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Home Market Releases for July 12th, 2016

July 12th, 2016

Green Room

It is a very slow week for the home market. The biggest release of the week is The Divergent: Series Allegiant, which is a movie most people should avoid. (Looking at its box office numbers, most people did avoid it.) As for the best releases, Belladonna Of Sadness is amazing, but the screener arrived late and I don’t like handing out that title when I haven’t had a chance to check out the full release. Fortunately, we do have a backup contender, Everybody Wants Some on Blu-ray Combo Pack.


Belladonna Of Sadness - Reviews - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray Combo Pack
The screener arrived while I was writing this column. I can’t get the review done by Tuesday if the screener doesn’t arrive till Tuesday. I will try to get it done this weekend. The reviews are excellent and it looks like a Pick of the Week contender.

Adventure Time: Card Wars - No Reviews - Buy from Amazon: DVD
It’s off its peak in terms of quality, but still one of the best cartoons currently on TV. I prefer full-season sets, on the other hand.

The Divergent: Series Allegiant - Reviews Buy from Amazon: DVD, Blu-ray Combo Pack, 4K
Video on Demand
Lionsgate is having a rough year and this film is one of the reasons for that. The film was torn apart by critics, and worse still, ignored by moviegoers. Its box office was barely more than half of the previous installment in the franchise. The extras on the DVD include an audio commentary track and two short making of featurettes. The Blu-ray has this, plus half-an-hour of behind-the-scene featurettes. That’s not bad for a first run release, but not great either. It is certainly not enough to overcome its reviews.


Everybody Wants Some - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray Combo Pack
Video on Demand
This is the first of two limited releases I got to review this week. Like the other release, this one did well at the box office, but because it was written and directed by Richard Linklater, it was expected to do better. Is it one of his weaker efforts? Or does it deserve to be seen by more? Read our review to find out.

Green Room - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray
Video on Demand
This film started out really well in limited release, but struggled as soon as it tried to expand significantly. Is the film a little too extreme for the average moviegoer? Yes. But is it worth checking out for fans of more extreme violence? Read our review to find out.

iZombie - Season One: Reviews and Season Two: Reviews - Buy from Amazon: Season One: DVD or Blu-ray and Season Two: DVD or Blu-ray
I’m not sure why these re-releases are selling so well, but they are both in the top ten new releases for the week, according to Amazon.com. It’s a great show and if you haven’t seen it yet, definitely check it out.

LEGO DC Super Heroes: Justice League-Gotham City Breakout - No Reviews - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray Combo Pack
Video on Demand
This is one of the strangest franchises around. A combination of a toy series and a comic book franchise. This should be a complete cash grab, but it is actually a fun series and worth checking out.

Miracles from Heaven - Reviews - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray
Video on Demand
A faith-based film that has a better cast than usual. The reviews were mixed, but the domestic box office was relatively good. If you are part of the target audience, then this film is better than most, it’s worth picking up. If you are not in the target audience, but like the cast, then maybe it is worth a rental, at most.

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic - No Reviews - Buy from Amazon: DVD
I’ve previously preview several DVD releases for this TV show and I do like the show much more than most aimed at the same age range. That said, the show is off its peak in terms of quality and the buzz.

Signed, Sealed, Delivered: From Paris with Love - No Reviews - Buy from Amazon: DVD
There were a bunch of Hallmark Movie and Murder releases last week, so I’m not sure why this one is being released this week.

Blu-ray Releases - Buy from Amazon:
Carnival of Souls - Reviews - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray
Cat In The Brain - No Reviews - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray Combo Pack
The Dresser - Reviews - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray
Good Librarian Like Good Shepherd: Complete Series - No Reviews - Buy from Amazon: Blu-ray Combo Pack
Invisible Invaders - No Reviews - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray
Just Desserts: The Making Of “Creepshow” - No Reviews - Buy from Amazon: Blu-ray
Mountains May Depart - Reviews - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray
The Ox-Bow Incident - Reviews - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray
Silk Stockings - Reviews - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray
Slasher: Season 1 - Reviews - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray
Yellow Sky - No Reviews - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray
It’s a slow week on the home market, and this is doubly true when it comes to secondary Blu-ray releases. Carnival of Souls is the only one that really interests me.

4K Releases - Buy from Amazon:
Divergent - Reviews - Buy from Amazon: 4K Combo Pack
The Divergent Series: Insurgent - Reviews - Buy from Amazon: 4K Combo Pack
The Divergent Series: Allegiant - Reviews Buy from Amazon: 4K Combo Pack
IMAX: Flight of the Butterflies - Reviews - Buy from Amazon: 4K 3D Combo Pack
IMAX: Rocky Mountain Express - No Reviews - Buy from Amazon: 4K Combo Pack
There are a number of 4K releases this week, but they are all either IMAX edutainment, or from the Divergent franchise. I would stick with the IMAX edutainment.

Video on Demand - Buy from Amazon:
All the Way - Reviews - Video on Demand
The Boss - Reviews - Video on Demand
Cat In The Brain - No Reviews - Video on Demand
Criminal - Reviews - Video on Demand
The Dresser - Reviews - Video on Demand
Hardcore Henry - Reviews - Video on Demand
Love Between the Covers - No Reviews - Video on Demand
Hardcore Henry is the only release on this week’s list that earned good buzz and mixed or better reviews. Even then, it feels like a really good rental and that’s it.

Filed under: Video Releases, Flight of the Butterflies, The Divergent Series: Allegiant, Green Room, Criminal, The Boss, Rocky Mountain Express, Miracles from Heaven, Shan he go ren, Everybody Wants Some, Hardcore Henry, LEGO DC Super Heroes: Justice League-Gotham City Breakout, Love Between the Covers, The Dresser, The Divergent Series, Richard Linklater