How’s it going, ProFans? Joseph here, and I’m taking a break from getting punked on April Fool’s Day to bring you the latest releases in home media for April 1, 2014. In this week’s episode, we discuss Keanu and the Ronin, Ron Burgundy, LARP-ing gone berserk, and a beloved sitcom coming to a close. All ready to rock? Let’s dive in.
47 Ronin (R)
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 13%
From ancient Japan’s most enduring tale, the epic 3D fantasy-adventure 47 Ronin is born. Keanu Reeves leads the cast as Kai, an outcast who joins Oishi (Hiroyuki Sanada), the leader of 47 outcast samurai. Together they seek vengeance upon the treacherous overlord who killed their master and banished their kind. To restore honor to their homeland, the warriors embark upon a quest that challenges them with a series of trials that would destroy ordinary warriors. 47 Ronin is helmed by visionary director Carl Erik Rinsch (The Gift). Inspired by styles as diverse as Miyazaki and Hokusai, Rinsch will bring to life the stunning landscapes and enormous battles that will display the timeless Ronin story to global audiences in a way that’s never been seen before. This movie comes in a three-disc 3D Bluray/Bluray/DVD + Digital Copy version, a two-disc Bluray/DVD + Digital Copy version, and a single-disc DVD version. This… I don’t even know what to say about this. Seriously; I’m racking my brain trying to find something to say, but I can’t. Let’s move on before I give myself an aneurysm.
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (R)
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 74%
With the ’70s behind him, San Diego’s top-rated newsman, Ron Burgundy, returns to the news desk in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. Also back for more are Ron’s co-anchor and wife, Veronica Corningstone; weather man Brick Tamland; man on the street Brian Fantana; and sports guy Champ Kind – All of whom won’t make it easy to stay classy… while taking the country’s first 24-hour news channel by storm. This movie comes in both a three-disc Bluray/DVD + Digital Copy version (which includes an unrated edition) and a single-disc DVD version. I’m gonna be honest here: this movie isn’t in my wheelhouse. In fact, it isn’t even in my country code. Whether it’s good or bad is irrelevant to me; I have no care for this movie whatsoever. So, let’s continue on this journey.
Knights of Badassdom (R)
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 43%
A group of costumed “Live Action Role Players” (LARPers), dressed as knights, elves, and other medieval characters, take to the woods for “The Battle of Evermore.” But when a make-believe wizard casts a spell from an ancient book, purchased on eBay, fantasy becomes reality as a powerful demon manifests itself. Can these pretend warriors muster the courage to save themselves and the rest of humanity? This movie comes in both a single-disc Bluray version and a single-disc DVD version. Listen, folks: this movie sounds ridiculous, but it also sounds like it could be so much fun. I’m leaning towards the latter on this one. Besides, it’s got some of the biggest geeks in Hollywood, and that’s right in our wheelhouse there.
Case-cracking “psychic” detective Shawn Spencer (James Roday) and his best friend Burton “Gus” Guster (Dulé Hill) have their hands full getting to the bottom of crime-filled conundrums around Santa Barbara. From a prestigious paranormal police consultant convention to zombie nightmares, Shawn and Gus need all the help they can get as new hijinks and tests arise for your favorite sleuths in this eighth and final season of Psych. Witness every episode back-to-back and uninterrupted of the final hilarious season featuring a gaggle of guest stars including Mira Sorvino (Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion), Tom Arnold (Sons of Anarchy), Loretta Devine (The Client List), and Bruce Campbell (Burn Notice). This release is limited to a three-disc DVD-only set–no Bluray, but it’s worth checking out, as it is my pick of the week.
Well, that’s all I have for today. Got any questions or comments? Did I miss anything you wanted to talk about? Hit me up in the comments section below.
Until next time…