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'The Nutcracker and the Four Realms' takes a crack at home video

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Posted at 7:43 AM, Jan 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-29 09:43:19-05

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

Hunter Killer

Gerard Butler and Gary Oldman star in this white-knuckle submarine-focused spy thriller, in which U.S. and Russian forces reignite cold war tensions and push hostilities to the brink of war. Excellent close-quarters cinematography blends with intense performances for an intense thrillride. For my full review, click here. Extras include documentary from director Donovan Marsh and a two-part making-of featurette.

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

Disney's latest stab at launching a new franchise lands with a thud, introducing a quirky and visually dynamic world of mystery and magic that is more absurd than relatable. Morgan Freeman, Keira Knightley, Helen Mirren and ballerina Misty Copeland lend a measure of credibility to the proceedings, but the story of a girl (Mackenzie Foy) who joins a Nutcracker to seek out mysteries from her family's past fails to connect. Extras include an interview with Copeland, deleted scenes, a pair of music videos and a making-of featurette.

The Wife

Glenn Close notches a best actress Oscar nomination for her tour de force performance in this drama. She plays the bitter spouse of an acclaimed writer (Jonathan Pryce), with whom she has harbored a secret over their 40-year relationship, which started when he was her professor. Tensions come to a boil as her husband is set to receive a Nobel Prize for literature. Extras include an interview with Close, cast interviews and a Q&A with Close and author Meg Wolitzer.

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