What’s going on, ProFans? I’m taking a break from getting ready for our school’s Field Day to bring you the latest releases to home media for May 2, 2017. In this week’s episode, we discuss an important documentary, another one of those movies I’ll never watch, somebody telling some jokes, and a taut military drama. Let’s get it started.
I Am Not Your Negro (PG-13)
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 99%
In 1979, James Baldwin started on a project called “Remember This House.” The purpose of the book was to discuss the lives and assassinations of personal friends Medgar Evers, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Malcolm X. He only got 30 pages in before his death, but filmmaker Raoul Peck has taken those pages and turned it into a documentary looking at Black History from the Civil Rights Era to today’s #BlackLivesMatter movement, the march for diversity in Hollywood and beyond, and what America truly stands for. This documentary, which is narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, is available in a single disc Blu-ray version and a single disc DVD version. This is a very important documentary, now more than ever, and it’s worth everyone’s time.
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 6%
Concerned for her boyfriend, a young girl sacrifices her life for him by watching the horrible Ring video, and soon discovers there’s more to the legend of “The Ring” than she bargained for. This film, which stars Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz, Alex Roe, and Johnny Galecki, is available in a two disc Blu-ray/DVD + Digital Copy version and a single disc DVD version. I know that synopsis is short, but that’s all they gave me. It’s a PG-13 horror movie, so if that’s your thing, then enjoy.
The Comedian (R)
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 25%
Robert De Niro plays Jackie, an aging comic icon who’s now known more for being a sitcom star than a ribald comedian. After accosting a fan at one of his shows, he gets court ordered community service, where he meets Harmony (Leslie Mann), and they go on a journey of self-discovery that changes the courses of both of their lives. This film, which also stars Danny DeVito, Edie Falco, and Cloris Leachman, is available in a single disc Blu-ray version and a single disc DVD version. This is a sweet dramedy that somehow managed to be rated worse than a horror movie. Check it out.
The Last Ship: The Complete Third Season
The crew of the USS Nathan James (DDG-151) is still serving as the tip of the spear in the latest season of the TNT drama. Now under the command of Captain Mike Slattery (Adam Baldwin) and reporting to former commanding officer Captain Tom Chandler (Eric Dane), now the Chief of Naval Operations, they find themselves caught in a web of international intrigue. Something’s going on in the Far East, and it’s up to the Nathan James and her crew to stop it. This series, which also stars Charles Parnell, Travis Van Winkle, and Marissa Neitling, is available in a two disc Blu-ray + Digital Copy version and a three disc DVD version. This is an entertaining series that’s worth checking out.
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…