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Home Market Releases for July 21st, 2015

July 21st, 2015

What We Do In Shadows

I can't wait till the TV on DVD releases start coming out. I will finally have something to talk about on the home market. This week, according to Amazon.com, the best-selling new release is What We Do In Shadows. The film earned excellent reviews and did well in limited release, but it isn't a number one chart-topper. The second best-selling new release of the week is Scooby-Doo and Kiss. ... What? From what few reviews I could find, it is better than it looks. That said, the Pick of the Week is still What We Do In Shadows.

72%: A Baby Mama Crisis - Buy from Amazon: DVD
Video on Demand
This screener arrived unannounced, but I'm not 100% sure it is coming out this week. It is out on VOD on Amazon, but the DVD isn't sold by Amazon, which isn't a good sign. There are also no reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. There's not even a page for the movie.

Ancient Aliens: Season 7 - Volume 1 - Buy from Amazon: DVD
Reality TV. Not the soul-crushing, voyeuristic kind, but the psuedo-educational type that is only slightly better.

Blu-ray Releases - Buy from Amazon: Black Sabbath, Blazblue: Alter Memory - Season One, Fullmetal Alchemist: The Movie: Conqueror of Shamballa, House of 1,000 Dolls, I, Madman, Madhouse, My Beautiful Laundrette, Showdown in Little Tokyo, Soul Eater Not: The Complete Series, Soul Eater Not: The Complete Series (Limited Edition), and Tokyo Ravens: Season 1, Part 2
Of the secondary Blu-ray releases on this week's list, only Black Sabbath jumps out as something I really want. It is arguably a classic in the genre.

Kung Fu Killer - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray
Video on Demand
A Hong Kong martial arts action movie about a Kung Fu instructor who accidentally kills a man and goes to jail. He gets out when a serial killer starts killing Kung Fu instructors and the police require his help to solve the murders. The reviews are good, but not great. Extras on the DVD and Blu-ray include a few featurettes. If you are a fan of the genre, then it is worth picking up, but it is not a must have either.

LEGO:Ninjago: Masters Spinjitzu: Tournament of Elements: Season Four - Buy from Amazon: DVD
Video on Demand
Wow, that's a long name. These LEGO are popular for its genre, but even on the average week, this would be filler and I wouldn't even bother mentioning it.

NCIS: The Best of Abby - Buy from Amazon: DVD
Great show and Abby is my favorite character, but the full-season sets are a better deal.

Robot Chicken: Season 7 - Buy from Amazon: DVD
Video on Demand
It has been a few years since I watched this show regularly. From the bits I have seen, it is still funny, although not as funny as it was in the first few seasons.

Scooby-Doo! And KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray Combo Pack
Video on Demand
This looks like a crash commercial mash-up from the 1970s that is finally getting a release on the home market, but it's not. It was made in 2015. I didn't think Kiss was a relevant pop culture item, and I say that as someone who still has Destroyer on vinyl. There are no reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. In fact, I couldn't find a page on Rotten Tomatoes. I did find a few reviews online and they were all positive. Plus there are a number of extras, including two episodes from the 1970s. If you have young kids at the right age for Scooby-Doo, plus you grew up with the show and the band, then this is definitely worth picking up.

Note: This Blu-ray made its home market debut on the 14th.

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray
Video on Demand
A sequel to The Best-Exotic Marigold Hotel, which was a surprise hit when it came out in limited release in 2012. Sequels to comedies rarely live up to their predecessors. Is that the case here? Is the film still worth checking out? Read our review for my opinion.

Seeds of Yesterday - Buy from Amazon: DVD
Video on Demand
The final film in the Flowers in the Attic franchise. ... Skip it.

Set Fire to the Stars - Buy from Amazon: DVD
Video on Demand
This film earned weak reviews and didn't make a peep at the box office. It isn't as bad as the box office numbers look, but it is only worth a rental.

Tangerines - Buy from Amazon: DVD
Video on Demand
One of the better reviewed films on this week's list. It even earned an Oscar Nomination for Best Foreign-Language Film. Unfortunately, it is not one of the best-selling new releases of the week. It is a contender for Pick of the Week, but it likely won't sell as well as it should.

Video on Demand - Buy from Amazon: Big Like Me, Child 44, Dark Skies, Eminem: A Shady Story, Felt, Fulltime Killer, Gallows Road, Insurgent, The Jokesters, Limbus, Lost in Religion, The Mama Sherpas, Metallica: Masters of Metal, A People Without a Land, Storm in the Andes, That Gal...Who Was In That Thing: That Guy 2, and Unreal
Of the secondary / early VOD releases, Insurgent is clearly the biggest, but it is not the best. In fact, none of them really jump out as must sees.

Vintage Sci-Fi Movies, 6 Film Set - Buy from Amazon: DVD
Six Sci-fi films from the 1950s and 1960s. They are called vintage, but they are certainly not classics. The set is selling surprisingly well on Amazon.com. Then again, at that price, if you are a fan of the genre, it might be worth picking up.

What We Do In Shadows - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray
Video on Demand
The best film on this week's list. It is a comedy about a group of diverse vampires living in the modern world. The DVD and Blu-ray are loaded with an audio commentary track; more than an hour of deleted scenes, including the original short film; as well as interviews, etc. This is more than enough to be worth picking up and it is clearly the Pick of the Week.

Wild Horses - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray Combo Pack
Video on Demand
A limited release / VOD that earned terrible reviews and flopped at the box office. According to Amazon.com, it is the third best-selling new release of the week.


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Filed under: Video Releases, The Divergent Series: Insurgent, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, What We Do in the Shadows, Set Fire to the Stars, Mandariinid, Yi ge ren de wu lin, Wild Horses, Scooby-Doo! and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery, Pauley Perrette