This week’s top home entertainment offerings are both animated feature films, Disney’s Pacific Ocean adventure Moana, which features a determined and resourceful teenage heroine plus songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda, and the anime feature Miss Hokusai, which is no less beautiful in its presentation or proto-feminist in spirit, but which is made for adults, a refreshing change, since here in the U.S. the only animated features targeting older folks tend be raunchy affairs like 2016’s Sausage Party.
Also of interest is the biographical drama Jackie (Fox, “R,” 100 min., $29.98, BD $39.98), which stars Natalie Portman, who received an Academy Award nomination for her powerful portrayal of Jackie Kennedy during the immediate aftermath of her husband’s assassination.
Last year was a very good year for horror films, but not all of them were successful. Case in point is Incarnate (Universal, “R,” 349 min., $29.98, BD $34.98), a demonic possession film in which the exorcist (played by Aaron Eckhart) uses science instead of religion to remove demons from the possessed. Produced by Blumhouse, which is responsible for the 2017 horror film megahits Split and Get Out, Incarnate bombed and only earned $6.3 million and a lowly 15% positive rating on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.
TV on DVD
Very slim pickings in the TV category this week. The best bet among domestic releases could be The Americans: The Complete Fourth Season (Fox, $39.98), which collects the 13-episode fourth season of the tense Cold War saga about two Soviet deep cover “sleeper” agents posing as a suburban American couple.
Also of some interest are the 1990’s sitcom The Jamie Foxx Show: The Complete 2nd Season (Warner Bros. DVD-R, 450 min., $29.99), which was notable mostly for the obvious talents of its eponymous star, and The Librarians Movie Trilogy (Sony, $14.99), which collects the 3 made-for-TV literary-tinged fantasy adventure movies that aired on the TNT Network in 2004, 2006, and 2008.
Vintage TV offerings include the 2003 teen sitcom What I Like About You: The Complete Second Season (Warner Bros., DVD-R, 478 min., $29.98); That 70s Show—The Complete Series: Flash Back Edition (Mill Creek, 4,410 min., BD $99.98), a complete Blu-ray edition of the popular sitcom, which aired from 1998-2006; and the Mama’s Family: Mama’s Favorites Collection (Time Life, $69.95), which contains 37 episodes of corn-fed sitcom.
All the rest of this week’s anime releases are either sub-only or available only with an English dub track. In the far more preferable “Subbed” category are the high school musical series Star-Myu: Season 1 (FUNimation, 300 min., Subtitles Only, BD/DVD Combo $54.98), a 12-episode 2015 series from NBCUniversal Japan; Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi: Seasons 1&2 & OVAs (FUNimation, 660 min., Subtitles Only, $59.98), the Studio Deen 2011 adaptation of Shungiku Nakamura’s “boys-love” yaoi manga; the anime adaptation of the online role-playing game Phantasy Star Online 2 The Animation: Complete Collection (Sentai Filmworks, 300 min., Subtitles Only, $49.98, BD $59.98); and a Blu-ray edition of Turn A Gundam: Collection 2 (Right Stuf, 625 min., Subtitles Only, BD $74.99), which contains episodes 26-50 of Yoshiyuki Tomino’s 1999 mecha classic.
This week’s dubbed release is Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V: Season 1 (Cinedigm, English Only, $44.99, BD $69.97), and the only re-priced re-release is the S.A.V.E. edition of Wanna Be the Strongest in the World: Complete Collection (FUNimation, BD/DVD $29.98).