What’s going on, ProFans? Joseph here, and I’m taking a break from not paying attention to Mardi Gras to bring you the latest releases in home media for February 17, 2015. In this week’s episode, we discuss a real biopic, a pseudo biopic, an unwanted sequel, Dem Thrones, and The Doctor. Everybody all comfortable and ready to go? Well, let’s go!
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 79%
Stephen Hawking is one of the world’s most renown physicists, and his personal story is incredible. So, it should come as no surprise that his story becomes the stuff of films. Eddie Redmayne stars as Stephen Hawking, and Felicity Jones plays his first wife, Jane. The film tells the story of how the two met, and how Hawking dealt with his diagnosis of ALS – commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease – and how it shaped his professional and personal life for years to come. This film, which also stars David Thewlis, Emily Watson, and Charlie Cox, is available in both a two disc Blu-ray/DVD + Digital Copy version and a single disc DVD version. At the heart of it all, this movie is a love story. Although we know how the story ends, we don’t really know how the story gets to its endpoint. This helps to fill in those gaps nicely.
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 92%
Michael Keaton stars in this critically acclaimed picture about a struggling actor who is trying to move on from his most popular role – that of a superhero. So…Michael Keaton is starring as himself, then. At any rate, he is trying his best to start up a Broadway play, but his past successes as Birdman are making things incredibly difficult. Even worse, his home life is crumbling right before his eyes. Will he succeed? Or, will his hubris be his downfall? Only the Birdman knows. This film, which also stars Edward Norton, Zach Galifanakis, Andrea Riseborough, and Emma Stone, is available in both a single disc Blu-ray + Digital Copy version and a single disc DVD version. This is a spectacular movie, and it’s one that you have to experience to believe it.
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 29%
Now, we get to this. Jim Carey and Jeff Daniels reprise their iconic roles as Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne in the sequel to 1994’s Dumb and Dumber. The premise of this film (such as it were) is that Harry is in need of a kidney, and his only hope is in the daughter he never knew he had. Thus begins the road trip from hell to find Harry’s long lost daughter and have misadventures along the way. This film, which also stars Laurie Holden and Kathleen Turner, is available in both a two disc Blu-ray/DVD + Digital Copy version and a single disc DVD version. Never saw this movie, never want to see this movie, and I’d like to forget it ever existed. Moving on…
If you thought the Red Wedding was hell, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet! The fourth season of this runaway hit has the Lannisters still firmly in control of the Iron Throne, but their own follies may end up being their downfall – not to mention their enemies. Stannis Baratheon is rebuilding his army on Dragonstone, Oberyn Martell – aka the “Red Viper of Dome” arrives for Joffrey’s wedding (this guy hates Lannisters like we hate Joffrey; QUITE A BIT!), the men of the Night’s Watch are getting overmatched by the wildlings, and the Queen of Dragons is setting out with her army of dragons to build another formidable army to take on the throne. In other words, heavy is the head that wears the crown. This series is available in both a four disc Blu-ray + Digital Copy and a five disc DVD version. This show has been incredible from day one, and this season is no exception. This show is my pick of the week, and it had some heavy competition to get there.
Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman return as The Doctor and Clara in the first Christmas episode of the Twelfth Doctor. When an arctic base is under attack by mysterious aliens, only one person can save the day. No, it’s not The Doctor. No, it isn’t Clara, either. It’s Santa Claus! Wait…Santa Claus? Yep! This episode, which also stars Nick Frost, is available in a single disc Blu-ray version. This was a very good episode that just barely missed the boat on being great, but that shouldn’t dissuade anyone from giving it a look. If you’re a fan of Doctor Who, I’d even go as far as saying it’s required viewing…especially the opening.
Well, that’s all I 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…