Take a look at what’s new for home viewing and streaming this week.
Here’s what’s new on Video-on-Demand, Netflix, Amazon Prime and other streaming services.
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“Pete’s Dragon,” a live-action remake of the animated Disney film, is a warmhearted family adventure of a lost boy adopted by a furry forest dragon, a modern fairy tale grounded in human emotions. Bryce Dallas Howard and Robert Redford star (PG). Also on DVD and Blu-ray and at Redbox.
Steven Spielberg adapts the Roald Dahl storybook fantasy “The BFG,” about an orphaned girl and a big friendly giant (Mark Rylance), with a sense of wonder and a playfully childish sense of humor (PG). Also on DVD and Blu-ray and at Redbox.
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Available same day as select theaters nationwide is the drama “Run the Tide” with Taylor Lautner and Constance Zimmer (not rated), satirical thriller “Pocket Listing” with Rob Lowe and Burt Reynolds (not rated), and horror film “The Eyes of My Mother” (R; it’s scheduled for a short run starting Dec. 14 at the Northwest Film Forum in Seattle).
“The Jungle Book” (2016), a remake of Disney’s animated classic, is a live-action film with Mowgli (Neel Sethi) in a magnificent computer-generated jungle kingdom of animals voiced by Ben Kingsley, Bill Murray and others (PG).
Also new: American indie comedy “Rainbow Time” (2016, not rated); the dramas “White Girl” (2016, not rated) and “Wildflower” (2016, PG-13); and the documentary “For the Love of Spock” (2016), directed by Leonard Nimoy’s son Adam (not rated).
Streaming TV: Four new international shows debut. “Pacific Heat” is an animated parody of action team shows; “Fauda,” a spy thriller from Israel; “Merli,” a high-school drama from Spain; and the four-part documentary series “Hip Hop Evolution.”
More new arrivals: the college comedy “Animal House” (1978) with John Belushi; action comedy “Beverly Hills Cop” (1984) with Eddie Murphy; the hotblooded “Black Snake Moan” (2006) with Christina Ricci and Samuel L. Jackson; and Richard Linklater’s animated indie “Waking Life” (2001). All are rated R. More classic is “Compulsion” (1959) with Dean Stockwell and Orson Welles (not rated). More kid-friendly is “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” (1989, PG).
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“The Lobster” (2015) is a melancholy love story with Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz in a strange alternate reality where single people are transformed into animals (R).
“The Intervention” (2016) is a “Big Chill” for the 30-something crowd with a terrific cast that includes Melanie Lynskey, Jason Ritter, Natasha Lyonne and Cobie Smulders (R).
Streaming TV: the final season of the BBC drama “Mr Selfridge” with Jeremy Piven and the first complete season of the animated kids series “Lost in Oz.”
Foreign affairs: From France comes Michel Gondry’s whimsical coming-of-age tale “Microbe & Gasoline” (2016, R), and the spy farce “The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe” (1972) with Pierre Richard (PG). Both with subtitles.
True stories: “De Palma” (2016) is a career retrospective of the often-controversial director (R).
More new arrivals include the thriller “Blood Diamond” (2006) with Leonardo DiCaprio (R); the historical drama “Elizabeth: The Golden Age” (2007) with Cate Blanchett and Clive Owen (PG-13); the adolescent moviemaking comedy “Son of Rambow” (2007, PG-13); and the slobs-vs.-snobs comedy “Caddyshack” (1980) with Chevy Chase and Bill Murray (R).
The Coen Brothers’ “No Country for Old Men” (2007), starring Tommy Lee Jones and Javier Bardem, earned four Oscars, including best picture (R).
Crime stories: Quentin Tarantino’s feature debut “Reservoir Dogs” (1992) and Oscar-winning “Pulp Fiction” (1994) and Bryan Singer’s breakthrough “The Usual Suspects” (1995) have all become cult crime movies. “This Is Spinal Tap” (1984) is the cult comedy that launched the mockumentary genre of comedy (all R).
“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” (2016) pits the Dark Knight (Ben Affleck) against the Man of Steel (Henry Cavill) and introduces Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) in a proto-“Justice League” team-up (PG-13).
Also new are two uncannily timely documentaries: “Mariela Castro’s March: Cuba’s LGBT Revolution” and “Patria o Muerte: Cuba, Fatherland or Death” (not rated).
New on disc this week
“Pete’s Dragon,” “The BFG,” “Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie,” “Don’t Breathe,” “The Intervention.”
Now available at Redbox
“Pete’s Dragon,” “The BFG,” “The Intervention,” “Anthropoid,” “Nine Lives.”