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Explore life and music of Joan Baez

By Tribune News Service
Published: January 12, 2024, 5:02am

A documentary about a legendary folk singer tops the DVD releases for the week of Jan. 16.

“Joan Baez: I Am a Noise”: The musician and political activist who rose to stardom in the 1960s discusses her art as well as her personal life through the years.

“Executive produced by Patti Smith, ‘Joan Baez: I Am a Noise’ begins with the artist digging through a large collection of notebooks, drawings, videotapes and recordings. She is excavating one of the most remarkable and notably political artistic careers in American history,” writes Boston Herald critic James Verniere in his review. “A lifelong advocate for civil rights and a staunch, early opponent of the war in Vietnam (and later the war in Iraq), Baez has combined musical stardom with political outspokenness in ways that few have before or after her heyday.”

Also new on DVD

“Billions: The Final Season”: In the seventh season of Showtime’s high-finance drama, a billionaire (Corey Stoll) eyes a presidential run. Also starring Paul Giamatti and the returning Damian Lewis, who was absent from Season 6.

“Journey to Bethlehem”: A musical retelling of the biblical story of Mary and Joseph and the baby Jesus.

“Spring Lakes”: A man makes the most unfortunate discovery of a satanic cult while searching for his sister in this horror movie.

“Lone Star”: Filmmaker John Sayles’ 1996 neo-Western about the buried secrets of a small Texas town joins the Criterion Collection on Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD.

New on DVD Jan. 18

“Lawmen: Bass Reeves”: The latest Paramount+ drama from “Yellowstone” creator Taylor Sheridan stars David Oyelowo as the titular frontier lawman, one of the first Black deputy U.S. marshals in the Old West.

Digital HD

“The Marvels”: The sequel to 2019’s “Captain Marvel” finds Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) teaming up with Ms. Marvel aka Kamala Kahn, and Monica Rambeau.

“Next Goal Wins”: Taika Waititi’s new comedy follows the American Samoa soccer team, known as the world’s worst after a 31-0 FIFA loss, as they take on a charismatic new coach (Michael Fassbender).

“Project Dorothy”: Two criminals hiding in a science facility after a failed heist discover a monstrous experiment in this horror thriller.

“Scalper”: The titular killer is on the prowl in this sequel to the 2021 slasher film “Night Caller.”