Here are this week's hottest home video releases:
Filmmaker Murray Lerner spent three years putting together this watershed 1967 documentary about the Newport Folk Festival, capturing performances from the likes of Bob Dylan and Joan Baez. Capturing the upheaval and passion of the era, Lerner's film shines in a new 2K Criterion transfer. Archival interviews, performance footage and a tribute booklet round out the package.
The Piano Teacher (Criterion)
The notorious 2001 drama from Austrian director Michael Haneke was a forerunner of "Whiplash." An aging, bitter piano professor (Isabelle Huppert) exerts psychological and sexual control on a young student (Benoit Magimel). Relentlessly disturbing and thought-provoking, the film is a heavy experience that's not for everyone. Extras include a tribute booklet, interviews with Hupper and Haneke and a fresh English subtitles translation.
Silicon Valley: Season 4
Thomas Middleditch, Martin Starr, T.J. Miller, Kumail Nanjiani and Zach Woods make up an ensemble that matches the geeky hilarity of "The Big Bang Theory" note for note. The latest season of the HBO sit-com has the struggling tech company trying to find its footing as rivals and patent trolls try to snipe at them. Deleted scenes are included.
Transfomers: The Last Knight
Mark Wahlberg and Anthony Hopkins do plenty of green screen acting in this insane robotic romp, which is thrilling at times but leaves you feeling empty. The action pops, especially in 4K, but the movie is too dumb to live up to even the low standards of previous movies in the series. For my full review, click here. Special features focus on how the effects and stunts were crafted.
Veep: Season 6Julia Louis-Dreyfus continues to thrive in her third career-redefining series, following "Seinfeld" and "The New Adventures of Old Christine." As a short-term former president who scrambles to maintain her legacy and embark on her next career venture, her trash-talking, clumsy and bungling character continues to shine. Cast commentaries are included.