Taron Egerton, left, and Hugh Jackman star in "Eddie the Eagle."
Taron Egerton, left, and Hugh Jackman star in "Eddie the Eagle."

Eddie the Eagle (20th Century Fox, Blu-ray or standard DVD, PG-13, 105 min.). Michael Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards was not the most accomplished of skiers, but he was the first ski jumper to represent Great Britain in the Olympics since 1929. His appearances at the 1988 Games in Calgary, Canada -- even though he finished last in both events -- captured the imagination of the crowds and a world-wide television audience.

The viewer quickly is in Eddie's corner for the rest of the film, after an opening that shows him as a young lad holding his breath underwater in the bathtub for "nearly 58 seconds" and then headed to the local bus stop so he can compete in the Rome Olympics. Then comes a montage that shows Eddie at ages 10 and 15 trying, and failing miserably, at various other Olympic events in the alley next to his parents' house, until he discovers skiing. The younger Eddies are played by Tom Costello and Jack Costello, respectively. This is such a sweet, fun opening that you are hooked into rooting for the character, who morphs into the young adult Eddie for the rest of the film. That version is of Eddie is played by Taron Egerton, who was so good in "Kingsman: The Secret Service." Egerton is so into the role, helped by those enormous eyeglasses, that often it is hard to recognize him as the same actor.

Eddie's goal has always been to compete in the Olympics, so when the official of the British Olympics committee tells him he "will never be Olympic material" and they are not choosing Eddie for the downhill Olympic team, Eddie is crushed, until he notices ski jumping in the lower corner of a poster in his bedroom. Even though most ski jumpers start around age 6, and Eddie is now about 22, he decides he will compete for Britain in ski jumping. The rules have not been changed since 1929, so all he has to do is one successful jump on the 70-meter slope to qualify. Eddie heads to Garmisch, Germany to train. There, he is helped by a kindly restaurant owner (Iris Berben as Petra) who leads him to his eventual coach (Hugh Jackman as Bronson Peary, a former U.S. Olympic ski jumper). Peary, who grooms the snow at the training site wants nothing to do with Eddie at first, but finally relents to teach him how to land just to get Eddie "out of my hair."

Back home in Britain, the country's Olympic Committee tries to forestall Eddie's participation by adding a new 61-meter jump requirement to qualify for the team. Thus, Eddie and Peary have to go on the European tour to reach a qualifying mark. The remarkable thing about Eddie's story is that once he jumped from the 70-meter tower at the Olympics, he decided to jump from the 90-meter one as well, even though he had never done the much more dangerous jump before. Christopher Walken has a small part as Peary's former coach. Eddie's parents are wonderfully played by Keith Allen and Jo Hartley. Helping the film is a feel-good 1980s synthesizer score by Matthew Margeson.

Bonus features include a photo gallery and a three-part making-of feature (46:43) that includes interviews with the real Eddie Edwards. The latter is well put together and entertaining. Grade: film 3.25 stars; extras 2.5 stars

Rating guide: 5 stars = classic; 4 stars = excellent; 3 stars = good; 2 stars = fair; dog = skip it

The Wave (Norway, Magnolia, Blu-ray or standard DVD, R, 105 min.). This Norwegian disaster film also quickly builds the audience's goodwill toward its main family. The father (Kristoffer Joner as Kristian Eikfjord) is a geologist on his last day as part of the team that watches the mountain pass of Åkneset, above the scenic narrow Norwegian fjord Geiranger. There already is a fissure in the mountain's side, and when it collapses into the fjord, it will create an 80-meter high tsunami. Once a landslide starts, the warning siren is started and residents have only 10 minutes to reach higher ground. Kristian's wife (Ane Dahl Torp as Idun) still has a few days left working reception at the town's hotel, so the plan is for Kristian to take their teenage son (Jonas Hoff Oftebro as Sondre) and younger daughter (Edith Haagenrud-Sande as Julia) off to the city, where their new apartment and his new job with an oil company awaits.

However, en route to the ferry, Kristian believes he has found evidence that a landslide is imminent, and he goes back to his old workplace, abandoning the children in the car. The result of this is that the family gets split, as the children go to the hotel. Julia decides shewould rather stay at their former home that night than in the hotel, so Kristian takes her there. Later that night, the disaster strikes. The in-camera and digital effects are quite good, with the three main sequences being the landslide itself, the tsunami approaching the panicked people on the road out of town and the wave hitting the town, particularly the hotel.

Much like the Southern California coast, this is a disaster waiting to open in real life. The film opens with news reports of a 1905 landslide tsunami that killed 63 in another of Norway's fjords. Coincidentally, the film does share some moments with the recent California earthquake film, "San Andreas," including the overhead final shot of a refugee camp. Bonus features include a behind-the-scenes look (5:29; some filming was done on sets in Romania; actor Joner has asthma which affected his underwater scenes); a three-part special effects breakdown (9:29 total) on the landslide, the wave and the wave hitting Geiranger; and an interview, in English, with director Roar Uthaug (he is directing the next Laura Croft Tomb Raider movie), who explains there were a couple of tsunamis in the 1930s and a crevice was discover in Åkneset in the 1980s. Grade: film 3 stars; extras 2.75 stars

Rushlights: new director's cut (Vertical video on demand, NR, 96 min.). For this new release, director Antoni Stutz has taken his 2013 film and recut it with additional scenes and remastered sound. The result, while only about two minutes longer, is an edgier film, which Stutz says is closer to what he originally intended. The film, a Texas noir, is about Billy Brody (Josh Henderson of the "Dallas" TV update) and Sarah (Haley Webb of "Final Destination"), two drug-addled young lovers from the suburbs of Los Angeles. They travel to the small Texas town of Tremo (population 2,870), after Sarah's roommate, Ellen, dies of a drug overdose, just after receiving a letter that her uncle in Tremlo had died, leaving her his entire estate. Billy talks Sarah into pretending to be Ellen, as they looked a lot alike.

The scam encounters wrinkles, though. Not only are Billy and Sarah haunted by their own pasts, but also an unrecognized bastard son surfaces to make a claim on the estate, and then the uncle's death is ruled a homicide. Helping Billy and Sarah is a local attorney (Aiden Quinn as Cameron Bragden), who just happens to be the brother of the not-very-friendly local law (Beau Bridges as Sheriff Robert Brogden). The plot has plenty of twists -- some you see coming, some you don't -- as the story gets more and more complicated as it goes along. Overall, the acting is good. One minus is the music score is overly dramatic at inappropriate times. Grade: film 3 stars

Jeepers Creepers: Collector's Edition (2001, Scream Factory, 2 Blu-ray discs, R, 90 min.). I have fond memories of "Jeepers Creepers" as a genuinely creepy film at times and as the film that introduced me to actor Justin Long. Long plays Darry Jenner, who is traveling with his sister (Gina Philips as Trisha) to their mother's house along long, isolated roads. The two siblings are doing some friendly verbal sparring and game play, when suddenly they are menaced by this creepy truck that pulls close behind them and threatens to smash into them. A bit later, they see the same truck off the road and the driver appearing to place a wrapped body down a large metal pipe.

Of course, Darry wants to look in the sewer pipe to see if it actually is a body and if the person might still be alive. Big mistake. Darry accidentally falls down the pipe, where he finds dozens of corpses beneath what turns out to be an old church. The Creeper comes back and they hightail it out of there, only to be chased down. Jonathan Breck plays the Creeper in ultra-cool makeup, while Eileen Brennan is the cat lady the two teens encounter. Patricia Belcher (TV's "Bones") plays the local psychic who tries to warn Darry and Trisha about their danger.

Writer/director Victor Salva ("Powder") created a classic new monster with this film and he set limits on the creature, intending that the film would not be turned into a series of diminishing returns, like the "Nightmare on Elm Street" series. The Creeper comes to life every 23rd spring for 23 days and it eats people, with whatever it eats becoming part of it. The Creeper also picks his victims by smelling their fear. As the film goes on, we learn the Creeper has wings and can fly.

This new release is loaded with extras, including the original audio commentary by Salva and a new audio commentary with Salva, Long (he mostly talks about how hot it was in Florida, where they filmed) and Philips. On the second disc, one new feature is a look back at the film (36:45), including Salva recalling how he was scared at a young age by seeing "Attack of the 50 Foot Woman" and "The Birds," both of which actually are referenced in this film. Salva admits the first half of the film is superior to the second, as the film went over-budget and some parts of the script had to be cut out. The ending he planned would have had the Creeper massacre all the police, then chase Darry and Trisha, who had stolen his truck, with Darry ultimately turning the truck, with the Creeper hanging onto it, into a passing train. Also new are an interview with producer Barry Opper (he passed on the original "Nightmare on Elm Street) and a separate interview with actress Belcher (16:34) on her recollections of making the film.

Carried over from previous releases are a six-part making-of feature (60 min.) that covers finding the two leads, designing the Creeper, the cars and trucks used, filming in Florida, shooting at night and creating the score; as well as a photo gallery and deleted and extended scenes (17:13), including the original opening, a scene in which the Creeper speaks and the director's cameo as a corpse in the church basement. Grade: film 3.25 stars; extras 3.5 stars

Jeepers Creepers 2: Collector's Edition (2003, Scream Factory, 2 Blu-rays, R, 104 min.). Then, two years later came the sequel, expanding the threat from two teenagers to a whole busload of them, a high school basketball team that just won a championship, along with their coaches and cheerleaders. The idea to have a sequel belonged in large part to returning producer Francis Ford Coppola.

The film opens on Day 22, shortly after the events of the first film, and the Creeper (Jonathan Breck again) grabbing the young son of farmer Jack Taggart Sr. (Ray Wise), who from then on becomes a Capt. Ahab figure, even fashioning his own harpoons. Along on the bereaved father's quest is his older son, Jack Jr. (Luke Edwards). On Day 23 as the team returns from the championship game, one tire of their bus is taken out by a four-pointed shuriken. As they wait for help, a half-dozen players sun tan on the roof of the bus. However, when no help arrives, the bus continues on as best it can, until another shuriken takes out another tire. Then, the Creeper starts attacking the bus, after lifting a couple of the coaches up into the sky.

Having the dozen or so teens trapped in the bus not only makes things claustrophobic during the attacks, but it also allows some of the animosity between students to surface. Basically, one player (Eric Nenninger as Scott) finally says there are two classes of people: those the Creeper wants and those he does not. Ultimately, though, it is the misfits who band together, rather than those who go it alone, who survive. The middle of the film is very intense, including a memorable scene with a javelin. This is much more of an action film than the first one was.

The film comes with two audio commentaries: one by writer/director Victor Salva and cast members; and a second by actor Breck, production illustrator Brad Parker and special effects makeup artist Brian Penikas. There are three new features: a look back at the film (22:34), with Salva, director of photography Don FauntLeRoy, editor Ed Marx and actor Tom Tarantini (here is plays a coach; in the first film he had a cameo as a car thief); an interview with actor Wise on his experience making the film (15:20); and interviews with actors Tarantini, Thom Gossom  Jr. (the other coach) and Diane Delano (the bus driver), lasting 20:52. Carried-over features include a look at filming the movie (26 min.); a making-of look (14:23) with Salva, a handful of actors and others; interviews with Parker, Penikas and Breck about creating the Creeper (12 min.); a visual effects reel (4 min.); an interview with composer Bennett Salvay and Salva (10 min.); storyboards renditions of two unfilmed scenes, including the "Ventriloquist Creeper"; a photo gallery; and deleted scenes (16 min.). In Wise's interview he mentions that "Jeepers Creepers 3: Cathedral" was to follow the ending of film two; however, that idea has been abandoned, as Salva says the third film will take place during the three days between the first two films. Grade: film 3.25 stars; extras 3.5 stars

Altered Minds (2013, Gravitas Ventures/Entertainment One DVD, NR, 92 min.). This psychological thriller stars Judd Hirsch as Nathaniel Shellner, an ex-CIA psychiatrist who became an humanitarian noted for his work with war orphans suffering from post traumatic stress disorder. He and his wife (Caroline Lagerfelt) have adopted three of those survivors, including two Russian siblings who were orphaned. One of the siblings (Ryan O'Nan as Tommy) has become a horror novelist, while the third adoptee (C.S. Lee as Harry) has become a concert violinist. The couple also have a biological son, Leonard (Joseph Lyle Taylor).

The story opens when the whole family has gathered for Dr. Shellner's birthday, but Shellner is not expecting many more as he has lung cancer. Tommy arrives late and brings up his ongoing fantasy that he has been programmed by the Shadow Doctors and he needs to find the urn that holds the family's dog's ashes, as it contains codes to deprogram him. His father says he is suffering from dissociative amnesia. However, later Julia and Harry recall memories similar to Tommy's. Tommy then accuses his father of experimenting on the children. The film, written, directed and produced by Michael Wechsler, is kind of bizarre until an explanation unfolds in the final 20 minutes that actually makes sense. By the way, Tommy also is obsessed with icicles.

The film has a somber color palette -- no bright colors allowed. Most of the acting is strong, particularly that by Hirsch. Extras include nine deleted scenes, including an alternate final scene and seven scenes that include either one or both of young children Sylvia and Sasha, who were totally cut out of the film; two audio commentaries by Wechsler and composer Edmund Cho, with one on behind the scenes and the other on production; and three director video logs (22:38) that talk about the logs, show rehearsals and reactions at screenings. grade: film 2.5 stars; extras 2.75 stars