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‘Edge’ puts Cruise on repeat

Sean Axmaker

What’s new to watch this week on pay-per-view and streaming services:

Pay-per-view

The Tom Cruise alien invasion/ time travel thriller “Edge of Tomorrow” has a new name for its home video release: “Live Die Repeat.” It’s the same film, dropping the premise of “Groundhog Day” into a military combat situation, with Cruise dying and coming back to relive the day over and over until he can figure out a way to defeat the invaders. Emily Blunt co-stars as a bad-ass soldier who trains Cruise to become as fierce as she is. Also on Blu-ray, DVD and digital formats.

Jon Hamm is a baseball scout who goes to India to look for pitchers in the cricket leagues in “Million Dollar Arm,” and Seth MacFarlane directs and stars in the western comedy “A Million Ways to Die in the West,” co-starring Charlize Theron and Liam Neeson.

Netflix

“Peaky Blinders” is an award-winning British crime series set in the industrial city of Birmingham after World War I and starring Cillian Murphy as a gang boss and Sam Neill as the new chief inspector determined to shut him down. Steven Knight, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter who recently wrote and directed the superb film “Locke,” created the show, which debuts stateside as a Netflix exclusive.

Superhero fans can now revisit “Arrow: Season 2,” finally available after its announced debut was delayed. Also newly arrived: “The Following: Season 2,” “Hart of Dixie: Season 3,” “Raising Hope: Season 4,” and the one and only season of the young adult sci-fi series “The Tomorrow People.”

Netflix premieres two original stand-up comedy specials: “Chelsea Handler: Uganda Be Kidding Me” (Handler will launch a new talk show for Netflix later this year) and “Jay Mohr: Funny For a Girl.”

Amazon Instant Prime

“Hours” stars Paul Walker as a father fighting for the life of his infant daughter in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. It’s one of the last roles for the actor, who died in a car wreck earlier this year.  In a lighter vein is the show biz comedy “In A World …,” written and directed by and starring Lake Bell. It’s also on Netflix.

And as Halloween approaches, Amazon has the self-aware “Scream” and the sequels “Scream 2” and “Scream 3” and Sam Raimi’s cult horror hit “Evil Dead II,” which is as bloody as it is funny

Sean Axmaker is a Seattle film critic and writer. His work appears in Parallax View, Turner Classic Movies online and the “Today” show website. Visit him online at seanax.com.
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