It’s bleak week for home entertainment releases enlivened only by the second (and perhaps final) season of the BBC’s Dirk Gently series, the first Blu-ray edition of Glen Murakami’s 2003 Teen Titans animated series, the 8th film in the Saw series, plus a disastrous film about a man-made mega-storm that is far less interesting than an anime series about the consequences of an ill-fated scheme to terraform Mars.
TV on DVD
This week’s lone vintage release is the academic drama The Paper Chase, Season 4: The Final Season (Shout Factory, 270 min., $22.97).
Also less than stellar is Geostorm (Warner Bros., “PG-13,” 109 min., $29.98, BD $34.97, 3D 59.99). Producer Dean Devlin took up the directorial reins in this disaster film about the struggle to save the planet from a massive storm created by malfunctioning climate-controlling satellites put in place to make up for man-made global warming. Plagued by reshoots, this $120 million film earned just $33.6 million at the box office and received just a 13% approval rating on RT.
Faring far better with the critics (but not audiences), was Thank You For Your Service (Universal, “R,” 109 min., $29.98, BD $34.98), which tries to do for Iraq War vets what The Best Years of Our Lives did for World War II vets with a special emphasis on PTSD and the difficulties that it presents as soldiers attempt to reintegrate into society. Thank You For Your Service garnered a 76% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but the film, due to the difficulty of its subject matter and the general unpopularity of Iraq War movies, earned only $9.4 million at the box office—perhaps it will get the exposure it deserves in the aftermarket.
Also well-reviewed by critics and shunned by audiences was Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Killing of a Sacred Deer (Lionsgate, “R,” 121 min., $19.98, BD $24.98), the director’s follow-up to The Lobster. A fine cast headed by Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman helped this elliptical, occasionally absurdist film earn a 79% positive rating on RT, but the movie, which won the best screenplay award at Cannes, only earned $4.3 million worldwide.
Also due out on Tuesday is Typhoon Noruda (Sentai Filmworks, “TV-PG,” 26 min., BD $19.98), a short film about a group of students trapped by a giant storm, who not only have to save themselves, but maybe the planet as well.