Here’s what’s new for home viewing on video on demand, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu and other streaming services.
TOP STREAMS FOR THE WEEK
• After the major film studios passed, Martin Scorsese turned to Netflix to finance “The Irishman” (2019, R), his latest and last mob epic and a long-awaited reunion with actors Robert De Niro (their first collaboration in over 20 years), Joe Pesci and Harvey Keitel. De Niro delivers his most committed and moving performance in decades as Teamster turned mob hitman Frank Sheeran; Pesci (lured out of retirement) offers quiet power and gravitas as the mobster who recruits Frank; and Al Pacino turns down his usual volume to play Jimmy Hoffa. Scorsese plays down the cinematic fireworks for a melancholy portrait of a man who loses his compassion and his family in a life of impersonal violence. Now on Netflix after a brief theatrical run.
• Adam Driver plays the congressional aid assigned to investigate the use of “enhanced interrogation techniques” (aka torture) in the post-9/11 war against terror in “The Report” (2019, R). Scott Z. Burns (screenwriter of “The Informant!” and “The Laundromat”) writes and directs this season’s deep dive into real-life government scandal and cover-up, effectively dramatizing a complicated subject, and a superb cast helps him, including Jon Hamm, Corey Stoll and Annette Benning as Dianne Feinstein. Streaming Friday on Amazon Prime Video after a brief theatrical run.
• Apple TV Plus debuts “Servant” (TV-MA), a psychological thriller about a couple (Toby Kebbell and Lauren Ambrose) surviving a terrible loss and a new nanny with a secret. Created and directed by M. Night Shyamalan. Three episodes now available, new episodes each Thursday.
• Also new to Amazon Prime is “Brittany Runs a Marathon” (2019, R), a comedy about self-esteem, self-image and commitment starring Jillian Bell in the title role. The marathon of the title is a symbol of sorts, but it is also a physical challenge to be conquered.
• A severed hand goes on an odyssey to reunite with the rest of itself in “I Lost My Body” (France, 2019, not rated), an offbeat, fable-like animated film based on a novel by “Amelie” author Guillaume Laurant. Dev Patel, Alia Shawkat and George Wendt headline the English-language voice cast. Streaming on Netflix starting Friday.
• Holiday trimmings: Romany Malco is a radio DJ and single father in the family comedy “Holiday Rush” (2019, not rated) on Netflix (Thursday), and James Corden and Lana Del Rey are guests on “The Kacey Musgraves Christmas Show” (2019, TV-Y) on Amazon Prime Video (Friday).
• Dennis Quaid stars in the sitcom “Merry Happy Whatever: Season 1” (Thursday) and Connie Britton and Eric Bana headline the true-crime drama “Dirty John: Season 1” (2018).
AMAZON PRIME VIDEO
• The Amazon Original sci-fi series “The Feed” offers a near future where people can plug their minds directly into the data network. Also new are all seven seasons of “True Blood” (2008-2014, TV-MA).
• Werner Herzog directs and narrates the documentary “Meeting Gorbachev” (2019, TV-PG).
• A family faces dark, twisted, shadow versions of themselves in “Us” (2019, R), Jordan Peele’s eerie, ambitious social satire through a horror movie lens starring Lupita Nyong’o.
• Pixar’s Oscar-winning animated feature “Coco” (2017, PG) is new to Disney Plus.
NEW ON DISC/REDBOX
• “Angel Has Fallen,” “Where’d You Go, Bernadette,” “Official Secrets,” “Ophelia.”
• Sean Axmaker is a Seattle film critic and writer. His reviews of streaming movies and TV can be found at streamondemandathome.com.