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New on DVD: Get in ring with ‘Iron Claw’ biopic

By Tribune News Service
Published: March 22, 2024, 6:04am

A sports drama inspired by a tragic true story tops the DVD releases for the week of March 26.

“The Iron Claw”: This biographical film about the Von Erich family of professional wrestlers who ruled the ring in the 1980 and ’90s, written and directed by Sean Durkin, features Zac Efron, Jeremy Allen White and Harris Dickinson as brothers Kevin, Kerry and David Von Erich, respectively.

“Durkin has wanted to make a film about the Von Erichs for as long as he has wanted to make films, since he was a kid obsessed with wrestling,” writes Tribune News Service critic Katie Walsh in her review. “He applies his signature sensibility to this epic melodrama, which has been condensed in some parts to manage the size and scope of this sprawling American tragedy, but is no less affecting. Ultimately, ‘The Iron Claw’ is a ghost story, a tale of a family haunted by those they’ve lost and their own responsibility in these deaths.”

Also new on DVD

“The Book of Clarence”: LaKeith Stanfield stars in the biblical riff as a dope-dealing striver in 33 A.D. Jerusalem.

“Freud’s Last Session”: Anthony Hopkins plays the famed Austrian neurologist as he maneuvers around his London home, debating the existence of God, the human condition and more with guest C.S. Lewis.

“AIMEE: The Visitor”: Sci-fi thriller in which a hacker unlocks an AI program that takes the form of an alluring woman poses and learns it’s not to be trifled with.

“Ancient Empires”: History Channel documentary series features an episode focused on each of Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar and Cleopatra.

“Craig Before the Creek: An Original Movie”: Feature length prequel to the Cartoon Network children’s show “Craig of the Creek.”

“Francesca Quinn, PI”: Hallmark movie in which the titular character takes on a case close to home — the murder of her fiance.

“Good Burger 2”: Keenan Thompson reprises the role of inventor Dexter Reed, who reunites with his old co-worker Ed (a likewise returning Kel Mitchell) in this Paramount+ sequel to the 1997 comedy.

“Wednesday: The Complete First Season”: Scream queen Jenna Ortega plays the Addams family’s resident goth girl in Netflix’s popular comedy series. With Catherine Zeta-Jones.

“When Evil Lurks”: A grotesque evil is festering in the countryside where two brothers live, but the moment they think they’ve disposed of it is when the real nightmare begins in this Argentinian horror film.

“Polar Rescue”: After a young boy gets lost during a snowstorm, his frantic parents seek help from the local police, who are soon faced with a desperate race against the clock. Donnie Yen and Cecilia Han star in the Chinese thriller.

“Born to Fly”: Also from China, this action-packed aerial drama in the vein of “Top Gun” follows a group of elite test pilots as they push themselves and their fighter jets to the limit.

“Saint Omer”: Joining the Criterion Collection is the 2022 narrative feature debut from French documentary filmmaker Alice Diop, which finds a writer following the murder trial of an immigrant woman accused of killing her young child.