What’s going on, ProFans? I’m taking a break from telling these kids to get off my damn lawn to bring you the latest releases to home media for October 31, 2017. In this week’s episode, we discuss a possible black woman, a bizarre adaptation, and a complete collection of a modern classic. Let’s get started.
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 35%
Single mom Karla Dyson (Halle Berry) and her son Frankie (Sage Correa) are having a typical afternoon in the park when Frankie is suddenly kidnapped. With no time to wait for the police and no cellphone, Karla has to spring into action and risk everything – including a high-speed chase – to save her son. This film, which also stars Lew Temple, Christopher Berry, and Malea Rose, is available in a two disc Blu-ray/DVD + Digital HD version and a single disc DVD version. The Blu-ray sleeve says this is from the producers of Salt and Transformers; I don’t think that’s a particularly ringing endorsement there. But…it’s there, so if you’re interested – or you have a morbid curiosity of it – here you go.
The Dark Tower (PG-13)
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 15%
Roland (Idris Elba), the last Gunslinger, is in an eternal battle with The Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey) to protect the eponymous Dark Tower from toppling; if it does, the entire universe will fall. When Roland encounters a young child named Jake (Tom Taylor), the two join forces to stop the Man in Black from destroying everything and everyone. This film, which also stars Claudia Kim, Fran Kranz, and Abbey Lee, is available in a 4K UltraHD/Blu-ray + Digital HD version, a single disc Blu-ray + Digital HD version, and a single disc DVD version. This film was inspired by the series of novels by Stephen King, and it has been considered a contentious one from its casting choices to the writing to the fact it even exists in the first place. Of course, it got overshadowed almost immediately by the next adaptation of Stephen king’s work, but we’ll discuss that one later. Ultimately, I’m not sure who this was made for, but it exists. At the very least, Idris Elba got some work, and that’s never a bad thing.
Orphan Black: The Complete Series
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 92%
When Sarah Manning (Tatiana Maslany) witnesses the suicide of police detective Elizabeth Childs (Tatiana Maslany) and discovers she’s actually a clone, her world is turned upside down. Now, alongside fellow clones Alison Hendrix (Tatiana Maslany), Cosima Niehaus (Tatiana Maslany), and Helena (Tatiana Maslany), they have to take down Rachel Duncan (Tatiana Maslany) and the Dyad Institute so no one else will have to suffer like they have. This series, which also stars Dylan Bruce, Jordan Gavaris, and Kevin Hanchard, is available in a ten disc Blu-ray version and a 15 disc DVD version. This is the definitive collection of this phenomenal series, and if you haven’t picked up the individual series boxsets, this is the one for you.
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…