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New DVD, Blu-ray and digital release highlights for the week of November 3-9, 2019

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SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK (Photo: Lionsgate)

Here's a peek at the week's biggest releases.

Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish and Elisabeth Moss star in "The Kitchen," a crime drama that sees the wives of imprisoned gangsters taking up their husbands' business interests while they're locked away. It's similar to what we saw in last year's "Widows," but less effective.

If behind-the-scenes rumors are to be believe, "Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw," a spin-off from the main series, was the only way to keep Dwayne Johnson in the franchise. The film sees Hobbs (Johnson) and Shaw (Jason Statham), a bickering odd couple who are forced to work together to stop Brixton (Idris Elba), an enhanced super villain intent on destroying the world. Vanessa Kirby co-stars as Shaw's sister. David Leitch's direction is a mess.

I was pleasantly surprised by "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark." I grew up with Alvin Schwartz's short stories, loved director André Øvredal's work and tend to drawn to anything that Guillermo del Toro puts his name on. Still, I was skeptical. Whereas the Goosebumps films felt more like action movies, "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark" is true to its source material as it weaves together a handful of stories into one packed narrative with its share of PG-13 scares and frights.

"The Art of Racing in the Rain" is the story of a golden retriever and his friendship with Denny, his aspiring Formula One race car driver. I liked previous Simon Curtis films, but this one's a little too fluffy for my taste.

Daisy Ridley, Naomi Watts and Clive Owen star in "Ophelia," a re-interpretation of Shakespeare's "Hamlet" told from the perspective of Ophelia.

Television and Web Series

For those who don't subscribe to Amazon Prime (or still prefer physical copies to digital ones) the acclaimed "Good Omens" takes the 1990 novel by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman and gives it life through a cast that includes Michael Sheen and David Tennant. The narrative follows Crowley, a demon, and Aziraphale, an angel, who look the keep an Antichrist at bay and avoid Armageddon.

"Ms. Fisher's Modern Murder Mysteries" is a spin-off the Australian series "Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries." It focuses on Phryne Fisher's niece Peregrine Fisher who looks to follow in her aunt's footsteps to become a detective with a little help from The Adventuresses' Club.

Kevin Costner returns as John Dutton in Taylor Sheridan's "Yellowstone: Season 2." The series is essentially a Western, but Sheridan has a way of ratcheting up the drama that inevitably always ends in bursts of violence.

Catalog Titles

Another round of Disney titles makes its way to 4K. This batch includes "Big Hero 6," "Moana," "The Princess and the Frog," "Tangled" and "Zootopia."

Donald Sutherland stars in the 1988 horror/thriller "Apprentice to Murder." Based on a true story, the film explores the relationship between an ousted folk healer (Sutherland) who claims to serve God as he and a young man investigate a sickness that has taken over their Pennsylvania Dutch community.

This week also sees Lionsgate bring the cult action film "Universal Soldier" to 4K. The 1992 film stars Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren star as fallen Vietnam veterans who are brought back to life as all-obeying cyborgs.

Digital

This week's digital releases feature the well-received family film "Dora and the Lost City of Gold;" "Official Secrets," a drama starring Keira Knightly, Matt Smith and Mattew Goode about a whistleblower who revealed a campaign intended to falsely gain the UN Security Council sanctioning of the 2003 invasion of Iraq; and "The Peanut Butter Falcon," a delightful film that finds a young man with down syndrome running away from his care center to follow his dreams of becoming a professional wrestler.

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