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What’s New on TV, Netflix, Digital & DVD/Blu-ray This Week: June 18-24 Album

At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what’s new on Netflix and TV, we’ve got you covered.

New Video on Demand, Rental Streaming, and Digital

“Blockers”
John Cena, Leslie Mann, and Ike Barinholtz will do anything to stop their daughters’ prom night sex pact in this popular comedy arriving on Digital and Movies Anywhere on Tuesday, June 19, then on Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand on July 3. The release comes with unrated bonus content, including deleted scenes, a gag reel, a line-o-rama, and more.

“Pressing On: The Letterpress Film”
From self-proclaimed basement hoarders to the famed Hatch Show Print, this documentary explores the question: Why has letterpress survived in a digital age? “The modern world was born on a printing press. Once essential to communication, the 500-year-old process is now in danger of being lost as its caretaker’s age.” Watch the doc when it arrives on iTunes, DVD/Blu-ray, and On Demand June 19.

“Barry: Season 1”
The first season of Bill Hader’s dark HBO comedy — about a lonely hitman who falls in love with theater acting — will be available for digital download on Monday, June 18. Extras include “World of Barry” with Henry Winkler and the rest of the cast introducing the ridiculously quirky characters in the show; plus “Inside the Episodes” eight featurettes dissecting each episode from Bill Hader, Alec Berg, and the rest of the cast and crew.

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New on Netflix

“Marvel’s Luke Cage” Season 2 [Netflix Original]He’s back! All 13 episodes of “Luke Cage” Season 2 will arrive on Netflix this Friday, June 22. Keep your eyes on Mariah Dillard (Alfre Woodard), a local councilwoman and the cousin of Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes (Mahershala Ali). She’s the new queen in town. Check out the official trailer.

“After clearing his name, Luke Cage has become a celebrity on the streets of Harlem with a reputation as bulletproof as his skin. But being so visible has only increased his need to protect the community and find the limits of who he can and can’t save. With the rise of a formidable new foe, Luke is forced to confront the fine line that separates a hero from a villain.”

“Brain on Fire” [Netflix Film]
Netflix still has a lot of good content coming up in the final weeks of June. This movie starring Chloe Grace Moretz follows a woman with a mysterious illness that’s devastating her body and mind. Thomas Mann, Jenny Slate, Richard Armitage, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Tyler Perry costar in the drama, which premieres June 22 on Netflix. Here’s the trailer.

“Us and Them” [Netflix Film]
This love story was a huge box office success in China, and it arrives June 22 on Netflix. The film follows the romance of Lin Jianqing (Jing Boran) and Fang Xiaoxiao (Zhou Dongyu) over the course of 10 years. The two first meet and fall in love on the train back home for Chinese New Year, struggle as a couple and eventually lead to breakup. A decade later they reunite on a flight home.

“Cooking on High” [Netflix Original]
You can take the title of this one pretty literally — although not if you’re thinking heights: “In the first-ever competitive cannabis cooking show, two chefs prepare mouth-watering marijuana-infused dishes for a panel of very chill celeb judges.” Get the munchies with them starting June 22.
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New on DVD and Blu-ray

“The Death of Stalin”This highly acclaimed political comedy from the genius behind “Veep” and “In the Loop” arrives on DVD and Digital on June 19. Steve Buscemi, Simon Russell Beale, Rupert Friend, Andrea Riseborough, Jason Isaacs, and Michael Palin star in this story following Stalin’s hapless inner circle in the days after the tyrant’s death. The DVD includes deleted scenes, plus the behind-the-scenes featurette, “Dictators, Murderers, and Comrades…Oh My!”

“Pacific Rim: Uprising”
The Kaiju return 10 years after the events of the first film, “Pacific Rim,” in this sequel available on 4K Ultra HD, 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand on June 19. John Boyega stars as Jake Pentecost, a once-promising Jaeger pilot and the son of the legendary Marshal Stacker Pentecost (Idris Elba) from the 2013 film. Cailee Spaeny, Charlie Day, and Rinko Kikuchi costar in the sci-fi adventure, which comes with more than 40 minutes of bonus content.

“The Best of Agatha Christie”
Sleuth alongside Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot as both Volume 3 and Volume 4 of “The Best of Agatha Christie” make their DVD debuts June 19 from Acorn. Volume 3‘s two-disc set includes three feature-length mysteries, and Volume 4 includes four mysteries.

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TV Worth Watching

2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards (Monday on MTV at 9 p.m.)Tiffany Haddish is hosting this awards show, which used to just be about movies but now includes films and TV series — plus streaming, since “Stranger Things” is the top TV nominee. “Black Panther” is the top film nominee this year, followed by “IT.” Check out all of the nominations, and watch the show June 18. (Or just check back the next morning to see who won, and whether anything major happened during the show.)

“Take Two” Season 1 (Thursday on ABC at 10 p.m.)
This crime comedy-drama starring Rachel Bilson and Eddie Cibrian premieres June 21 on ABC. “Take Two” follows Sam (Rachel Bilson), the former star of a hit cop series fresh out of rehab, and private investigator Eddie (Eddie Cibrian). They team up to solve crimes, with Sam doing the job as research for a potential acting comeback.

“It Will Be Chaos” (Monday on HBO at 8 p.m.)
Airing in conjunction with World Refugee Day (June 20), this documentary sheds light on the refugee crisis facing Europe, the U.S., and the rest of the world. The film debuts June 18, and will also be available on HBO On Demand, HBO NOW, HBO GO, and partners’ streaming platforms.

“‘It Will Be Chaos’ highlights the story of Aregai, an Eritrean man fleeing repression and deprivation, who embarks on a risky Mediterranean crossing from Libya. The overloaded boat capsizes, killing hundreds, but he is rescued by Italian fishermen, only to become ensnared in the country’s faltering immigration system. Elsewhere, Syrians Wael and Doha make the perilous Mediterranean crossing from Turkey with their four young children in a small dinghy, followed by a long, taxing trek to Germany.”

“Yellowstone” (Wednesday on Paramount Network at 9 p.m.)
Kevin Costner plays rancher John Dutton in this new series created by Taylor Sheridan (“Hell or High Water,” “Wind River”). Josh Lucas, Wes Bentley, Kelly Reilly, Luke Grimes, and Cole Houser costar in the story of the Dutton family, led by John Dutton, who controls the largest contiguous ranch in the United States. The ranch is under constant attack by those it borders — land developers, an Indian reservation, and America’s first National Park.

“It is an intense study of a violent world far from media scrutiny — where land grabs make developers billions, and politicians are bought and sold by the world’s largest oil and lumber corporations. Where drinking water poisoned by fracking wells and unsolved murders are not news: they are a consequence of living in the new frontier. It is the best and worst of America seen through the eyes of a family that represents both.”

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