After a bunch of slow weeks the pace of home entertainment offerings picks up this week with the release of the latest installment in the biggest horror film franchise of all time, plus the first season of the densely-populated DC Comics-based series Legends of Tomorrow, a Twin Peaks-infused take on the teen heroes of Archie Comics, the latest season of Once Upon a Time, and a great collection of vintage Sheena TV series and movies.
The Hispanic audience is one of the key movie-going groups in the American market, and How To Be A Latin Lover (Lionsgate, “PG-13,” 115 min., $29.99, BD $39.99) stars Mexican comedian Eugenio Derbez along with Anglo stars Rob Lowe, Kristen Bell, and Rob Cordry in a comedy that was released here in both English and Spanish versions in an interesting crossover attempt to exploit both the U.S. and Mexican markets.
Everything, Everything (Warner Bros., “PG-13,” $29.98, BD $39.99) is a solid adaptation of a Y.A. romance novel about a teenage girl who lives as a shut-in because of an auto-immune disorder. This heavily melodramatic saga will appeal to teens, but is likely a little too cheesy for older viewers, though the young leads, Amandla Stenberg and Nick Robinson are talented and appealing.
The Case for Christ (Universal, “PG,” 113 min., $24.98, BD $29.98) is one of the latest in the growing stream of faith-themed films, though not one of the most successful, earning just $14.3 million. Still this story of an atheist journalist who finds faith got high marks from both Christian commentators and those who saw the film.
TV on DVD
Also of interest is the Fables-like Once Upon a Time: The Complete 6th Season (Disney, 946 min., $45.98, BD $79.99), which features a town (Storybrook, Maine) peopled with familiar fairy tale characters.
The best of the rest of contemporary TV series due on Tuesday is Bull: Season 1 (Paramount, $49.99), which features Michael Weatherly (NCIS) as a “trial consultant” based on the early career of TV talk show host Dr. Phil, who used his psychological insights to aide clients in the fine art of jury selection and manipulation.
For those who are interested in financial crime there is the Showtime series Billions: Season 2 (Paramount, $39.98), which is based on the legal battles of a U.S. Attorney (based on Preet Bharara, who was recently fired by President Trump) and an unscrupulous hedge fund manager (based on Steven Cohen of S.A.C. Capital Advisors).
Other contemporary shows include the NBC series The Blacklist: The Complete 4th Season (Sony, 945 min., $45.99, BD $55.99); the solid family sitcom The Middle: The Complete 8th Season (Warner Bros., 496 min., $34.98); and the Scott Bakula-starring NCIS: New Orleans: The Third Season (Paramount, $49.99).
Animated releases include Jumanji: The Complete Animated Series (Mill Creek, 880 min., $14.98), which contains all 40 episodes of the cartoon series based on the live-action movie that aired from 1996-1999; and The Powerpuff Girls: Volume 2, The Last Donnycorn (Warner Bros., 132 min., $14.97), which contains 12 episodes of the new Powerpuff Girls series that debuted in 2016.
Other vintage shows include the Mary Tyler Moore spin-off Rhoda: Season 4 (Shout Factory, 600 min., $34.98) and the 1974 police procedural Police Story: Season 2 (Shout Factory, 1095 min., $34.99).
The only show from outside the U.S. due this week is another interesting police procedural, the Canadian series, Murdoch Mysteries: Season 10 (Acorn Media, 864 min., $59.99, BD $59.99), which is set in Edwardian Toronto, and features a fascinating episode about the great Toronto fire of 1904.
This week’s offerings include two releases from long running popular series, One Piece: Season 9, Part 2 (Funimation, 300 min., $39.98), which contains episodes 529-549 of the rollicking pirate saga based on the manga by Eichiro Oda; and Fairy Tail: Collection 9 (Funimation, 625 min., $54.98), which contains episodes 188-212, which have been previously released in 12-episode collections.
Kids may enjoy Digimon Adventures tri (Shout Factory, 96 min. $14.98, BD/DVD Combo $24.97), which is the second in a series of six feature-length episodes created by Toei Animation in 2016 as part of an ongoing 15th Anniversary tribute. This release is available in a dubbed English language version only.