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Stream on Demand: Family-friendly fare ‘Pete’s Dragon,’ ‘BFG’ and ‘Jungle Book’ come home to digital

Bryce Dallas Howard, left, and Oakes Fegley in a scene from “Pete’s Dragon.” (Matt Klitscher / Disney)
By Sean Axmaker Correspondent

What’s new for home viewing on video-on-demand and Netflix, Amazon Prime and other streaming services.

Pay-Per-View / Video-On-Demand

Pete’s Dragon,” a live-action remake of the animated Disney film, is a warmhearted family adventure of a lost boy adopted by a furry forest dragon, and a modern fairy tale grounded in human emotions. Bryce Dallas Howard and Robert Redford star (PG). Also on DVD and Blu-ray and at Redbox.

Steven Spielberg adapts the Roald Dahl storybook fantasy The BFG,” about an orphaned girl and a big friendly giant (Mark Rylance), with a sense of wonder and a playfully childish sense of humor (PG). Also on DVD and Blu-ray and at Redbox.

Also new: Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie,” the big-screen version of the cult British comedy starring Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley (R), and the horror film Don’t Breathe with Jane Levy (R).

Available same day as select theaters nationwide is the drama Run The Tidewith Taylor Lautner and Constance Zimmer (not rated), satirical thriller Pocket Listing with Rob Lowe and Burt Reynolds (not rated), and the horror film The Eyes of My Mother (R).


The Jungle Book (2016) remakes Disney’s animated classic as a live-action films with Mowgli (Neel Sethi) in a magnificent computer-generated jungle kingdom of animals voiced by Ben Kingsley, Bill Murray and others (PG).

Also new: American indie comedy Rainbow Time (2016, not rated), dramas White Girl(2016, not rated) and Wildflower (2016, PG-13), and documentary For the Love of Spock(2016), directed by Leonard Nimoy’s son Adam (not rated).

Streaming TV: Pacific Heat,” an animated parody of action team shows, and the four-part documentary series Hip Hop Evolutiondebut.

Amazon Prime Video

The Lobster (2015) is a melancholy love story with Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz in a strange alternate reality where single people are transformed into animals (R).

The Intervention (2016) is a “Big Chill” for the 30-something crowd with a terrific cast that includes Melanie Lynskey, Jason Ritter, Natasha Lyonne and Cobie Smulders (R).

Streaming TV: the final season of the BBC drama Mr. Selfridge with Jeremy Piven and the first complete season of the animated kids’ series Lost in Oz.”


The Coen brothers’s No Country for Old Men (2007), starring Tommy Lee Jones and Javier Bardem, earned four Oscars, including best picture (R).


Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) pits the Dark Knight (Ben Affleck) against the Man of Steel (Henry Cavill) and introduces Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) in a proto-”Justice League” team-up (PG-13).

At Redbox

“Pete’s Dragon,” “The BFG,” “The Intervention,” “Anthropoid,” “Nine Lives”

Sean Axmaker is a Seattle film critic and writer. His reviews of streaming movies and TV can be found at http://streamon