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Oscar-winning 'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse' swings onto home video

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Posted: 7:04 AM, Mar 19, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-19 10:28:53-04
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

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

Mary Poppins Returns

The decades-later sequel to the classic Disney family musical manages to conjure some of the old "Mary Poppins" magic. With astounding visuals, show-stopping song and dance numbers and top-notch performances by Emily Blunt as the title character and Lin-Manuel Miranda as a lamplighter, the film is often a delight. The story, though, is a bit laborious and forced, holding back the imagination in the production value. Extras include a deleted song, a slew of making-of featurettes, musical scene breakdowns, delted scenes and audio commentary from director Rob Marshall and producer John DeLuca.

PawParazzi

This live-action, direct-to-video family film stars Sara Fletcher, Kristy Swanson and Jay Mohr in a tale of a pampered, movie-star dog that becomes a detective, helping a farmer track down a stolen necklace. Director Ari Novak keeps things light, fluffy and inoffensive, cranking out a bland but oddly entertaining time-waster. A special feature dubbed "Hot Off the Press with PawParazzi" is the lone notable extra.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

A wildly entertaining anime-style celebration of all things Spidey, the film mashes up several tangents from the oddest reaches of Spider-Man parallel dimensions. In addition to the traditional, Peter Parker web-slinger, there's his successor, Miles Morales, trenchcoat-wearing Spider-Man Noir, Spider-Gwen, a Japanese robot amd even the adorable pig, Spider-Ham. Jake Johnson, Liev Schreiber, Hailee Steinfeld, Nicolas Cage, Shameik Moore, Mahershala Ali and Lily Tomlin lead the voice cast. For my full review, click here. Extras include several background featurettes, a look at the visual design, music videos and a Spider-Ham short film.

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