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Get on board with Amy Schumer in ‘Trainwreck’

Amy Schumer and Bill Hader are putting in the work to obtain those beer goggles.
Amy Schumer and Bill Hader are putting in the work to obtain those beer goggles. Universal

What’s new for home viewing on video-on-demand and Netflix, Amazon Prime and other streaming services.

Pay-Per-View / Video-On-Demand

Mr. Holmes” stars Ian McKellen as the iconic detective in retirement at age 93, trying to recall his fateful final case while tending his bees and facing his greatest challenge ever: old age and memory loss. McKellan brings out the fragility and vulnerability behind the imperious manner. It’s PG and also on DVD, Blu-ray and digital formats.

Amy Schumer takes her act to the big screen in the raunchy and hilarious “Trainwreck,” playing a foul-mouthed, binge-drinking professional more interested in sex than romance. It fully earns its R rating. Also available in a longer unrated edition.

Also new this week: “Terminator Genisys” with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Emilia Clarke (PG-13, in 3D on some systems), the sci-fi thriller “Self/less” with Ryan Reynolds (PG-13), and the acclaimed indie comedy “Tangerine,” which was shot entirely on iPhone (R).

Available same day as select theaters nationwide is “Heist” with Robert De Niro and Jeffrey Dean Morgan (R) and “Shelter” with Jennifer Connelly and Anthony Mackie (no rating).

Netflix

W/ Bob and David: Season 1” (Netflix Original) reunites Bob Odenkirk and David Cross for a new skit comedy show in the spirit of their cult series “Mr. Show.”

Keira Knightly is “Anna Karenina” (2012) in this lush and unconventional adaptation of the Tolstoy classic. Jude Law co-stars. R.

Amazon Prime Video

It’s Amazon Pilot Season again and you don’t have to be a Prime member to watch or cast a vote on the series proposals. Highlights include “Z,” a period drama with Christina Ricci as Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald; “One Mississippi” with comedian Tig Notaro; “Edge,” a violent western from creator Shane Black; and “Good Girls Revolt,” inspired by the women employees of Newsweek who sued for sexual discrimination in 1969. The complete list here.

The historical mini-series “Wolf Hall” with Mark Rylance is a handsome BBC production that sidesteps melodrama and spectacle for a nuanced look at how power is negotiated behind the scenes of the British monarchy.

HBO Now

Unfinished Business” with Vince Vaughn and Dave Franco is new (R). Arriving Saturday night is the action thriller “Run All Night” with Liam Neeson (R) and the concert “U2: iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Live in Paris.”

Other streams

CW Seed is a free, ad-supported service with a limited selection of titles, but it has “The O.C.,” the young adult soap that introduced audiences to Ben McKenzie and Rachel Bilson, and the original 1990 “The Flash” among its programs. It’s at cwseed.com.

Sean Axmaker is a Seattle film critic and writer. Find his reviews of streaming movies and TV at streamondemandathome.com.

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