This week’s home entertainment offerings include the underrated Brad Bird film Tomorrowland, one of the best indie films of the year (Dope), plus a chance to grab all of the original Heroes series before the new series starts, and more of the stylish re-imagined Ghost in the Shell: Arise.
But perhaps this week’s most interesting offering is Rick Famuyiwa’s Dope (Universal, “R,” 208 min., $29.98, BD $34.98), a great coming-of-age saga about a very smart Black teen that manages to avoid the stereotypes of African-Americans that infest so many films. Don’t be put off by the title of this film, which was a Sundance winner and has a stellar 87% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
TV on DVD
Equally interesting for some (though it has been available before) is another crime drama with a twist, Dexter: The Complete Series (Paramount, 5092 min., $99.98), which includes all 96 episodes of the saga of a forensic expert, who just happens to be a very successful serial killer. Other sets of interest include a vintage duo, The Bionic Woman: The Complete Series (Universal, 2977 min., $74.98) and The Six-Million Dollar Man: The Complete Series (Universal, 5630, $129.98).
Another prestigious series, which just ended its highly successful run, is now available in a “Complete Series” edition. Mad Men: The Complete Collection (Lionsgate, $209.98, BD $209.97) comes with a couple of whisky glasses as well a full color book that holds the discs. There has been an increasing number of really great TV series in recent years, but none have plumbed the depths of the hollow center of the American success story more deftly than Mad Men, whose protagonist Don Draper is the Jay Gatsby of the 1950s and 1960s. For those who have been collecting the seasons of Mad Men right along, there is Mad Men: The Final Season (Lionsgate, $38.97, BD $39.97).
Contemporary series due on Tuesday include the post-apocalyptic drama The 100: The Complete 2nd Season (Warner Bros., $39.98), the Psycho-based horror series Bates Motel: Season 3 (Universal, 468 min.,$44.98, BD $49.98), and the serial killer drama The Following: The Complete 3rd and Final Season (Warner Bros., $39.98, BD $44.98).
The lone animated release is a good one, The Regular Show: The Movie (Warner Bros., $14.98) in which the show’s two slacker protagonists, Mordecai and Rigby save the universe by thwarting a “Timenado.”
Also of great interest is a 2013 series from Kyoto Animation, one of the most interesting and innovative of all the anime studios. The Beyond the Boundary: Complete Collection (Sentai Filmworks, 300 min., $59.98, BD $69.98, Collector’s Edition $179.98) includes all 12 episodes of the supernaturally-inclined urban fantasy anime series. The Collector’s Edition includes full color booklets, postcards, character glasses, trading cards, a poster, and keychain.
Those who enjoy J-Pop might very well want to check out the Samurai Jam—Bakamatsu Rock Complete Collection (Sentai Filmworks, 300 min., $49.98, BD $59.98), which includes all 12 episodes from the 2014 Studio Deen anime based on the Japanese video game produced by Marvelous AQL that is set in the mid-19th Century at the end of the Shogunate.