This week’s home entertainment offerings include the first film in Legendary Pictures’ Monsterverse, a bloody apotheosis of the modern action film, a Japanese-animated series based on the Valerian graphic novels that inspired Luc Besson’s new film, another anime CGI film based on the Resident Evil game that many gamers prefer to the live-action RE films, plus the latest seasons of the Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time, and Syfy’s The Expanse.
The other major film due on Tuesday is the Armenian genocide film The Promise (Universal, “PG-13,” 267 min., $29.98, BD $34.98). The entire $90 million budget for the film was funded by American businessman (of Armenian descent) Kirk Kerkorian, and though The Promise is earnest (and historically accurate in its portrayal of the horrible Armenian genocide during World War I, the first major instance of genocide in the murderous 20th Century), and it does feature a fine cast, but the film’s central love story is somewhat overshadowed in the difficult balancing of the personal and historical elements of the movie.
Also new this week is a Blu-ray edition of the classic 1990-1991 13-episode Record of the Lodoss War OVAs + Chronicles of the Heroic Knight (Funimation, 1000 min., BD/DVD Combo $84.99), which also includes the 1998-2000 Chronicles of the Heroic Knight, which is also based on the Record of the Lodoss War fantasy novels by Ryo Mizuno.
TV on DVD
Other contemporary series due out on Tuesday include the post-apocalyptic CW series The 100: The Complete 4th Season (Warner Bros., $24.98); and the MTV horror/fantasy series Teen Wolf: Season 6, Part 1 (Fox, $29.98).
The most interesting vintage TV release is Coronet Blue (Kino, 650 min., $49.95), which collects the 13-episode cult espionage series from 1967 about an amnesiac secret agent who escapes being murdered and has to discover his identity and that of the group that is trying to kill him—in other words, the template for the entire oeuvre of Robert Ludlum (just kidding). CBS treated this series like dirt (it has no conclusion), continually pre-empting episodes, and shelving the show in spite of the fact that it developed a following. Here’s a chance to reevaluate.
Other vintage series include the echt-1950s patriarchal sitcom Father Knows Best: Season 6 (Shout Factory, 840 min., $$34.99): the William Shatner-starring cop drama T.J. Hooker: The Complete Series (Shout Factory, 4410 min., $79.97); and The Untouchables: The Scarface Mob (Paramount, $16.99), the pilot episode for the classic ABC series that starred Robert Stack as Elliot Ness and Neville Brand as Al Capone, who appeared only in the 2-hour pilot and in a 2-part episode.
The only offering from overseas is the BBC drama, currently appearing on PBS, Grantchester: The Complete Third Season (PBS, 420 min., $39.99, BD $49.99). James Norton and Robson Green appear in this well-produced period mystery drama set in a picturesque village near Cambridge.