This week’s Valentine’s Day home entertainment offerings include the superb cerebral science fiction film Arrival, the excellent coming-of-age saga Edge of Seventeen, along with a couple of solid TV neo-noirs based on books by Max Allan Collins and Joe R. Lansdale, both of whom have worked in comics, plus at last a reasonably priced Blu-ray of Star Trek: Enterprise, along with an unfortunately incomplete Beavis & Butt-head collection.
Ang Lee’s Billy Lynn’s Long Half Time Walk (Sony, “R,” 113 min., $26.99, BD $30.99, 4KBD $45.99) is the latest in a long line of Iraq War films that have suffered ignominious box office failure. Sometime in the future this film, which mixes a PTSD flashback melodrama with a satirical look at American life at its phoniest, may well be rehabilitated because it captures some of the contradictions of our era in which we rely on an army of volunteers to fight our battles while the massive economic engine that is America plows ahead with a just a few nominal nods in the direction of those who are sacrificing their lives in conflicts of dubious purpose.
Those who enjoy boxing movies might want to check out Bleed for This (Universal, “R,” 234 min., $29.98, BD $34.98), which is based on the true story of Vinny Pazienza, who in midst of a successful boxing career is horribly injured in a car accident, but fights his way back against the odds to win a decision against the powerful Roberto Duran. While this movie can’t avoid the obvious sports movie cliches, Miles Teller gives a powerful performance. Bleed for This was a box office bomb, but that is more likely because of the film’s unfortunate title, and the fact that the only boxing movies that seem to have any box office success these days are somehow affiliated with the Rocky franchise.
TV on DVDDVD Round-Up: The Accountant”) Paramount is now releasing Star Trek Enterprise: The Complete Series (Paramount, 4,296 min., BD $117.98) at a lower price on Blu-ray. Buyers should be forewarned that this delayed release of the Blu-ray version appears to be stock tactic by Paramount, which is in the process of releasing the Star Trek canon in lowered-priced editions. All four seasons of Star Trek: Enterprise have already been released on Blu-ray individually, but this is the first time that the entire series is available on BD.
The only other contemporary series due on Tuesday is the Civil War medical drama Mercy Street: Season 2 (PBS, $39.98).
Other vintage TV releases include the groundbreaking 1970s police series Kojak: Season 1 (Universal, 1,121 min., $29.98); Liberty’s Kids: The Complete Series (Mill Creek, 866 min., $14.98), the patriotic animated series that aired on PBS in 2002; True Women: The Complete Miniseries Event (Mill Creek, 183 min., $14.98), which contains the 1997 miniseries that depicted the lives of five generations of Texas women; and Gunsmoke: The Long Ride (Kino, 84 min., $19.95), the fourth of five film sequels to the long-running western series starring James Arness as Marshal Matt Dillon.
For many this week’s top anime release will be One Piece Collection 18 (Funimation, 600 min., $34.95), which contains 24 episodes of the long-running anime based on the manga by Eichiro Oda that now reached 84 volumes. The episodes in this collection, which have been released before in 12-episode sets at a higher per-episode cost, are among the series’ best and feature some of this pirate epic’s most interesting characters.
Another subtitles only offering of interest is the Comet Lucifer: Complete Collection (Sentai Filmworks, 300 min., Subtitles only, $49.98, BD $59.98), which collects the 12-episode 2015 anime from 8-Bit that was simulcast on Crunchyroll. The teenage protagonist of Comet Lucifer is collecting crystals on a prosperous mining planet when he meets a red-eyed blue-haired girl with telekinetic powers, and sets in motion a series of fantasy adventures.
This week’s lone re-priced re-release is the S.A.V.E. Edition of the Nobunagun Complete Collection (Funimation, 325 min., BD/DVD $29.98).