This week’s home entertainment offerings include a rare ambitious misfire from Disney, Ana Duvernay’s A Wrinkle in Time, a disparate bunch of crime films including the Bruce Willis Death Wish and the indie black comedy Thoroughbreds, plus the latest season of South Park and the complete run of the Hulu adult animated superhero comedy series The Awesomes.
There are several offerings for those who like action/crime films including the very unnecessary (and unsuccessful) remake of the gritty 1974 Charles Bronson revenge thriller Death Wish with Bruce Willis. The new Death Wish (MGM, “R,” 107 min., $29.98, BD $34.99) is competently made and acted, but go rent the original.
Rob Cohen’s The Hurricane Heist (Lionsgate, “PG-13,” 100 min., $19.98, BD $24.98, 4K $29.98), was a box office bomb in spite of its interesting premise (a caper in the middle of a hurricane). It made only $12 million against a $35 million budget, and received a poor “B-“ rating from its meager audience.
Another bomb was Amazon Studio’s crime comedy Gringo (Universal, “R,” 111 min., $29.98, BD $34.98), which wastes a great cast (David Oyelowo, Charlize Theron, Joel Edgerton, Amanda Seyfried, and Thandie Newton) on a silly script.
Also out on Tuesday is the quirky teen romance Every Day (Warner Bros., “PG-13,” 97 min., $29.98, BD $35.99), which is based on the YA novel by David Levithan about a 16-year-old girl who falls in love with a “traveling Spirit” who wakes up in a different body every day.
TV on DVD
Those who enjoy romance manga/anime should check out Anonymous Noise: Complete Collection (Sentai Filmworks, “TV-14,” 300 min., BD $69.98), which collects the 12-episode 2017 series from Brain’s Base that adapts the manga by Ryoko Fukuyama (published here by Viz Media) about two girls and a boy who become friends through their shared love of music, drift apart and then reunite after adolescence.
For those who enjoy anime that delve deeply into Japanese culture there is the Kabukibu! Complete Collection (Sentai Filmworks, “TV-14,” Subtitles Only 325 min., $59.98) , which collects the 2017 Studio Deen TV series based on the light novel series Yuri Eda about a rare contemporary Japanese teen who loves the traditional Kabuki Theater and attempts to form a Kabuki club at his high school (things get really interesting when he allows girls into the troop).
Another key release this week is actually a live-action film, As the Gods Will (Funimation, Not Rated—Subtitles Only, 117 min., BD/DVD Combo $34.98), which was directed by the talented and prolific Takashi Miike and based on the supernatural horror manga by Muneyuki Kaneshiro. It’s hard to know where exactly to discuss this film since it has appeal both to manga/anime fans and horror devotees, especially those who like “splatter” films.