What’s going on, ProFans? I’m taking a break from complaining about lack of sleep to bring you the latest releases to home media for February 27, 2018. In this week’s episode, we discuss another Disney classic, a mighty Prime Minister, and a new twist on a classic mystery. Let’s get this started.
Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez) is an aberration; living in a family that hates music, he wants nothing more than to be an accomplished musician and to follow in the footsteps of Ernesto de la Cruz (Benjamin Bratt), his idol. Due to a mysterious chain of events, he finds himself in the Land of the Dead and he joins forces with a charming trickster named Hector (Gael García Bernal) to find out the story behind Miguel’s family history. This film, which also features the voices of Alanna Ubach, Renée Victor, Ana Ofelia Murguía, and Edward James Olmos, is available in a three disc 4K UltraHD/Blu-ray + Digital HD version, a three disc Blu-ray/DVD + Digital HD version, and a single disc DVD version. This is a very beautiful movie with a unique spin on a family tale. I highly recommend this for everyone.
Darkest Hour (PG-13)
During the early days of World War II, Britain is in trouble. With France on the verge of falling, Britain has to prepare itself for the Nazi invasion. With the Allied forces hanging on for dear life at Dunkirk, Western Europe’s fate lies in the hands of Winston Churchill (Gary Oldman), the newly appointed British Prime Minister. He has to navigate the waters against his political rivals and determine whether making peace with Hitler is greater than fighting the Nazi forces to the death. This film, which also stars Kristin Scott Thomas, Lily James, and Stephen Dillane, is available in a two disc Blu-ray/DVD + Digital HD version and a single disc DVD version. In a career full of highlights, Gary Oldman pulls off the greatest one yet; he becomes Winston Churchill, and you sometimes forget there is an actor in there. But…it’s becoming increasingly difficult to separate an artist’s performance from the person himself, and Gary Oldman has said and done some rather despicable things in his past. If you are able to divorce the performance from the person, this is a great movie for you. If not, I completely understand.
Murder on the Orient Express (PG-13)
Based on the famous Agatha Christie novel of the same name, a three day trip on the famous trans-European train the Orient Express turns deadly when one of the passengers is found dead. There are thirteen suspects, and only one man is up to the task of solving this crime: Hercule Poirot (Kenneth Branagh), quite possibly the greatest detective in the world. This film, which also stars Penélope Cruz, Judi Dench, and Leslie Odom Jr., is available in a two disc 4K UltraHD/Blu-ray + Digital HD version, a two disc Blu-ray/DVD version, and a single disc DVD + Digital HD version. This is the fourth time this novel has been made into a film and it is certainly the best looking one. It doesn’t add much to the tale, but there’s only so much addition you can do to a story that was written in 1934. I say give it a watch for the scenery and Branagh’s ridiculous mustache.
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…