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Posted at 12:29 PM, Aug 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-09 17:49:02-04

Here are this week's hottest home video releases:

The Death of Superman

This animated film, loosely adapted from the early 1990s comic book storyline -- updated with a modern setting and current evolutions of characters in the DC universe -- pits Superman against his deadly nemesis, Doomsday. Superman puts his life on the line in an effort to protect his beloved adopted hometown of Metropolis from obliteration. Jerry O'Connell, Rebecca Romijn, Rainn Wilson and Rosario Dawson lend their voices. Extras include a featurette on the film's climactic battle, as well as side stories involving peripheral DC characters.

Elena of Avalor: The Realm of the Jaquins

The Disney Junior series, a spinoff of "Sofia the First," stars the voice of Aimee Carrero as the voice of a Latina princess who helps others with their problems. In this special, she travels to a mystical realm and accidentally unleashes a legendary forest sprite that poses a danger to her home kingdom. Themes of friendship, apologizing and staying true to yourself will ring true for the young audience it seeks, making for solid family entertainment.

Here and Now: Season 1

Tim Robbins and Holly Hunter star as parents of an eclectic, ever-brooding family of now-grown adopted children who span a rainbow of ethnicities. Created by Alan Ball ("Six Feet Under," "True Blood"), the series explores dark themes of generational and racial divides. Dangling plot threats will leave fans unsatisfied, because the series was canceled after the season. 

Life of the Party

Melissa McCarthy reinvents herself yet again, this time as bland middle-aged mother who shows off her wild side when she decides to attend college along with her daughter. McCarthy's performance, along with a steady stream of fish-out-of-water laughs keeps the high-concept comedy afloat. For my full review, click here. Extras include making-of featurettes, a gag reel and deleted scenes.

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