‘Beekeeper’ looks to create buzz in DVD market

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An action film leads the way with new DVD and Blu-ray releases.

“The Beekeeper” Grade B: The new release does nothing more than what has been presented so violently in a “John Wick” or “Equalizer” movie. A reluctant hero of few words must step forward and kill dozens (maybe hundreds) of people to right a wrong that was going to go unpunished.

It is Adam Clay (Jason Statham) who gets the call in “The Beekeeper.” To the world, he appears to be a solitary man who has found contentment tending to bees. The truth is that he is part of a secret government organization made up of elite killers who deal with problems outside the law.

With this kind of movie, there is no such thing as overkill. Writer Kurt Wimmer and director David Ayer (“Suicide Squad”) have created a situation where the act that starts the retaliation is so vile (and very believable) that there is nothing to do but cheer each violent act.

Ayer doubles down with the casting of Josh Hutcherson (“The Hunger Games”) as the slimy creep behind the scam. He’s used his family’s power and money to live a decadent lifestyle where nothing matters to him but the next party and how much money his companies are stealing from the elderly.

Statham easily handles the action scenes. His cold delivery of a line of dialogue where he tells the receptionist at the building housing one of the call centers that he has two cans of gasoline and intends to burn the place down is enough explanation to keep the story going. He doesn’t need to say anymore. And that is a very good thing.

Also new on DVD and Blu-ray as of April 23

“Drive-Away Dolls”: Two friends go on an impromptu road trip to Tallahassee.

“Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earth Part 2”: DC’s most famous superheroes from multiple universes – including Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman – come together to stop an impending threat of doom and destruction.

“Harley Quinn: The Complete Fourth Season”: Kaley Cuoco continues to provide the voice for one of the most maniacal versions of the Batman villain ever presented on film.

Kamen Rider Geats: The Complete Series”: All Kamen Riders, past and present, are set to battle against unknown enemies and compete with each other in Survival Games.

“American Star”: A hit man falls in love with the location to which he has been sent. This complicates him finishing his mission. Ian McShane stars.

Available on digital platforms

“Arthur the King”: An adventure racer going for one last shot at glory gets support from a dog. It will be released on DVD and Blu-ray May 28.

“Monkey Man”:  Dev Patel stars as a man with no name, scarred by a brutal childhood, who ekes out a meager living in underground fighting rings.

“The Seeding”: Hiker lost in the desert takes refuge with a woman who lives alone in the desert. “Downtown Owl”: Woman arrives in the close knit Reagan-era town of Owl, ND for a one-semester high school teaching job.

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