Chris Hicks: A reboot of ‘Jack Ryan’ franchise leads new movies on home video

Published: Thursday, June 12 2014 3:20 p.m. MDT

“Unacceptable Levels” (Disinformation/DVD, 2014, not rated). Documentary suggests that the chemical revolution of the 1940s began the regular, if unintentional, ingesting of toxic chemicals by humans that has exponentially grown worse.

“Ride Resort” (Cinema Libre/DVD, 2014, not rated, featurette, trailer). Two documentary filmmakers chronicle their 10,000-mile, cross-continental road trip from Las Vegas to Rio de Janeiro on Suzuki motorcycles while making friends of generous strangers along the way.

“Capital” (Cohen/Blu-ray/DVD, 2013, not rated, featurette, in English and in French with English subtitles).

“Amen” (Cohen/Blu-ray/DVD, 2002, not rated, audio commentary, trailer, BBC documentary: “Pope Pius XII: The Pope, the Jews and the Nazis”). Two films by political-activist filmmaker Costa-Gavras, “Capital,” based on a novel by Stephane Osmont, is a dark, comic, suspenseful look at global finance, and “Amen,” based on Rolf Hochhuth’s play “The Deputy,” is about a German chemist during World War II who discovers his work is being used for Hitler’s Final Solution, so he appeals to a Jesuit priest with ties to Pope Pius XII.

“Bushido Man: Seven Deadly Battles” (Shout!/Blu-ray/DVD/Digital, 2014, not rated, featurette, in Japanese with English subtitles or English dubbed). Japanese action film about seven battles fought with seven disciplines — kung fu, sword, stick, handgun, etc. — with each preceded by a lavish meal.

“The Secret Lives of Dorks” (Cinedigm/DVD, 2014, PG-13). High school farce about a nerdy boy who has an annoying crush on a cheerleader until she gives him dating tips, directing him toward an equally nerdy girl. Jim Belushi and Jennifer Tilly have supporting roles.

“Brawl” (Lionsgate/DVD/Digital/On Demand, 2014, R for violence, featurette, trailers). A former boxer moves to Thailand where he meets a Muay Thai boxer who brings him into a dangerous underground fight club.

“Kill Zombie!” (Well Go/Blu-ray/DVD/Digital, not rated). The populace of Amsterdam is infected with a zombie-creating virus just as two brothers are released from prison, along with other criminals. So they form an unlikely crew to take down the zombies with whatever is available, from crossbows to bowling balls.

Chris Hicks is the author of "Has Hollywood Lost Its Mind? A Parent’s Guide to Movie Ratings." He also writes at hicksflicks.com and can be contacted at hicks@deseretnews.com.

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