NEW YORK (CNS) — The following are capsule reviews from Catholic News Service of new and recent video releases available on DVD and/or Blu-ray — as well as for online viewing. Theatrical movies have a Catholic News Service classification and Motion Picture Association rating. These classifications refer only to the theatrical version of the films below, and do not take into account any extra content.

"The Call of the Wild" (2020)

Jack London's beloved 1903 novel returns to the big screen for the seventh time in this computer-generated special effects extravaganza, directed by Chris Sanders. A pet St. Bernard-Scotch Collie mix dog is kidnapped from his California owner (Bradley Whitford) and shipped to the Yukon, where gold fever is raging and large dogs are in demand to pull sleds. He joins a team run by two benevolent mail carriers (Omar Sy and Cara Gee), before being sold to a wicked gold prospector (Dan Stevens). Eventually he's rescued by a kindly explorer (Harrison Ford) and joins him on an expedition deep into the wilderness, all the while hearing the "call" to return to his primal roots. Although purists will be disappointed by the defanging of London's searing tale, this is a highly entertaining comedy-drama with solid messages about love, friendship and respect, suitable for all but the youngest viewers. Mild violence, characters in peril. Spanish language and titles options. The Catholic News Service classification is A-II — adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association rating is PG — parental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children. (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment; also available on Blu-ray)

"Fantasy Island" (2020)

Muddled horror flick transforms the TV drama series that aired in the late 1970s and early 1980s into a dark, incoherent mess. Under the supervision of the manager (Michael Pena) of a luxurious resort, an ensemble of guests (most prominently Maggie Q and Lucy Hale) lives out a variety of dream scenarios, all of which take unexpected turns. While there are respectable messages underlying some of the story lines, director and co-writer Jeff Wadlow's film makes for a dreary slog and exudes an air of desperation as it lurches toward its conclusion. Some stylized violence, including gunplay, with minimal gore, a few gruesome images, drug use, mature references, including to homosexuality and promiscuity, fleeting partial nudity, a couple of mild oaths, at least one rough and several crude terms. Spanish language and titles options. The Catholic News Service classification is A-III — adults. The Motion Picture Association rating is PG-13 — parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment; also available on Blu-ray)

"The Photograph" (2020)

Mature, though morally flawed, romantic drama interweaves the burgeoning current-day relationship between a museum staffer (Issa Rae) and a journalist (LaKeith Stanfield) with flashbacks to the 1980s bond between the curator's mother (Chante Adams), then an up-and-coming professional photographer, and her less ambitious boyfriend (Y'lan Noel). Writer-director Stella Meghie works at a leisurely pace to weave a tale emphasizing the importance of communication, openness and commitment and evokes some potent performances. But her script not only takes prenuptial relations for granted but romanticizes them. Semi-graphic premarital sexual activity, partial and fleeting rear nudity, at least one mild oath, references to drug use and sexuality. Spanish language and titles options. The Catholic News Service classification is A-III — adults. The Motion Picture Association rating is PG-13 — parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. (Universal Studios Home Entertainment; also available on Blu-ray)