This week’s home entertainment releases include the holiday comedy sequel Daddy’s Home 2, the searing, Zola-esque indie film The Florida Project, the first season of the Charlaine Harris fueled horror fantasy Midnight, Texas, the only season of the never-before-released 1980s Kung Fu TV series The Master, and the latest collection of all new Dragon Ball stories.
This week’s highest-grossing film is Daddy’s Home 2
(Paramount, “PG-13,” $25.99, BD $31.99, 4K $34.99), a sequel which boasts “twice the dads,” but which delivers only about half the laughs as the original. The good news for some is that the BD of Daddy’s Home 2
includes a digital copy of the first Daddy’s Home
The best movie out this week is also the hardest to watch. The Florida Project
(Lionsgate, “R,” 111 min., $19.98, BD $24.98) is a gritty film that presents an unsparing look at the American underclass in the form of a young single mother and her six-year-old daughter, who are struggling to make end meets while living in a motel in the Orlando, Florida area. Willem Dafoe and young Brooklynn Prince are especially good in this modern classic that could be called “Down and Out at Disney World.”
One of the under-the-radar trends in Hollywood in recent years has been the production of faith-based films, usually modestly-budgeted affairs, some of which do very well. Typical of these modestly successful movies is The Star (Sony, “PG,” 174 min., $30.99, BD $34.99), a computer-animated feature that tells the story of The Nativity through the animals who were present in the stable where Christ was born. Produced for $20 million, The Star earned $62 million worldwide. Critics generally disliked the film, which has only a 44% positive rating on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, but audiences looked on the film more favorably, giving it a solid “A” CinemaScore.
Far less successful at the box office was the faith-themed Same Kind of Different As Me (Paramount, “PG-13,” $16.99, BD $26.99), which, in spite of cast that includes Greg Kinnear, Renee Zellweger, and Djimon Hounsou, received only a 36% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and earned just $6.4 million at the box office.
TV on DVD
There are only three releases this week, but they all have some interesting aspects for geek TV viewers. Midnight, Texas: Season 1
(Universal, 428 min., $39.98, BD $44.98), which collects the 10-episode NBC summer series that is based on the book series by Charlaine Harris, whose Southern Vampire Mysteries
inspired the hugely popular True Blood
on HBO. Midnight, Texas
is not quite True Blood
, but fans of this kind of TV horror fantasy won’t be too disappointed.
Also of interest, especially for those who enjoy 1980s Kung Fu, is The Master: The Complete Series
(Kino Lorber, 624 min., $49.95, BD $59.95), which collects the 13-episode 1984 series that starred Lee Van Cleef, and which has only been previously been released on VHS in a very truncated form (edited into “TV” movies).
Finally, animation lovers, especially those who like Hanna Barbera creations, will be interested in The Biskitts: The Complete Series
(Warner Bros., 288 min. ,DVD-R, $24.99), which collects the 1983-1984 series that featured a group of anthropomorphic dogs, who much like the characters in Robin Hood
, attempted to maintain the kingdom (and the castle) for a missing monarch.
This week’s top release for the younger set is the action-packed Dragon Ball Super Part 3
(Funimation, “TV-PG,” 325 min., $39.98, BD $44.98), which includes episodes 27 through 39 of the new Dragon Ball Super
saga, the first new Dragon Ball
stories in 18 years, the sequel to the popular Dragon Ball Z
, and plotted out by Dragon Ball
creator Akira Toriyama.
Those who enjoy Yoshihiro Togashi’s Hunter x Hunter manga, should check out Hunter x Hunter: Phantom Rouge (Viz Media, “TV-14,” 97 min., BD/DVD Combo $29.98), the first Hunter x Hunter movie, which was created by Madhouse, and which was #1 at the Japanese box office when it debuted in 2013.
Also due on Tuesday are All Out!! Part 1 (Funimation, “TV-14,” 325 min., BD/DVD Combo $64.98), which collects the first half of the 2017 rugby-themed sports anime based on the manga by Shiori Amase; and Non Non Biyori: The Complete Series (Sentai Filmworks, 600 min., BD $79.98), which contains the two Non Non Biyori anime series that were released separately previously, but are now available at a lower per episode cost.