What’s going on, ProFans? I’m taking a break from fantasizing about the turkey and dressing I’ll be eating soon to bring you the latest releases to home media for November 21, 2017. In this week’s episode, we discuss a reluctant comedy, a menagerie of desktop wallpapers masquerading as a film, and a cat-and-mouse detective thriller. Let’s get it started.
The Hitman’s Bodyguard (R)
Michael Bryce (Ryan Reynolds) is a “Triple-A Certified” bodyguard who’s fallen on hard times after losing a client. He’s coerced by his ex-girlfriend, Interpol agent Amelia Roussel (Elodie Yung) to protect notorious hitman Darius Kincaid (SAMUEL L. JACKSON) as he goes to testify against notorious dictator Vladislav Dukhovich (Gary Oldman). Of course, hijinks ensue. This film, which also stars Richard E. Grant, Salma Hayek, and Joaquim de Almedia, 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. As I said in my review, this film knows what it’s aiming for, and for all intents and purposes, it hits the mark. It’s not looking to be a cinematic masterpiece; it’s looking to be a fun time watching the two leads play off each other and see how many f-bombs it can throw onscreen. It’s worth checking out.
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (PG-13)
Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are a pair of 28th-century special operatives tasked by the Minister of Defense to investigate the city of Alpha. Alpha, an ever-expanding city where all species live in harmony, is being threatened by a dark force that could not only destroy the city of a thousand planets but the universe as well. This film, which also stars Clive Owen, Rihanna, and Herbie Hancock, 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. Luc Besson gets a lot of flack for what he does wrong, but what he does right is create cinematic beauty. This film could serve as a demo film for your brand new 4K TV; just pay no attention to the lackluster acting, the poor chemistry between the leads, and the hackneyed plot.
The Fall: Series Three
After the events of Series Two, serial killer Paul Spector (Jamie Dornan) lies in the hospital in a coma. However, when he awakens, he says he has no memory of committing any of the atrocious murders being pinned on him by DSI Stella Gibson (Gillian Anderson). Gibson is determined to make Spector pay for his crimes, but when she faces opposition from her superiors – as well as a determined defense team that lies accusations of impropriety at her feet, she has to wrestle with the fact Spector may never pay for the crimes he committed. This series, which also stars John Lynch, Bronagh Waugh, and Niamah McGrady, is available in a two disc Blu-ray version and a two disc DVD version. This is a riveting series that’s will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end, and I highly recommend it.
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. On behalf of all of us at Project Fandom, and from my family to yours, I hope you have a happy and prosperous Thanksgiving.
Until next time…