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Oscar-winning 'Green Book' opens up on home video

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Posted at 9:28 AM, Mar 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-13 12:28:41-04

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

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

After a slow start with "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," the J.K. Rowling series picks up some steam, plunging into the characters and settings the first film set up in somewhat drab fashion. In this outing, dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Jonny Depp) escapes captivity and builds up his legions of followers in order to promote his racist agenda. For my full review, click here. Extras include scene breakdowns, deleted scenes and a look at the franchise's backstory.

Green Book

In something of an Oscar night surprise, this Peter Farrelly-directed period peace on race relations broke through and won the best picture Oscar statue. It wasn't shocking at all, however, that Mahersala Ali took home the best supporting actor statue. He plays Don Shirley, a black pianist who hires rough-around-the-edges Tony Lip (Viggo Mortensen) to drive him around the Deep South in 1962. They form a bond that transcends prejudice and bias, making for a heartwarming, thought-provoking drama. Extras include a trio of making-of featurettes.

Mortal Engines

"The Lord of the Rings" maestro Peter Jackson shifts toward sci-fi, producing this often exciting, always bizarre tale of a posta-apocalyptic dystopia. Set in a Europe tormented by a moving, monstrous robo-city of London, a young woman (Hera Hilmar) leads a group of outsiders to stop the machinery from tearing apart the last vestiges of resistance. The middling story may not match J.R.R. Tolkien, but makes for a decently entertaining family action flick. Extras include a five-part behind-the-scenes featurette set, character spotlights and a look at the effects.

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