Zombies, Nazis center of attention in new DVD releases

Lily James and Bella Heathcote in “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.”
Lily James and Bella Heathcote in “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.”

It’s a battle against zombies, Hitler and Egyptian gods in this week’s DVD releases.

“Pride and Prejudice and Zombies”  1/2: Father trains his daughters to be able to fight the undead. It sounds as potentially appealing as caramel-covered sauerkraut or a bikini made of sandpaper.

Yet, they do in “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.” Not only do the genres co-exist, they manage to pump up each other to the point the film is both a sweet and endearing romance while also being a thoroughly entertaining action movie.

The director was also smart enough to stage the action scenes in such a way that the movie got a PG-13 rating. This will make it easier to persuade someone who generally doesn’t like zombie movies to take a chance on the film. And there’s enough action to lure in those who normally wouldn’t see a Jane Austen-inspired movie.

“Race” : “Race” examines the athletic accomplishments of Jesse Owens (Stephan James) and the turbulent social and political times in which the events occurred, as suggested in the double meaning of the movie’s title.

Director Stephen Hopkins shows more skill with the sports elements than the behind-the-scenes parts of the story. The battles within the U.S. Olympic Committee are a little dry. They also waste the talents of William Hurt, who as the head of the committee has little to do other than frown and wring his hands.

“Gods of Egypt”  1/2: looks at the battle between Set (Gerard Butler) and Horus (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) to be the king of Egypt.

Their battle is staged with such clunky special effects, hackneyed dialogue and amateurish acting that instead of being a battle royal, it’s purely “Ra”-tten.

Also new on DVD May 31

▪ “Triple 9”: Russian mob blackmails dirty cops to execute a nearly impossible heist.

▪ “12 Sci-Fi Cult Classics Collection”: Includes “Metropolis,” “The Phantom Planet” and “The Atomic Brain.”

▪ “City of Women”: Marcello Mastroianni stars in this film from Federico Fellini.

▪ “Bob Hope: Entertaining the Troops”: Features three Christmas specials hosted by Bob Hope.

▪ “The Last Panthers”: Diamond heist in the south of France as the look of the supposedly retired “Pink Panthers” gang.

▪ “Ode to Joy: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9”: Classic work is performed by the Vienna Chamber Orchestra with the Westminster Symphonic Choir.

▪ “Imba Means Sing”: Documentary on the African Children’s Choir’s world tour.

▪ “The Terror”: Roger Corman 1963 thriller that features one of Jack Nicholson’s earliest film roles.

▪ “Life of Verdi”: Look at the life of the Italian composer.

▪ “Suits: Season 5”: Gabriel Macht and Patrick J. Adams star in the cable legal series.

Available on Digital HD May 31

▪ “London Has Fallen”: Plot to kill world leaders leaves London in ruins. Gerard Butler stars.

▪ “Hello, My Name Is Doris”: An older woman (Sally Field) falls for a younger man.

Rick Bentley: 559-441-6355, @RickBentley1