What’s going on, ProFans? I’m taking a break from preparing to go to a middle school graduation to bring you the latest releases to home media for May 22, 2018. In this week’s episode, we discuss a pretty interesting game, a spy, a film based on a true story, and the latest adaption of a classic novel. Let’s get to it.
Game Night (R)
Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams star as Max and Annie, members of a couple’s game night group. It’s all in great fun until Max’s brother Brooks (Kyle Chandler) arranges a murder mystery party. When Brooks gets kidnapped, the lines between games and reality gets blurred, and things begin to get interesting. This film, which also stars Billy Magnussen, Jesse Plemons, and Kylie Bunbury, is available in a two disc Blu-ray/DVD + Digital HD version and a single disc DVD version. This feels like a film I would’ve watched about 20 years ago, and that’s not a bad thing. I had a good time with this, and I highly recommend it.
Red Sparrow (R)
Dominika Egorova (Jennifer Lawrence) is an acclaimed Russian ballerina bound and determined to take care of her ailing mother. When she suffers a horrific, career-ending injury, she is coerced into joining Sparrow School, a Russian Intelligence service that trains her to use her body and mind as a weapon. Emerging as one of the deadliest assassins the school has produced, she finds herself having to trust CIA agent Nate Nash (Joel Edgerton) against all odds. This film, which also stars Jeremy Irons, Mary-Louise Parker, and Charlotte Rampling, is available in a two disc 4K UltraHD/Blu-ray + Digital HD version, a two disc Blu-ray/DVD + Digital HD version, and a single disc DVD version. This looks brutal; give it a rental.
The 15:17 to Paris (PG-13)
Based on the harrowing true story, this film features three soldiers (Spencer Stone, Anthony Sadler, and Alek Skarlatos) who thwart a terrorist attack on Thalys train #9364 bound to Paris. From past to present, these events test the resolves of these young men as they face insurmountable odds. This film, which also stars Judy Greer, Jenna Fischer, and Jaleel White is available in a two disc Blu-ray/DVD + Digital HD version and a single disc DVD version. This is a pretty experimental film here. Noted chair-dressing-downer Clint Eastwood cast the actual soldiers involved in this event to play themselves. It’s worth a rental.
Little Women (PG)
Based on the 1868 novel by Louisa Marie Alcott, this film follows the March family – Meg (Willa Fitzgerald), Jo (Maya Hawke), Beth (Annes Elwy), and Amy (Kathryn Newton) as they navigate from childhood to adulthood. Along the way, they navigate gender roles, sibling rivalries, first love, marriage, and loss in a tale as old as time. This miniseries, which also stars Emily Watson, Michael Gambon, and Angela Lansbury, is available in a single disc DVD version and a single disc DVD version. There have been many different versions of this film, and they’ve each put their own different spin on these works. One is not greater or lesser than the other, but each is worth watching on their own merits…as is this one.
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…