A new Disney cartoon feature leads these new movies on DVD and Blu-ray this week.
“Pirate Fairy” (Disney/Blu-ray, 2014, G, two discs, $36.99; Blu-ray, DVD, digital versions; deleted scenes, featurettes, sing-alongs, trailers). This straight-to-video feature-length cartoon is the fifth — yes, the fifth! — in the “Tinker Bell” series of sequels/prequels to Walt Disney’s 1950 classic “Peter Pan.
This one focuses on a rogue fairy named Zarina (voiced by Christina Hendricks), who is sanctioned for misusing Blue Pixie Dust, so she leaves Pixie Hollow and strikes out on her own, eventually teaming up with the pirates of Skull Rock and a young cabin boy named James Hook (Tom Hiddleston). This leads Captain Hook’s origin story. Naturally, Tink and friends must save the day. (Also on DVD, $29.99)
“Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” (Paramount/Blu-ray, 2013, PG-13, three discs, $39.99; Blu-ray, DVD, digital versions; theatrical, unrated, R-rated versions; deleted/extended/alternate scenes, audio commentary, featurettes, bloopers, trailers). If the original theatrical PG-13 version of this Will Ferrell sequel about ’70s TV personalities adjusting to the ’80s wasn’t raunchy enough for you (I’m still amazed at what’s allowed in PG-13 movies these days), this set also has a more crude unrated version and an even raunchier R-rated version that had a brief run in theaters last month, and which replaces 763 jokes in the film. Not that I counted them. (Also on DVD, $29.98)
“47 Ronin” (Universal/Blu-ray 3D, 2013, PG-13, three discs; Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD, digital versions; $49.98, deleted scenes, featurettes). A band of 47 samurai warriors vows revenge for the death of their leader and seek help from a half-Japanese slave (Keanu Reeves) as they navigate demons and a witch that turns into a dragon. Fairly typical of the genre with oddly cast Reeves thrown in the mix. (Also on Blu-ray, $34.98, and DVD, $29.98)
“Delivery Man” (Touchstone/Dreamworks/Blu-ray, 2013, PG-13, $32.99, deleted scene, featuretts, bloopers). This Vince Vaughn comedy is a faithful remake of the Canadian film “Starbuck” by the same director/co-writer (Ken Scott), about a middle-aged delivery driver who donated sperm in his youth discovering he fathered more than 500 kids, now adults, and 142 are suing to know who their dad is. (Also on DVD, $29.99)
“The Bag Man” (Universal/Blu-ray, 2014; R for violence, sex, language; $26.98, featuertte). Sadly, John Cusack seems relegated to straight-to-video trash for his starring projects these days. He had no less than seven movies released last year and is on track for eight this year, but you won’t hear about most of them. In this one, he’s a hit man battling crooked cops and nasty mobsters. Robert De Niro co-stars. (Also on DVD, $19.98)
“Warrior Assassin” (Lionsgate, 2014, PG-13, $26.98, in Mandarin with English subtitles or dubbed English, trailers). Two strangers seek revenge for different reasons, but they target the same guy and end up joining forces in this Chinese period martial-arts effort.
Chris Hicks is the author of "Has Hollywood Lost Its Mind? A Parent’s Guide to Movie Ratings." Website: www.hicksflicks.com