Not only is Hollywood not releasing any major films this week after Thanksgiving, Tinseltown’s home entertainment slate appears to be almost as bleak, except for Steven Soderbergh’s highly underrated heist comedy Logan Lucky, and Lake Bell’s second directorial effort, a look at various aspects of modern marriage that is a bit more ambitious than it is successful.

Theatrical Films

This week’s top release is Steven Soderbergh’s Logan Lucky (Universal, “PG-13,” 119 min., $29.98, BD $34.98, 4K $44.98), a clever caper film about an unlucky clan that attempts to rob the Charlotte Motor Speedway.  Smoothly directed and well-acted by an accomplished ensemble cast that includes Channing Tatum, Katie Holms, Sebastian Stan, Hilary Swank, and a de-glammed Daniel Craig, Logan Lucky was a box office misfire (it made only $44 million) that really deserves a second look. This is an unpretentious caper film that is just a whole lot of fun.

Also out this week is Tulip Fever (Lionsgate, “R,” 105 min., $29.95, BD $34.98), a period film set in the Netherlands during the 17th Century tulip mania.  A solid cast that includes Alicia Vikander, Christoph Waltz, and Dane DeHaan is undermined by a plot that features an all too common love triangle, and by years and years of studio tinkering and recutting.  This film was made in 2014 and stayed on the shelf for three years during which it reportedly underwent major changes.  Those who enjoy period films might find enjoyment in the film’s recreation of prosperous 17th Century Holland, but most others will wish that this film had been left on the shelf.

A more interesting, but still flawed film is Lake Bell’s I Do… Until I Don’t (Universal, “R,” 107 min., $22.98).  Bell directed the wonderful In a World, which was set in the world of voice acting, and the premise of I Do, in which a documentary filmmaker is producing a survey of modern marriage by following three very different couples, is promising, but somehow, in spite of the efforts of a strong cast that includes Bell and Ed Helms, the film never quite comes together.


This week has only one major American TV release, Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life (Warner Bros., 369 min., $24.98, BD $24.98), the four-episode Netflix series that is a sequel to the CW cult series that ran from 2000-2007.  Amy Sherman-Paladino and Daniel Paladino, who created the series, return for this four-episode sequel that consists of four 88-102 min. episodes, each of which follows the characters through one of the seasons of the year.

The only other release of note this week is Inspector George Gently: Series 8 (Acorn Media, 180 min., $39.99, BD $39.99) is an excellent police procedural produced for BBC One and set in Newcastle upon Tyne during the 1960s.  Series 8 marks the end of the show and consists of two feature-length episodes set in 1970 as Gently has to re-investigate a case in which a woman was convicted on murder on circumstantial evidence and runs afoul of his partner, who was part of the original investigative team, and then has to sort out corruption within the police force in the final episode “Gently and the New Age.”


This week’s lone new release is the subtitles-only Kiddy Girl-and: The Complete Series (Funimation, “TV-14,” 600 min., Subtitles Only, BD/DVD Combo $69.99), the 24-episode 2009 sequel to the yuri science fiction series Kiddy Grade.

Re-releases include the Squid Girl Complete Collection (Sentai Filmworks, 675 min., BD $99.98), which was previously released in DVD, but this 27-episode collection includes two 12-episode series and 3 OVAs produced by Diomedea between 2010 and 2014 and based on the manga by Masahiron Anbe; and Full Metal Panic: The Second Raid (Funimation, “TV-14,” 325 min., $34.98), the 13-episode 2005 series produced Kyoto Animation.