New on DVD: 'F9' continues franchise's wild ride
The long-awaited return of Dominic Toretto and crew in all their muscle car glory tops the DVD releases for the week of Sept. 21.
"F9: The Fast Saga": In addition to Vin Diesel's Toretto, the ninth "Fast and the Furious" installment features beloved characters Roman (Tyrese Gibson), Tej (Chris "Ludacris" Bridges), Letty (Michelle Rodriguez), Mia (Jordana Brewster) and Han (Sung Kang), back from the dead.
The movie also sees the return of director Justin Lin, who "evolved the franchise from minor street racing thrillers into outlandish displays of car ballet," writes Tribune News Service critic Katie Walsh in her review. Once again, "Lin ups his own ante with the outrageous vehicular stunts in 'F9.'"
Walsh praised the film's flashback storyline as well, finding that "while it is the ridiculous set-pieces in 'F9' that take the franchise soaring to new heights, it’s the meta moments and the willingness to dive into the past in a real way that make this movie innovative within its own formula."
ALSO NEW ON DVD SEPT. 21
"Cruella": Disney's live-action prequel exploring the origins of the "101 Dalmatians" villain is a battle of the Emmas, with Emma Stone as the young Cruella and Emma Thompson as the film's antagonist, The Baroness.
"Last Call": A successful real estate developer returns to his blue-collar Philly neighborhood and must decide wither to save or raze his parent's bar.
"A Dark Foe": An FBI agent with a crippling fear of the dark investigates the serial killer who killed his mother and kidnapped his sister when he was a child.
"Batwoman: The Complete Second Season": In Season 2, Ryan Wilder, an original character created for the CW series and played by Javicia Leslie, assumes the heroic mantle after Kate Kane (Ruby Rose) disappears.
"Berlin Station: Season Three": Final season of the Epix spy drama starring Richard Armitage as a CIA officer operating in present-day Germany and Eastern Europe.
"Boys From County Hell": Evil forces terrorize a construction crew when a new road disrupts the ancient burial ground of a legendary Irish vampire.
"I Carry You With Me": An aspiring cook makes the dangerous journey from Mexico to New York for the chance to become a chef, but must leave behind the man who may be his soulmate.
"Lady of the Manor": A supernatural buddy comedy about a woman hired to be a tour guide at a historic estate, only to meet the ghost of the 19th-century lady of the manor.
"Nancy Drew: Season Two": Season 2 of the CW show based on the classic mystery series about a teenage sleuth, starring Kennedy McMann in the title role.
"Resident Alien: Season One": Syfy comedy-drama with Alan Tudyk as an extraterrestrial who crashes in Colorado and assumes the identity of a small-town doctor.
"Sibyl": French film about a psychotherapist who wants to rekindle her passion for writing and becomes obsessed with a new patient, an actress.
"The Blacklist: Season 8": James Spader stars as Raymond "Red" Reddington, a criminal now helping the FBI, in the long-running NBC crime drama.
"The Equalizer: Season One": CBS reboot with Queen Latifah as Robyn McCall, a former CIA operative with a particular set of skills now determined to help those in need.
"The Evil Next Door": A woman moves into a new house with her boyfriend and his son, only to discover the boy has made a sinister new "imaginary friend" next door.
"The Power": Horror film set in 1974 London finds a trainee nurse working the night shift at a crumbling hospital as the country prepares for electrical blackouts.
"The Vigil": A man keeping watch over the body of a deceased member of Brooklyn's Orthodox Jewish community is confronted by a devious entity.
"Coronavirus Conspiracy": Comedy about a man who thinks he has found the source of a mysterious virus, involving animals, a renowned zookeeper and a secret cabal.
"Violation" (Blu-ray): With her marriage falling apart, a woman returns to her hometown and her sister after years away. But she's out for revenge after her sister and brother-in-law betray her trust.
"'Crocodile' Dundee Trilogy" (Blu-ray): Paul Hogan plays the eccentric Australian croc hunter in this collection that includes '"Crocodile' Dundee," celebrating its 35th anniversary, '"Crocodile' Dundee II" and "'Crocodile' Dundee In Los Angeles."
"Breakdown" (Blu-ray): The 1997 Kurt Russell thriller about a man searching for his missing wife is remastered from a 4K scan and comes with new bonus content, including a look at the never-before-seen alternate opening and commentary from Russell and director Jonathan Mostow.
"Hardball" (Blu-ray): This uplifting sports drama released 20 years ago, on Blu-ray for the first time, stars Keanu Reeves as an aimless gambler who takes a job coaching a Chicago youth baseball team. Also starring Diane Lane.
"A Clockwork Orange" (Blu-ray): For its 50th anniversary, Stanley Kubrick's dystopian classic starring Malcom McDowell is released in 4K Ultra HD for the first time.
OUT ON DIGITAL HD SEPT. 21
"Little Vampire": French animated feature about the friendship between a perpetually 10-year-old vampire and an orphan schoolboy.
"Night of the Animated Dead": Revisit George A. Romero’s horror classic “Night of the Living Dead” in this unprecedented animated presentation.