (August 30)
Amazon’s Victorian fantasy drama series stars Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne, who live in a world filled with mythological immigrant creatures. Feared by humans, they are forbidden to live, love, or fly with freedom. But even in darkness, hope lives, as a human detective and a faerie rekindle a dangerous affair. The city’s uneasy peace collapses when a string of murders reveals a monster no one could imagine.
NEW ON DVD AND BLU-RAY
‘The Secret Life of Pets 2’ (August 27)
The sequel to the 2016 hit animated film finds Max the Jack Russell terrier coping with a major life change when his owner gets married, has a baby, and moves to the countryside. Max encounters unfriendly cows, fearsome foxes, and a terrifying turkey. But he also makes a friend out of Rooster, a gruff farm dog who wants to help Max get over his neuroses.
The movie arrives on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD on August 27 (and is already available on Digital HD). Bonus content includes deleted scenes and making-of featurettes. Watch an exclusive bonus featurette featuring Kevin Hart below:
‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ (August 27)
The sheer destructive power of the humongous Kaiju is on fully display as their return threatens the world. Seventeen monsters — including Mothra, Rodan, and the three-headed King Ghidorah — cause untold chaos when they rise again to vie for supremacy. Millie Bobby Brown,Vera Farmiga, Ken Watanabe, Kyle Chandler, and their fellow humans fight for survival, but they need some help — from one of those monsters … Godzilla.
The movie arrives on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD on August 27 (and is already available on Digital HD). Bonus content includes deleted scenes and making-of featurettes.
‘Rocketman’ (August 27)
The music biopic chronicles the life of Reginald Dwight, who would change his name to become the iconic singer Elton John (as portrayed by Taron Egerton). It follows his early days as a prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music through his musical partnership with singer-songwriter Bernie Taupin (Jamie Bell) to his breakthrough in the 1970s and rise to become a music legend.
The movie arrives on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD on August 27 (and is already available on Digital HD). Bonus content includes deleted scenes and extended scenes, making-of featurettes, and a lyric companion.
‘The Last Black Man in San Francisco’ (August 27)
The Sundance darling is based on the life of Jimmie Fails, who stars as a version of himself. Jimmie is obsessed with the Victorian-style house his grandfather (Danny Glover) built in the heart of San Francisco in 1946. Now owned by gentrifiers, Jimmie and friend Montgomery (Jonathan) sneak in to care for the building when the owners aren’t there and imagine what life would be like if the neighborhood hadn’t changed.
The movie arrives on Blu-ray and DVD on August 27 (and is already available on Digital HD).
‘The Flavor of Green Tea over Rice’ (August 27): Japanese director Yasujiro Ozu’s meditative 1951 domestic drama gets a new 4K restoration from Criterion. Secrets and deceptions strain the already tenuous relationship of a childless, middle-aged couple, as the wife’s city-bred sophistication bumps up against the husband’s small-town simplicity. A generational sea change—in the form of their headstrong, modern niece—sweeps over their household.
The Koker Trilogy (August 27): Also from Criterion comes a 2K restoration of the trio of films from Persian director Abbas Kiarostami: “Where Is the Friend’s Home?” (1987), “And Life Goes On” (1992) and “Through the Olive Trees” (1994). The lyrical fables play with the line between fiction and documentary, comedy and tragedy.
NEW ON NETFLIX
‘Dave Chappelle’s Sticks & Stones’ (August 26)
Dave Chappelle returns to stand-up comedy with a brand-new special. “Sticks & Stones” will showcase Chappelle’s provocative perspective on the tidal wave of celebrity scandals, the opioid crisis, and more.
‘Dreamworks Trolls: The Beat Goes On’ Season 7 (August 27)
As Queen Poppy celebrates a time of peace in Troll Village with parties, competitions and special occasions, Branch tries to be more fun-loving.
‘Falling Inn Love’ (August 29)
After losing her job and boyfriend, city girl Gabriela (Christina
Milian) randomly wins a rustic New Zealand inn. The Bellbird Valley Farm boasts a crumbling facade, a goat for a housemate, and a meddling neighbor who covets the space. Eager to renovate and sell the property fast, she partners with Jake Taylor (Adam Demos), the Kiwi contractor who’s amused by her city-girl culture shock. Now she has to make a decision to continue the life that she is building, or return to the life that she’s left behind.
‘The A-List’ (August 30)
The British teen drama takes place at an idyllic summer camp. Mia arrives expecting to be Queen Bee, but the “holiday of a lifetime” turns into a twisted nightmare with the arrival of the mysterious Amber.
‘The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance’ (August 30)
The animated prequel series to Jim Henson and Frank Oz’s beloved 1982 film is set many years before the events of the movie. It tells an epic new story using classic puppetry with cutting-edge visual effects. The star-studded voice cast includes Mark Hamill, Helena Bonham-Carter, and Sigourney Weaver.
For more, see what else is new on Netflix in August 2019.
TV WORTH WATCHING
‘2019 MTV Video Music Awards,’ MTV (August 26, 8 p.m.)
The VMAs return to hand out Moon Man trophies to the biggest names in music. The show will feature performances by Taylor Swift, Lizzo, and the Jonas Brothers.