At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's new on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
"The Danish Girl"
Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander were both nominated for Oscars (and she won) for this inspiring drama, based on the real lives of artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener. The film is out on Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand March 1, and the discs include the bonus feature "The Making of The Danish Girl," with the actors, director Tom Hooper, and others on the filmmaking team taking you through the creative process.
Yo, Adrian, Rocky is back on Blu-ray and DVD this week. Michael B. Jordan stars as Adonis Johnson, who never knew his famous father, Apollo Creed, but ends up training with Apollo's old opponent, Rocky Balboa. Stallone was nominated for an Oscar (again) for his performance, and the Blu-ray and DVDs come with a "Know The Past, Own The Future" featurette, a "Becoming Adonis" featurette, and deleted scenes. Run, don't walk, to get this one!
Brie Larson won Best Actress for her role as Ma in this emotional drama about a woman and her son, kept in captivity for years in a shed dubbed "room."
Between "The Revenant," "Mad Max: Fury Road," and these twin roles in "Legend," Tom Hardy had quite the 2015. In "Legend," Hardy plays brothers Reggie and Ronnie Kray, who created an empire in London during the 1960s. The movie is out on Blu-ray, Digital, DVD, and On Demand March 1. The Blu-ray and DVD include "Creating the Legend" and feature commentary with writer/drector Brian Helgeland.
"The Americans" Season 3
If you're one of those people who always plans to watch "The Americans" but never gets around to it, you have a great opportunity this week: The FX show's exceptional third season is ready for home release on March 1. Watch Philip and Elizabeth Jennings' (Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell) nativate life as KGB spies in suburban D.C., raising teen Paige and preteen Henry, who don't know the truth about their parents. DVD special features include deleted scenes and "The Cold War for Paige."
New Video on Demand, Rental Streaming, and Digital Only
Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara were both Oscar nominees for their roles as two women from very different backgrounds who end up having an affair in 1950s New York. This adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's novel "The Price of Salt" has its Digital HD release March 4, and it's on disc/demand March 15. Special features include a behind-the-scenes gallery, plus a Q&A with the cast and filmmakers.
Tina and Amy are back in this comedy about two polar opposite sisters who come together for one last blowout party after their family home is put on the market. The movie has its Digital HD release March 1, and it's on disc March 15. The Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD feature a new Unrated Version, plus more than an hour of deleted and extended scenes, a gag reel, and more.
"The North Star"
This historical drama from first time writer/director Thomas K. Phillips made its streaming premiere in February for Black History Month on UMC (Urban Movie Channel). It's available on Video On Demand and DVD on March 1. For slaves Big Ben (Jeremiah Trotter) and Moses (Thomas C. Bartley, Jr.), the only thing worse than the daily cruelty of life on a Virginia plantation is the fear of being hunted down and tortured as runaways. But when Ben learns he is about to be sold to a new owner, he and Moses choose to run to the free state of Pennsylvania, with only the light of the North Star as their guide.
New on Netflix
"House of Cards" Season 4
It's the start of a new month, which means Netflix is adding a bunch of new titles (and taking a bunch away), but the big score is the return of "House of Cards" this Friday. No one could ever hurt the Underwoods as much as each other, so how deliciously vicious is this POTUS vs. FLOTUS marital spat going to get? Put a Do Not Disturb sign on your life until you've finished streaming all 13 episodes. #TeamClaire
Here's the creepy trailer that makes it clear this season will be a horror show:
"Lego Friends: The Power of Friendship"
"Lego: Bionicle: The Journey to One": Season 1
In case you care more about Lego than Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright, these two Netflix originals are also dropping on Mach 4. In "Friends," Netflix says, "Five best friends face adventures side by side in their hometown. any antics, love and missteps are better with friends." In "Bionicle," "Six legendary heroes find themselves on an epic quest as they harness the power of nature's elements to defeat the forces of evil."
TV Worth Watching
"Downton Abbey" (Sunday on PBS at 9 p.m.)
This is it. The final episode of "Downton" airs March 6. Lady Mary successfully sabotaged Lady Edith (again) but still got her own happy ending, so now we have to hope that more worthy characters -- i.e., EVERYONE -- also get happy endings so we don't have to write angry letters to Julian Fellowes for the next several decades. Also, however this ends, Lady Mary should be resurrected as a Bond villain or antagonist for The Avengers.
"Once Upon a Time" (Sunday on ABC at 8 p.m.)
The winter premiere episode, "Souls of the Departed," is also the 100th episode of this crazy fairy tale madhouse. To celebrate, ABC is putting the characters through hell, once again, this time literally sending them to The Underworld to try and save Hook. It should be interesting to see so many familiar faces back on the scene, but hopefully the show remembers to focus on the core characters we care about, since they are the reason we're still here 100 episodes later.
"The Last Man on Earth" (Sunday on FOX at 9:30 p.m.)
There's suddenly a plethora of apocalypse TV shows, but this one is definitely the funniest. Don't miss Will Forte's return to the end of the world, at the very least because we need to figure out how he and Mel Rodriguez end up losing half the hair on their bodies. There has to be a good story to that. Plus, Jason Sudeikis's Mike Miller finally landed from space, so will he be reunite with his brother Phil/Tandy or just think he is the last man on Earth?
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