The new DVD releases this week look at love in different ways.
"Crazy Rich Asians"; 4 stars: It is incredibly important to recognize that "Crazy Rich Asians" is the first major modern Hollywood release since "The Joy Luck Club" in 1993 with a predominantly Asian cast. There is a lot of furore in the film world about the lack of diversity in films and the Asian community is one of the most disparaging.
There is also an argument to make that "Crazy Rich Asians" should not be seen as a film full of Asian actors, but seen as just one of the best romantic comedies in general to last in years. The film could just as easily have been called "Sleepless in Singapore" because there has been no romantic comedy since Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan stole our hearts.
"The little Mermaid"; 2.5 stars: a young reporter (William Moseley) and his younger sister (Loreto Peralta) land in a circus where they meet Elizabeth (Poppy Drayton), a beautiful mermaid caught in a glass tank. The couple quickly discover that this is not a trick with sideshow.
The best thing "The little mermaid" is going because it is Drayton. There is such an endearing quality to her performance, it is easy to see why someone would fall in love with her, tail or no tail. Drayton gives the character so much life that every moment of danger comes across as overwhelmingly big. She brings enough energy, life and charm to the role that the figure for this film is like on a journey on the ocean. It is somewhere in the high C & # 39; s.
"Blindspotting"; 3.5 stars: Just like the test by psychologist Edgar Rubin, where a photo can be seen as a vase or as two faces depending on the perspective of a person, & # 39; Blindspotting & # 39 ;, written by Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal, with a stark duality that takes different points of view.
At first glance it is both an indictment and a love letter to the city of Oakland, California, while the community undergoes a major transformation. As the film unfolds, the production also looks at how social change can be both a boom and a failure. The final layer of comparisons and contrasts looks at how two young men can grow up with the same stimuli from the outside, but in the end are just as different in the way they are treated as black and white.
ALSO AVAILABLE NOV. 20 ON BLU-RAY AND DVD
"Kin": Ex-con and his adopted teenage brother are on the run from a vengeful criminal with only a mysterious weapon to protect themselves.
"Luciferina": Teen travels through the jungle in search of a mystical plant, but instead of pleasure she finds a world of Black Masses.
"Dog Days": when a barista (Vanessa Hudgens) finds a stray Chihuahua, she learns that a customer (Jon Bass) is the head of a rescue brigade.
"Puppy Star Christmas": Puppy brothers and sisters accidentally stowed on Santa's sleigh.
"Little Italy": former childhood friends Nikki (Emma Roberts) and Leo (Hayden Christensen) are attracted to each other as adults but have to deal with quarrelsome families.
"Fireworks": animated story of a young girl who discovers that a glowing multi-colored ball in the sea has the power to reset the clock.
"Longmire: The Complete Series": covers all six seasons of the cable series that Wyoming Sheriff Walt Longmire (Robert Taylor) follows.
"Candyman": the cult-horror classic from the 90s is released in a special Blu-ray edition.
"The Ladybug": animated story of a ladybug that escapes from her laboratory cage and joins forces with dragonfly Master Dan.
"No Offense: Series 2": Bombardments of a funeral plunder DI Vivienne Deering (Joanna Scanlan) and her team in a gang war that was lit by a matriarch of crime families.
"Crackdown Big City Blues": looks at the brutality and violence of drug dealers in a community that wants to protect its citizens against the addiction epidemic.
"It's a Wonderful Life": The Frank Capra classic with Jimmy Stewart, Donna Reed and Lionel Barrymore is available in a 4K digital restoration.
"Urban Legend": College student (Alicia Witt) finds himself in the midst of a series of sadistic murders apparently inspired by urban legends. Originally released in 1998.
"Frontline: Left Behind America": documentary that is looking for reasons for a number of communities that are fighting for economic revitalization for ten years after the financial crisis.
"Forever My Love": brings together the "Sissi" trilogy in a special edition of the holiday classic. Romy Schneider stars.
IS RELEASED ON DIGITAL HD NOV. 20
"Mission: Impossible – Fallout": Tom Cruise returns to the role of Ethan Hunt to save the world again in what appears to be an impossible mission. Find it on Blu-ray and DVD December 4.
"Operation Finale": Israeli intelligence agent Peter Malkin (Oscar Isaac) will lead to the capture of Adolf Eichmann on a secret mission. Will be on DVD and Blu-ray December 4.
"The Dawn Wall": American rock climbers Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson climb the seemingly impossible Dawn Wall.
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