This week's new DVD releases analyze love in many ways.
"Crazy Rich Asian"; It's incredibly important to recognize that "Crazy Rich Asians" is Hollywood's first major modern release since "The Joy Luck Club" in 1993 to feature a predominantly Asian cast. There has been a lot of furor in the film world about the lack of diversity in the movies and the Asian community has been one of the most despised.
There is also an argument to be made that "Crazy Rich Asians" should not be thought of as a movie full of Asian actors, but viewed as merely one of the best romantic comedies in general, appearing in years. The film could easily have been called "Sleepless in Singapore" as there was no such romantic comedy as Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan used to steal our hearts.
"The Little Mermaid"; 2.5 stars: A young reporter (William Moseley) and his younger sister (Loreto Peralta) end up in a circus where Elizabeth (Poppy Drayton) finds a beautiful mermaid trapped in a glass tank. The couple soon discovers that this is not a side trick.
The best thing that "The Little Mermaid" has to do is Drayton. There is such a captivating quality in her performance, it is easy to see why someone would fall in love with it, tail or tail. Drayton gives the character so much life that any moment of danger appears magnified. It brings enough energy, life and charm to the role that the degree to this movie sounds like a trip on the ocean. It's somewhere high up in Cs.
"Blindspotting"; 3.5 stars: Like the psychologist Edgar Rubin's test, where an image can be seen as a vase or as two faces depending on a person's perspective, Blindspotting, written and starring Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal, is a full movie of dualities take on varied points of view.
On the surface, it is a letter of accusation and love to Oakland, California, while the community undergoes a major transformation. As the film unfolds, production also examines how social change can be both a boom and a failure. The final layer of comparisons and contrasts examines how two young people can grow with the same external stimuli but end up being so different in how they are treated as black and white.
Also available on DVD and Blu-Ray November 20th
"Kin": Ex-convict and his adopted adolescent brother find themselves fleeing from a vengeful criminal with only a mysterious weapon to protect themselves.
"Luciferina": Teenager travels in the jungle in search of a mystical plant, but instead of pleasure finds a world of black masses.
"Dog Days": When a barista (Vanessa Hudgens) meets a lost chihuahua, she discovers that a client (Jon Bass) runs a rescue agency.
"Puppy Star Christmas": Puppy brothers inadvertently hide in Santa's sleigh.
"Little Italy": Former childhood co-workers, Nikki (Emma Roberts) and Leo (Hayden Christensen) are attracted to each other as adults, but need to deal with rival families.
"Fireworks": animated tale of a young girl who discovers that a bright multicolored ball found in the sea has the power to restart the clock.
"Longmire: The Complete Series": Includes all six seasons of the cable series that follows the Wyoming sheriff Walt Longmire (Robert Taylor).
"Candyman": The cult horror classic of the 90s is being released in a special Blu-ray edition.
"The Ladybug": animated tale of a ladybug that escapes from its laboratory cage and joins forces with the dragonfly Master Dan.
"No Offense: Series 2": Bomb blast at a funeral plunges DI Vivienne Deering (Joanna Scanlan) and her team into a gang war ignited by a crime family matriarch.
"Crackdown Big City Blues": It addresses the brutality and violence associated with drug traffickers in a community that wants to protect its citizens from the addiction epidemic.
"It's Wonderful Life": Frank Capra's classic, starring Jimmy Stewart, Donna Reed and Lionel Barrymore, is available in a 4K digital restoration.
"Urban Legend": A college student (Alicia Witt) is at the center of a series of sadistic murders seemingly inspired by urban legends. Originally released in 1998.
"Frontline: Left Behind America": Documentary looking for reasons why some communities continue to struggle for economic revitalization 10 years after the financial crisis.
"Forever My Love": Gathers the "Sissi" trilogy in a special holiday edition. Stars of Romy Schneider.
New in digital HD November 20
"The Dawn Wall": American climbers Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson climb the seemingly impossible Dawn Wall.
"Mission Impossible – Fallout": Tom Cruise returns to the role of Ethan Hunt to save the world again on what appears to be an impossible mission. On Blu-ray and DVD, December 4.
"Operation Finale": Israeli intelligence agent Peter Malkin (Oscar Isaac) goes on a secret mission to capture Adolf Eichmann. On Blu-ray and DVD, December 4.