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Original 'Charlie's Angels' films kick their way to 4K

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Posted: 12:39 PM, Oct 22, 2019
Updated: 2019-10-22 17:38:24-04

Here are this week's hottest home video releases. Find them on disc, or streaming services such as iTunes, Vudu, Amazon and Google Play.

CHARLIE'S ANGELS AND CHARLIE'S ANGELS: FULL THROTTLE 4K

The 2000s action films, which starred Cameron Diaz, Lucy Liu and Drew Barrymore as the trio of snazzily-dresses crime fighters, gets new life on 4K, less than a month before the reboot hits theaters. Bill Murray checks in as the sidekick, Bosley, in the forgettable-yet-entertaining films. The effects may be dated, but the stars' charisma still shines. Extras include filmmaker commentary, featurettes, deleted scenes and music videos.

THE LION KING (2019)

One of the stronger Disney remakes of animated classics, Jon Favreau's new film boasts the visual majesty of his "Jungle Book" remake, while hewing much closer to the original story than that film. The voice cast includes Donald Glover, Beyonce, Seth Rogen and James Earl Jones. Although not all of the changes work out for the better, this is a grand, enthralling experience that lives up to the legacy of the 1994 film. For my full review, click here. Extras include scene breakdowns, interviews and looks at the creation of the stunning CGI nature effects.

SCARFACE: GOLD EDITION

The 1983 gangster film, which starred Al Pacino as ruthless thug Tony Montana, who rises from the depths of poverty to dizzying heights of excess and depravity. "Scarface" has seen numerous rereleases, but this go-round includes footage of the 35th anniversary reunion, deleted scenes and a fresh featurette that looks at the rise and fall of Montana. There's also a limited edition, dubbed "The World is Yours," which includes a statuette.

3 SILENT CLASSICS BY JOSEF VON STERNBERG (CRITERION)

Film school standbyes "Underworld" (1927), "Docks of New York" (1928) and "The Last Command" (1928) are rounded up here. Although the films have understandably lost much of their luster and entertainment value over the decades, the influence they exerted on generations of filmmakers that followed is undeniable. Fresh Criterion Collection digital restorations have the films looking as sharp as possible. Extras include video essays from film historians, alternate scores and a 1968 interview with Von Sternberg.

WONDER WOMAN: BLOODLINES

The DC animated film tells a story closely tied to the comic book origins that inspired the 2017 live-action film. Diana (Rosario Dawson) rescues fighter pilot Steve Trevor (Jeffrey Donovan) and tries to help him get back home to the U.S., where she shows off her powers and rises to superhero status. Extras include a sneak peak at "Superman: Red Sun," a featurette on the Cheetah and the "Sandman"-inspired short, "Death."

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