What's New on TV, Netflix, Digital & DVD/Blu-ray This Week: March 12-18

Gina Carbone

At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's new on Netflix and TV, we've got you covered.

New on DVD and Blu-ray

"The Shape of Water"
Here it is, the Best Picture of 2017. The Oscar-winning romantic fantasy drama, directed by newly minted Oscar winner Guillermo del Toro, arrives on Blu-ray and DVD on March 13. Bonus features include "A Fairy Tale for Troubled Times," "Anatomy of a Scene: Prologue," "Anatomy of a Scene: The Dance," "Shaping the Waves: A Conversation with James Jean," and "Guillermo del Toro's Master Class."

"The Disaster Artist"
Get ready to say "Oh, hi" to James Franco's film about Tommy Wiseau making "The Room," aka one of the worst movies of all time. "The Disaster Artist" arrives on Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD on Tuesday, March 13.

Extras include a gag reel; audio commentary with James Franco, Dave Franco, Tommy Wiseau, Greg Sestero, and more; and the featurettes "Oh, Hi Mark!: Making a Disaster," "Directing a Disaster," and "Just a Guy Leaning on a Wall: Getting to Know Tommy."

Check out this exclusive clip from the bonus features, with Seth Rogen and Dave Franco talking about the Franco Brothers working together:"I, Tonya"
Allison Janney just picked up an Oscar for playing Tonya Harding's mother in this darkly comic film about the infamous figure skater. Check out Oscar nominee Margot Robbie -- along with costars Sebastian Stan, Bobby Cannavale, Julianne Nicholson, and Mckenna Grace -- when "I, Tonya" debuts on Blu-ray/DVD/On Demand this Tuesday, March 13.

Extras include deleted scenes; commentary from director Craig Gillespie; and the featurettes "All Sixes: The Perfect Performances of I, Tonya," "Irony Free, Totally True: The Story Behind I, Tonya," "Working with Director Craig Gillespie," "The Visual Effects of I, Tonya," and "VFX: Anatomy of the Triple Axel."

"Call Me By Your Name"
From here, Oscar-winning screenwriter James Ivory was the best dressed at the 2018 Oscars for wearing a shirt with Timothée Chalamet's face on it. Timmy was the darling of awards season, even if he walked away from the Academy Awards without a statue. Watch him and Armie Hammer in this romantic drama out on DVD and Blu-ray on March 13.

Extras include "Snapshots of Italy: The Making of Call Me By Your Name," "In Conversation With Armie Hammer, Timothée Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg & Luca Guadagnino," commentary with Timothée Chalamet & Michael Stuhlbarg; and the music video for "Mystery of Love" by Sufjan Stevens.

"Justice League"
Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, The Flash, Cyborg, and a resurrected Superman assemble (is it OK to use that word in the DCEU?) on DVD, Blu-ray, and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray on March 13. Extras include several making-of featurettes, including "Road to Justice," "Heart of Justice," "Technology of the Justice League," "Justice League: The New Heroes," "Steppenwolf the Conqueror," "Scene Studies: Revisiting the Amazons," Scene Studies: Wonder Woman's Rescue," "Scene Studies: Heroes Park," "Scene Studies: The Tunnel Battle," and "Suit Up: The Look of the League."

(Warner Bros.)

"The Handmaid's Tale" Season 1
Hulu's breakout drama series won eight Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Lead Actress for Elisabeth Moss. Season 1 is coming to Blu-ray and DVD on March 13. Extras on the three-disc sets includes two new behind-the-scenes featurettes on the making of the show: "From Script to Screen" and "Hope in Gilead." This is your chance to catch up before Season 2 starts streaming April 25 on Hulu.

"The Good Fight" Season 1
"The Good Wife" spinoff just started streaming Season 2 earlier this month on CBS All Access. You can catch up on Season 1 on DVD on March 13. The three-disc set includes all 10 episodes, plus deleted scenes, and a gag reel.


New on Netflix

"Benji" (Netflix Original)The beloved mutt is back! Netflix's "Benji" reboot was directed by Brandon Camp -- son of Joe Camp, who created and directed the 1974 original. The 2018 family film follows "two capricious New Orleans school kids who strike up a friendship with the tenacious street dog. When danger befalls them and they end up kidnapped by robbers who are in over their heads, Benji and his scruffy sidekick come to the rescue." Watch the movie starting this Friday, March 16. Here's the trailer.

(Netflix)

"Spirit Riding Free" Season 4 (Netflix Original)
DreamWorks is ready to share the latest adventures of Spirit and Lucky, in this series based on the movie "Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron." In Season 4 -- which starts streaming March 16 -- Lucky's grandpa plans a surprise visit to Miradero, Aunt Cora surprises the family with news leading Lucky to live without rules, and El Circo Dos Grillos comes to town leading Lucky on a surprising, daring adventure.

Check out this exclusive clip from the new season:"Wild Wild Country" Season 1 (Netflix Original)

"You have to see to be a believer." This Netflix docuseries follows a controversial cult leader who builds a utopian city in the Oregon desert, resulting in conflict with the locals that escalates into a national scandal. Check it out starting March 16. Here's the trailer.

"Take Your Pills" (Netflix Original)
Netflix's "Icarus" just picked up the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature, so keep an eye on all future docs for consideration next year. "Take Your Pills" may give you some "Icarus" vibes of a sort: "In a hyper-competitive world, drugs like Adderall offer students, athletes, coders and others a way to do more -- faster and better. But at what cost?" Find out when this Netflix documentary arrives March 16. Watch the trailer.

"The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter" (Netflix Original)
In this comedy film coming to Netflix on Friday, March 16, great hunter Buck Ferguson (Josh Brolin) and his trusted cameraman Don (Danny McBride) set out for an epic weekend adventure to reconnect with Buck's young son (Montana Jordan). The movie was written and directed by Jody Hill, creator/director of McBride's previous classics, "Eastbound & Down," "Vice Principals," and "The Foot Fist Way."


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TV Worth Watching

"Rise" Season 1 (Tuesday on NBC at 10 p.m.)The world needs another musical TV drama -- especially from the showrunner of "Friday Night Lights" and "Parenthood," and the producer of "Hamilton." So cross your fingers that "Rise" lives up to its potential. It's based on the book "Drama High," with Josh Radnor in the lead role based on real-life teacher Lou Volpe.

(NBC)

In "Rise," a dedicated teacher takes over a high school's lackluster theater department and galvanizes not only the faculty and students but the entire working-class town. Rosie Perez, Auli''i Cravalho, Damon J. Gillespie, and Marley Shelton co-star in the drama.

"For the People" Season 1 (Tuesday on ABC at 10 p.m.)
Shondaland's latest series is set in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, following six young lawyers working on opposite sides of the law and handling the most high-profile federal cases in the country. Britt Robertson, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Ben Rappaport, Susannah Flood, Wesam Keesh, Regé-Jean Page, Ben Shenkman, Hope Davis, Vondie Curtis-Hall, and Anna Deavere Smith star in the show, which premieres March 13.

"Mary Kills People" Season 2 (Monday on Lifetime at 9 p.m.)
She's back! Lifetime's acclaimed and compelling drama series about an ER doctor/Angel of Death who helps people die with dignity returns for Season 2 on March 12. Season 2 picks up eight months after the Season 1 finale events. If you're not caught up, a full Season 1 marathon will air on Lifetime Movies on March 11.

"Jane" (Monday on National Geographic at 8 p.m.)
Get to know the real Jane Goodall in this award-winning documentary. Directed by Brett Morgen with a score by Phillip Glass, "Jane" uses footage shot by Goodall's future husband Hugo van Lawick of her first experiences in Gombe, Tanzinia in the 1960s. This intimate portrait reveals a young, untrained woman whose only dream was to live among animals and learn about them. In time, her chimpanzee research would challenge the male-dominated scientific consensus of her time and revolutionize our understanding of the natural world.


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New Video on Demand, Rental Streaming, and Digital

"The Forgiven"Forest Whitaker plays Archbishop Desmond Tutu in this tense thriller available on VOD and Digital HD on Friday, March 16. The film -- directed and co-written by Roland Joffé -- is based on real events from South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which assembled in 1996 after the abolition of apartheid.

(Saban Films)

"When Archbishop Desmond Tutu is appointed to head a nationwide investigation, he's summoned to a maximum-security prison by a notorious murderer seeking clemency (Eric Bana). Inside the brutal prison walls, Tutu is drawn into a dangerous, life-changing battle with the cunning criminal." Watch the trailer.

"Demon House"
"Ghost Adventures" host and paranormal investigator Zak Bagans wrote and directed this horror documentary available on VOD and iTunes Friday, March 16.

"As mass hysteria breaks-out over an alleged demonic possession in an Indiana home, referred to as a 'Portal to Hell,' Zak Bagans buys the house, sight unseen, over the phone. He and his crew then become the next victims of the most documented case of demonic possession in US history...the 'house of 200 demons.'"

"Breakable You"
In this dramedy available on Digital March 13, Holly Hunter plays a therapist not coping well with recent changes in her personal life, including a divorce and the growing instability of her daughter. Tony Shalhoub plays her ex-husband, a once promising playwright whose career has been on a steady decline for many years. "When he receives a manuscript written by a dead friend, he seizes an opportunity to transform his life." Check out the trailer.

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