New releases out on DVD and Blu-ray this week include Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Megan Fox, Will Arnett), Maze Runner (Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Will Poulter), This is Where I Leave You (Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Jane Fonda), Skeleton Twins (Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader), and Stonehearst Asylum (Kate Beckinsale, Jim Sturgess, Ben Kingsley). I have not seen any of them yet, but I want to watch them all. It’s a good thing I get a few days off at the end of the month. Continue reading for a summary of the new Blu-ray and DVD releases for this week.
DVDs coming out the week of December 16, 2014
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
The city needs heroes. Darkness has settled over New York City as Shredder and his evil Foot Clan have an iron grip on everything from the police to the politicians. The future is grim until four unlikely outcast brothers rise from the sewers and discover their destiny as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Turtles must work with fearless reporter April O’Neil (Megan Fox) and her wise-cracking cameraman Vern Fenwick (Will Arnett) to save the city and unravel Shredder’s diabolical plan.
When Thomas wakes up trapped in a massive maze with a group of other boys, he has no memory of the outside world other than strange dreams about a mysterious organization known as W.C.K.D. Only by piecing together fragments of his past with clues he discovers in the maze can Thomas hope to uncover his true purpose and a way to escape. Based upon the best-selling novel by James Dashner. Stars Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, and Will Poulter.
This is Where I Leave You
When their father passes away, four grown siblings, bruised and banged up by their respective adult lives, are forced to return to their childhood home and live under the same roof together for a week, along with their over-sharing mother and an assortment of spouses, exes and might-have-beens. Confronting their history and the frayed states of their relationships among the people who know and love them best, they ultimately reconnect in hysterical and emotionally affecting ways amid the chaos, humor, heartache and redemption that only families can provide-driving us insane even as they remind us of our truest, and often best, selves. Stars Jason Bateman (Arrested Development), Tina Fey (30 Rock), and Jane Fonda (Klute, Coming Home, The Newsroom).
When estranged twins Maggie (Kristen Wiig) and Milo (Bill Hader) feel they’re at the end of their ropes, an unexpected reunion forces them to confront why their lives went so wrong. As the twins reconnect, they realize the key to fixing their lives may just lie in repairing their relationship.
When young doctor Edward Newgate (Jim Sturgess) arrives at Stonehearst Asylum in search of an apprenticeship, he is warmly welcomed by superintendent Dr. Lamb (Ben Kingsley) and a mesmerizing woman by the name of Eliza Graves (Kate Beckinsale). Edward is intrigued by Lamb s modern methods of treating the insane until a series of unusual events leads him to make a horrifying discovery, exposing Lamb’s utopia and pushing Edward to the limits of his conscience. Inspired by a short story from Edgar Allan Poe, Stonehearst Asylum is a tale in which nobody is who or what they appear to be. Also stars Michael Caine, Brendan Gleeson and David Thewlis.