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Home Market Releases for November 29th, 2016

November 28th, 2016

Don’t Breathe

Last week was the week of Black Friday / Cyber Monday, so the massive sales scared away top-notch releases. This week is the week after Black Friday / Cyber Monday and the new releases are even worse. There are a few midlevel releases, like Don’t Breathe or Pete’s Dragon, but the the size of the release quickly drops from there. Fortunately, both of those releases are very good and on even really busy weeks would be contenders for Pick of the Week. It was a close pick between the two, but in the end, I went with Don’t Breathe as Pick of the Week.

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie - Reviews - Buy from Amazon: DVD, Blu-ray
Video on Demand
This movie isn’t bad and most fans of the show will like it. However, it is not as good as the original TV series was and if you expect it will be, you will be very disappointed. Extras include making of / behind-the-scenes featurettes, deleted scene, outtakes, and more. It is worth picking up for fans of the show, but keep expectations in check.

Back to the Future: The Complete Adventures - No Reviews - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray
This is just last year’s set, without the fancy light-up packaging. Also, $60 for three movies, all 26 episodes of the animated series, and some additional extras isn’t a bargain.

The BFG - Reviews - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray Combo Pack
Video on Demand
If you are making a live-action film aimed at pre-teens or younger, do not spend more than $50 million making it. The odds of earning enough to recoup a budget bigger than that are very small. That said, if you have kids in the right age range for this film, it is worth picking up. Extras include five making of / behind-the-scene featurettes, which is enough to add to its overall value, but not enough to be a contender for Pick of the Week.

Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors - Reviews - Buy from Amazon: Blu-ray
This came out on DVD in May. It is a great TV movie and the sequel airs on Wednesday. If you didn’t buy the DVD because you were holding out for the Blu-ray, now is the perfect time to grab it.

Don’t Breathe - Reviews - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray
Video on Demand
One of the best horror movies of the year. It is about a home invasion where the victim is blind. Only, we watch it from the perspective of the thieves and learn the “victim” isn’t the good guy in this film. Extras include an audio commentary track, deleted scenes, and a handful of featurettes. Easily worth picking up and a contender for Pick of the Week.

House of Lies: The Final Season - Reviews - Buy from Amazon: DVD
Video on Demand
The first season is bad and I didn’t bother getting the other seasons to review. I’m a little surprised it lasted five seasons.

Pete’s Dragon - Reviews - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray Combo Pack
Video on Demand
A remake of the 1977 film of the same name. The reviews were excellent, but the film struggled at the box office, at least internationally. Had the movie done as well internationally as it did domestically, then it would have broken even before it reached the home market. As it is now, it will need to be a big hit on the home market to break even any time soon. Extras include an audio commentary track, making of featurettes, behind-the-scenes, outtakes, and more. Definitely worth picking up and a contender for Pick of the Week.

Soundbreaking: Stories from the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music - Reviews - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray
A TV mini-series about the history of recorded music from the start of Rock and Roll till today. The reviews are mostly good and the DVD and Blu-ray have half-an-hour of extra interviews. Worth picking up.

Note: This DVD / Blu-ray make its home market debut on the 13th of December.

Suicide Squad - Buy from Amazon: DVD, Blu-ray Combo Pack, 3D Combo Pack, or 4k Combo Pack
Video on Demand: Theatrical Release and Extended Edition
The D.C. Extended Universe is a mess right now. Can Suicide Squad turn things around? Or will fans of D.C. have to wait till Wonder Woman comes out to see a good D.C. film? Read our review to find out.

Taboo 2 / Taboo 3 - No Reviews - Buy from Amazon: Blu-ray
According to Amazon.com, this is one of the ten best-selling new releases of the week. Most weeks, a release like this wouldn’t even be considered for filler in the secondary Blu-ray releases below. That’s how shallow this week is. On a side note, in the Amazon description, Taboo 3 is described as, “a thought provoking story...” No it’s not. No thought went into making this movie and no thought will be provoked watching it. It’s porn that is pretending to be more than that.

The Wild Life - Reviews - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray
Video on Demand
A terrible animated movie that bombed in theaters. Even if you have kids in the right target demographic, there are better out there.

Blu-ray Releases - Buy from Amazon:
Baked in Brooklyn - No Reviews - Buy from Amazon: Blu-ray
Biggles: Adventure in Time - Reviews - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray
Death Machines - Reviews - Buy from Amazon: Blu-ray
Death Parade: The Complete Series - No Reviews - Buy from Amazon: Blu-ray Combo Pack
Finders Keepers - Reviews - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray
Heaven's Lost Property: The Angeloid of Clockwork Classic - No Reviews - Buy from Amazon: Blu-ray Combo Pack
Heavy Object: Season One, Part One - No Reviews - Buy from Amazon: Blu-ray Combo Pack
Knights of Sidonia 2 - No Reviews - Buy from Amazon: Blu-ray Combo Pack
Half of the secondary Blu-ray releases are Anime titles.

4K Blu-ray Releases - Buy from Amazon:
There are no 4K releases this week.

Christmas Releases - Buy from Amazon
Christmastime in New Orleans - No Reviews Buy from Amazon: DVD
Nicolas Noel En Spectacle - No Reviews - Buy from Amazon: DVD
Now that most people are focused on Christmas, the number of Christmas releases have dried up.

TV on DVD Megasets - Buy from Amazon:
There are no TV on DVD Megasets this week.

Video on Demand - Buy from Amazon:
I Am Bolt - Reviews - Video on Demand
Bridget Jones’s Baby - Reviews - Video on Demand
Florence Foster Jenkins - Reviews - Video on Demand
Southside with You - Reviews - Video on Demand
Nearly every VOD release this week earned great reviews. Bridget Jones’s Baby became a $200 million hit worldwide, so if you missed it in theaters, now’s the time to watch it on VOD.

Filed under: Video Releases, Finders Keepers, Biggles, Bridget Jones’s Baby, Suicide Squad, Florence Foster Jenkins, Pete’s Dragon, Southside with You, Don’t Breathe, Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, Robinson Crusoe, I Am Bolt, Baked in Brooklyn, Back to the Future, DC Extended Universe
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