What’s going on, ProFans? I’m taking a break from actually missing the beach to bring you the latest releases to home media for April 18, 2017. In this week’s episode, we discuss the music scene, an anime classic, a movie with a twist, one of DC’s best, and fun sci-fi. We’ve got a lot to get to, so let’s do this.
Buena Vista Social Club (G)
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 91%
Set in both Havana and Carnegie Hall, this 1999 documentary takes a look at some of the best musicians Cuba has to offer. Featuring music from such luminaries as Ibrahim Ferrer, Rubén González, and Ry Cooder, this blends cha-cha, mambo, bolero, and other musical styles to bring the best of Latin music to a greater audience, as well as giving the virtually unknown Cuban music scene the praise it so richly deserves. This documentary, which is being released as part of the Criterion Collection, is available in a single disc Blu-ray version and a two disc DVD version. If you are a music lover who is unafraid to branch out into generous they don’t know that much about, then this is the documentary for you. I highly recommend it.
Sailor Moon R: The Movie (PG)
Rotten Tomatoes rating: NR
Before meeting Usagi and finding his destiny, Mamoru gave a single rose to a lonely alien boy who helped him cope with the death of his parents. Years later, the alien Fiore has returned to Earth to return the favor. Unfortunately, the flower he finds could spell doom for the planet, and it’s up to Sailor Moon and the Sailor Guardians to save the day. This film, which was the first theatrical release for the Sailor Moon franchise, is available in a two disc Blu-ray/DVD version and a single disc DVD version. Sailor Moon will always have a soft spot in my heart, as it was the first show that invigorated my love for anime. I know it’s schmaltzy at times, but I love it so, and I recommend this for anyone wanting to introduce people to both the wonderful world of Sailor Moon and the world of anime as a whole.
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 75%
Kevin (James McAvoy) has dissociative identity disorder, and he has revealed 23 uniquely different personalities to his psychiatrist, Dr. Karen Fletcher (Betty Buckley). However, when the 24th starts to rear its ugly head and forces him to abduct three teenage girls, Kevin has to fight against that personality to keep the other 23 personalities – and everyone around him – safe from harm. This film, which also stars Anya Taylor-Joy, Haley Lu Richardson, and Jessica Sula, is available in a two disc Blu-ray/DVD + Digital Copy version and a single disc DVD version. M. Night Shyamalan has created a movie that both thrill and terrifies, and it actually has a good twist this time. Check it out; you won’t be disappointed.
Teen Titans: The Judas Contract (PG-13)
Rotten Tomatoes rating: NR
The Teen Titans – led by Starfire (Kari Wahlgren) and including Beast Boy (Brandon Soo Hoo), Raven (Taissa Farmiga), Blue Beetle (Jake T. Austin), Robin (Stuart Allen), and Nightwing (Sean Maher) – are a formidable force for good. But, when they add the mysterious Terra (Christina Ricci) to the mix, things begin to go south. Furthermore, Brother Blood (Gregg Henry) and old nemesis Deathstroke (Miguel Ferrer) are beginning to rear their villainous heads, and the Titans will have to use all of their powers to come out on top. This film, which also features the voices of David Zayas, Maria Canals-Barrera, and Jason Spisak, is available in a two disc Blu-ray/DVD + Digital Copy version, a two disc Blu-ray/DVD + Digital Copy version with a Blue Beetle action figure included, and a single disc DVD version. The Judas Contract is one of the most powerful Teen Titans stories written, and the film does it justice and then some. I highly recommend it.
Killjoys: Season Two
The Killjoys are back, and things are only getting hotter. Dutch (Hanna John-Kamen) and twin brothers Johnny (Aaron Ashmore) and the newly rescued D’avin (Luke Macfarlane), set their sights on unraveling the mysteries of the Quad, the tyrannical organization only known as the Company, and Khylen (Rob Stewart). This series, which also stars Thom Allison, Sarah Power, and Mayko Nguyen, is available in a two disc Blu-ray + Digital Copy version and a two disc DVD version. There are shows out there that are steeped in seriousness and get drowned in their own mythology. Then, there are shows that like to drink hokk, kick ass, and make a lot of joy on the side. This, ladies and gentlemen, is the latter, and it is a thrill ride from beginning to end.
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…