The Ultimate Richard Pryor Collection Uncensored (Time Life, 13 DVDs, NR, 1,585 min.). Richard Pryor’s often abrasive comedy was never for everybody, but the stand-up comedian was vastly influential. Born into poverty in Peoria, IL, Pryor (1940-2005) rose to the heights with his raw, shocking brand of comedy. This collection gathers more than 26 hours of uncensored Pryor.

There are all four of his full-length concert films: “Richard Pryor: Live & Smokin’” (1971, R, 48 min.); “Richard Pryor: Live in Concert” (1979, NR, 78 min.); “Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip” (1982, R, 82 min.); and “Richard Pryor … Here and Now” (1983, R, 83 min.). Additionally, there is his 1977 NBC TV special and all four episodes of his controversial, too-hot-for-television “The Richard Pryor Show,” featuring Robin Williams, Sandra Bernhard, Tim Reid and Marsha Warfield. Sticking to television, there is a collection of his most memorable TV appearances on “The Merv Griffin Show,” “The Dick Cavett Show” and “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.” There is exclusive footage of his final performances and a tribute event at The Comedy Store.

Also here is the feature film “Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling” (1986), which Pryor wrote, produced and directed. He also starred in the film as the title character, a comedian who reviews his life after a near-death experience, after burning himself in a drug incident. There also is never-before-released footage from his infamous first film, “Uncle Tom’s Fairy Tales,” which has been lost since 1968.

The set continues with two acclaimed documentary films, “Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic” (2013, Showtime, R, 83 min., Emmy Award nominee) and “I Am Richard Pryor” (2019, NR, 92., min.).

Set extras include deleted scenes, outtakes and a no-holds-barred interview with his widow, Jennifer Lee Pryor. A collector’s booklet includes personal photos, diary entrees and tour notes.

Pryor won an Emmy Award, five Grammy Awards and was the first recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor (1998). In 2017, Rolling Stone magazine ranked Pryor No. 1 on its list of the 50 best stand-up comics of all time.

Currently, the set is available exclusively from Time Life at Grade: A

Rating guide: 5 stars = classic; 4 stars = excellent; 3 stars = good; 2 stars = fair; dog = skip it

The Forever Purge (Universal, 4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray or Blu-ray or DVD, R, 103 min.). The fifth Purge movie throws out all the rules and tries for a bit of relevancy by setting it near the Texas-Mexico border and covering prejudice against Mexican immigrants. Other than that latter wrinkle, the film is basically a stale rehash with less than thrilling action sequences. It does inadvertently, however, maker another strong argument for gun control. By the way, while the film is called “The Forever Purge,” in the film the reference is constantly “ever after Purge,” so not sure why that was not used as the film’s title.

For those unfamiliar with “The Purge,” which also spawned a television series, they are set in a seemingly normal, crime-free America in the near-future. However, the country is a dystopia, run by the New Founding Fathers of America, which celebrates an annual national holiday known as the Purge, 12 hours in which all crime, including murder, becomes legal. As the series of films has developed, we see the Purge has become a bonanza for home security systems.

Here, the action is centered around the Tucker ranch in Texas near the Mexican border. The ranch is owned by Caleb Tucker (Will Patton of “Halloween”) and run by his son Dylan (Josh Lucas of “Ford v Ferrari”). The rest of the family are Cassidy Tucker (Cassidy Freeman) and Harper Tucker (Leven Rambin). Helping out on the ranch is Mexican immigrant Juan (Tenoch Huerta of TV’s “Narcos: Mexico), whom Caleb resents quite a bit. Juan’s wife is Adela (Ana de la Reguera of “Narcos,” “Army of the Dead”), who works in a nearby factory.

The film opens with Juan and Adela fleeing Mexico and crossing the border via an underground tunnel. As Purge night approaches 10 months later, Caleb hands his Mexican employees “Purge protection bonuses,” which are used to hunker down in a heavily-guarded location. However, this year, the killing continues after the all-clear sirens sound, as a well-armed, highly-organized and determined band of rogue Purgers begin “the ever after Purge” with an eye on racial purification; that is, they kill anyone who is not white.

Small-picture-wise, we follow three of the Tuckers, Juan, Adela and Mexican ranch hand T.T. (Alejandro Edda) as they attempt to cross the border into Mexico, which, like Canada, has agreed to offer asylum to any weapon-free Americans during a six-hour window. Big-picture-wise, as violence spins out of control, cities burn, including El Paso, where our good guys must pass through, as the military and government are overrun.

I could not help imagining this was all an aftermath of the Donald Trump presidency, the ultimate place his pushing the division of Americans would lead to – especially when the first sign that things have gone past the normal Purge is when a TV news reporter is shot in the head on-camera. Mostly, it is violence for violence’s sake – the best bit is a Native American character shooting flaming arrows with dynamite attached – and most characters are barely fleshed out. The other novelty is most of the action sequences take place during the daytime.

Bonus features include an alternate, storyboard-only opening gunfight that launches Juan and Adela’s escape to the United States (1:40); a deleted scene of cattle herding with a couple of racist jokes (1:36); a behind-the-scenes featurette (8 min.); and a look at the wardrobe (2:06). Grade: film 2 stars; extras 1.5 stars

Twist (Lionsgate, Blu-ray or DVD, R, 92 min.). Any film that brings us another Michael Caine performance is worth a viewing and he is somewhat central here as Fagin, who leads a band of young crooks in London, in this heist film loosely based on Charles Dickens’ “Oliver Twist.” There is an Oliver Twist here; he goes by Twist and is played by Raff Law, son of actor Jude Law. Raff’s performance is unexpectedly good, especially when it comes to his parkour moves through and over buildings. The fluidity of the sometimes-amazing movements boosts the film’s likability.

It also helps that Raff is a likable character, whose artist mother (Sally Collett as Molly Twist; also one of the screenwriters) died when he was about 10. She used to take young Oliver to art galleries, where he developed his own interest in painting, much of which he now demonstrates in street graffiti, including an enormous, actually beautiful, mural high up the side of an office building. Oliver has been reduced to living on rooftops and eating restaurant leftovers.

The film opens with a dark note, as one of Fagin’s thieves (Dominic Di Tommaso as Tom Chitling) escapes his pursuers, only to be thrown off a roof by an unseen hand. Turning to Twist, whose only crimes so far have been graffiti, he decorates a parking officer’s vehicle while the man is arguing with a woman over a ticket. Twist is chased, but escapes with the aid of two of Fagin’s brood, although he loses his jacket and then his pants in the process. The two are Dodge (Rita Ora) and Batesy (Franz Drameh), who introduce him to Fagin and offer him new clothes.

Fagin is disappointed when Twist decides not to join their ranks, saying, “Ideals are useless, like appendix. Cut them out.” However, Twist has seen Red (Sophie Simnett), who also is excellent at parkour. Twist becomes a bit smitten, although it seems Red is the girlfriend of dangerous Fagin associate Sikes (Lena Headey of HBO’s “Game of Thrones”). Fagin and Sikes are planning to steal a valuable William Hogwith painting from art dealer Dr. Crispin Losberne (William Walliams). By the time of the theft, Twist has joined Fagin’s gang.

The film gets extra merit for good use of the Buzzcock’s “Ever Fallin’ in Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve)” (1978). There also is a very nice emotional bit near the end. The only extra is a making-of featurette, which talks about filming in London (25:45). Grade: film 3 stars; extra 2 stars.

The Nevers: Season 1 Part 1 (Warner Bros./HBO, 2 Blu-rays or 2 DVDs, NR, 360 min.). This series, created by Joss Wheden (“Cabin in the Woods,” TV’s “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Angel”), who also directs three episodes and has a hand in all the writing, is as much a genre-bender as “Cabin in the Woods.” The series is set in Victorian London, when a group of privileged men, led by Lord Massen (Pip Torrens) are trying to maintain the social system as is, despite a great number of women, and a few men, being given extraordinary abilities – no two the same – on Aug. 3, 1896.

Some of the women, called the Touched, have banded together at St. Ramaulda’s Orphanage under the guidance of Amalia True (Laura Donnelly of TV’s “Outlander,” “The Fall”), whose ability is ripplings, brief visions of the near future, and Penance Adair (Ann Skelly), who is adept at building slightly futuristic machinery as she can discern energy lines. The time is three years after the event. Among their charges are Primrose, a young giant, and Myrtle (Viola Prettejohn), a young girl who speaks in many jumbled languages who they rescue early on.

Supporting the orphanage is Lavinia Bidlow (Olivia Williams of TV’s “The Halcyon,” “Manhattan”), who is wheelchair bound and turns out to have more knowledge about the 1896 event than she lets on, and her younger brother Augie (Tom Riley of TV’s “Da Vinci’s Demons”), who turns out to be one of the Touched. He can control birds by taking over one of them. Augie’s best friend is Lord Hugo Swann (James Norton of “Little Women,” TV’s “War and Peace”), who is a bisexual hedonist who runs the underground Ferryman’s Club, which has been a good source of blackmail, but he now wants to turn the club legitimate, using Augie’s name and the Touched as employees. Swann also has had a more intimate relationship with Scotland Yard Detective Frank Mundi (Ben Chaplin of “Dorian Gray”), whose ex-fiancée, Mary Brighton (Eleanor Tomlinson), has become one of the Touched, singing an ethereally beautiful song.

Mary gets kidnapped by mad Maladie (Amy Manson) after a deadly night at the opera. Frank now is trying to track down Maladie, who is associated with Bonfire Annie (Rochelle Neil), who can create and throw fire. As one can see, the characters are quite interlocked and some of the new abilities are quite interesting.

There are six episodes so far, with the sixth, which gives the background of the Galanthi, opening as if it were a completely different series. The first half of the episode is set in a dismal future, where what is left of ecologically-ravaged Earth is being fought over by the FreeLife Army, which is against the alien Galanthi race helping humans save their species, and the pro-Galanthi Planetary Defense Coalition.

The acting is uniformly excellent and the story is intriguing. One theme is those previously without power banding together to create power. There also are Nazi-like touches as the Touched are forced to register and wear blue ribbons. An anti-Touched faction rises, called the Purists. One episode deals with a public execution. The sets are wonderful as well, and Knebworth House is used for Massen’s home.

The set comes with quite a few extras, spread on both discs. A couple of the extras on disc one contain spoilers as to what happens on disc two, so it is best to watch the whole half-season first. Disc one includes featurettes Introduction to The Nevers (3:12), A New Age of Power (5:17) and a look at the themes behind the series (17:05; including environmental and the role of trauma in life); character profiles for True (3:36), Adair (3:10), Brighton (2:59) and Annie (3:10); a look at the night at the opera (7:10), the charity event (7:18; how Primrose’s height was achieved) and how Odium came to walk on water (7:47).

Disc two extras include a making-of featurette (11:55) that covers sets, costumes, working during Covid and adding people to scenes digitally; character profiles of Mank (3:46), Augie Bidlow and Swann (3:46) and the villains (7:37); creating the confrontation between True and Massen and translating Myrtle (7:56), the hanging sequence (7:21) and looking at episode six’s future (9:48); and crew profiles of editor Lee Lassek (2:25), VFX supervisor Johnny Han (2:34) and director Zetna Fuentes (2:23; she did one episode). Grade: half-season 4 stars; extras 3 stars

First Date (Magnet/Magnolia, DVD, NR, 103 min.). Written and directed by Manuel Crosby and Darren Knapp, the film follows a first date that teens Mike (Tyson Brown) and Kelsey (Shelby Duclos) will never forget. It begins when the shy boy bumbles into promising to pick the cool girl up for a Friday night out – only he does not have a car. Spurred on by his friend Brett (Josh Fesler), who already has his own date, Mike buys a battered ’65 Chrysler New Yorker from a shady character. What we find out later is the car belonged to Tony, the panicking man in the opening scene who tries to get his one-date girl to run off with him to Mexico, before he is shot dead.

Mike is late to pick up Kelsey, as he finds jewelry in the car and returns to Dennis (Scott Noble), the car’s seller, to return the jewelry. Instead of finding Dennis, he finds a woman who shoots at him. Barely escaping with his life, he then runs into an elderly couple who used to own the car back in 1982. Yes, the film has far too many coincidences, but it gets better as the convoluted story moves along. Mike agrees to left the couple borrow the car and they just happen to drive, with him along, to the same scenic lookout where stood-up Kelsey has ended up with her jock neighbor. Yup, more coincidences. At least this finally gets Mike and Kelsey together, but their future holds hidden drugs, crooked cops and lots of dead bodies.

The movie is much better as an action adventure than as a comedy, although some of the funny bits work. The supporting cast is good too. There is a sour-faced pair of cops, Sgt. Davis (Nicole Berry) and Deputy Duchovny (Samuel Ademola) who have an off-beat dynamic and continually pop up in Mike’s life. The talkative Dennis resurfaces as well, first being tortured by a trio of crooks who treat their shady business as a book club. There are no bonus features. Grade: film 3 stars

Night of the Animated Dead (Warner Bros., Blu-ray or DVD, R, 71 min.). Directed by Jason Axinn, this is an animated retelling of George A. Romero’s seminal 1968 horror classic, sticking for the most part to the script, settings and dialogue, although there is a bit more gore added and the Beekman Diner scene is actually shown, not just talked about.

In the film, siblings Barbara (voiced by Katharine Isabelle) and Johnny are visiting their father’s grave in a remote cemetery 100 miles from the city. While there, they are attacked by the newly reanimated dead, with Johnny killed. Barbara manages to reach a nearby farmhouse. She is still in danger, but Ben (voiced by Dule Hill of TV’s “Psych”) comes along to save her. Then they discover five people are hiding in the basement, with the father (Harry Cooper, voiced by Josh Duhamel) immediately at odds with Ben over what to do. Radio news fills in a lot of detail on what is happening it the wider world, including a theory that the cause was radiation from the explosion of a Venus probe.

The character animation, by Demente Animation Studio, is relatively simple, but does play up the blood and violence. The story has not been modernized at all. The only extra is a making-of featurette (9:46). Grade: film 3.5 stars; extras 1.75 stars

Witching & Bitching aka Las brujas de Zuggaramurdi (Spain, 2013, IFC Midnight, Blu-ray or DVD, NR, 114 min.). The original title would be translated as “The Witches of Zuggaramurdi,” but there is a lot of “complaining” as well in the hilarious film that mashes a jewelry store heist with parenting and, yes, a coven of witches that grows to hundreds.

The film opens with the heist in Madrid by a collection of thieves disguised as street performers. The primary two are a silver-painted Christ carrying a cross and a metallic green-painted soldier. The Christ is Jose (Hugo Silva), who, since it is Tuesday, his only day of the week to spend time with his 10-year-old son (Gabriel Delgado as Sergio), has brought the kid along and Sergio is carrying a couple of pistols. The soldier is Tony (Mario Casas), whose girlfriend drives off with their getaway car. The robbery starts to go wrong when the SpongeBob SquarePants member of the team starts shooting outside of the shop, bringing cops into the action. Nonetheless, Jose steals 25,000 gold wedding rings.

Desperate for an exit, Jose and Tony take over a taxi cab and force the driver (Jaime Ordonez as Manuel) to drive them to France. There also is a passenger who complains all the time and ultimately ends up in the trunk. There is a good little police chase in the city, with Jose talking on the phone to his ex-wife (Macarena Gomez as Silvia) during it. Sergio’s mother eventually uses her cellphone to trace her son’s cellphone location and police detectives Calvo (Pepon Nieto) and Pacheco (Secun de la Rosa) follow her, until all end up at the home of the witches in Zuggaramurdi.

Director Alex de la Iglesia has built a reputation for screen insanity, creating wild visions of death and destruction, often with a darkly comedic slant, and everything goes berserk here. The humor is present throughout, from the comedic images of the robbery to the parallel discussions of the frustrations of men with their women involving the two thieves and the cab driver in one vehicle and the two detectives in another. The witches themselves are pure insanity, from keeping a relative chained beneath the toilet in their restaurant/pub to the whole sacrifice they have planned. It is great when the witches first crawl up the walls to the ceilings and then walk up there.

The witches are led by Graciana (Carmen Maura), who, along with Maritxu (Terele Pavez) and Eva (Caroline Bang), lures the men into submission, with special plans for the boy as a critical wiccan ceremony draws near. More humor ensues as Jose and Tony try to one-up each other for Eva’s attention, even as they are tied to chairs at the dining table.

The wiccan ceremony in a large cave goes overboard too much, but up until then the film has been terrific. It is one you will not soon forget. There are three brief extras on the story (2:44), the characters (4:06) and the heist (2:59). Grade: film 3.25 stars; extras ½ star

God of War II (China, Well Go USA, Blu-ray or DVD, NR, 101 min.). Apparently, this is not a sequel to “God of War.” Certainly, the film starts out with how Lu Bu was created into a weapon as a child by being fed various poisons by an evil sorceress. He eventually is made to be warlord Dong Zhuo’s general, one who can defeat whole armies by himself.

First though, Lu Bu escapes from where he was a test subject and encounters lovely, and lonely, Chanyi in the forest. They have some amusing interactions and she brings him back to her village. They clearly have fallen in love, but Dong Zhuo’s men show up, capture Lu Bu and kill just about everyone in the village. Lu Bu believes Chanyi has died in a fall over the cliff. We later learn that Doctor Bai Zhu has been able to save her. Three years later, Chanyi is injected with poisons so she can assassinate Dong Zhuo, only to find out when she arrives that her Yi Lu Bu still lives.

The film is more a love story than an action film, although there is some fighting in it. After the beginning, it is not that interesting and its ending is not only stupid, but actually cruel. There are no bonus features. Grade: film 2 stars

Shadow of the Thin Man (1941, Warner Archive Collection, Blu-ray, NR, 97 min.). The fourth film in the series has Nick (William Powell) and Nora Charles (Myrna Loy) investigating a murder at a horse racing track. The victim is jockey Goldez, who had thrown a race the day before. Nick is convinced it was not murder, but keeps that fact from the press so when a second murder occurs, he can trick the killer into trying to pin the jockey’s death on someone else.

As always, Nick is known by everyone wherever go goes, including a wrestling match that pits two 330-pound behemoths. Their dog Asta geta a cute bit at a merry-go-round, and later starts a brawl at Mario’s Grotto restaurant. A reporter friend gets nabbed for murder after he sneaks into his girlfriend’s boss’ office to get a look at his crooked books. The girlfriend is played by Donna Reed (“It’s a Wonderful Life,” TV’s “The Donna Reed Show”) and the reporter by Barry Nelson (“The Shining,” “Airport”).

It all goes down as smoothly as Nora’s martinis. The vintage short included is “The Tell-Tale Heart” (19:45), a 1941 telling of the Edgar Allan Poe tale by first-time director Jules Dassin (“Rififi,” “Never on Sunday”). There also is the cartoon “The Goose Goes South,” a Hanna-Barbera offering for MGM (6:12). Grade: film 3 stars; extras 2.75 stars

Also released

The Blacklist: The Complete Eighth Season (Sony, 5 Blu-rays or 5 DVDs, NR, 943 min.). “The Blacklist” has gotten rid of characters before – still sad that husband Tom (Ryan Eggold) had to die – but now one of the show’s two main leads has departed, leaving the show’s future after the upcoming season pretty much in doubt. That said, former FBI agent Elizabeth Keen (the departing Megan Boone) had become pretty unlikable by the end.

In this season, Keen aligns with her mother, infamous Russian spy Katarina Rostova to take down Raymond Reddington (the always wonderful James Spader). Ultimately, some, but not all, questions are answered as Reddington seems content to turn over his hidden informational organization to Keen as his successor. Some of the better episodes deal with Reddington’s growing affection for his bird-watching friend, and when they are taken hostage. Bonus features include deleted scenes, a blooper reel and a look at Keen’s farewell. (And what about that bizarre theory that Reddington had had a sex change and really was Keen’s mother!) Grade: season 3.25 stars

Seal Team: Season Four (CBS/Paramount, 4 DVDs, NR, 11 hours 19 min.). The adventures of Bravo Team continue, with Jason Hayes (David Boreanaz of TV’s “Bones”) wrestling with the toll of his long career as a special operator, while trying to guide his evolving team. Ray Perry (Neil Brown of “Insecure”) delves into the world of special activities, and Clay Spencer (Max Thieriot of TV’s “Bates Motel”) and Sonny Quinn (AJ Buckley of “Pure”) face unexpected crossroads in their personal lives. Also this season, Toni Trucks (“Corporate”) plays Lisa Davis.

Extras include the cast and executive producers Spencer Hudnut and Christopher Chulack discussing the storylines, characters and challenges faced during the pandemic; a sit-down discussion of how the show has evolved over four seasons by executive producers Boreanaz, Hudnut and Chulack with Scott Mantz; a look at designing one of the season’s major sets with production designer Stuart Blatt; audio commentary by Hudnut and Kenny Sheard on the season opener; and deleted scenes.

Magnum P.I.: Season Three (CBS/Paramount, 4 DVDs, NR, 12 hours 33 min.). The modern take on the classic TV series continues, with Jay Hernandez in the title role. During the 16 episodes, Magnum and Higgins (Perdita Weeks) continue their work as private investigating partners. Higgins is beginning a new relationship with her doctor (Jay Ali of “Carnival Row” as Dr. Ethan Shah). Rick (Zachary Knighton) continues to manage La Mariana, the hottest tiki bar on the island, along with his best pal and Island Hoppers boss TC (Stephen Hill). One of the season’s cases has Magnum and Higgins repossess a plane from a drug cartel – that never goes well. They also help an MMA fighter who is being blackmailed into throwing a fight and they have to weather a hurricane inside La Mariana with two armed killers. Bonus features include a gag reel and deleted scenes.