What’s going on, ProFans? I’m taking a break from wondering where winter went to bring you the latest releases to home media for February 21, 2017. In this week’s episode, we discuss conscientious objectors, the five stages of grief, relationship drama, and the Doctor. Let’s get this under way.
Hacksaw Ridge (R)
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 86%
This film, inspired by true events, tells the story of Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield), a man who served in WWII as a medic. That, in and of itself is interesting, but he served and saved 75 of his fellow soldiers without firing a single shot or even carrying a weapon. This film, which also stars Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey, and Teresa Palmer, 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. I’m sure this is a very good movie, and it has earned all the accolades it’s received, but it’s also directed by Mel Gibson. So, I won’t be watching this solely on that. If you can overlook the director and enjoy the story, more power to you.
Manchester by the Sea (R)
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 96%
After his older brother Joe (Kyle Chandler) dies, Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck) is stunned to find out that he’s been named the legal guardian of his nephew Patrick (Lucas Hedges). He returns to his hometown of Manchester-by-the-Sea to care for his nephew and come to grips with the town he left behind, including his wife Randi (Michelle Williams). This film, which also stars Gretchen Mol, Kara Hayward, and Matthew Broderick, is available in a two disc Blu-ray/DVD + Digital Copy version and a single disc DVD version. Remember what I just said about Hacksaw Ridge a few minutes ago? Yeah…replace Mel Gibson with Casey Affleck. The sentiment remains the same.
Nocturnal Animals (R)
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 73%
Susan (Amy Adams) is living through a miserable marriage when she receives a manuscript from her ex-husband Edward (Jake Gyllenhaal). This manuscript is dedicated to her, but it is filled with some of the most gruesome and violent acts put to print. Susan finds herself intrigued by the manuscript and wondering whether or not it’s a tale of forthcoming revenge. This film, which also stars Michael Shannon, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Isla Fisher, is available in a two disc Blu-ray/DVD + Digital Copy version and a single disc DVD version. This is categorized as a romantic thriller, but I think it could also be used in psychological studies as to why you shouldn’t sleep with crazy. But, it does star Jake Gyllenhaal, and he puts on a great performance in almost everything he does (Prince of Persia notwithstanding).
Doctor Who: The Return of Doctor Mysterio
After a yearlong break, the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) is back, and he has a super mystery on his hands. In New York, there is a new superhero in town: the Ghost (Justin Chatwin). The Doctor, along with Lucy Fletcher (Charity Wakefield), an intrepid investigative reporter, and Nardole (Matt Lucas), a companion he rescued last year, have to put a stop to the evil Harmony Shoals corporation. They also have to get down to the bottom of this Doctor Mysterio situation; there’s a lot of layers here, folks. This episode, which also stars Adetomiwa Edun, Aleksandar Jovanovic and Logan Hoffman, is available in a single disc Blu-ray version and a single disc DVD version. This may not be the greatest episode in the world, but it’s been a year without the Doctor; I’ll take what I can get.
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…