One of the very best adaptations of any Marvel comics material, the Netflix Daredevil series headlines a strong week of home entertainment releases that also includes the final season of the Brian Michael Bendis-based Powers TV series, the latest seasons of the pirate saga Black Sails, and the sci-fi comedy Red Dwarf, plus the raunchy (and very funny) R-rated animated comedy Sausage Party.


It’s a very strong week for “geek” favorites in this category starting with Marvel’s Daredevil: The Complete First Season (Disney, 703 min., BD, $39.95), which collects all 13 episodes of the gritty Netflix series that stands out as one of the most faithful and satisfying Marvel Comics adaptation yet.  So far this series is only available on Blu-ray, though folks with a good Internet connection can join Netflix and watch the series for $10.  Those who don’t have either a good internet connection or a BD player are out of luck until the powers that be decide to issue a DVD version.  But Marvel Comics fans will definitely want to own this collection, and those who don’t enjoy superhero fantasy will find much too like in this series that (like the Dark Knight movies) in firmly grounded in reality.

Also of great interest to geek viewers is Powers: The Complete 2nd Season (Sony, 220 min., $45.99), which contains all 10 episodes of the final season of the police procedural based on the comics written by Brian Michael Bendis about a world in which superheroes exist and have to be “policed” like everybody else.  This is the final season of Powers, which aired on Sony’s PlayStation Network, and probably didn’t get the viewership it deserved (Sony never released definitive viewing data), so perhaps it will find the audience it deserves on disc.

Other releases of special interest include the pirate saga Black Sails: The Complete 3rd Season (Starz, $49.98, BD $59.98); the classic UK sci-fi comedy Red Dwarf: Series XI (BBC, 180 min., $34.98, BD $39.99); the post-apocalyptic martial arts saga Into the Badlands: Season 1 (Starz, 255 min., $39.98, BD $49.98); the gritty Revolutionary War drama TURN: Washington’s Spies—The Complete 3rd Season (Starz, $49.98); and the surprisingly fascinating Showtime financial drama Billions: Season 1 (Showtime, 687 min., $49.99), which pits a U.S. Attorney (played by Paul Giamatti) against a hedge fund billionaire (Damian Lewis) in a truly “high stakes” battle.

Even the animated releases are geek friendly this week, especially Batman Beyond: The Complete Series (Warner Bros., $59.98), which includes all 52 episodes of the stylish Batman animated series that lasted for three seasons (this collection was previously released in 2010, but is now available in conventional packaging with a 40% reduction in price).  But this week also provides a bonus for anime fans, the Sonic X Complete Collection (Discotek, $69.95), which includes all 52 episodes of the first two seasons of the Sonic X series in the English-dubbed format in which they appeared on American TV.

This week’s vintage TV releases all have a 1990s flavor--Family Matters: The Complete 9th Season (Warner Bros., 490 min., DVD-R, $29.99) finds Steve Urkel in fine form, while Sisters: Season 6 (Shout Factory, 1275 min., $39.93) contains all 28 episodes of the final season of 1990s slice-of-life drama.

Theatrical Releases

Given the continued success (and constantly lowering cost of production) of computer-animated features, it was only a matter of time before someone took up the mantle of Ralph Bakshi’s adaptation of Fritz the Cat, and produced a truly raunchy animated film that was definitely not for the kids.  Leave it to Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, who penned Sausage Party, to create a successful R-rated cartoon feature.  Produced for just $19 million, Sausage Party (Sony, “R,” 89 min., $26.98, BD $34.99) has grossed over $136 million with its story of a supermarket hot dog, who looks forward to spending his life in peace and contentment with his hot dog bun mate in “The Great Beyond,” but who discovers that the future might not be just what it’s cracked up to be.  Excessively gross, consistently humorous, and occasionally thought-provoking, Sausage Party is easily this week’s top theatrical release.

In fact it is almost the only theatrical release this week, with the exception of Indignation (Lionsgate, “R,” 111 min., $19.98, BD $24.98), a faithful adaptation of an autobiographical novel by Phillip Roth that is set in Ohio in the early 1950s, and does an excellent job of laying bare the considerable prejudices and hypocrisies of the era.


This will be a big week for anime releases led by the Overlord Complete Collection (Funimation, 325 min., BD/DVD Combo $64.98), which collects the 13-episode 2015 anime TV series from Madhouse that is based on the light novel series by Kugane Maruyama about a player trapped inside a MMORPG.  Although this “Tron-like” plot is very common, it has rarely been done with as much style as in Overlord.

Also of interest are the 2007 anime movie Sword of the Stranger (Funimation, 103 min., BD/DVD Combo, $34.95), an excellent samurai saga set during the turbulent Sengoku Period (1467-1603) that was previously released by Bandai in 2009, but is long out of print; the latest collection of the venerable pirate anime One Piece: Season 8 Voyage 4 (Funimation, 300 min., $39.98), which includes episodes 493 to 504; the sci-fi harem comedy Sky Wizards Academy: Complete Collection (Funimation, 300 min., BD/DVD Combo $64.98), which collects the 12-episode 2015 series from Diomedia; and The Heroic Legend of Arslan: Season 1, Part 2 (Funimation, 300 min., BD/DVD Combo, $64.98), which contains the final 12 episodes of the 25-episode first season of the fantasy anime series based on the manga adaptation (by Full Metal Alchemist creator Hiromu Arakawa) of the series of light novels by Yoshiki Tanaka.

More and more anime titles are being released here in the “Subtitles Only” format (without an English dub).  This week’s offerings of this type include: the action-packed romantic comedy Omamori Himari Complete Collection (Funimation, 300 minl., $34.98); the Non Non Biyori Repeat Complete Collection (Sentai Filmworks, 300 min., Subtitles Only, $49.98, BD $59.98), which collects the 2013 Silver Link TV anime based on the manga about five different school girls who live in a rural area; the Strike the Blood: Complete Collection (Discotek, 600 min., Subtitles Only, $59.98), which collects the 24-episode 2014 vampire saga from Silver Link; the 07-Ghost: Complete Collection (Discotek, 600 min., Subtitles Only, $49.95), which collects the 24-episode 2009 fantasy-rich anime from Studio Deen that is based on the josei manga by Yuki Amemiya; the Karate Master Complete Collection (Discotek, 1130 min., Subtitles Only, $59.95), which collects the 1970s classic series from TMS; and the Shining Tears X Wind Complete Collection (Discotek, 325 min., $39.95), which collects the 13-episode 2007 series from Studio Deen that based on the PlayStation 2 games Shining Tear and Shining Wind.

Re-priced re-releases include: the Desert Punk Complete Collection (Funimation, $24.98); the Hetalia World Series Complete Collection (Funimation, $29.98); and the Hetalia—The World Twinkle Complete Collection (Funimation, $34.98).