This week’s home entertainment releases include a rebooted Tomb Raider, a sensitive coming-of-age saga from Green Lantern scribe Greg Berlanti, the disc debut of the superb Netflix/Dreamworks’ revival of Voltron, as well as the third season of Syfy horror anthology series Channel Zero, and the second season of the new Berserk anime.
Somewhat surprisingly this week’s highest-grossing home entertainment release is the faith-themed I Can Only Imagine (Lionsgate, “PG,” $29.98, BD $39.99), the most successful “Christian” movie of 2018 so far, which traces the creation of one of the most popular Christian rock songs of all time.
Once upon a time almost any computer-animated feature was almost guaranteed a certain level of box office success, but as cost have come down and barriers to entry have eased, growing numbers of mediocre productions have been dragging down the entire field. Case in point is the animated sequel (to Gnomeo & Juliet), Sherlock Gnomes (Paramount, “PG,” 86 min., $29.98, BD $34.98), which could manage only a 29% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and wastes a talented vocal cast.
For horror movie fans there is the slasher film The Strangers: Prey At Night (Universal, “R,” 86 min., $29.98, BD $35.99), as belated sequel to the 2008 film The Strangers. Those who enjoy bloody slasher movies should give this sequel a chance, it does a good job of referencing the classic 1980s slasher movie era, and does so efficiently in the context of a taut narrative that revisits many of the horror tropes of the 2008 version.
TV on DVD
Other TV offerings of interest include the award-winning Netflix women’s prison series Orange Is the New Black: Season Five (Lionsgate, 725 min., BD or DVD $34.97); the wonderfully sly comedy from Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, Portlandia: Season Eight (Unobstructed View, 215 min., $19.95); the NYC-set crime drama Power: Season Four (Lionsgate, 580 min., $34.98) that airs on Starz; the USA Network legal drama Suits: Season Seven (Universal, 705 min., $39.98); and finally for sitcom fans the revived Will and Grace (The Revival): Season One (Universal, 337 min., $29.98).
Also due on Tuesday is D. Gray-man: Season 4 Part Two (Funimation, “TV-14,” 325 min., $39.95), which contains final 13 episodes (91-103) of the 2006-2008 TMS series based on Katsura Hoshino’s fantasy adventure manga (published here by Viz Media).
In addition to these anime TV offerings, there is Initial D Legend 3: Dream (Sentai Filmworks, “TV-14,” 60 min., BD $39.98), the third in a series of anime movies from Liden Films produced in 2016 and 2017 that retell the early story arcs of Shuichi Shigeno’s groundbreaking street racing manga Initial D.
This week’s re-priced, re-packaged deal is Pokemon: Advanced Battle: The Complete Collection (Viz Media, “TV-7,” 1200 min., $54.97), which contains all 52 episodes of the eighth season of the long-running Pokemon anime that originally aired in Japan in 2004-2005.