This week’s home entertainment releases include a Disney animated feature that earned half a billion dollars, a well-mounted historical drama that features great performances, plus new editions of the out-of-print Andromeda science fiction series created by Gene Roddenberry, and the eco-fantasy Beastmaster, a TV series loosely based on a novel by Andre Norton.
This week’s release with the biggest box office is the Disney animated feature Ralph Breaks the Internet
(Disney, “PG,” 112 min., $29.98, BD 39.98, 4K 42.99), the sequel to Wreck-It Ralph
. Without much fanfare Ralph Breaks the Internet
earned nearly $200 million at the domestic box office, and, if it wasn’t on the artistic/entertainment level of Incredibles 2
or the Oscar-winning Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
, it has more than enough humor to please kids of all ages.
For those who enjoy well-mounted historical productions there is Mary Queen of Scots
(Universal, “R,” 124 min., $29.98, BD $34.98, 4K $39.98), which features standout performances by Saoirse Rohan and Margot Robbie.
Horror movie fans will have to be content with The Possession of Hannah Grace (Universal, “R,” 124 min., $29.98, BD $34.98, $39.98), a mediocre exorcism tale that could muster only a 17% positive rating on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, and just a “C-“ CinemaScore from audiences.
TV on DVD
This week has almost no new releases of interest, but there are a couple of long out-of-print shows that should generate some excitement in geek quarters, starting with Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda: The Complete Series
(Lionsgate, 4,500 min., $64.98, BD $119.98), which collects the entire 110-episode science fiction series that starred Kevin Sorbo. This series has long been out-of-print, and though the Blu-ray does not appear to be up to full hi-def specs, it beats not having access to this Roddenberry space opera.
Also available after quite a hiatus is the Canadian/American/Australian supernatural fantasy adventure, Beastmaster: The Complete Series (Lionsgate, 2,848 min., $64.98), which contains all 66 episodes of the series that was loosely adapted from the novel by Andre Norton, and aired from 1999-2002.
The only overseas TV release this week is Mystery Road: Series 1
(Acorn Media, 318 min., $39.97, BD $39.97), a cinematic mystery set in Australia’s rugged outback, which is billed (not without some justification) as “Australia’s answer to True Detective
Ltd. Ed. Box WIth Space for Season 1
This week’s anime releases include a number of second seasons, starting with Hina Logic: From Luck and Logic
(Funimation, ‘TV-14,” 300 min., BD/DVD Combo $64.98), the 12-episode 2017 series from Doge Kobo that spun off from the original 2016 series that was based on the multi-media property, Luck and Logic
created by Bushiroad and centering around the Luck and Logic
trading card game (see “Bushiroad Launches Luck and Logic
”); plus Garo Vanishing Line: Part 2
(Funimation, “TV-17,” 300 min., BD/DVD Combo $64.98), which contains episodes 13-24 of the 24-episode 2017-18 original supernatural fantasy series from MAPPA; and Love Live! Sunshine!! Season 2
(Funimation, “TV-14,” 325 min., BD/DVD Combo $64.98. Ltd. Ed. $84.98), the second season of 2016-2017 anime produced by Sunrise about nine schoolgirls who must become idols to save their school (Season 2
of Love Live! Sunshine!!
was the bestselling anime series on disc in Japan last year).
Also due on Tuesday is Just Because! (Sentai Filmworks, “TV-14,” 300 min., BD $69.98), an original slice-of-life high school drama anime TV series produced by Pine Jam in 2017.