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Ravenous alligators are loose in a flooded basement in ‘Crawl’: What could…

by Ace Damon
Ravenous alligators are loose in a flooded basement in 'Crawl': What could...

New to Blu-ray

"Crawl" (DVD Paramount, $ 29.98; Blu-ray, $ 39.99; also available on VOD)

One of the most entertaining and skillful monster movies of recent years, the thriller features Kaya Scodelario as Haley, a Florida college girl who returns to her coastal hometown during a Category 5 hurricane to check on her father (Barry Pepper) and soon discovers itself trapped in a rapidly flooded basement, populated by ravenous giant alligators. Director Alexandre Aja and screenwriters Michael and Shawn Rasmussen take action almost immediately and then escalate the danger into a rundown old house, gradually being torn apart by wind, water and ferocious animals. "Tracking" wastes a lot of time in the backstory, and chaos sometimes escalates so hard it's hard to follow, but for the most part, this animal attack image has bitten.

(Special Features: Featurettes and Deleted Scenes)

VOD

“Greener Grass” (available October 18th)

John Waters fans – and devotees of some of Cartoon Network / Adult Swim's most surreal series – will want to check out this dark comedy, written and directed by its stars, Jocelyn DeBoer and Dawn Luebbe. Set in a lively, antiseptic suburb, the film follows two neighbors whose friendship is shattered when, in a moment of excessive politeness, one of the women offers to give the newborn baby to the other. What follows is a strange tale of repression and envy from the middle class, with entertaining performances by comic actors such as Beck Bennett, Neil Casey and D´Arcy Carden.

TV set of the week

"The Young Titans in Action! Vs. Teen Titans" (Warner Bros. DVD, $ 19.98; Blu-ray, $ 24.98; also available on VOD)

The popularity of "Teen Titans Go!" On Cartoon Network it has been bittersweet for fans of "Teen Titans," an earlier animated series featuring the same characters – with the same voice actors – but with stories that by and the big ones were less foolish and more loyal to the team's original comics. of superheroes. Now, this standalone movie brings the two programs together, through a leap of tale that pits these very different teams against some of their common enemies. Intended for longtime viewers of both shows, this fast and likely movie is packed with jokes and winks to the viewer and is also really exciting.

(Special features: bonus episodes and featurettes)

From the archives

“Omen Collection” (Blu-ray Scream! Factory, $ 79.97)

After the 1973 movie "The Exorcist" became a hugely successful Oscar winner, both A-list producers and B-movie specialists struggled to put their own "devil movies" on the screen. One of the most enduring films of this heady era is 1976's "The Omen" directed by Richard Donner and written by David Seltzer, with Gregory Peck playing a high-level American diplomat who secretly agrees to adopt a baby who may be the literal spawning. of Satan. The image captured the public's imagination and generated three sequels and a 2006 remake – all included in this new set of Blu-ray speakers. For the most part, the franchise is quite useless; but it is popular for good reason. These films skillfully poke viewers' fears about biblical evil.

(Special Features: Comment Tracks and New and Old Features)

Three more to see

"Stuber" (20th Century Fox DVD, $ 14.96; Blu-ray, $ 19.96; also available on VOD); “3 From Hell” (Lionsgate DVD, $ 19.98; Blu-ray, $ 24.99; 4K, $ 29.99; also available on VOD); “Twin Peaks: The Television Collection” (DVD Paramount, $ 55.98; Blu-ray, $ 76.99)

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