What’s going on, ProFans? I’m taking a break from cursing Mother Nature out (how do you go from 72 to 55 to 49, and do it with a straight face?!) to bring you the latest releases to home media for February 24, 2015. In this week’s episode, we discuss some new heroes, a bad teacher, an odd sequel, falling in love in the business of music, and the end of an era. We have a lot to get underway, so let’s dispense with the preamble, shall we?
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 90%
Hiro (Ryan Potter) is a little kid with a big brain. He’s also a con artist who has to get set straight by his big brother. Together, they invent a new form of technology that could change the world. But, when disaster strikes, Hiro, along with his brother’s creation Baymax (Scott Adsit), and friends GoGo Tomago (Jamie Chung), Honey Lemon (Genesis Rodriguez), Wasabi (Damon Wayans, Jr.), and Fred (T.J. Miller), have to come together to save the world. This Academy Award-winning movie, which also features the voices of Maya Rudolph and James Cromwell, is available in both a two disc Blu-ray/DVD + Digital Copy version and a single disc DVD version. I fell in love with this movie the second I saw it. I couldn’t take my eyes off the screen when it was on, and it stayed in my head long after it was over. This movie is my pick of the week, and congratulations on the Oscar; it’s well deserved.
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 95%
I always knew J. Jonah Jameson was a hardass, but I digress. This movie tells the story of Andrew Neiman (Miles Teller), a gifted jazz drummer who is trying to be one of the great drummers of all time. At a prestigious music conservatory, he comes face to face with Terence Fletcher (J.K. Simmons), who is the most terrifying instructor this side of Full Metal Jacket. Together, these two obsessive souls embark on an insidious journey that will leave scars on both of them forever. This movie, which also stars Paul Reiser, Melissa Benoist, and Nate Lang, is available in both a single disc Blu-ray + Digital Copy version and a single disc DVD version. This movie is terrifying for people who are single-minded and obsessive. Fletcher gets results, but at what cost? You’ll just have to watch Simmons’ Academy Award-winning performance to find out.
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 35%
The gang’s all back! Jason Bateman, Jason Sudekis, and Charlie Day return in this sequel to the 2011 smash hit. This time, they’re the bosses, but they’re still being plagued by someone bigger and badder; Burt Hanson (Christoph Waltz) and his son Rex (Chris Pine). Spurred on by their accomplice “Motherfucker” Jones (Jamie Foxx), the three beleaguered protagonists set forth to do…something completely ridiculous. This movie, which also stars Kevin Spacey and Jennifer Anniston, is available in both a two disc Blu-ray/DVD + Digital Copy version and a single disc DVD version. Sometimes, a story has been told to completion, and any addition leads to its demise; that’s the case with this one. It became less about the art and more about grabbing that money, and that’s what we have here. If you’re a fan of broad comedies, then this is for you; otherwise, let it go.
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 81%
Gugu Mbatha-Raw – she of Doctor Who and Undercovers fame – stars in this movie as Noni, the biggest thing the music industry has going this week. Her career is skyrocketing, and she is practically a household name; however, something is nagging at her. Then, she meets Kaz (Nate Parker), the newest member of her security detail and an aspiring politician. The two hit it off, and it sends them both on a path they never saw coming. This movie, which also stars Danny Glover, Minnie Driver, and Machine Gun Kelly, is available in both a single disc Blu-ray + Digital Copy version and a single disc DVD version. I may not seem like it, but I’m really a sucker for romance movies, and this one is no exception. Plus, I’m in love with Gugu Mbatha-Raw, so…that doesn’t hinder things at all.
“Do not go gentle into that good night,” we say. “You’re gotdamn right, we won’t!” Sons of Anarchy says. This series ends its incredible seven year run with Jax (Charlie Hunnam) wondering whether or not he should continue to remain loyal to his brother bikers of SAMCRO or should he focus on the idealistic vision of his father. As with anything of this nature, his decisions promise to have far-reaching consequences throughout not only the bikers, but his family as well. This series, which also stars Ron Perlman, Katey Sagal, and Kim Coates, is available in both a four disc Blu-ray version and a five disc DVD version. This series has been brutal from the word “go,” and it ends on a note that will leave you speechless.
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…