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Home Market Releases for June 7th, 2016

June 8th, 2016

Zootopia

The list of new home market releases isn't particularly long, but it includes Zootopia the best movie of the year, so it feels like an amazing week. It isn't the only contender for Pick of the Week this week, as Anomalisa, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan: Director's Cut, and others are also worth considering. The Martian: Extended Edition is also a must have, if you don't own it yet.

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray Combo Pack
Video on Demand
This film isn't as bad as I feared it would be, but it also isn't good. The only extras on the DVD / Blu-ray are a trio of featurettes, which isn't enough to lift it passed a rental. Also, it is only a rental if you are a fan of Michael Bay's more serious work.


Anomalisa - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray Combo Pack
Video on Demand
An excellent movie and a contender for Pick of the Week. I am still waiting for the screener, which is a phrase I say a lot this week.

The Boy and the Beast - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray Combo Pack
Video on Demand
An Anime title that earned stellar reviews and did well for the genre in limited release.

The Confirmation - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray
Video on Demand
This movie has quite a gap between its reviews and its audience reaction on Rotten Tomatoes. Was it made to please critics and will it leave the audience cold? Read our review to find out.

Game of Thrones: Steelbook Limited Edition Blu-ray - Buy from Amazon: Season Three and Season Four
Great show, but they release too many special edition Blu-rays. Buy the seasons as they come out and then wait for the super special box set after the show is over.

Hail, Caesar! - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray Combo Pack
Video on Demand
One of the best wide releases of the year so far, but it failed to make much of an impact at the box office. I'm still waiting for the screener, but in the meantime, it is at least worth a rental. The extras are a little weak with less than 30 minutes of featurettes, so it is not quite a Pick of the Week contender.

Hidden Colors 4: The Religion of White Supremacy - Buy from Amazon: DVD
According to Amazon, this is the third best selling new release of the week. (And this is still the case as I'm writing this.) However, there are no reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, so it is likely just a quirk of the algorithm.

The Martian - Buy from Amazon: Blu-ray
The screener arrived on Monday, which is too late to get the review done, but earlier than most Fox screeners arrive. I did get a chance to watch the movie yesterday and noticed two scenes that were not in the original cut and I did like the change. I didn't get a chance to watch the new extras, on the other hand. In the meantime, check out our original review. If you don't already have it, then it is a must have.

Mr. Right - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray
Video on Demand
I love both Sam Rockwell and Anna Kendrick, but this film's reviews are bad. However, this film is a black comedy and those rarely do well with critics, as it is really hard to get the right balance between the comedy and, in this case, the bloody violence. I am a fan of the genre and I'm more forgiving of this problem, so I might still check it out.


Rick and Morty: The Complete Second Season - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray
Video on Demand
One of the best animated shows on TV right now. As long as you are into Adult Swim strangeness, then it is a must have. Extras include audio commentary tracks and animatics for every episode, plus featurettes, etc. It's a Pick of the Week contender.

Rizzoli & Isles: Season 6 - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray Combo Pack
Video on Demand
Season Seven of the show starts soon, but unfortunately for fans, it will be the last season. It is a good show, for a summer show, which means it is a guilty pleasure fore most fans.

Roots: The Complete Original Series - Buy from Amazon: Blu-ray
They remade this historic mini-series earlier this year. It earned amazing reviews, but the first is still better.

The Shannara Chronicles: Season 1 - Buy from Amazon: DVD
Video on Demand
An epic fantasy TV show from MTV. I'm not in the MTV target audience, but does the show work on its own merits? Does it have crossover appeal? Or is it wasted potential? Read our review for my opinion.

Sofia The First: The Secret Library - Buy from Amazon: DVD
A fun kids show featuring Ariel Winter. I've reviewed the show in the past and if you have kids the right age, it is certainly worth picking up.

Star Trek: The Next Generation - The Complete Series - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray
I'm still waiting for the screener for this release. I'm not sure if there are any additional extras, which will make a huge difference in its overall value. No new extras and it is only worth picking up if you balked at the prices of the original releases (and I don't blame you if you did). New extras and it is a Pick of the Week contender.


Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan: Director's Cut - Buy from Amazon: Blu-ray
Video on Demand
The best Star Trek movie ever made. The screener for the Director's Cut arrived yesterday. I plan to get the review done this weekend. Unless this new version is significantly worse than the original cut, it is a Pick of the Week contender.

Steven Universe: The Return Vol. 2 - Buy from Amazon: DVD
Arguably better than Rick and Morty, but I vastly prefer full-season sets and not single-disc TV on DVD releases like this.

Touched With Fire - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray Combo Pack
Video on Demand
I got a chance to review this title, but while the reviews are good, I didn't have room in my schedule.

Vinyl: The Complete First Season - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray
I got a chance to review this title, but while the reviews are great, I already had too many screeners on their way to fit in another review.


Zootopia - Buy from Amazon: Blu-ray Combo Pack or 3D Combo Pack
Video on Demand
Zootopia is easily the Pick of the Week. Read our review to find out why.

Blu-ray Releases - Buy from Amazon:
Chisum - Reviews - Blu-ray
McQ - Reviews - Blu-ray
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon - Reviews - Blu-ray
They Were Expendable - Reviews - Blu-ray
Victor/Victoria - Reviews - Blu-ray
Four of the five secondary Blu-ray releases this week star John Wayne; however, it is the fifth film, Victor/Victoria, that I'm most interested in.

4K Releases - Buy from Amazon:
Ghostbusters - Reviews - 4k High Definition
Ghostbusters II - Reviews - 4k High Definition
IMAX: Journey to Space - Reviews - 4k High Definition
Independence Day - Reviews - 4k High Definition
There are four 4k High Definition releases this week. Of these, only Ghostbusters gets me excited to watch. That said, at the moment, 4k is only worth it if you have really exceptional eye sight, or you get a great deal on a 4k setup. In a few years, a 4k setup will be as cheap as a 1080p setup is today.

Video on Demand - Buy from Amazon:
45 Years - Reviews - Video on Demand
Approaching the Unknown - Reviews - Video on Demand
Electra Woman And Dyna Girl - No Reviews - Video on Demand
Fathers and Daughters - Reviews - Video on Demand
Gonzaga: The March to Madness - No Reviews - Video on Demand
King Jack - Reviews - Video on Demand
LEGO DC Super Heroes: Justice League: Gotham City Breakout - Reviews - Video on Demand
Midnight Special - Reviews - Video on Demand
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 - Reviews - Video on Demand
Tom and Jerry: Back to Oz - Reviews - Video on Demand
Traded - Reviews - Video on Demand
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 is by far the biggest VOD release of the week, plus if feels like a good film to stay at home to watch. That said, Midnight Special is the better movie and most people missed it in theaters.

Filed under: Video Releases, Midnight Special, Mr. Right, Hail, Caesar!, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, Zootopia, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, Anomalisa, Journey to Space 3D, King Jack, Touched With Fire, The Confirmation, 45 Years, Bakemono no ko, Tom and Jerry: Back to Oz, Traded, Approaching the Unknown, Hidden Colors 4: The Religion of White Supremacy, LEGO DC Super Heroes: Justice League-Gotham City Breakout, Star Trek, John Wayne, Michael Bay, Anna Kendrick, Sam Rockwell, Ariel Winter