Disney kicked off the fall home entertainment series early this year with the release of Avengers: Infinity War, the biggest global hit of 2018 so far, more than 2 weeks before the traditional September date for the first big DVD release (and 2 weeks after Infinity War had been available via streaming), and there are other offerings of great interest including the latest season of Arrow, the first season of the excellent Stephen King-based Mr. Mercedes, the final season of SyFy’s 12 Monkeys, plus an intriguing post-apocalyptic anime movie, Planetarian.
The rest of this week’s movie offerings is a decidedly mixed bag. Producer-turned-director Dean Devlin’s Bad Samaritan (Sony, “R,” 110 min., $17.99, BD $19.99) features a strong performance from former Doctor Who David Tennant, but there’s very little else of interest in this film that posted the eighth worse debut ever for a movie debuting in over 2000 theaters; while director Marc Webb’s The Only Living Boy in New York (Amazon, 88 min., $17.99, BD $19.99) could manage only a 33% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes: and Rob Reiner’s misnamed docu-drama Shock and Awe (Lionsgate, “R,” 90 min., $18.98, BD $23.98), which tells the true and important story of a group of Knight-Ridder newsmen, who realized that the Bush Administration was steamrolling the U.S. into war with Iraq over very dubious claims of weapons of mass destruction, but unfortunately, Shock and Awe comes off as more of a political polemic than a compelling drama.
TV on DVD
Also due on Tuesday are Alan Ball’s contemporary drama series, Here and Now: The Complete First Season (HBO, $29.98. BD $39.99); the Scott Bakula-starring NCIS: New Orleans: Season 4; and the CBS military action series starring David Boreanaz, SEAL Team: Season 1 (Paramount, 949 min., $49.99).
Also of interest is Classroom of the Elite: The Complete Series (Funimation, “TV-14,” 300 min., BD/DVD Combo $64.98), a 12-episode 2017 series from Lerche based on light novels written by Shogo Kinugasa about a special high school for gifted students who are being groomed to rule Japan--but the pressure to do well is strong and the consequences for failure are dire.
For kaiju fans there is the live-action Kaiju Mono (Sentai Filmworks, “TV-14,” 93 min., BD $19.9u8), which features a special formula that turns a mild-mannered professor’s assistant into a towering giant capable of taking on the kaiju known as “Mono.”