Heroes take the forefront in this week’s new DVD releases:
“Ratchet & Clank” ☆☆ 1/2: A space hero and his robot companion must stop an evil force. Based on the popular video game, “Ratchet & Clank” is designed to make sure fans of the game get a nostalgic kick.
So many years have passed since the original game was released, however, that the movie has to deal with comparisons to other movies and TV shows that fit the genre.
“The Nice Guys” ☆☆: Shane Black put together what has become a major template in the buddy cop genre as the writer of “Lethal Weapon.”
His design depends mostly on giving his characters snappy dialogue and letting that play out against a background that is slightly askew.
He uses that formula as writer-director of “The Nice Guys,” a buddy crime story set in 1977.
A series of murders and a missing woman (Margaret Qualley) bring private investigator Holland March (Ryan Gosling) and strong-arm specialist Jackson Healy (Russell Crowe) together. Neither man is especially competent but together – and with some help from March’s young daughter, Holly (Angourie Rice) – they just might save the day.
“The Huntsman: Winter’s War” ☆: This weak attempt to make a sequel to “The Huntsman” without Snow White falls flat. It’s more of a weak copy of “Frozen.”
Emily Bunt tries her best to be wicked but the real wicked star played by Charlize Theron is given only limited screen time. More could have been done as the story is painfully slow.
Also new on DVD Aug. 23
▪ “The Wonder Years: The Complete Series”: This includes all 115 episodes.
▪ “Roots”: The cable channel miniseries is based on the Alex Haley book.
▪ “DC Hero Girls: Hero of the Year”: Animated series about young superheroes.
▪ “Dark Horse”: A barmaid from a poor Welsh mining town breeds herself a champion.
▪ “Clean Break”: A car dealer looks for a way to keep his life from falling apart.
▪ “Maggie’s Plan”: A New Yorker decides to have a child on her own.
▪ “Papirosen”: Director Gastón Solnicki looks at four decades of his family’s history.
▪ “Clown”: A father’s personality is changed by a clown outfit.
▪ “Endeavour Series 3”: Endeavour Morse (Shaun Evans) investigates crimes around Oxford.
▪ “Midnight Run”: This Robert De Niro film is now on Blu-ray.
▪ “Psycho IV”: Anthony Perkins stars in this sequel to the Alfred Hitchcock classic.
▪ “Clean Break”: A four-part crime drama about greed in a small town.
▪ “Elementary: The Fourth Season”: Jonny Lee Miller portrays the iconic detective Sherlock Holmes.
▪ “Masterpiece Mystery: Inspector Lewis Season 8”: Inspectors Lewis and Hathaway investigate new cases of murder and other crimes.
▪ “NCIS: The 13th Season”: This includes the departure of Michael Weatherly.
▪ “Sunset Song”: A coming-of-age story set in the shadows of World War I.
▪ “The Man Who Knew Infinity”: A math genius must deal with prejudice. Jeremy Irons stars.
▪ “The Walking Dead: The Complete Sixth Season”: Safety is only an illusion in these episodes of the cable series.
▪ “Lucifer: The Complete First Season”: The Fox series about Lucifer’s days on Earth.
▪ “Wild Kratts: Wild Reptiles”: Martin and Chris Kratt turn to wild reptiles to help them save the day.
▪ “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: The Complete First Season”: Rip Hunter leads a group of heroes through time.
▪ “Narcos: Season One”: A look at the life of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar.
▪ “The Duel”: A Texas Ranger investigates a series of murders in a small town.
Also available on digital HD Aug. 23:
▪ “Looking: The Movie”: HBO series looks at gay life in the Bay Area.
▪ “Now You See Me 2”: Notorious magicians are forced into one more spectacular stunt.
▪ “Genius”: Story of turbulent friendship between editor Maxwell Perkins and Thomas Wolfe.
▪ “Hell Town”: Includes three episodes of the serialized story from Elizabeth Spear.