A movie about a tropical vacation that proves to be anything but rejuvenating tops the DVD releases for the week of Oct. 19.
"Old": A family staying at a seaside resort starts aging rapidly after some leisure time at a secluded beach, reducing their life expectancy to one day, in director M. Night Shyamalan’s latest thriller starring Gael Garcia Bernal, Vicky Krieps and Rufus Sewell.
"The children among the vacationers are in the grip of a frighteningly accelerated lifespan that seems destined to end by sundown," writes Chicago Tribune critic Michael Phillips in his review of the film. "For the adults, the malevolent beach, approached through a slot canyon that acts as a kind of force field, the aging process is subtler, until Shyamalan turns to a more explicit realm of body horror, PG-13 division."
For Phillips, the main conceit of the movie, based on a 2010 French graphic novel, came up a bit short ultimately. "Is the central hook in 'Old' enough? For many, I suspect, the answer will be not quite," he writes. "The film, well-crafted when the characters quit reiterating the previous what’s-going-on-here? reiteration, could use a little more nerve and a little less plot machinery."
ALSO NEW ON DVD OCT. 19
"Snake Eyes": An origin story for G.I. Joe's mysterious ninja character, starring Henry Golding in the title role as he looks to avenge his father's murder.
"The Protege": Maggie Q plays an assassin, raised and trained by Samuel L. Jackson's contract killer character, who is forced to go on the run after he is killed. Also starring Michael Keaton.
"Joe Bell": Based on a true story, Mark Wahlberg stars as a grieving father who decides to walk from Oregon to New York City to raise awareness about bullying after his gay son dies by suicide.
"Honey Girls": Three young musicians are chosen as contestants for a TV competition to discover the next big solo act, but realize they are actually better together and form a band in secret.
"Last Man Down": A former special forces soldier retreats to a forest abode after a global pandemic destroys civilization, but his solitude is interrupted when a woman shows up who has escaped from a lab and may be the key to curing the virus.
"Needle in a Timestack": Leslie Odom Jr. and Cynthia Erivo star as a married couple who see their marital bliss interrupted by the arrival of Orlando Bloom's ex-boyfriend character in this time travel romance based on sci-fi author Robert Silverberg's novel.
"No Man of God": Set in the last year's of Ted Bundy's life when the serial killer was behind bars, Elijah Wood plays an FBI agent interviewing the murderer, portrayed by Luke Kirby.
"Superman & Lois: Complete First Season": The CW series that debuted earlier this year finds Superman settling down in present-day Smallville with Lois Lane and their twin sons.
"The Survivalist": Following society's collapse due to a deadly pandemic, a former FBI agent must protect the young woman he encounters who seems to be immune to the disease. Starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers and John Malkovich.
"Tiger: Parts One and Two": HBO miniseries examining the superstar golfer's playing career, personal scandals and legacy.
"Fear PHarm 2": This horror sequel takes up the story where the original film ended, with a young woman having survived a deadly corn maze only to find herself held hostage by the family running the scary attraction.
"Injustice": DC Comics animated film that pits Batman against Superman on an alternate Earth after machinations by the Joker.
"Scream": With Halloween nearing, the 1996 Wes Craven film that reignited the horror genre while also skewering its tropes gets released for the first time on 4K Ultra HD and newly remastered on Blu-ray for its 25th anniversary.
"The Sheik": The 1921 silent film classic starring the legendary Rudolph Valentino is newly restored on Blu-ray in this limited-edition release to mark the movie's centennial.
OUT ON DIGITAL HD OCT. 19
"Escape From Mogadishu": Korean action thriller set in 1991 Somalia based on a true story about rival North and South Korean diplomats and their families finding common cause as they work to escape Mogadishu amid civil war.
"Mandibles": Two friends find a giant fly trapped inside their car and decide to train it to carry out robberies for them in this fantastical comedy.
"A Nomad River": A blend of fiction and nonfiction centered on the struggle of four ordinary people as they travel across India, an ancient civilization struggling with climate change, water crisis, poverty and hygiene issues.
"The Weasel’s Tale": Argentinian movie about four old friends sharing a large country house who find their peaceful existence upended by a young couple eager for them to sell the home so they can pursue a real estate project.
"The Addams Family": To mark its 30th anniversary, the 1991 movie update of the spooky family sitcom starring Anjelica Huston, Christopher Lloyd and Christina Ricci is available on digital 4K Ultra HD for the first time.