This week’s home entertainment releases include one of this past summer’s biggest comedy hits (Central Intelligence), a superior shark-attack thriller, a $160-million adaptation of World of Warcraft, and a masterful film by the man who has been chosen to direct the next Thor movie for Marvel Studios.
Theatrical FilmsThor Ragnarok Gets a Director”)—an outside the box choice that should pay dividends for Marvel, which gambled by hiring James Gunn to direct Guardians of the Galaxy, a move that turned out pretty well.
TV on DVD
Also due this week is the CW historical fantasy romance series, Reign: The Complete 3rd Season (Warner Bros., $39.98), as well as a new edition of Mystery Science Theater 3000: Vol. 3 (Shout Factory, 360 min., $44.99) in which the MST3K guys make merciless fun of a quartet of lame B-movies.
The top animated offering for geek viewers is the Adult Swim collection, The Mike Tyson Mysteries: Season 2 (Warner Bros., DVD-R, $24.99), though some might prefer the final season of John Dilworth’s whip smart Courage the Cowardly Dog: Season 4 (Warner Bros., 286 min., $24.98), a wonderfully dark and surreal saga, which is set in the bustling metropolis of Nowhere Kansas.
The only vintage series due this week is the beloved sitcom The Wonder Years: Season Six (TimeLife, 450 min., $29.95).
Also of great interest are the realistic French miniseries, The Disappearance (Acorn Media, 417 min., $49.99) about a family’s desperate search for their missing 17-year-old daughter, and the BBC 1880s Whitechapel mystery series, Ripper Street: Season 4 (BBC, $34.98).
Also due on Tuesday are the Maria the Virgin Witch Complete Collection (Funimation, 300 min., BD/DVD Combo $64.98), which collects the 12-episode 2015 series from Production I.G. that is based on Masayuki Ishikawa’s seinen manga series about a powerful witch who plays a significant role in the 100 Years War in late medieval France, the Mikagura School Suite Complete Collection (Funimation, 300 min., BD/DVD Combo $64.98), which includes the 12-episode 2015 Doga Kobo magic school anime based on a popular light novel and shojo manga series, and the yaoi-tinged digital series of short anime episodes about cute boys who work at a corner café, Rainy Cocoa: Seasons 1 & 2 (Funimation, 126 min., Subtitles Only, $19.98).
Other series out this week include Chaika--The Coffin Princess—Avenging Angel (Sentai Filmworks, 275 min., $59.98, BD $69.98), which collects the second anime created by Bones that is based on the dark fantasy light novel series by Ichiro Sakaki, and The Eden of Grisaia + The Labyrinth of Grisaia: Complete Collection (Sentai Filmworks, 300 min., Subtitles Only, $49.98, BD $59.98), which collects the 13-episode 2014 season from 8-Bit that is based on an “eroge” visual novel/video game.
Older releases include the 2005 “fighting girls,” harem parody from Studio Flagg, Koi Koi Seven (Discotek Media, 325 min., Subtitles Only $39.95), the 1999 supernatural action comedy produced by Trans Art, the Gokudo Complete Collection (Discotek Media, $44.95), and the collection of six mid 1990’s OVAs produced by Tatsunoko Productions and based on the company’s original science fiction property.