A list of titles available for home viewing and streaming during the week of Friday, April 15.
Here’s what’s new for home viewing on video-on-demand, Netflix, Amazon Prime and other streaming services during the week of April 15.
Amazon Prime Video
“Thunderbirds are Go!: Season 1” revives the classic British kids show about an all-American team of brothers who execute daring rescues with high-tech vehicles. The original show became a cult favorite for its “Supermarionation” puppets and detailed miniatures. The reboot combines computer animation with old-fashioned model work and keeps the earnest tone, which means bland characters, delightful special effects and kitschy fun; 12 episodes.
Before “The Road Warrior” and “Fury Road,” there was the grungy, high-octane action thriller “Mad Max” (1979, R), starring a baby-faced Mel Gibson as a revved-up cop out for revenge in a crumbling world.
More new movies: “Maggie” (2015, R), a melancholy zombie drama with Arnold Schwarzenegger as the helpless father of a dying girl (Abigail Breslin); and “The Whistleblower” (2010, R), with Rachel Weisz as an American peacekeeper fighting sex trafficking in Bosnia. Both also on Hulu.
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Netflix is all about the series this week, starting with the second season of its original sitcom “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” starring Ellie Kemper as an unflaggingly optimistic innocent in a skewed New York City. The first season was nominated for seven Emmy Awards; 13 new episodes now available.
More new TV: “TURN: Washington’s Spies: Season 2,” an espionage tale set during the Revolutionary War, and the British sitcom “Cuckoo: Season 3.”
For kids, there’s the animated “Kong — King of the Apes: Season 1” and the Disney Channel comedy “Girl Meets World: Season 2.”
New movies: “Look Who’s Back” (2015), a German comedy that drops Adolf Hitler into modern-day Berlin (not rated, with subtitles); and the documentary “Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine” (2015, R).
New episodes of Mindy Kaling’s “The Mindy Project” arrive every Tuesday.
“Inherent Vice” (2014, R), adapted from Thomas Pynchon’s novel, is a screwy mystery starring Joaquin Phoenix as a joint-smoking private eye in 1970s Los Angeles.
Scarlett Johansson becomes a telekinetic superhero in “Lucy” (2014, R).
Pay-Per-View / Video-On-Demand
Two horror films with Japanese ties: “The Forest” stars Natalie Dormer (“Game of Thrones”) searching for her twin sister in Japan’s notorious “suicide forest.”“Flight 7500,” a haunted airplane tale, is from Japanese horror specialist Takashi Shimizu (“The Grudge”). Both are rated PG-13.
Available same day as select theaters nationwide is “The Adderall Diaries” (R), based on the memoir by author Stephen Elliott and starring James Franco (it opens in Seattle at the Varsity); the thriller “Colonia” (not rated), with Emma Watson and Daniel Brühl as a couple escaping a religious cult in Chile; and the drama “Sky” (not rated; it’s set to open April 22 in Seattle), starring Diane Kruger.
New on disc this week
“The Forest,” “Heroes Reborn,” “Grace and Frankie: Season One.”
Now available at Redbox
“The Forest,” “Brooklyn,” “Sisters,” “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip,” “Tumbledown.”