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HOT ON HOME VIDEO: 'Zootopia,' 'Game of Thrones' lead home video releases

Posted: 9:42 AM, Jun 08, 2016
Updated: 2016-06-08 15:46:07Z

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TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) Here are the best recent home video releases:

The Finest Hours

The stirring tale of a little-known mid-20th century disaster follows a U.S. Coast Guard rescue of those aboard two tankers who were stuck in a blizzard off the coast of Massachusetts that tore apart two tankers. Chris Pine heads up the cast of this hokey but compelling tale, which is bathed in painstaking period detail. The Blu-ray/digital copy combo includes deleted scenes and featurettes that highlight the journeys of both crews. 

Game of Thrones: Seasons 3 and 4 Steelbooks

Available separately, these rereleases pander shamelessly to hardcore "Game of Thrones" fans who will want the sets, if only to post the beautiful, shimmering packaging on their shelves and affix the included sigil magnets to their refrigerators. Deleted and extended scenes, exhaustive featurettes, digital copies and cast interviews are among the extras that overflow in the sets, which are dedicated to what's genuinely agreed to be the greatest show on TV today, if not ever.

Pride & Prejudice & Zombies

Lily James and Sam Riley both deliver starmaking turns in this tongue-in-cheek take on the prim, proper Jane Austen world of subtle romance and feelings suppressed by social customs. A zombie plague has ravaged most of Europe, and it's up to proper society ladies and gentleman, who are trained martial arts assassins, to keep society from being ravaged by the undead. The winning mash-up will charm fans of both Austen and zombies. The Blu-ray/digital copy combo includes several background featurettes, deleted scenes and a gag reel.

Rizzoli & Isles: Season 6

The red hot TNT detective series continues to gain momentum in its sixth frame, with Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander maintaining their chemistry amid solid writing and top-notch cinematography. The set includes all 18 episodes from the season, as well as a makin-of featurette on one of the season's main villains.
 
Roots: The Complete Original Series
The 1977 miniseries, which follows the journey of an 18th century African warrior (Levar Burton) who is kidnapped and sold into slavery. Although production value is rough -- indicative of TV budgets of the era -- the story and acting remain strong and compelling. The set includes a digital copy and retrospective featurettes involving commentary from Whoopi Goldberg and James Earl Jones.

Sofia the First: The Secret Library

More than a standard roundup of episodes from the beloved Disney Channel kids show, the collection rounds up guest appearances from characters in "Frozen" and "Brave." The plot finds Sofia stumbling upon a library of magical tales in which she steps in and helps the heroes overcome villainy and reach their happily ever-afters. The set lacks extras, but the episodes are rewatchable for tykes who are into the characters.

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

Director Michael Bay takes a break from his usual silly action fare to tell the grim and serious real-life tale of CIA contactors who were stranded and left to fend for themselves against an attack by Libyan terrorists in 2012. John Krasinski headlines a cast of little-known actors who turn in brutal performances to tell a hard-to-watch yet compelling tale of survival. Extras in the Blu-ray/DVD/digital copy combo explore the real stories behind the controversy and politics of the Benghazi turmoil.

Vinyl: Season 1

After a rocky start, this Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger-backed drama about the 1970s record industry casts Bobby Cannavale and Ray Romano as struggling executives trying to stay afloat amid industry turmoil. The season hits its stride at the midpoint, rounding up memorable musical acts and exposing the dark underbelly of the corrupt give-and-take that went into the world of music at the time. In addition to a digital copy, extras include audio commentaries and a making-of featurette.

Zootopia

Disney's in-house animation studio continues to hang with sister studio and friendly rival Pixar with this joyous and socially conscious coming-of-age tale, about a petite female bunny determined to disrupt expectations and become a police officer. She teams up with a hardscrabble thief of a Fox to investigate a mystery that is plaguing the land of anthropomorphic animals. A triumph on par with "Frozen," "Zootopia" is not to be missed. The Blu-ray/DVD/digital copy combo is loaded up with extras, including deleted scenes and storylines, filmmaker roundtables and a look back at the creation of the story.

Studios provided review screeners.