What’s going on, ProFans? I’m taking a break from all this pollen to bring you the latest releases to home media for April 4, 2017. In this week’s episode, we discuss a specific set of plans, a wild party, and an anime classic. Let’s get started.
Office Christmas Party (NR)
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 41%
When Carol Vanstone (Jennifer Aniston) she has to shut down her brother’s branch of an office they work for, her brother Clay (T.J. Miller) and his Chief Technical Officer Josh (Jason Bateman) decide to throw the mother of all office Christmas parties. Their mission: to either go out in a blaze of glory or to impress a venture capitalist to put money into the company so they can stay open. Succeed or fail, this party will definitely be one for the ages. This film, which also stars Kate McKinnon, Randall Park, and Courtney B. Vance, is available in a two disc Blu-ray/DVD + Digital Copy version and a single disc DVD version. Real talk, where do they have parties like this, and how can I get an invite? If you like ribald comedies, then this will be right up your alley.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (PG-13)
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 95%
In the first ever Star Wars standalone film, an unlikely group of rebels band together to steal the plans for the most terrifying weapon the galaxy has ever seen: the Death Star. Led by Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) and reluctant Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones), they make their move against Director Orson Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn), overseer of the Death Star construction. This film, which also stars Mads Mikkelsen, Donnie Yen, and Forest Whitacker, is available in a four disc Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD + Digital Copy Best Buy exclusive, a three disc Blu-ray/DVD + Digital Copy version, and a single disc DVD version. The Star Wars saga has always had interesting stories, but none have been more interesting than this one. This film is basically the opening crawl of Episode IV, and it is thrilling from beginning to end. I highly recommend it.
Martian Successor Nadesico: Complete Collection
Sometime in the future, Earth and its colonies on the Moon and Mars are under attack by the Jovian lizards of Jupiter. Disappointed in the results of the Earth’s military force, Nergal Heavy Industries launches their own battleship: the mobile battleship Nadesico. Short on staff, they instead have a motley crew of misfits and ner do wells manning the stations; chief among them are an admiral’s ditzy daughter, a pacifist cook turned mecha pilot, and a child prodigy who sees the lunacy in all of this. It’s up to this ragtag band of misfits to save the day, and may God have mercy on us all. This series, which includes the entire series, the cinematic release Nadesico the Movie: Prince of Darkness, and the Gekigangar 3 Original Animated Video special, is available in a five disc Blu-ray/DVD version and a seven disc DVD version. Nadesico ranks as one of my all-time favorite anime, mostly because of how it refuses to take itself seriously. If you’re a fan of the Gundam or Evangelion branches of anime, I think you should check this out; you won’t regret it.
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…