New on DVD & Blu-ray: August 12-18

Posted on August 11, 2014
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THIS WEEK’S THEATRICAL RELEASES:

“Locke” is a tour-de-force performance for Tom Hardy as Ivan Locke, a successful construction foreman on his way home one night when he discovers that a woman he had had a fling with is going into premature labor; he decides to abandon his family and travel to London to be with her, but first he has to coach a co-worker about a massive concrete pour in Birmingham the next day as well as talk to his wife and lover. The entire film takes place in Locke’s car during his two-hour drive to London. Extras include a featurette and commentary. From Lionsgate.

photo for Muppets Most WantedIn “Muppets Most Wanted,” Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Animal and the entire Muppets gang head out on a world tour. Unfortunately for Kermit, he’s a dead ringer for Constantine — the World’s Number One Criminal — and he’s thrown behind bars while the dastardly villain takes Kermit’s place. The Muppets become entangled in an international crime caper as Constantine plots the robbery of the century. Stars Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, The Great Gonzo, Animal, Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, Tina Fey with guest cameos by Tony Bennett, Sean Combs, Rob Corddry, Celine Dion, Josh Groban, Salma Hayek, Ray Liotta, Ross Lynch, Chloe Grace Moretz, Christoph Waltz and more. Extras include an extended cut and a blooper reel. From Disney.

In the comedy sequel “A Haunted House 2,” Marlon Wayans returns as Malcolm who, after exorcising the demons of his ex, starts a fresh life with his new girlfriend (Jaime Pressly) and her two children. But after moving into their dream home, he’s once again plagued by bizarre paranormal events. Also stars Essence Atkins, Gabriel Iglesias and Missi Pyle. Extras include deleted and extended scenes and commentary. From Universal.

“Frankie & Alice” is the remarkable true story of an African American go-go dancer named Frankie (Halle Berry) who has dissociative identity disorder; she struggles to retain her true self while fighting against two very unique alter egos: a seven-year-old named “Genius” and a Southern white racist woman named “Alice.” In order to stop the multiple voices in her head, Frankie works with a psychotherapist (Stellan Skarsgard) to uncover and overcome the mystery of the inner ghosts that haunt her. Co-stars Phylicia Rashad, Chandra Wilson, Rosalyn Coleman, Joanne Baron and Brian Markinson. Extras include a behind-the-scenes featurette. From Lionsgate.

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