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New on DVD for Nov. 29: ‘Ab Fab,’ ‘Pete’s Dragon,’ ‘The BFG’

This week’s new DVD offerings range from fabulous to fantasy.

‘Pete’s Dragon’

About all that’s the same from the original movie is there’s a very young boy named Pete (Oakes Fegley) who spends a lot of time in the woods with a dragon known as Elliot (voiced by John Kassir). This odd symbiotic relationship seems to be working until Pete ends up too close to a construction crew and he’s spotted.

“Pete’s Dragon” features a central character who looks more likely to cough up a furball than a ball of fire. It’s not a good look.

Despite that major graphic flaw, “Pete’s Dragon” is a better film than the original by light years. The fact the new film isn’t great shows the level of awfulness in the original. Maybe a third attempt will get it completely right.

‘The BFG’

A gentle giant and a spunky young girl join forces. “The BFG” brings together one of the most applauded writers of children’s books, Roald Dahl, with award-winning director Steven Spielberg. Dahl’s story looks at the life of Sophie (Ruby Barnhill), who lives in a British orphanage and prowls the halls at night acting as if she were in command.

It stands tall on its own, but it comes up short when compared to other giants in the Spielberg catalog.

‘Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie’

The self-indulgent, hard-drinking, party-hearty, man-crazy, egomaniacal and unaware Patsy Stone (Joanna Lumley) and Edina Monsoon (Jennifer Saunders) were the life of the television party for almost two decades. They’ve been away for a few years, but the most absurdly fabulous comedy pair to grace the small screen is back with a big-screen edition.

 Also out this week

“Don’t Breathe”: Attempts to rob a blind man go horribly wrong.

“Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life”: Catch up with what has been going on in Stars Hollow.

Fresno Bee