This week’s home entertainment offerings include a profane coming-of-age movie featuring a trio of sixth graders, perhaps the best-reviewed film of the year, the latest season of the new Star Trek series, as well as the final season of The Big Bang, plus a collector’s edition of the entire series, and the final half of the fifth season of the classic Sailor Moon anime series.

Theatrical Films

This week’s highest-grossing release is Gene Stupnitsky’s R-rated comedy Good Boys (Universal, “R,” 90 min., $29.98, BD $34.98).  The gimmick here is a trio of sixth grade boys who swear like sailors, but beneath all the profanity, this coming-of-age saga is actually kind of heartwarming.

The first Angry Birds movie, based on a popular phone game, made $352.3 million in 2016.  Unfortunately it sucked, so even though The Angry Birds Movie 2 (Sony, “PG,” $19.99, BD $22.99) represents quite a major improvement over its predecessor, it earned less than half as much.  Don’t fret if you missed AB2, it’s not that great, but it will do a lot better job of entertaining the little ones than its predecessor.

It is actually quite rare that a sequel is better than the original, and that certainly was not the case for 47 Meters Down: Uncaged (Lionsgate, “PG-13,” $29.99, BD $39.99), the sequel to the stealth hit of 2017 that parlayed a $5 million budget into $62.2 million in ticket sales.  Uncaged is basically a shark survival film, and it failed to repeat either the modest artistic and financial success of the original 47 Meters Down.

For those who enjoy poignant indie comedy dramas, there is Lulu Wang’s The Farewell (Lionsgate, “PG,” $18.99, BD $18.99), a touching family drama that is based on an episode of This American Life.  While many of the elements of The Farewell are specific to Chinese culture, there is much that is universally relatable in this extremely well-realized film that earned a 99% positive rating on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.

Also of interest is The Peanut Butter Falcon (Lionsgate, “PG-13,” $19.99, BD $24.99), a gritty, but ultimately heartwarming saga of a young man with Down Syndrome, who escapes from a state institution to follow his dream of becoming a professional wrestler.  This is definitely a “feel good” film, but it has more sentiment than sentimentality, which is why it earned a 95% positive rating on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, as well as a rare “A+” CinemaScore from audiences.


This week’s top release for geek viewers is Star Trek Discovery: Season 2 (Paramount, 710 min., BD $55.98), which collects the second season of the latest Star Trek series that is available only via CBS’s streaming service.  The visually striking second season of Discovery was nominated for five Saturn Awards and 4 Emmys.

{MAGE_6}Also of interest are: the final season of the geek-centric The Big Bang Theory: Season 12 (Warner Bros., 552 min., BD $37.99), which collects the 24-episode final season of the hugely popular CBS sitcom; plus the complete 279-episode run of the series is available in The Big Bang Theory Complete Series Limited Edition (Warner Bros., 6,410 min., $142.98, BD $199.99) that comes with 12 hours of extras, a 32-page Episode Guide, and a cool pop-up book featuring the cast; as well as the sixth (and penultimate) season of the CW post-apocalyptic survival saga, The 100: Season 6 (Warner Archives, 551 min., BD $29.99); and the Cartoon Network TV special, Steven Universe: The Movie (Warner Bros., 90 min., $19.98).

This week’s overseas TV offering is the Masterpiece Theater period drama Poldark: The Complete Fifth Season (PBS, 440 min., $44.99).


This week’s top release is Sailor Moon Sailor Stars: Season 5, Part 2 (Viz Media, 425 min., $39.98, BD $69.98), which includes new high-def versions of the final 17 episodes of the 34-episode Sailor Stars (episodes 184-200 of the full Sailor Moon saga), the fifth season of the classic magical girl anime series based on the manga by Naoko Takeuchi that was animated by Toei and aired in Japan in 1996-1997.

This week’s other new (to North America) release is Radiant: Season 1, Part 1 (Funimation, 300 min., BD/DVD Combo $64.98), which collects the first 12 episodes of the 2018 action/adventure/ sci-fi anime from Lerche that is based on the first French manga series (“manfra”) to be published in Japan (it is licensed here by Viz Media).

Fans of Hayao Miyazaki’s work might be interested in the Spirited Away Collector’s Edition (Shout Factory, "PG," 125 min., $49.97), which comes in a hard slipcase along with a new 40-page artbook, an audio CD of the soundtrack, plus loads of extra features.