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.
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.
TV on DVD
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.