The latest entry in the MonsterVerse franchise, pitting two beloved film titans against each other, tops the DVD releases for the week of June 15.
“Godzilla vs. Kong”: Though it debuted on HBO Max and in theaters simultaneously at the end of March, the movie marked the return of the blockbuster to the big screen after a year of pandemic-driven delays and postponements.
“Director Adam Wingard knows how to deliver what a movie titled ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ should be,” writes Tribune News Service critic Katie Walsh in her review of the fourth MonsterVerse entry, which follows “Godzilla” (2014), “Kong: Skull Island” (2017) and “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” (2019).
“As befitting the franchise, entirely too many actors have been cast to run around the feet of Godzilla and Kong spouting vaguely scientific dialogue,” Walsh writes, and the film does indeed boast a considerable cast, including Alexander Skarsgard, Millie Bobby Brown, Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Henry, Eiza Gonzalez and Kyle Chandler.
While the movie’s story may be lacking, the action lives up the billing. “Wingard knows the appeal of this film is two beloved movie giants pulverizing a city, and offers that spectacle dripping in neon and techno,” writes Walsh. Break out the glow sticks, it’s time for the kaiju rave that is ‘Godzilla vs. Kong.’”
Also new on DVD
“French Exit”: Michelle Pfeiffer is an aging New York socialite on the verge of being broke, so she moves into a small Paris apartment with her adult son and cat.
“Voyagers”: A multi-generational spaceship carrying the future of humanity descends into chaos and madness. Stars Colin Farrell, Tye Sheridan and Lily-Rose Depp.
“SAS: Red Notice”: It’s up an SAS agent who was just along for the ride to save the day when a group of mercenaries betrayed by the British government take a Chunnel train hostage.
“Anything for Jackson”: A grieving Satanist couple summon more than they bargained for as they find themselves battling demonic forces.
“Rock Dog 2: Rock Around the Park”: Animated feature follows canine rockers True Blue, who leave their small town home to tour with pop star Lil’ Foxy and learn that there’s always a price to fame.
“The Walking Dead: World Beyond, Season 1”: “Walking Dead” spinoff set a decade after the zombie apocalypse focuses on the first generation to grow up with the terrifying new normal.
“The Space Between”: Kelsey Grammer stars as an eccentric washed-up musician in this inspiring coming-of-age story set amid the ‘90s Los Angeles music scene.
“Enforcement”: Danish drama examining police brutality follows two officers trapped in a riot after the police killing of a young Muslim man.
On digital HD
“H.P. Lovecraft’s The Deep Ones”: A couple rents a beachside Airbnb, but the reviews didn’t say anything about a mysterious cult or ancient sea god.