Martin Scorsese’s paean to American excess and vulgarity, The Wolf of Wall Street leads this week’s home entertainment offerings, which also include the politically-savvy sci-fi series Continuum, the pop culture-infused “bad-movie-takedowns” of Mystery Science Theater 3000, and the sophisticated satire of E.F. Benson’s Mapp & Lucia.
This week’s top release is Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street (Paramount, “R,” 179 min., $29.98, BD $39.99), a vicious black comedy about American excess based on the life of Wall Street swindler Jordan Belfort. Don’t expect to find any likable characters here—and this movie about vulgarity is definitely not for prudes. How The Wolf of Wall Street avoided an “NC-17” is one of the biggest mysteries in contemporary Hollywood. Leonardo di Caprio leads an exemplary cast and Martin Scorsese always knows what to do with the camera-- the worst thing about this movie about excess is its excessive length, nearly three hours long.
Vince Vaughn stars in Delivery Man (Disney, “PG-13” 104 min., $29.99, BD $32.99), a remake of the French Canadian film Starbuck about a slacker, who suddenly discovers that he has fathered 533 children via a sperm bank. Delivery Man doesn’t necessarily deliver big laughs—it actually has about as much sentiment as it does laughter—but it is enjoyable nonetheless.
Given the ability of modern movie special effects it is too bad that Walking With Dinosaurs (Fox, “PG,” 88 min., $29.98, BD $39.99) doesn’t make better use of its, at times, amazing visuals. Unfortunately the “plot” of this kid-targeted dog’s breakfast is wafer-thin, having the dinosaurs talk was a major mistake, and the poop jokes are a ridiculous example of pandering to the film’s target audience.
TV on DVD
This week’s top geekcentric offerings include Continuum: Season 2 (Universal 574 min., $44.98, BD $49.98), the Canadian-produced science fiction series that airs on SyFy. A policewoman inadvertently accompanies a group of rebels from 2077 who travel back to the present in attempt to disrupt the corporation-dominated oligarchic government of the future.
Also of interest are the Comedy Central comedy duo Key and Peele: Seasons 1 & 2 (Comedy Central, 396 min., $22.98, BD $24.99); the always hip Mystery Science Theater 3000: XXIX (Shout Factory, 480 min., $59.97), which contains the MST3K crew making merciless fun of films like Untamed Youth, Hercules and the Captive Women, The Thing That Couldn’t Die, and PumaMan; and the penultimate season of the Showtime comedy-drama series starring David Duchovny, Californication: Season 6 (Paramount, $45.99).
Animated series out this week include the single-disc Dragons: Defenders of Berk, Season 2 (Fox, 242 min., $19.98), which includes 10 episodes of the TV cartoon series spun off from the How to Train Your Dragon movie, and My Little Pony : Friendship Is Magic—A Dash of Awesome (Shout Factory, 120 min., $14.93), which includes five episodes of the popular kids’ cartoon as well as a sing-along bonus feature. The My Little Pony franchise has had some surprising successes in the past year, including the launching of a very popular direct market comic book series from IDW.
Also new this week is Mardock Scramble: The Third Exhaust (Sentai Filmworks, “17+,” 69 min., $29.98, BD $39.98), the third anime film based on the cyberpunk science fiction novels of Tow Ubukata.
New on Blu-ray is the Maria Holic Alive Complete Collection (Sentai Filmworks, “14+,” 300 min.,$59.98, BD $69.98). For younger viewers there is Pokemon Black and White: Rival Destinies Set 2 (Viz Media, “13+,” 240 min., $19.99), which includes episodes 13-24 of the Rival Destinies saga.
Re-priced reissues include Yu-G-Oh! Season 4 Complete Collection (New Video, “10+,” 920 min., $44.95), the anime movie Lupin the Third: Bye Bye Lady Liberty (Eastern Star, 90 min., $24.95), Ghost Stories Complete Collection (Eastern Star, “13+,” 550 min., $44.95), and Fist of the North Star Complete Series (Eastern Star, 3,500 min., $149.95), which contains all 152 episodes of the 1980s anime series from Toei.
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Week of March 25th, 2014
Posted by ICv2 on March 22, 2014 @ 10:59 pm CT
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