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New on DVD: Wizards abound in ‘Fantastic Beasts’

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The latest entry from the Wizarding World tops the DVD releases for the week of June 28.

“Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore”: The third installment of the “Harry Potter” prequel franchise following magizoologist Newt Scamander finds him, with the help of Albus Dumbledore, foiling Grindelwald’s attempts to grasp power. Starring Eddie Redmayne and Jude Law, with Mads Mikkelsen replacing Johnny Depp as the villainous dark wizard.

Writing for Tribune News Service, critic Katie Walsh found “The Secrets of Dumbledore” to be “a bafflingly bad project that can only be described as ‘anti-cinema.’ It has all the charm and fun of a contractual obligation, and dares to pose the question: what if an entire movie was gray?”

Also new on DVD

“Firestarter”: This remake of the 1984 film based on Stephen King’s novel stars Zac Efron as a father doing whatever it takes to protect his daughter from a government agency after she suddenly gains the ability to set fires with her mind.

“The Worst Person in the World”: Oscar-nominated Norwegian film from director Joachim Trier about a young woman in Oslo struggles to find herself in her various relationships.

“Doctor Who: Eve of the Daleks & Legend of the Sea Devils”: Jodie Whittaker stars as the Doctor in these two specials from the long-running British sci-fi series, which aired as New Year’s and Easter episodes respectively.

“Mothering Sunday”: A young maid and aspiring writer has an affair with an upper-class man in this romantic drama set in post-WWI Britain and based on the Graham Swift novel. Featuring Odessa Young, Josh O’Connor, Olivia Colman and Colin Firth.

“See For Me”: There’s someone in the house in this home invasion thriller about three thieves who break into a mansion being watched by a blind former skier to get at the hidden safe inside.

“The Artist’s Wife”: Lena Olin and Bruce Dern star in this drama about the wife of a renowned painter who finds her life in upheaval when he is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, threatening the completion of the art for his final exhibit.

“Horror Noire”: Horror anthology showcasing Black actors, directors and screenwriters that features six tales of racist vampires, supernatural creatures and more.

“Scooby-Doo! and Guess Who?: The Complete Second Season”: Scooby-Doo and co. recruit a different celebrity to join the gang in each episode of the animated show’s second season.

“The Passenger”: Spanish horror film about a group of strangers sharing a ride who stop to help a woman after the driver hits her, only to quickly realize something isn’t right and they should not have let her in the vehicle.

“Where the Scary Things Are”: A group of high schoolers will do anything to score a viral video, including filming the hideous mutant they are keeping prisoner, in this horror movie.

“The First Wives Club”: The 1996 comedy starring Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn and Diane Keaton as three Manhattanites and longtime friends gets released on Blu-ray.

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