Home video: ‘Bumblebee’ now on digital
Whether you stream, buy or rent, here’s a look at what’s new or notable in home video. Movies are available on streaming sites such as iTunes, Amazon and Vudu unless otherwise noted.
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“Bumblebee”: “Transformers” spinoff stars the lil’ Autobot who, in the movies, zooms around as a black-and-yellow Camaro, but here, in a nod to the original toys and cartoon series, transforms into a Volkswagen Beetle. Set in the ’80s, it’s free to ignore all of the bombast of the blockbuster franchise and follow the less-noisy adventures of Bumblebee and his new buddy Hailee Steinfeld — sort of like “The Love Bug” on steroids.
Also: “The Mule”
“Born in East L.A.”: Cheech Marin, minus Tommy Chong and dope, is an East L.A. mechanic who is accidentally caught up in a sweep of undocumented workers and deported to Mexico. Marin, who wrote and directed the movie, too, intended to impart a message about the dignity of immigrants along with all the funny business that followed. A lot of the late-’80s humor — especially an opening scene of hard-core ogling — is dated; the message isn’t. Bonus: a long sequence involving a norteño trio featuring accordion wizard Steve Jordan. (Shout! Factory Blu-ray)
“Iceman”: A body is found in a block of ice. It’s the setup to horror films such as “The Thing,” the comedy “Encino Man” and even Captain America’s return to action. There’s nothing so fanciful about “Iceman,” which does have the advantage of being rooted in reality — Otzi, a 5,000-year-old corpse that was discovered in the Alps in 1991. The movie imagines his life and death as a prehistoric adventure movie.