This week’s home entertainment releases include the comic book-based Kingsman 2, Kathryn Bigelow’s searing Detroit, the latest season of Game of Thrones, and the final season of The Strain.

Theatrical Movies

This week’s top release is Kingsman 2: The Golden Circle (Fox, “R,” 141 min., $29.99, BD $34.99, 4K $39.99), the second film directed by Matthew Vaughn and based on the comic book series by Dave Gibbons and Mark Millar.  Although this sequel lacks the enjoyable narrative twists of the first film, it doubles down on the “impossible” stunt work, and delivers the mayhem that modern action fans appreciate.

The best serious movie out on Tuesday is Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit (Fox, “R,” 95 min., $29.98, BD $34.99), a searching examination of the Algiers Motel incident, which sparked Detroit’s 1967 12th Street riot.  The police misconduct portrayed in the film is typical of the kind of rogue police behavior and systemic racism that continues to result in civil disturbances (see Ferguson, Missouri).  Anyone who can’t understand why black NFL players take a knee during the national anthem, sound watch this film.

Those who like romantic comedies will have to be satisfied with Home Again (Universal, “PG-13,” 98 min., $29.98, BD $34.98), which stars Reese Witherspoon as a 40-year-old single mom, who takes in three twenty-something aspiring filmmakers.  Hailie Meyers-Shyer both wrote and directed this film, so it’s no surprise that Witherspoon plays a character who is both intelligent and resourceful—and this time it’s the 40-year-old woman involved with a twenty-something man, and not the all-too-common in Hollywood films reverse of that situation.

Also due on Tuesday are All Saints (Sony, “PG,” 108 min., $30.99, BD $34.99), a Christian-themed drama starring John Corbett as a salesman-turned pastor who saves a small church and aids of group of refugees from Southeast Asia; and Wolf Warrior 2 (Well Go USA, “Not Rated,” 124 min., $24.98, BD $29.98), the #5 highest-grossing film of the 2017 so far, an action film about a Chinese commando, who is a bit of a loose cannon, but who is extremely lethal and effective in defending medical aid workers in Africa.  Wolf Warrior 2 earned more than $600 million in China, and over $800 million worldwide.


This week’s top release is Game of Thrones: The Complete 7th Season (HBO, $59.98, BD $74.99), which contains the 7 episodes of the seventh season of the lavishly-produced fantasy epic.  Given the availability of this highly rated series, which is the most commonly illegally downloaded show as well, HBO has packed the home entertainment releases with lots of cool extras that will appeal to hardcore fans, including “Conquest and Rebellion: An Animated History of the Seven Kingdoms,” plus seven more animated shorts that provide background of notable season 7 locations and storylines, as well as all the usual behind-the-scenes features about the crucial events in season 7 such as the Invasion of Westeros.

Also of great interest is the final season Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan’s medical thriller The StrainThe Strain: Season 4 (Fox, 440 min., $39.98) includes the final ten episodes of the series, which take place in a dystopian near future earth suffering from the debilitating effects of nuclear winter.  All four seasons of this superior thriller are available in The Strain: The Complete Series (Fox, $99.98).

Of considerably less interest is Zoo: Season 3 (Paramount, $39.98), which contains all 13 episodes of the final season of the CBS summer replacement show based on one of the many nondescript novels created by the James Patterson “factory.”

The only animated TV on DVD releases are Tales of the Turtles V3: The Final Chapters (Nickelodeon, $16.99), the third and final release from Nickelodeon’s Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a two-disc release at a reasonable price; and the gift-oriented Hanna-Barbera Diamond Collection (Warner Bros., $74.99), a massive 12-disc set that includes the first two seasons of Scooby-Doo Where Are You?, the first season of The Jetsons, and all 33-episodes of The Yogi Bear Show.

Vintage TV releases include the genial detective series, Simon & Simon, Season 8, The Final Season (Shout Factory, 620 min., $24.97), and the sixteenth season of the American Power Rangers franchise, Power Rangers: Jungle Fury: The Complete Series (Shout Factory, 630 min., $19.97).

The top overseas release is the comedy/drama Doc Martin: Series 8 (Acorn Media, 380 min., $39.99, BD $39.99) finds the good doctor finally back with his wife and son, but how long will the good times last?  This series’ mixture of character comedy and picturesque settings just can’t be topped.

All so of interest are two solid detective series, Death in Paradise: Season 6 (BBC, 440 min., $34.98); and Father Brown: Season 5 (BBC, 750 min., $39.99), continuing the excellent adaptation of the G.K. Chesterton detective stories, which are set in a beautifully reconstructed 1950s Britain.


The 103-episode supernatural adventure anime adaptation of Katsura Hoshino’s D-Gray Man manga (published here by Viz Media) was produced by TMS from 2006-2008.  The first 51 episodes were released here by Funimation in 2010, but the final 52 episodes didn’t get a U.S. release until Funimation released the first thirteen episodes in October.  This Tuesday it’s time for D-Gray Man: Season Three, Part 2 (Funimation, “TV-14, 325 min., $39.98), which includes episodes 65 through 77.

Also due on Tuesday is Trickster: Part 1 (Funimation, “TV-14,” 300 min., BD/DVD Combo $64.98), which contains the first 12 episodes of a 2016 mystery anime produced by TMS written by Erika Yoshida, directed by Masahiro Makai, with original character designs by Peach-Pit.  This “boys detective club” mystery series was inspired by a 1937 novel by Edogawa Ranpo (Taro Hirai, whose nom de plume honored his idol Edgar Allen Poe).