This week’s home entertainment offerings include the best final film in a movie trilogy since Toy Story 3, the fourth installment in the third biggest horror movie series of all time, and the release of the Limited Edition of Season 7 of The Walking Dead, which comes with a stunning exclusive figure from MacFarlane Toys.
While one of the major box office trends of 2017 was the success of horror films like Split, Get Out, and Annabelle: Creation, another obvious market change was the general decline in the popularity of animated features with the exception of the one real animated hit Despicable Me 3. Part of the reason for the decline is an overabundance of mediocre animated efforts like The Emoji Movie (Sony, “PG,” $30.99, BD $35.99), an innocuous and thoroughly unnecessary film that is for kids only.
Al Gore’s documentary An Inconvenient Truth earned a robust $25 million back in 2006, but his 2017 sequel An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power (Paramount, “PG,” 97 min., $16.99, BD $26.99) brought in a mere $3.5 million in spite of the fact that the effects of global climate change are a lot more obvious now than they were eleven years ago. In this case “sequelitis” could have been the result of the looser structure of An Inconvenient Sequel, which follows Gore around the world as he attempts to raise awareness of the dangers posed by the burning of fossil fuels.
TV on DVD
Almost everything else of interest this week is from overseas, including, for the literary set, The Durrells: The Complete 2nd Season (PBS, 280 min., $39.99, BD $48.99), which chronicles the life of the remarkable Durrell family who, in spite of reduced circumstances, managed to move to the Greek island of Corfu and prosper (sort of) by their wits.
Also due on Tuesday is Vera: Set 7 (Acorn Media, 373 min., $58.99), which features great performances by Brenda Blethyn as the abrasive DCI Vera Stanhope in four mysteries based on the novels of Ann Cleeves and set against the stunning backdrop of rural Northumberland.
This week’s only vintage TV release is The Jamie Foxx Show: The Complete 4th Season (Warner Bros., DVD-R, 524 min., $29.99).
Also new this week are Alderamin on the Sky: The Complete Series (Funimation, “TV-MA,” 325 min., BD/DVD Combo $64.98), which contains all 13 episodes of the 2016 Madhouse series based on the light novel series by Bokuto Uno about a lazy, womanizing soldier, who abhors war, but is an excellent strategist; and the Flying Witch Complete Collection (Sentai Filmworks, “PG,” 300 min., $59.98, BD $69.98, Premium Box Set $159.98), which collects all 12 episodes of the 2016 J.C. Staff series based on the comedy manga by Chihiro Ishizuka. The Premium Box Set comes in a special container and includes an art book, art cards, microfiber cloth, stickers, and a soundtrack CD.
Re-priced, re-packaged releases include Bleach: Set 3 (Viz Media, “TV-14,” 700 min., BD $54.97), which includes 28 previously-released episodes (#56-#83) Fairy Tail: Collection 10 (Funimation, “TV-14,” 675 min., BD/DVD Combo $54.98), which includes episodes 213-239, that were previously released in two 13-episode sets: the Log Horizon: Complete Collection (Sentai Filmworks, “TV-14,” 1,300 min., BD 129.98), which contains all 50 episodes of the 2013-2015 anime series based on the fantasy/science fiction light novels by Momare Touno; and the Space Dandy Complete Collection (Funimation, “TV-MA,” 650 min., BD/DVD Combo $69.98), which collects the two 13-episode seasons of the 2014 series from Bones that were previously released individually.