Fire up the popcorn – it’s time for a look at the best new movies for your home viewing pleasure.
Spring is a great time for DVD collectors, with a bunch of mid-year blockbusters making their way onto disc. Here’s a look at five DVDs that are either out or about to come out, and which will make fine additions to your home library.
THE JUNGLE BOOK
The cast alone makes this DVD worth the purchase, with great vocal performances by Bill Murray (as Baloo), Ben Kingsley (Bagheera), Idris Elba (Shere Khan), Lupita Nyong’o (Raksha), Christopher Walken (King Louie) and Scarlett Johansson (Kaa). It’s a live-action remake/reboot of the animated Disney classic – but while it keeps some of the songs, it also adds some scary elements that weren’t in the original. Watching this one at home, with the lights on, may be less frightening for young kids – some of whom got freaked out by the realism when it was shown at cinemas.
If you like action/fantasy movies (and really, who doesn’t?), you’ll enjoy Warcraft. The first in what promises to be a series of films, this video game adaptation shows the first meetings between the humans and the orcs… So basically, it’s like Lord of the Rings, but with more fights and without the boring bits.
CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR
It’s billed as a Captain America movie, but Civil War is really an Avengers film, with starring roles for Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Shaw), Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), among many others. This is proper popcorn stuff, with great scenes and great characters – including Chadwick Boseman as the butt-kickin’ superhero Black Panther.
The new X-Men movie has all the elements of a classic DVD: plenty of re-watchable action, and great scenes (pretty much anything with Quicksilver in it) that you’ll want to skip to and watch over and over. The cast – including James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Oscar Isaac, Rose Byrne and more – guarantees great performances, and the plot – an ancient mutant comes to destroy the world – is silly enough to keep things entertaining.
Your DVD collection shouldn’t only contain blockbuster movies. DVD is the perfect format for watching miniseries – and Roots, the remake of the 1977 classic – is a must-watch. The series charts the story of Kunta Kinte, a Mandinka warrior who’s sold into slavery in the United States. TV drama doesn’t get more epic than this.
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