Welcome to Mandatory and ComingSoon’s weekly Binge & Buy, a digital HD, Blu-ray, and DVD column for the week of March 12! Here, you’ll find detailed write-ups of different titles released this week, including a number of new movies, reissues, combo packs, and TV seasons, none of which you can live without in 2019. Click each highlighted title to purchase through Amazon!
Cutthroat collecting: Rare First Edition Harry Potter Book Stolen
Photo: Warner Bros. Pictures
New Movies on Blu-ray/DVD
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
At the end of the first film, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) was captured by MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), with the help of Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne). But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escaped custody and has set about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings.
Two men from different worlds form an unexpected friendship in the incredibly moving Academy Award for Best Picture winner starring Viggo Mortensen and Academy Award winner Mahershala Ali.
Chef Flynn (DVD)
Ten-year-old Flynn transforms his living room into a supper club, using his classmates as line cooks and serving a tasting menu foraged from his neighbors’ backyards. With sudden fame, Flynn outgrows his bedroom kitchen and mother’s camera, and sets out to challenge the hierarchy of the culinary world.
Amber Heard leads an all-star cast in this dark, suspenseful thriller as a clairvoyant femme fatale who has a premonition that one of the three men she is dating plans to murder her.
A man kisses his wife and baby goodbye and seemingly heads away on business, with a plan to check into a hotel and kill an unsuspecting prostitute.
Following the death of her father, Alice (Ruth Wilson) returns to her home village for the first time in 15 years to claim from her estranged brother (Mark Stanley) the family farm she believes is rightfully hers.
The Last Man
In this apocalyptic thriller, Hayden Christensen plays a vet suffering from PTSD who takes the advice of a street prophet (Harvey Keitel) and starts preparing for the end of days.
Then Came You
This is the story of Skye (Maisie Williams), a spunky teenager with a terminal illness who befriends Calvin (Asa Butterfield), a 19-year old hypochondriac who is afraid of his own shadow.
Divide And Conquer: The Story Of Roger Ailes (DVD)
The rise and fall of Roger Ailes, controversial Fox News mogul and Republican king-maker. One of the most powerful and divisive figures in media, Ailes would go down in flames amid scandal, paranoia, and multiple sexual harassment allegations.
Witches brew: Now is the Time to Remake ‘The Craft’
Photo: Shout Factory
Four female misfits connect with a higher power that enables them to rock and rule their high school.
Someone to Watch Over Me
A happily married police detective’s life is turned upside down when he is assigned to protect a stunning New York socialite who has witnessed a homicide.
Man’s Best Friend
This story centers around a high-tech biotechnology lab. From its confines comes “Max,” a genetically engineered killing machine in the guise of a household pet dog.
Ken Marks (Kenn Scott) finds a dangerous enemy on his first day at his new school; an enemy who makes his living as the champion of an illegal fighting operation. School janitor and ex-cop Billy Grant (Billy Blanks) trains Ken to defend himself. What Billy doesn’t know is that the man behind it all is the one man from his past who wants him dead.
The Wild Pussycat
The simple plot concerns a woman whose sister was exploited and driven to suicide by a sleazy pimp. In order to get revenge on him, the woman seduces the man, drugs him, and imprisons him in a sound-proofed room, tormenting him through a large one way mirror (he can see out, no one can see in) by performing sultry strip tease dances and having sex with men and women while he can only look on, helpless to stop it or join in. Her final vengeance on him is so shocking it raises eyebrows even today.
Treasure-seekers try their luck on a tropical island and find a lost civilization that has interesting marine capabilities and an unusual way of life.
Photo: STX Films
New on Digital HD
Jennifer Lopez stars as Maya, a 40-year-old woman struggling with frustrations from unfulfilled dreams. Until, that is, she gets the chance to prove to Madison Avenue that street smarts are as valuable as book smarts.
Finding Steve McQueen
When an unlikely gang of thieves attempts to steal $30 million in illegal campaign contributions from President Richard Nixon’s secret fund, the plan quickly goes sideways, prompting the biggest manhunt in FBI history.
Madonna and the Breakfast Club
The documentary story of Madonna’s struggling days in New York with her first band “Breakfast Club,” leading up to her first solo record deal.
Welcome to Acapulco
Video game designer Matt Booth has one shot to save his career by unveiling his biggest project yet at the Video Game Awards in New Mexico. But after running into a friend at the airport and having a little too much to drink before his flight, he ends up in actual Mexico — specifically, Acapulco.
What Lies Ahead
When two young women are thrown together on an unexpected road trip, a surprising and aggressive peril emerges that grows stronger with each passing mile.
Imagine a world without aging, injury, disease, or death. Quint’s obsession with this utopian dream pushes him to the edge of his sanity. Rather than risk losing his dying children, Quint decides to freeze them alive, thereby preserving them in a cryonic ametabolic state.
TV on Blu-ray and DVD
House of Cards: Volume Six
The sixth and final season of the award-winning Netflix series continues the story of Claire Underwood as she ascends to the Presidency. Frank Underwood has passed but does he still hold power over Claire or his staff?
The Last Ship: The Complete Series
Navy Captain Tom Chandler (Eric Dane) and his crew must find a cure after a pandemic wipes out billions of people worldwide.
The Simple Heist: Series 1 (DVD)
When two friends facing their older years find themselves increasingly overlooked, they turn to crime to even the score. As Jenny struggles to stay afloat during her divorce, she teams up with the similarly cash-strapped Cecilia to rob a bank.
Ancient Aliens Season 11, Volume 2 (DVD)
Did extraterrestrials visit Earth thousands of years ago? HISTORY’s explosive hit, Ancient Aliens, returns with new questions and new clues to explore that controversial theory. From the age of the dinosaurs to ancient Egypt to modern-day sightings, each episode offers historic depth to the speculations, provocative controversies, firsthand accounts, and theories surrounding this age-old debate.