Here are this week's hottest home video releases:
Amityville: The Awakening
The ghosts in the Amityville house have it easy, because a stream of unsuspecting morons continually flows into the home for them to torment. The next victims: A troubled teen (Bella Thorne) and her secretive mother (Jennifer Jason Leigh), who make the usual unwise decision of sticking around despite the creepy happenings rather than bail at first freak-out. The poorly-reviewed effort is meant strictly for genre fanatics. The lone extra is a making-of featurette.
Charlize Theron continues to expand her action hero resume with this kinetic role as an MI6 assassin who infiltrates Berlin during the cold war. With a brutal fighting style and stone cold demeanor, Theron serves as the focal point for a riveting action extravaganza. For my full review, click here. Extras include deleted and extended scenes, a breakdown of a fight scene and a slew of making-of featurettes.
D.C. Follies: The Complete Series
Fred Willard stars in this edgy 1987-89 political satire, which got away with a lot more than it should have because it used puppets. Mixing slapstick and sight gags with wicked insight, the absurd comedy is a head-shaking, eye-rolling relic from yesteryear. Guest stars included Bob Uecker, Mike Tyson, Whoopi Goldberg and Weird Al Yankovic.
Harry Potter Years 1-4 on 4K
The entire "Harry Potter" movie collection has now been remastered in shimmering 4K editions, each equipped with handsome covers, digital copies and loads of extras curated from previous Blu-ray and DVD releases. "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets," "Harry Potter and the Prizoner of Azkaban" and "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" are each sold separately. Accompanying these releases is an expanded "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" VR app.
Jeremy Renner plays a game tracker who helps an FBI agent (Elizabeth Olsen) investigate the rape and murder of a woman on an Indian reservation, unearthing a grim conspiracy of silence that threatens to rip the community apart and trip up the investigation. A haunting visual style melds with passionate performances in the chilling police procedural. Deleted scenes and behind-the-scenes footage fill out the extras.