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New on DVD: Batten down the hatches for 'Forever Purge'

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The fifth film about America's preeminent fictional dystopian holiday tops the DVD releases for the week of Sept. 28.

"The Forever Purge": The lawlessness doesn't end at sunup this time around, as racist hate groups seek to use the "blood holiday" to bring about class warfare and ethnic cleansing.

For this most recent outing, "the filmmakers take on the timely topic of immigration at the southern border," writes Tribune News Service critic Katie Walsh in her review. "Ana de la Reguera and Tenoch Huerta star as Adela and Juan, a Mexican couple who flee across the border to Texas. Juan finds work for a wealthy white ranching family, the Tuckers, though tensions have erupted with son Dylan (Josh Lucas), who feels emasculated by Juan’s remarkable horse-handling skills."

The families hunker down for the annual bloodletting, only to find the attacks still going in the morning, part of a loosely coordinated effort by hate groups to bring about "Purge Purification."

"With America on fire and the heavily armed populace turning on each other, millions of U.S. citizens including the Tuckers, with Adela and Juan in tow, make a break for the Mexican border," Walsh writes. "Viewed with the lens of real life political and humanitarian issues at the Mexican border, the irony is palpable."

ALSO NEW ON DVD SEPT. 28

"Blithe Spirit": Based on the 1941 comedy by playwright Noel Coward, Dan Stevens stars as an author suffering from writer's block ever since the death of his first wife five years prior. In desperation he turns to a medium, played by Judi Dench, asking her to conduct a seance at his home. But there's an unexpected hitch when the spirit of his deceased former spouse is summoned.

 

"Twist": A modern crime thriller update of "Oliver Twist" about hustlers planning an art heist in present-day London, featuring Michael Caine and Lena Headey.

"First Date": A teen planning his first date with the girl next door realizes he needs a vehicle and buys an old '65 Chrysler after seeing an online ad. The date devolves into a surreal misadventure however, as the young couple are targeted by cops, criminals and even a crazy cat lady.

OUT ON DIGITAL HD SEPT. 28

"Free Guy": Ryan Reynolds stars as a bank teller who realizes he is in fact a nonplayable character, or NPC, in the background of an open-world video game and decides to rewrite his story.

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