This week’s home entertainment offerings include the mega-hit Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, and the highly successful Pitch Perfect 3, but the real gems could be Alexander Payne’s Downsizing, the noir-ish eighth season of Archer, and a French biopic about jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt.
Also due on Tuesday is Pitch Perfect 3 (Universal, “PG-13,” 93 min., $29.98, BD $34.98, 4K $37.98), the final film in the trilogy about the Bellas, the collegiate acapella group that reunites for one final European tour and competition.
Those who love “gypsy jazz” should definitely check out the French biopic Django (Under the Milky Way, “PG-13,” English subtitles, $19.98). The film takes place in 1943 in Nazi-occupied France where Django Reinhardt remains a hugely popular musician, but is also in jeopardy as the Nazis are systematically killing gypsies (Romani) all over occupied Europe. A meandering plotline was cited by critics who gave Django mixed reviews, but the music in the film (provided by the Rosenberg Trio) is absolutely first rate.
TV on DVD
This week’s only vintage TV release is also a good one, Lou Grant: The Complete Fifth and Final Season (Shout Factory, 1140 min., $39.97), presents the final 24 episodes of the post-Watergate newspaper series in which Ed Azner played a crusading editor.
This week’s top releases include Chaos; Child: The Complete Series (Funimation, “TV-MA,” 300 min., BD/DVD Combo $64.98), a 12-episode 2017 series from Silver Link that is based on the thriller/mystery video game from 5pb. Chaos; Child is a solidly entertaining and suspenseful mystery with some interesting characters; and Hand Shakers: The Complete Series (Funimation, “TV-14,” 300 min., BD/DVD Combo $64.98), a 12-episode 2017 action-packed science fiction/fantasy produced by GoHands.
Also due on Tuesday are One Piece: Season Nine, Voyage Four (Funimation, “TV-14,” 275 min., $39.98), which contains episodes 553-563 of the long-running anime (currently over 825 episodes have been broadcast in Japan) based on Eichiro Oda’s hugely popular pirate manga (published here by Viz Media); and Chihayafuru Season 2 Complete Collection (Sentai Filmworks, “TV-14,” 625 min., $79.98, BD $99.98 Premium Box Set. $149.98), which contains the second 25-episode season of 2013 anime from Madhouse based on the josei romance/card playing manga by Yuki Suetsugu (published here digitally by Kodansha USA). The Premium Box Set comes in a decorated box and includes an art booklet and a keychain.