This week’s home entertainment offerings include the disc debut of the highest-grossing solo superhero film of all time, the latest season of the brilliant Adult Swim animated series Rick and Morty, and the final season of an adaptation of Terry Brooks’ Sword of Shannara fantasy trilogy created by the producers of Smallville.
When Avengers: Infinity War
debuted in theaters other studios gave the film a wide berth with no other blockbusters opening for three weeks. So it’s not strange that no contemporary film of consequence is due out on Tuesday when Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther
film debuts on disc. It is already clear that Black Panther
(Disney, “PG-13,” $29.98, BD $39.98, 4K $4495), which has earned $696.2 million in the U.S. and Canada, is one of those rare zeitgeist-capturing films that come along once or twice in a decade. Sometime in the next few weeks Black Panther
, which is already the most successful solo superhero film of all time, will become only the fourth film ever to earn $700 million at the domestic box office. It wasn’t just mainstream audiences who loved the film, Black Panther
is also the best-reviewed live-action superhero movie of all time with a 96% positive rating on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. With its implicit critique of colonialism, its bevy of strong female characters (Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, and Angela Basset are all terrific), Black Panther
struck the right thematic notes to go along with the film’s superb production values, brilliant costume designs, and strong ensemble cast. Just as Wonder Woman
was the breakout superhero hit of 2017, it is clear that Black Panther
, which has stayed in the box office top ten for 13 straight weeks, has assumed that title for 2018.
TV on DVD
This week’s top TV release is Rick and Morty: The Complete 3rd Season
(Warner Bros. $24.98, BD $29.98), which contains all 10 hilarious episodes of Justin Rolland and Dan Harmon’s wacky science fiction/adventure series that represents the pinnacle of the Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim offerings. If you are not familiar with this series give it a chance—and who can resist Season Three’s
“Pickle Rick” cover?
Also of interest is the second (and quite likely the last) season of Miles Millar and Alfred Gough’s adaptation of Terry Brooks’ Sword of Shannara
trilogy. The Shannara Chronicles: Season 2
(Paramount, 423 min., $29.98, BD $36.99), which you may not have seen since the first season aired on MTV, while the second appeared on the Spike channel, which promptly cancelled it after Season 2 (though the former Smallville
producers are shopping the series to other cable nets).
The only other contemporary U.S. series due this week is The Bold Type: Season 1 (Universal, 426 min., $29.98), which collects all ten episodes of the Disney/Freeform series about a group of glamourous women who work at a glossy magazine that appears on the former ABC Family Channel.
There are several interesting U.K. imports this week led by the cold case crime thriller Unforgotten: Season 2 (PBS, 270 min., $34.99, BD $39.99), which focuses on the murder of a Conservative Party consultant in 1990. Also of interest are: the gritty U.K. forensics-based crime series Silent Witness: The Complete Season 5 (BBC, 300 min., $34.98), a new edition of the comedy drama Cold Feet: Season 1 (BBC, $29.98), which follows the ins-and-outs of three different couples; and the sitcom about a recently-widowed 59-year-old, Mum: Season 1 (BBC, $24.98), which stars Lesley Manville, and which won a BAFTA Award for best family sitcom.
This week’s anime offerings include eIDLIVE: The Complete Series (Funimation, “TV-14,” 300 min., BD/DVD Combo $64.98), which includes all 12 episodes of the 2017 series from Studio Pierrot that is based on the science fiction manga by Akira Amano (published here by Viz Media); the sensitive Junior High romance series Tsuki Ga Kirei: The Complete Series (Funimation, “TV-14,” 300 min., BD/DVD Combo $64.98), 2017 TV anime from Feel; the second half of the rugby-themed sports anime All Out!! Part 2 (Funimation, “TV-14,” 300 min., BD/DVD Combo $64.98); and One Piece: Season Nine, Voyage Five (Funimation, “TV-14,” 275 min., $39.99), which collects episodes 564-574 of the long-running, hugely popular anime series based on Eiichiro Oda’s rollicking pirate manga.
Also due on Tuesday is Bleach: Set 4
(Viz Media, “TV-14,” 700 min., $54.97), which presents, in splendid high definition, episodes 84-111 of the 366-episode adaptation of Tite Kubo’s supernatural fantasy/action manga produced by Studio Pierrot from 2004-2012.