This week’s home entertainment offerings include Marvel Studio’s latest successful attempt to expand the MCU, the powerful coming-of-age saga Moonlight, the throwback World War II melodrama Allied, and the second installment of the rebooted Sailor Moon anime that hews closely to the manga storyline.
For art movie lovers there is Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight (Lionsgate, “R,” 111 min., $19.95, BD $24.95), the sensitive coming-of-age saga of young boy growing up gay in the Miami ghetto that has earned eight Oscar nominations, including a well-deserved win for “Best Male Supporting Actor” for Mahershala Ali, who plays a Cuban-born crack dealer who befriends a young boy who is constantly being bullied in the film's powerful first section. Moonlight also was a surprise winner of "Best Picture" at the Oscars, which should certainly generate additional interest in this film that manages to be both raw and poetic.
You have to be a bit more of an “inside Hollywood” fan to enjoy Rules Don’t Apply (Fox, “PG-13,” 127 min., $29.98, BD $39.99), a saga of 1950s Hollywood that revolves around the mythic recluse Howard Hughes. Warren Beatty directs this rather slight story and plays Hughes, but it is Lily Collins who steals the show here as a beauty queen who wants to become a movie star, but is under contract to the maddeningly scattered Hughes.
That same “be true to the original source” mentality pervades the “reboot” of the 2011 Hunter x Hunter anime produced by Madhouse and directed by Hiroshi Kojina. Hunter x Hunter: Set 2 (Viz Media, 325 min., $24.98, BD $29.98), contains episodes 14-26 of the rebooted series that has appeared on the Adult Swim’s revived Toonami block.
Another shojo manga-based anime due out on Tuesday is The Betrayal Knows My Name: Complete Collection (Funimation, 600 min., Subtitles Only $59.98), which collects all 24 episodes of the 2010 anime based on the shojo manga series by Odagiri Hotaru.
Fans of Kyoto Animation will be interested in the Amagi Brilliant Park: Complete Collection (Sentai Filmworks, 325 min., $59.98, BD $69.98), which collects the 13-episode 2014 anime that is based on the romcom/fantasy light novel series by Shoji Gatoh.
Other releases of interest include a new Blu-ray edition of the 2003 Bones production, the Scrapped Princess: Complete Collection (Funimation, 600 min., BD/DVD Combo $64.98) that was previously released on DVD by Bandai; the Actually I Am…: Complete Collection (Discotek, 325 min., Subtitles Only, $39.95, BD $39.95), which collects the 13-episode 2015 series from TMS that is based on Eiji Masuda’s high school romance manga about a teen boy who just can’t keep a secret; the Kyousougiga TV & ONA Complete Collection (Discotek, 425 min., Subtitles Only, BD/DVD Combo $59.95), an original net animation property created by Izumi Todo and animated by Toei plus a 13-episode TV anime series from Toei that aired in 2013; and new Blu-ray editions of the 2007 School Days: Complete Collection (Discotek, 300 min., Subtitles Only, BD $39.95) and Makoto Shinkai’s sensitive and gorgeous anime film 5 Centimeters Per Second (Discotek, BD $29.95).
Re-priced reissues due this week include a S.A.V.E. edition of Red Data Girl: Complete Collection (Funimation, $24.98), and the classic 1990s mecha series Key the Metal Idol Complete Collection (Discotek, 505 min., $39.95) that was previously released here on VHS by VIZ Media.
TV on DVD
This week’s TV offerings are feeble indeed. The Netflix-powered sequel Fuller House: Season 1 (Warner Bros., 390 min., $24.98) is strictly for those who enjoyed the show the first time around.
The only kid-targeting release this week is a single-disc Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Best of Blue (Shout Factory, 120 min., $14.93).