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'Moana' washes ashore on home video

Posted at 6:30 AM, Mar 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-07 08:32:54-05

Here are some of this week's hottest home video releases:

Ice Age: The Great Egg-Scapade

This direct-to-video animated comedy rounds up the usual voice cast of Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis, Queen Latifah  Leary and Seann William Scott for a vaguely Easter-themed escapade that focuses on the misadventures of Sid's egg-sitting service. An egg hunt ensues, providing the usual "Ice Age" antics. This one is skippable unless you've got kids who are really into the series. The DVD/digital copy combo includes several short films and deleted scenes.


Delivering what many consider to a performance that ranks with her Oscar-winning turn for "Black Swan," Natalie Portman plays First Lady Jackie Kennedy in the aftermath of President John F. Kennedy's assassination. While the script meanders from emotionally resonance to drab asides, Portman's performance keeps the film grounded. Blu-ray/digital copy extras include Portman's audio commentary and a making-of featurette.

The Mama's Family Favorites Collection

Vicki Lawrence's 1983-1990 sit-com spun off of Carol Burnett's variety shows to become one of the defining series of the 80s. Lawrence dons a wig to play a down-home, tough-talking matriarch who keeps her goofball brood in check. Betty White appears often as her mother. The set includes 37 episodes, scattered from each of the series' seasons, providing nearly 900 hours of classic entertainment.


A hilarious and poignant Disney animated heavyweight, "Moana" twists the usual princess formula on its head to tell a breathless story about adventure on the high seas. Dripping with nods to Polynesian culture, the movie is peppered with entertaining songs and boasts a dynamic voice turn by Dwayne Johnson as Maui, a mischevious demigod who is reminiscent of Robin Williams' Genie in "Aladdin." Extras in the Blu-ray/DVD/digital copy combo is crammed with extras, including a short film featuring Maui, deleted scenes, a deleted song, filmmaker commentary and exhaustive making-of featurettes.

Studios provided review screeners.