This week’s home entertainment releases include one of the very best films of 2018 so far, John Krasinski’s superb horror movie A Quiet Place, plus the underrated drama Lean on Pete, as well as the final season of the groundbreaking post-apocalyptic sitcom Last Man on Earth, plus the third season of Syfy’s The Magicians, and Stephen Soderbergh’s innovative HBO mystery series Mosaic.
This week’s top release is John Krasinski’s high concept horror film A Quiet Place
(Paramount, “PG-13,” 90 min., $29.98, BD $34.99, 4K $34.99), which has earned an astounding (for a modestly budgeted original horror film) $187.5 million in North America alone. Krasinski and his wife (the supremely talented Emily Blunt) star in this nearly dialogue-free movie set in a world where the only way to survive is to remain quiet since any noise could attract the attention of deadly creatures that hunt by sound. Quite a few innovative horror films do well with the critics, but only a handful like Split, Get Out
, and A Quiet Place
connect with ordinary people as well.
Though it’s not a horror film, Andrew Haigh’s drama Lean on Pete
(Lionsgate, “R,” $19.99, BD $21.99), which has a 92% rating with the critics on Rotten Tomatoes, failed to connect, earning only $2.2 million at the box office, though this is film you might want to catch post-theatrically. A great cast headed by Charlie Plummer, Steve Buscemi, and Chloe Sevigny and Haigh’s refusal to descend into sentimentality, elevate this story about a boy, who, while working at a racetrack, befriends an ailing race horse that he attempts to save from the glue factory.
Those looking for that oxymoronic “uplifting downer,” could check out Donald Sutherland and Helen Mirren in The Leisure Seeker (Sony, “R,” 112 min., $25.99), a well-acted, but predictable saga of an aging married couple making one last trip to Florida before the husband’s Alzheimer’s and the wife’s cancer make travelling impossible; while those looking for pointless docudramas can check out Chappaquiddick (Lionsgate, “PG-13,” 106 min., $29.95, BD $39.95), a rather free and yet dull re-telling of the famous 1969 political scandal.
TV on DVD
For a change TV disc releases resemble the real world of TV and streaming with lots of interesting options including the final season of the off-beat post-apocalyptic sitcom, Last Man on Earth: The Complete 4th Season
(Fox, 405 min., $29.95), which stars Will Forte; the SyFy series based on Lev Grossman’s novels, The Magicians: Season Three
(Universal, 562 min., $39.98, BD $44.98); and the six-episode HBO mystery series directed by Stephen Soderbergh Mosaic
(HBO, $29.98, BD $39.99) with a great cast that includes Sharon Stone, though this “TV” version lacks the interactive elements of the app version of this saga, it is worthy in its own way.
Also available on Tuesday will be the second (and final) seasons of two interesting series, The Exorcist: The Complete Second Season
(Fox, 356 min., $29.98), which continued the saga of the bestselling William Peter Blatty horror novel; and Rosewood: The Complete Second Season
(Fox, 950 min., $34.95), the police procedural that starred Morris Chestnut as a top private pathologist.
There are also some excellent offerings from overseas starting with Keeping Faith
(Acorn Media, 480 min., $49.99, BD $49.99), a superior thriller set along the picturesque Welsh coast that stars Eve Myles as a lawyer on maternity leave who suddenly becomes a suspect when her husband disappears, and also including Endeavour: Season 5
(PBS, 540 min., $39.99, BD $49.99), the 1960s period police procedural that is set at Oxford.
The major vintage TV release this week is the “fish-out-of-water” sitcom Green Acres: The Final Season (Shout Factory, 650 min., $29.95), which presents the sixth season of the Eddie Albert/Eva Gabor comedy.
This week’s releases include Garo the Movie: Divine Flame
(Funimation, “TV-MA,” 78 min., BD/DVD Combo $34.98), the 2016 anime movie sequel to the MAPPA series Garo: The Animation
. The Divine Flame
movie takes place In the Spanish Inquisition-like medieval world of the first Garo: The Animation
TV series, the 24-episode Garo: The Carved Seal of Flame,
which aired in Japan in 2014 and 2015.
Also due on Tuesday are Ai Tenchi Muyo! The Complete Series (Funimation, “TV-14,” 200 min., BD/DVD Combo $49.98), which contains the 50-episode 2014 anime series from AIC that was the sixth installment of the harem comedy Tenchi Muyo franchise, though it differs from its predecessors in that the episodes are only 4 minutes each, and the entire series was sponsored by the city of Takahashi in the Okayama Prefecture for the purpose of promoting tourism in the region; and the Love and Lies Complete Collection (Sentai Filmworks, “TV-14,” 300 min., BD $59.98), which collects the 12-episode 2017 series from Liden Films that is based on the manga by Musawo (published here by Kodansha USA) about teenagers in a near future world where the government assigns everyone a “mate” at the age of 16.