What’s new for home viewing on video-on-demand and Netflix, Amazon Prime, and other streaming services.
Pay-Per-View / Video-On-Demand
In “ Mad Max: Fury Road,” the high-octane action blast of 2015, Tom Hardy takes over the Mel Gibson role and Charlize Theron leads the revolution in a post-apocalyptic wasteland. What a lovely day! Rated R for violence and available in 3D in some systems. Also on Blu-ray and DVD.
Romance On Demand: Blake Lively is ageless, eternal, and lonely in “ The Age of Adaline” (PG-13 for “a suggestive comment”), Gemma Arterton is “ Gemma Bovery” in a romantic comedy twist on the Flaubert tragedy (R, brief nudity and language), and Blythe Danner and Sam Elliott find love the second time around in “ I’ll See You in My Dreams” (PG-13, sexuality and language).
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The documentary “ Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine” is available same day as select theaters nationwide (R, language).
George Clooney is superb in “ Up in the Air” (2009) as a “career transition counselor” who has second thoughts about his life with roots or relationships beyond a quick layover. Rated R.
Big brother is watching you in “ Person of Interest: Seasons 1-3,” a smart and clever melding of surveillance conspiracy, urban crime, cyber thriller, and spy show. “Season 4” arrives later this month. Also debuting is “ Madam Secretary: Season 1” with Téa Leoni.
Amazon Instant Prime
“ Hand of God,” starring Ron Perlman as a corrupt judge who starts hallucinating divine visions, joins the growing slate of Amazon Original Series. Marc Forster (”World War Z”) directs the debut episodes and Garret Dillahunt and Dana Delany co-star.
The satirical comedy “ Dear White People” takes on race, privilege, and prejudice at an Ivy League college with sharp, smart humor. R for language, sexual content, and drug use.
The acclaimed Cinemax original drama “ The Knick: Season One,” set in a struggling hospital in turn-of-the-20th Century New York City, is on HBO On Demand, HBO Go, and HBO Now through October 25. Clive Owen stars as the brilliant, unconventional surgeon and Steven Soderbergh directs all ten episodes.
“ Agatha Christie’s Partners in Crime,” a new take on Christie’s Tommy and Tuppence novels starring David Walliams and Jessica Raine and set in 1950s England, premieres stateside on Acorn’s streaming service. New episodes arrive every Thursday through October 1, the first episode is free without a subscription.
Sean Axmaker is a Seattle film critic and writer. His work appears in Parallax View, Turner Classic Movies online, Keyframe, and at http://streamondemandathome.com.