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‘A Quiet Place Part II’ tops DVD offerings next week

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A scary sequel where the very last thing you want to do is scream tops the DVD releases for the week of July 27.

“A Quiet Place Part II” picks up immediately after the events of the first film, while also providing a tantalizing glimpse of Day 1 when the monsters first arrived and ushered in humanity’s silent era. In the film’s present, the surviving members of the Abbott family must leave home and find new shelter from the deadly creatures with super hearing.

Cillian Murphy, who joins the budding franchise in “Part II,” teams with Millicent Simmonds in an effort to end the existential threat posed by the creatures, while Emily Blunt and her other two children face their own dangers. John Krasinski returns as director (and wrote the script), and though his character heroically died at the end of the first film, he reprises the role in a Day 1 flashback scene.

“Krasinski’s sure-footed sequel (and, in the dynamite opening sequence, prequel) is everything you want a summer horror movie to be, made by a writer/director who is clearly both a fan and a student of scary movies,” critic Chris Hewitt writes in the Star Tribune. “As Krasinski showed in the first ‘Quiet Place,’ he’s not afraid to guide the story into a situation that seems impossible to get out of, only to find an ingenious way to do just that.”

Also new on DVD

“American Gods: Season 3”: The final season of the Starz series based on Nail Gaiman’s novel concerning the battle between the Old and New Gods.

“Every Breath You Take”: Casey Affleck stars as a psychologist who introduces his family to the brother of a deceased patient, with sinister results.

“Joey & Ella”: A baby kangaroo, part of a circus, gets mixed up in a jewelry heist thanks to bumbling thieves. She becomes separated from her mother for the first time and is in possession of a diamond with strange powers.

“Keeping Faith: Series 3”: Eve Myles returns as Faith in the final season of the BBC mystery set in rural Wales.

“Midnight In The Switchgrass”: Bruce Willis and Megan Fox investigate a series of unsolved murders in which women are taken from truck stop areas.

“The God Committee”: The members of a three-person board who decide which person gets an organ transplant struggle with the consequences of one of their past decisions. Stars Kelsey Grammer, Julia Stiles and Colman Domingo.

“The Last Champion”: A disgraced former wrestler stripped of his Olympic medal returns to his hometown after the death of his mother.

“The Neighborhood: Season Three”: The CBS sitcom stars Cedric the Entertainer as the Los Angeles neighbor of a friendly, white Midwesterner who moves in to the predominately African American neighborhood with his family.

“Unforgotten: The Complete Fourth Season”: Led by Nicola Walker’s chief inspector character, London detectives investigate cold cases in this British drama airing on PBS’ “Masterpiece.”

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