Tom & Jerry encounter the real world in their new movie.
Tom & Jerry encounter the real world in their new movie.

Tom & Jerry: The Movie (Warner Bros., Blu-ray or DVD, PG, 101 min.). There are a few moments of classic Hanna-Barbera cartoon Tom & Jerry fun in this hybrid film, which keeps all the animal characters in classic 2D format, while they interact with the real world and a human plot that just isn’t very interesting. That plot is about a New York City “It” couple planning to hold their Hindu wedding ceremony at the Royal Gate Hotel. The trouble is neither of the couple is an appealing character and, other than elephants and peacocks, all the what-would-be-exotic elements of the wedding to non-Indian viewers are merely background.

The human story centers around Kayla Forester (Chloe Grace Moretz of “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising”), who has trouble keeping a job. As a bicycle delivery person, her latest load of underwear is dumped on the street when Tom, the cat, bumps into her while chasing Jerry, the mouse. Tom and Jerry had met ill in the park when Jerry interrupts allegedly blind Tom playing a keyboard to busker before a crowd. Jerry sneaks into the Royal Gate Hotel, setting up a sweet little pad on the 10th floor. One of the best bits in the film is when Tom tries to reach the room where Jerry is drinking champagne by sneaking across power lines from the next building.

Meanwhile, Kayla also ends up at the hotel, where she convinces an events coordinator applicant that she is a hotel employee and the applicant has already failed a test by mentioning the upcoming wedding of Preeta (Pallavi Sharda) and Ben (Colin Jost of “Coming 2 America,” TV’s “Saturday Night Live”). Kayla then pretends the woman’s impressive resume is her own and is hired by hotel general manager Dubros (Rob Delaney of “Deadpool 2,” TV’s upcoming “The Man Who Fell to Earth”), despite the misgivings of Dubros’ assistant Terence (Michael Pena of “American Hustle,” “Ant-Man”).

The hotel’s Chef Jackie (Ken Jeong of the “Hangover” movies) has spied Jerry and complained to Dubros, who agrees to let Kayla handle the problem. When her own efforts fail, Kayla hires Tom to get rid of Jerry. Naturally they go about destroying a good bit of the hotel – as soon as Terence raves about the glass atrium when showing Kayla around, you just know it is going to be destroyed – as well as wrecking the wedding.

Most of the animals work in well with the humans, except the elephants just look too fake.

There are a decent number, albeit short in length, of bonus features, including 10 deleted scenes (13:33), with some introductions by director Tim Story (“Fantastic Four,” “Barbershop”), a 3-minute gag reel and a making-of featurette (14:10; the film actually was shot in London). The short extras look at Tom & Jerry’s world, including the floor-level Jerry-cam; the two animal’s sibling rivalry-like feud (4:14); the set-up of Jerry’s mini-hotel room (3:56); Tom & Jerry’s guide to New York City wildlife, including Ben and Preeta’s pets, bulldog Spike (from the classic T&J cartoons; voiced by Bobby Cannavale) and cat Topsy (voiced by Harry Ratchford); a look at the wedding (5:20); and how two scenes – the wedding (5:08) and the animal lockup (3:54) – were brought to life. Grade: film 2.5 stars; extras 2.25 stars.

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

Supernatural: The Fifteenth and Final Season (Warner Bros., 4 Blu-rays or 5 DVDs, NR, 843 min.). Not many shows, especially genre ones, get a 15-year run, but as a fan from the beginning, I was so grateful for each season of this heart-felt show about two brothers who fight the supernatural. Many a time Sam and Dean Winchester avoided death and even conquered death to continue on their battles, but the clock began ticking. With a year’s notice that season 15 would be the last, the show runners and writers were able to wrap up most storylines, give some encore performances to beloved characters and conjure up an emotional, but highly satisfying sendoff to the brothers, despite some Covid-19 complications. I sure wish most of the characters could have gathered in that roadhouse where Kansas would have been playing their “Carry On Wayward Son,” which became the show’s unofficial/then official theme song, starting in season two.

We literally saw the two principal actors grow up over the show’s span, especially Jared Padalecki as Sam Winchester, who was only in his early 20s and more baby-faced at the start, a contrast that is quite notable in the pilot, which I just happened to catch running on TV earlier this week. Sam was usually the calmer one, more into doing research to avoid nasty surprises. His brother Dean (Jensen Ackles) was the more aggressive hunter. Each had great love for the other and that spilled over to the family they created through the years. Most of this final season deals with Jack (Alexander Calvert), a Nephilim, a crossbreed of human and archangel. Their longtime angel companion Castiel (Misha Collins), who came onboard in season four, also has his story end.

Season 14 ended with all the souls in hell released, as the brothers and friends continued their battle with Chuck, aka God (Rob Benedict), whose character was first introduced as the writer of the Winchester Brothers’ stories. To help reseal hell, the witch Rowena (Ruth Connell) is called on to help. In the episode “Atomic Monsters,” Ackles, who directed, gets to sing.

Eight of the 20 episodes come with an unaired scene, while three others have multiple unaired scenes. They total about 18 minutes. Then, there is a whole bonus disc that includes the retrospective episode “Supernatural: The Long Road Home” (42 min.), which covers the show’s Midwestern settings as well as the fun “meta” episodes that poked fun at the industry as well as the show itself. New features are “Supernatural: The End of the Road” (30 min.), centering on the final two episodes and even showing the dismantling on the Men of Letters bunker set; “Supernatural: Family Don’t End in Blood” (22 min.), about the family that bonded around the brothers, including father figure and fellow hunter Bobby Singer (Jim Beaver) and empathizing the importance of the family that you choose, which extended to the actors in real life; and a gag reel (15 min.).

Also on the bonus disc are the 2019 Comic-Con panel, co-hosted by Chuck/God (33:41); a look at the replica “Baby” car, a 1967 Impala given away at the end of the Comic-Con panel (4:20); and “Winchester Mythology: Midwestern Heroes” (21 min.). The latter includes a clip in which Sam is given the fake name of “Walker, Texas Ranger,” which proved to be foreshadowing as Padalecki now stars in the CW series “Walker,” playing a Texas Ranger. A box set of the complete series also is available. Grade: season and extras 4 stars

Happily (Paramount, DVD, R, 95 min.). There also is a supernatural element to “Happily,” which is about a couple – Joel McHale as Tom and Kerry Bishe as Janet – who remain happy with and aroused by each other after 14 years of marriage, so much so that it upsets and even angers their friends. In his feature film debut, writer-director-producer BenDavid Grabinski tries weld together fantasy, romance, horror and comedy, but only succeeds at times. His writing lets the film down when a central character (Stephen Root as the enigmatic Goodman) does not act logically.

The film opens with Tom and Janet sneaking off to a bathroom at a party to have sex, making a man question the hosts as to whether Tom and Janet were newlyweds. Only to be told no, they have done that at every party for the past 14 years. Their friends’ enmity towards the couple’s happiness surfaces during a tense dinner out, when they are disinvited from a couples’ weekend. At home, if they have a disagreement, they quickly apologize, as they truly like each other. An example is that Tom, who works at home writing, apologizes for asking Janet, who works in an office, to make him an omelet for breakfast instead of him making it himself.

After the dinner-out showdown, Tom and Janet have an unexpected visitor (Goodman), who says it is rare to have two people, like them, with a malfunction. Sort of indicating he might be from God, Goodman says they should be like every other married couple, subject to the law of diminishing returns, i.e., less satisfaction with each other. He offers them money as compensation for this “mistake” and has two fluid injections for them to make them “normal.” Tom and Janet refuse, with consequences that play out later in the film, as they get re-invited to the couples’ weekend and, at one point, begin to think one of the other couples may have sent Goodman as a gag.

That theory takes on some credence, as why would a “celestial agent” wait 14 years to correct the creation mistake and the timing be just after two of their friends told them off. Later, it is revealed that Goodman had something to do with the couples’ weekend as well, although why the other couples would be involved with him is never explained.

Most of the actors who make up the other four couples do not have much to do, except for Natalie Zea as Karen, who briefly dated Tom before he met Janet and who is constantly trying to have sex with him. Most recognizable to me was Breckin Meyer (“Rat Race,” “Road Trip”), who plays Richard, who attends with a new fiancé in Gretel (Charlyne Yi).

The only extra is audio commentary by Grabinski. Grade: film 2 stars

Star Trek: Lower Decks Season 1 (CBS/Paramount, Blu-ray or 2 DVDs or limited edition steelbook, NR, 251 min.). From CBS All Access/ now Paramount+ comes this first animated “Star Trek” series in almost 50 years, most likely inspired by the similarly-named season seven episode of “Star Trek: Next Generation” that focused on the support crew of the starship. The series, from creator Mike McMahan (“Rick and Morty”) and executive producer Alex Kurtzman (“Star Trek: Discovery,” “Star Trek: Picard”), takes a much lighter tone than any other “Star Trek” series, with lots of humor, some even of the slapstick variety, and numerous meta references to characters in other “Star Trek” series.

The series focuses on the support crew of the U.S.S. Cerritos in the year 2380. It is a less-than top-of-the-line starship that is usually involved in second contacts with new alien species, sort of dot the I’s and cross the T’s types of missions. The central characters are ensigns Beckett Mariner (voiced by Tawny Newsome), Brad Boimler (Jack Quaid), Samanthan Rutherford (Eugene Cordero) and D’Vana Tendi (Noel Wells). Mariner is kind of an all-out-there risk taker, and the daughter of Capt. Carol Freeman (Dawnn Lewis), while Boimler is the humorous one, often pulled into unwanted or risky situations by Mariner, whom the captain had asked him to spy on. Rutherford, who has a cyborg implant, is an engineer, but in episode two tries out other departments on the ship to impress a girl. Other senior-staff members are Cmdr. Jack Ransom (Jerry O’Connell), Lt. Shaxs (Fred Tatasciore) and Dr. T’Ana (Gillian Vigman).

There are 10 episodes in all, plus nearly two hours of exclusive special features. In the first episode, Capt. Ransom gets stung on planet and soon a “rage effect” virus has spread among most of the crew, who run around like the walking dead, attacking each other. In the second episode, Boimler has to fly Klingon K’orin to a planet, only to have Mariner, apparently K’orin’s old friend, horn in on the assignment and agree to land in an unsecured district, where K’orin promptly steals the shuttle, leaving the two ensigns to fend for themselves in a hostile environment.

Overall, the show is fun, albeit a little inconsequential. There are very occasional adult scenes, such a holodeck image of naked men working out in a gym.

The main extra is “Lower Decktionary,” a behind-the-scenes featurette for each episode. These range from 4 to 8 minutes in length. Covered are discussions of developing the season from storyline to visual artistry, the various aliens in episode two, a look at the animation process for episode three, how a title sequence was created, art design of the characters and sets, a look at the holodeck with cast and crew interviews, more on the interactions between the upper and lower decks, the music of the series and a recap of the evolution of relationships during the season.

In addition, the premiere episode is also presented in its basic animated state (22:29) and there are three unused and unfinished scenes (2:20); a fun trailer for a “Star Trek” holo-movie in which the Cerritos suddenly becomes the focus in the Federation and the “Star Trek” universe (1:28); a look at the characters and their voice actors (24:43); and a revealing some of the “Star Trek” easter eggs sprinkled among the episodes (7:39). Grade: season and extras 3 stars

Drunken Master II (Hong Kong, 1994, Warner Archive Collection, Blu-ray, NR, 102 min.). The fun film stars a far more agile Jackie Chan than did the recent “Vanguard.” This film, which excels in fight scenes and fun, was the last Chan made before his breakthrough in America with “Rumble in the Bronx.” He already was 40 at the time. Many have called the closing 20-minute fight scene the greatest of all time.

The film opens with Wong Fei-hung (Chan), his brother Tso (Tseung Chi Kwong) and father Wong Kei-ying (Lung Ti) heading for a train. To avoid excessive taxes, Fei-hung decides to hide their father’s ginseng in an ambassador’s luggage. To retrieve the ginseng on the train, Fei-hung and Tso let loose some chickens in the first-class dining car. All this leads to Fei-hung, with sword, battling a stranger with a spear underneath (!) the train. The fight carries over to a nearby building and becomes hand-to-hand combat. Fei-hung manages to get back on the train, but he has accidentally exchanged bagged boxes with the spear-wielding thief. Instead of his physician father’s ginseng, he has the precious great jade seal of the emperor, an artifact that officials are turning over to the British for a UK museum.

Fei-hung gets to show off some of his father’s forbidden drunken style of fighting – liquor or wine helps the fighting skill apparently and Chan’s body takes some incredible angles during fighting – when challenged by fishmonger Tsang (Felix Wong) in the town square. A bit later, Fei-hung gets disowned by his father, after they fight, leading a drunken Fei-hung to sing, “I Hate Daddy.”

As the fun fighting continues, Fei-hung fights off a couple dozen armed attackers, using a table, while a brawl involving steel workers uses thrown snakes as a weapon. At one point, during the tremendous closing fight, Fei-hung falls on hot coals and has to crawl off them. Reportedly, Chan did the stunt three times to get it right, but burned his arms on the third try. He then rolls down some stairs.

As always, the closing credits include behind-the-scenes looks at some of the stunts and injuries that incurred. However, there are no bonus features. Grade: film 3.75 stars

The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939, Warner Archive Collection, Blu-ray, NR, 106 min.). The film, directed by Michael Curtiz (“The Adventures of Robin Hood,” “Casablanca”), whom Bette Davis reportedly did not like working with, definitely shows its Maxwell Anderson-penned stage play origins, but Curtiz also works in a couple of sequences of the British army moving into combat at least. Davis plays Queen Elizabeth I, who is very much in love with an ambitious younger man, Robert Devereux, the Earl of Essex (Errol Flynn, who had made “The Adventures of Robin Hood” and “Captain Blood” with Curtiz previously). However, theirs is a love-hate relationship, with military man Devereux wanted to rule with Elizabeth, and Elizabeth wary of his ambition.

While Devereux returns in triumph to London after defeating the Spanish, Elizabeth chides him for allowing the Spanish to destroy their fleet, as she had wanted those ships for her navy. With the Irish rebelling under the Earl of Tyrone (Alan Hale of “The Adventures of Robin Hood,” “The Sea Hawk,” also starring Flynn and directed by Curtiz), Elizabeth at first refuses to allow Devereux to go off and fight them, preferring to have her lover nearby. However, sulking Devereux has retired to his country estate.

Look for Vincent Price (many a horror film) as Sir Walter Raleigh, Leo G. Carroll (Alfred Hitchcock’s “North by Northwest” and “Strangers on a Train,” TV’s “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.”) as Sir Edward Coke and a young Nanette Fabray (“The Band Wagon,” TV’s “One Day at a Time”) as Margaret Radcliffe. Olivia de Havilland (“The Adventures of Robin Hood”) plays the duplicitous Lady Penelope Gray, who destroys correspondence between Elizabeth and Essex as she loved Essex in vain. Francis Bacon, the Queen’s advisor, is played by Donald Crisp (“How Green Was My Valley”).

Davis, who had her eyebrows and hairline shaved and her face painted chalky white for the part, would get revenge on de Havilland 25 years later in “Hush … Hush Sweet Charlotte” (1964).

The film was nominated for five Oscars, including Best Cinematography (Sol Polito, W. Howard Greene), Best Art Direction (Anton Grot), Best Sound Recording (Nathan Levinson), Best Effects or Special Effects (Byron Haskin, photographic, Nathan Levinson, sound) and Best Music Scoring (the great Erich Wolfgang Korngold). Korngold won his Oscar for “The Adventures of Robin Hood” and would receive another nomination for “The Sea Hawk” in 1940.

Leonard Maltin introduces “Warner Night at the Movies 1939,” which includes a newsreel about Denmark versus the Nazis, an “Old Glory” cartoon with Porky Pig and “The Royal Rodeo” musical short (14:25) starring John Payne. There also is the featurette “Elizabeth and Essex: Battle Royale” (10:35), in which it is stated that Davis detested Flynn and had wanted Laurence Olivier for the part. Grade: film 3 stars; extras 2.75 stars

John Wayne: 14-Movie Collection (1953-1976, Paramount, 14 DVDs, Nr/G/PG/PG-13). This bonanza for John Wayne fans contains some of his best and most beloved films, including 1969’s “True Grit,” for which he won the Best Actor Oscar. Also included is his final lead performance in “The Shootist” (1976).

While it is nowhere mentioned on the box, several of the films included were part of the “John Wayne Collection” of special editions, with audio commentaries and other bonus features. These include “Hondo” (1953), McLintock!” (1953), “Island in the Sky” (1953) and “The High and the Mighty” (1954, only the first of 2 discs). With just the feature disc of a 2-disc set is “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” (1962), part of the Centennial Collection.

Represented by only the film are “Hatari!” (1962), “Donovan’s Reef” (1963), “In Harm’s Way” (1965), “The Sons of Katie Elder” (1965), “El Dorado” (1966), “True Grit” (1969), “Rio Lobo” (1970), “Big Jake” (1971) and “The Shootist” (1976).

Shrek: 20th Anniversary Edition (2001, DreamWorks/Universal, 4K Ultra HD + 2 Blu-rays, PG, 90 min.). The world’s most beloved ogre (voiced by Mike Myers) won the first ever Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, as well as hearts and launched three sequels, a spin-off, a TV series, holiday specials and a theme park attraction. Now, the film is released in 4K Ultra HD. Extras are plentiful, including the animators’ corner, Shrek’s interactive journey, a spotlight on Donkey (voiced by Eddie Murphy), secrets of Shrek, deleted scenes, music videos and filmmakers’ audio commentary on both the 4K and Blu-ray formats.

The bonus Blu-ray disc has more than 4 hours of content, including 10 short films and five episodes from “The Adventures of Puss in Boots” TV series. Grade: film 4 stars; extras 3.75 stars

Beverly Hills 90210: The Ultimate Collection (1990-2000/2019, CBS/Paramount, 74 DVDs, NR, 215 hours 34 min./4 hours 18 min.). This mammoth set collects all 10 seasons of the original series plus the 2019 follow-up series “BH90210.” The series followed siblings Brandon Walsh (James Priestley) and Brenda Walsh (Shannon Doherty) as they maneuvered the treacherous halls of West Beverly Hills High, after moving from Minnesota. The ensemble cast included Kelly Taylor (Jennie Garth), Donna Martin (Tori Spelling), Steve Sanders (Ian Ziering), David Silver (Brian Austin Green), Andrea Zuckerman (Gabrielle Carteris) and Dylan McKay (Luke Perry).

The one-season “BH90210” takes place 19 years after the original series, with the original cast members playing heightened, dramatized versions of themselves. The collection comes with behind-the-scenes footage, interviews, season recaps, promos, an “Entertainment Tonight” segment and a gag reel for “BH90210.”

CSI: New York: The Complete Series (2004-2013, CBS/Paramount, 55 DVDs, NR, 141 hours 18 min.). This set completes all 197 episodes across nine seasons of the Big Apple spin-ff of “CSI.” The series followed forensic investigators Mac Taylor (Gary Sinise), Stella Bonasera (Melina Kanakaredes), Danny Messer (Carmine Giovinazzo), Aiden Burn (Vanessa Ferlito) and Sheldon Hawkes (Hill Harper). Among the many guest stars as Edward James Olmos, Peter Fonda, John Larroquette, Robert Forster, Cassidy Freeman, Aly Michalka, Scott Lowell, Robbie Amell, Ted Danson and Josh Groban. The set comes with hours of behind-the-scenes featurettes, deleted scenes, gag reels and audio commentaries.