This week’s home entertainment offerings include David O. Russell’s low key, but fascinating Joy starring Jennifer Lawrence, plus the dystopian teen drama The Fifth Wave, the unusual Holocaust thriller Remember, and the complete science fiction TV series Lexx.
Also out this week is The Fifth Wave (Sony, “PG-13,” 112 min., $26.99, BD $34.98), an adaptation of the dystopian teen novel by Rick Yancey, which stars Chloe Grace Moretz (Hit Girl) as a teen trying to save her younger brother in the midst of a series of alien invasions. Critics compared The Fifth Wave very unfavorably with other teen dystopian adaptations like The Hunger Games, Maze Runner, and Divergent, and gave The Fifth Wave a lowly 17% positive rating on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.
For those who like the romantic novels of Nicholas Sparks, there is The Choice (Lionsgate, “PG-13,” 112 min., $29.95, BD $39.99), which has all the requisite elements of his dramas, handsome young lovers, a looming tragedy, plenty of sentiment, and a sun-drenched Southern setting. Critics found this tenth adaptation of a Sparks novel wanting (just 11% positive), but then critics apparently have a congenital bias when it comes to romance films.
TV on DVD
The only contemporary shows out on Tuesday are the post-apocalyptic TNT drama The Last Ship: The Complete 2nd Season (Warner Bros., 440 min., $39.98, BD $49.98), and a single-disc, 7-episode collection of the French-produced Nickelodeon cartoon series Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir (Shout Factory, 132 min.,$14.98).
Those who enjoy classic anime may well want to check out Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam: A New Translation (Right Stuf, 297 min., $49.98), a series of three compilation films that were put together in 2005-2006 using Yoshiyuki Tomino’s classic 1985 mecha series Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam. Also due on Tuesday is Gundam Evolve (Right Stuf, 120 min., $24.99), which includes 15 short films produced starting in 2001 that are set in different Gundam universe timelines, feature a mix of animation styles, and often present side-stories (omakes) featuring classic Gundam characters—which makes Gundam Evolve a disc that the hardcore Gundam fan will want to have.
Re-priced re-releases include A Little Snow Fairy Sugar (Sentai Filmworks, 650 min.,$39.98), a 24-episode 2001 series from J.C. Staff that was previously released here by Geneon, and issued in two parts by Sentai in 2009, and is now available at basically half-price, the Azumanga Daioh Complete Collection (Sentai Filmworks, 650 min., $49.98), which includes all 150 five-minute episodes produced by J.C. Staff in 2002 that are based on four-panel manga series created by Kiyohiko Azuma, and was previously issued by Sentai in 2008, and the Gasaraki Complete Collection (Right Stuf, 625 min., $39.99), which includes all 25 episodes of the 1998-1999 Sunrise mecha, which was previously released here by ADV, and then re-released by The Right Stuf in 2012.