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New on DVD: Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt bring 'Jungle Cruise' to life

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Dwayne Johnson, left, and Emily Blunt in "Jungle Cruise." 

A globe-trotting adventure film inspired by a Disneyland ride tops the DVD releases that hit the market Tuesday.

"Jungle Cruise": Set in the early 20th century, Emily Blunt plays an adventurer who hires Dwayne Johnson's riverboat captain character to take her up the Amazon River in search of a mysterious flower. Also starring Edgar Ramirez, Jack Whitehall, Jesse Plemons and Paul Giamatti.

Disney's film is "modeled on classic screwball adventure movies like 'The Mummy,' 'Raiders of the Lost Ark,' 'Pirates of the Caribbean,' 'The African Queen' and 'Romancing the Stone,'" writes Tribune News Service critic Katie Walsh in her review. However, with all these influences, "there are too many capers, high jinks, antics and escapades at play in 'Jungle Cruise,' and it all starts to feel rather harried, with little modulation in tone and dynamic."

ALSO NEW ON DVD NOV. 16

"Candyman": Sequel to the 1992 horror film about the urban legend of Chicago's now gentrified Cabrini-Green neighborhood, this time centered on artists and curators looking for advancement.

"Caveat": A drifter with partial amnesia takes a job looking after a psychologically troubled woman living alone in an abandoned house on a remote island in this horror film.

"Flag Day": Sean Penn directed and stars in this adaptation of Jennifer Vogel's memoir about her father, who it turned out was leading a double life as a con man and counterfeiter.

"Kevin Can F— Himself: Season 1": AMC series that focuses on the sitcom wife, played by Annie Murphy, instead of the doltish husband character.

"Never Back Down: Revolt": A woman must battle her way to freedom after being kidnapped and forced to take part in underground fights.

"Our Ladies": Set in 1990s Scotland, a group of Catholic school girls get the chance to go to Edinburgh for a choir competition, but are more interested in the chance to party and having a good time.

"Pose: The Complete Season 3": Final season of the FX drama set in the world of late '80s New York ballroom culture. Starring Billy Porter, MJ Rodriguez and Indya Moore.

"Prisoners of the Ghostland": Nicolas Cage plays Hero, an infamous criminal who ventures to a supernatural universe to rescue an abducted girl.

"Queen of the South: The Complete Season 5": Alice Braga's character fully embraces her kingpin status in the final season of the USA drama about drugs and cartels.

"This Is Us: The Complete Season 5": The fifth season of the award-winning NBC drama about a family spanning generations concluded earlier this year.

"Yakuza Princess": Set in the Japanese community of Sao Paulo, Brazil, this action thriller concerns an orphan who discovers she is heiress to half the Yakuza crime syndicate

"Isaac": Spanish LGBTQ romance about two old friends who meet up again as adults, with their respective partners, after having an intense relationship as teens.

"It's a Wonderful Life": 75th anniversary Blu-ray release of the holiday classic starring James Stewart and directed by Frank Capra. The two-disc set includes both colorized version of the film and the original, digitally remastered black-and-white movie.

"Vanilla Sky": Cameron Crowe's mind-bending 2001 film starring Tom Cruise, Penelope Cruz and Cameron Diaz is freshly remastered from a new 4K film transfer in this 20th anniversary Blu-ray release.

"Ragtime": Milos Forman's epic 1981 movie is being released in a two-disc Blu-ray set for its 40th anniversary, including a newly discovered director’s cut workprint version of the film, along with the theatrical cut and deleted/extended scenes.

OUT ON DIGITAL HD NOV. 16

"Ankle Biters": Horror comedy about the four young daughters of a widowed mother plotting to murder the hockey player who has fallen for her.

"Black Holler": A young Black woman is forced into a camping trip with a bunch of ridiculous white students on her first day at a new school in this 1989-set horror comedy.

"Cryptozoo": Fantastical animated feature following cryptozookeepers through a richly drawn hallucinatory world as they struggle to capture a baku, a legendary dream-eating hybrid creature.

"Little Girl": Moving documentary about a young child in rural France who questions her gender.

"The Lost Leonardo": Documentary concerning the mystery of Salvator Mundi, the first painting by Leonardo da Vinci to be discovered in more than a century, which has now seemingly gone missing.

"On the Trail of Bigfoot: The Discovery": A sasquatch research group working in the Olympic Peninsula area of northern Washington believes they have finally uncovered definitive evidence of Bigfoot's existence.

"Sanzaru": Horror thriller that tells the story of a nurse hired to care for an elderly woman who uncovers a shocking family secret.

Reach the writer at 402-473-7391 or psangimino@journalstar.com.

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