Corrupt cops run rampant in the top new DVD picks for the week of July 14.
“Body Cam”: After a suspension and while grieving her young son’s accidental death, police officer Renee Lomito-Smith (Mary J. Blige) is back at work with a new partner, the green, easily affected Danny Holledge (Nat Wolff). While on patrol, the pair discover the gruesome remains of another colleague who’d been on a seemingly routine traffic stop, kicking off a disturbing series of deadly attacks. Amid the killings, reckless Renee and reluctant Danny set off to investigate, with supernatural pieces to the puzzle not-so-neatly dropped along the way.
It’s an intriguing tale, helmed by director Malik Vitthal and written by Richmond Riedel and Nicholas McCarthy, if a tad too on the nose. As Blige begins to unravel a web of corruption in the department, her character development remains flat, and despite a disturbingly devastating twist amid the gore, the stakes remain relatively low. There’s just something that feels off about the tone — despite all the blood and guts, it ends up feeling less like a horror movie and more like a meditation on grief, rage and revenge, in more ways than one.
“Castle in the Ground”: Dealing with grief, a teenage boy (Alex Wolff) makes friends with a troubled neighbor (Imogen Poots) amid the opioid epidemic.
“Enter the Fat Dragon”: A remake of the 1978 film, a cop (Donnie Yen) who’d been sentenced to the evidence room searches for answers after a suspect dies in his custody in this action-comedy. In Japanese and Chinese.
“The Magicians: Season Five”: The Syfy series following a group of 20-somethings who have discovered the wonders and dangers of the magical world comes to a close.
“The Red Shadows”: A police officer (Nadia Fares) becomes fixated with finding her abducted sister decades after the kidnapping in this series. In French.
“The Swing of Things”: A groom (Chord Overstreet) unintentionally hosts his wedding and honeymoon at a destination venue for swingers.
“VHYes”: A boy records talk shows and infomercials on a VHS tape, inadvertently recording over footage of his parents’ wedding.
OUT ON DIGITAL HD JULY 14
“The Carer”: A sick legendary actor (Brian Cox) is forced to live with a full-time caregiver (Coco Konig), courtesy his daughter (Emilia Fox).
“Dateline-Saigon”: Documentary follows the dark truths a group of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists uncovered about United States involvement in the Vietnam War.
OUT ON DIGITAL HD JULY 17
“The Painted Bird”: A Jewish boy seeks help wandering through Eastern Europe during World War II. In Czech, German, Russian and Latin.
“Two Ways to Go West”: A recovering addict (James Liddell) is tested in a Vegas strip hotel room.