This week’s home entertainment releases include the final film in the underappreciated How To Train Your Dragon trilogy, a surprisingly successful comedy/drama starring Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart, a romcom that attempts to satirize the conventions of the genre, and the first half of the second season of Chris Savino’s popular Nickelodeon series Loud House.
TV on DVD
Once again it is very meager offerings in this fast-declining category. The highest profile release is the Netflix teen suicide drama 13 Reasons Why: Season 2 (Paramount, $39.98), which collects the 13-episode second season. While the first season managed a 79% approval rating on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the second season could muster only a 25% positive rating, as critics tired of 13 additional hours of sullen teen angst, and mental health professionals decried the effect of the series on vulnerable teenagers.
Also due on Tuesday is Andrew Davies’ BBC adaptation of Victor Hugo Les Miserables that aired here in the States on PBS. Masterpiece: Les Miserables (PBS, “R,” 420 min., $39.99, BD $49.99). This six-part adaptation couldn’t include all the elements of Hugo’s melodramatic masterwork, but it is the most faithful visual adaptation yet.
This week’s new anime releases include Katana Maidens: Toji No Miko, Part 2 (Funimation, “14+,” 300 min., BD $64.98), which includes episodes 13-24 of the 2018 anime based on a Genco fantasy adventure franchise about a group of sword-wielding girls who attend special schools and defend Japan from supernatural forces in their spare time; the Sagrada Reset Complete Collection (Sentai Filmworks, “TV-14,” Subtitles Only, 600 min., BD $89.98), which collects the 24-episode 2017 series from David Productions that was based on the science fantasy light novel series by Yutaka Kono set in a town where everyone has special abilities; and the Land of the Lustrous Complete Collection (Sentai Filmworks, “TV-14,” 300 min., BD $69.98), which contains the 12-episode CGI anime series from studio Orange based on the manga series by Haruko Ichikawa that is set in a world inhabited by mineral-based “Jewel people.”