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Sultry 'A Simple Favor' slinks to home video

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Posted: 7:51 AM, Dec 11, 2018
Updated: 2018-12-13 14:34:36Z
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Here are this week's hottest home video releases. Find them on disc, or streaming services such as iTunes, Vudu, Amazon and Google Play.

A Dry White Season (Criterion)

Director Euzhan Palcy's seminal 1989 drama went after South African apartheid's institutional racism. A white schoolteacher (Donald Sutherland) is shaken from his blissfully ignorant privileged existent when his black gardener (Winston Ntshona) is exploited and crushed by the powers that be. A fresh 4K restoration is accompanied by a tribute booklet, a 1989 interview with Sutherland and a 1995 conversation Palcy had with Nelson Mandela.

Evil Dead 2 (4K)

Filmmaker Sam Raimi's 1987 horror classic comes to Ultra HD, with its creative practical effects looking better than they have since the movie played in theaters. Bruce Campbell plays his iconic role of the brash hero who battles the armies of the undead, in what many hail as the series' high point. Extras include commentary from Raimi and Campbell, making-of featurettes, the original trailer and still galleries.

The Happytime Murders

Filmmaker Brian Henson -- son of the late, legendary Jim Henson -- teams with Jenny McCarthy for a riotous, wildly inappropriate comedic murder mystery. McCarthy plays an LAPD cop who partners with a puppet to solve the grisly serial killing of the cloth-and-stuffing set. You'll never look at shows such as "Sesame Street" the same way after experience this wild ride. For my full review, click here. Extras include deleted scenes, a gag reel, line-o-rama and filmmaker commentary.

A Simple Favor

Blake Lively plays a stylish and self-obsessed woman who befriends a Type A single mother (Anna Kendrick) into a web of deceit and mystery. The chemistry and shifting power dynamics between Lively and Kendrick is engrossing, and a perfect fit for the cracklign script. Anchored by two strong lead performances, a twisting narrative unfolds, filled with wild surprises that keep you guessing throughout. For my full review, click here. Extras include eight making-of featurettes, three cast and crew commentaries, deleted scenes and flash mob footage.

Smallfoot

An insular clan of yetis begins to question their collective beliefs when one of their own claims to have seen a human, which they believed to be mythological. Funny and poignant, the film explores the dynamics of groupthink while keeping the laughs flowing. A dynamite voice cast includes Channing Tatum. James Corden, Zendaya, Danny DeVito and Gina Rodriguez. A sing-along version, the short film "Super Soozie" and a slew of making-of featurettes make up the extras.

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