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Warm up for the im­mi­nent re­lease of In­de­pen­dence Day: Resur­gence with the IN­DE­PEN­DENCE DAY 20TH AN­NIVER­SARY EDI­TION (30 May, Blu-ray/ DVD). The DVD has a new restora­tion of the the­atri­cal cut; the Blu-ray adds new half-hour doc­u­men­tary In­de­pen­dence Day: A Legacy Surg­ing For­ward and a spruced-up ex­tended cut – run­ning about eight min­utes longer, that fea­tures five ex­tra scenes, plus an­other 10 with ad­di­tional/ al­ter­nate footage. Take your mind off one kind of Trump by en­joy­ing an­other, with Nor­we­gian kids’ com­edy DOC­TOR PROC­TOR’S FART POW­DER (out now, DVD). In this Roald Dahl-like fan­tasy, two chil­dren be­friend an ec­cen­tric pro­fes­sor whose lat­est in­ven­tion al­lows them to guff them­selves air­borne. This at­tracts the at­ten­tion of an evil ty­coon… We said: “A pleas­antly breezy di­ver­sion, grotesque enough in places to re­call Jean-Pierre Je­unet.” Stream­ing on Netflix now are all 12 episodes of so-so an­i­mated se­ries KONG: KING OF THE APES. Set in 2050, it pits the gi­ant go­rilla against a vil­lain­ous cy­borg’s ro­botic di­nosaurs. If you want your kids to be­come en­vi­ron­men­tally aware then plonk them in front of it, as en­dan­gered species and the de­struc­tion of the rain­for­est are key themes. More ex­cit­ingly, this Kong has a flip­pin’ jet-pack! Fi­nally, there are fur­ther box set re­leases for a trio of US se­ries: THE LEFT­OVERS SEA­SON TWO (20 June, DVD), THE LI­BRAR­I­ANS SEA­SON TWO (out now, DVD) and ONCE UPON A TIME SEA­SON FOUR (out now, Blu-ray/DVD).

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