What’s going on, ProFans? I’m taking a break from absorbing myself in Mass Effect: Andromeda still to bring you the latest releases to home media for April 11, 2017. In this week’s episode, we discuss mathematic pioneers, the search for self, the Red planet, high-tech disasters, and a political comedy in an era of political comedies. Let’s get to it.
Hidden Figures (PG)
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 93%
Inspired by true events, this film tells the story of Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer), and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe), as they enter the world of NASA. Their mission: to help launch John Glenn into orbit, while defeating both racial and gender-based lines to inspire the world. This film, which also stars Mahershala Ali, Kevin Costner, and Jim Parsons, is available in a two disc 4K UltraHD/Blu-ray + Digital Copy version, a two disc Blu-ray/DVD + Digital Copy version, and a single disc DVD version. This is an inspirational movie that is perfect for all ages. I highly recommend this movie for everyone.
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 86%
Years ago, five-year-old Saroo (Sunny Pawar) gets lost on a train which takes him far away from his home in India to Kolkata. He learns to survive on his own until he’s adopted by an Australian family. Twenty-five years later, Saroo (Dev Patel) uses determination and technology to find not only his family but his way home. This film, which also stars Rooney Mara, Nicole Kidman, and David Wenham, is available in a single disc Blu-ray + Digital Copy version and a single disc DVD version. This is a film that proves you can go home again, and the fact that technology can be used as a force for good.
Mars: The Series
This series takes you on a journey with a crew of international astronauts as they go to Mars and try to colonize the planet. In this mix of studio drama and documentarian sequences, some of the brightest minds in science look at what’s being done to make this dream a reality. This series, which features commentary from Elon Musk, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and Stephen Petranek, is available in a three disc Blu-ray version and a three disc DVD version. This is an interesting series that takes science fiction and shows how some of the brightest minds the world has known is working towards making it science fact. This is certainly worth a look.
Silicon Valley: The Complete Third Season
Picking up where season two left off, this series looks at Pied Piper software celebrating its victory in the courts just as Richard (Thomas Middleditch) has been removed as CEO. Now serving as CTO, Richard – along with Erlich (T.J. Miller), Jared (Zach Woods), Dinesh (Kumail Nanjiani), and Gilfoyle (Martin Starr) – must decide if they’re going to be loyal to the new direction the company’s going in under new CEO Jack Barker (Stephen Tobolowsky), or if they’re going to go off and do their own thing instead. This series, which also stars Amanda Crew, Matt Ross, and Jimmy O. Yang, is available in a two disc Blu-ray + Digital Copy version and a two disc DVD + Digital Copy version. This is an interesting and funny look at the world of tech from an angle most of us don’t get to see. Can’t hurt to check it out.
Veep: The Complete Fifth Season
Selina Meyer (Julia-Louis Dreyfus) has ascended to the highest office in the land, but she has other issues as well. Amy (Anna Chlumsky) and Dan (Reid Scott) are in Nevada working on a recount while the rest of Selina’s staff is working to make her seem presidential. They’re also trying to fend off Tom James (Hugh Laurie), the ambitious Vice Presidential candidate who has eye for the Presidency as well. This series, which also stars Timothy Simons, Matt Walsh, and Sufe Bradshaw, is available in a two disc Blu-ray + Digital Copy version and a two disc DVD + Digital Copy version. I’m sure this was great this time last year, but with the current climate being what it is, I don’t think it’s as funny as it used to be. Then again, maybe we could all use a laugh in times like this. Use your own judgement on this one.
That’s all I’ve got for this week. Got any questions or comments? Did I miss something you wanted to discuss? Feel free to hit me up in the comments section below.
Until next time…