Blu-ray Invasion – Week of August 16 & August 23
Supergirl: The Complete First Season
Born on the doomed planet Krypton, Kara Zor-El escaped at the same time as her cousin, Superman, but didn’t arrive on Earth until years later after being lost. Raised by her adopted family, the Danvers, Kara grew up in the shadow of her foster sister, Alex, and learned to hide the phenomenal powers she shares with her famous cousin. Years later, at age 24, living in National City and working as an assistant for Catco Worldwide Media mogul Cat Grant, Kara has spent so many years trying to fit in that she forgot to ever stand out. All that changes when she decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and become the hero she was always destined to be. With the help of Daily Planet photographer James Olsen, her bioengineer sister Alex, and the research of the super-secret, off-the-grid Department of Extra-Normal Operations (DEO), who are tasked with keeping the Earth safe from aliens, Kara takes to the skies to protect her world.
A very pleasant surprise of a show that fits well within the pile of great superhero shows. It wasn’t good enough to guarantee itself on the first network it aired on, but it has found a more than appropriate home on The CW where Supergirl and The Flash and Arrow can have some truly insane and amazing crossover episodes. The future is bright for Superman’s cousin. Queue It
Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made
After Steven Spielberg’s classic Raiders of the Lost Ark was released 35 years ago, three 11-year-old boys from Mississippi set out on what would become a 7-year-long labor of love and tribute to their favorite film: a faithful, shot-for-shot adaptation of the action adventure film, which the New York Times calls “a testament to the transporting power of movie love.” They finished every scene…except one; the film’s explosive airplane set piece.
A great testament to the power of fandom and the things it’s capable of inspiring. As far as documentaries go, this isn’t all that informative to a given topic and doesn’t try to stop an injustice of any kind. That being said, it’s a ton of fun and for fans of the original Raiders film, this is a great trip down memory lane. Buy It
Once Upon a Time: The Complete Fifth Season
There was an enchanted forest filled with all the classic fairy tale characters we know and love until a curse trapped them in a place called Storybrooke. After the curse was broken, new dangers, magical , and exciting worlds have continued to emerge. Now, the fairytale characters cope with Emma’s new role as The Dark One and begin the search for Merlin. This is a journey that will take our heroes from the Enchanted Forest to Camelot and along the way bring many surprises, including encounters with a brave and headstrong Scottish princess named Merida.
At five seasons, this show is beginning to get a little long in the tooth, but thankfully they do keep coming up with interesting ideas for episodes that incorporate some of the newer Disney movies that make for some really fun episodes. A live action episode with Anna and Elsa from Frozen and one featuring a live action Merida (who looked absolutely spot on) are some of the highlights of this season. Queue It
Ash vs Evil Dead: The Complete First Season
Ash vs Evil Dead, a 10-episode half-hour series, is the long-awaited follow-up to the classic horror film The Evil Dead. The series is executive produced by Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, and Bruce Campbell, the original filmmakers, and Craig DiGregorio who serves as executive producer and showrunner. Campbell reprises his role as Ash, the stock boy, aging lothario and chainsaw-handed monster hunter who has spent the last 30 years avoiding responsibility, maturity and the terrors of the Evil Dead. When a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind, Ash is finally to face his demons – personal and literal. Destiny, it turns out, has no plans to release the unlikely hero from its “Evil” grip. The cast also includes Lucy Lawless as Ruby, a mysterious figure who believes Ash is the cause of the Evil outbreaks, Ray Santiago as Pablo Simon Bolivar, an idealistic immigrant who becomes Ash’s loyal sidekick, Dana DeLorenzo as Kelly Maxwell, a moody wild child trying to outrun her past and Jill Marie Jones as Amanda Fisher, a disgraced Michigan State Trooper set to find our anti-hero Ash and prove his responsibility in the grisly murder of her partner.
For those clamoring for another Evil Dead movie with Bruce Campbell reprising the role of Ash don’t need to look much further than Ash vs Evil Dead. This show incorporates all of the fun, if you can call it that, from the first two films. It has a great mix of practical and CGI effects to make it feel relevant in today’s effects landscape. With each episode being a half hour, this 10 episode first season flies by and is tied together like a kick ass 5 hour movie. Buy It
Legends of Tomorrow: The Complete First Season
When heroes alone are not enough… the world needs legends. Having seen the future, traveling rogue Rip Hunter assembles a disparate group of both heroes and villains to confront the unstoppable threat of the immortal Vandal Savage – a threat which not only puts the planet at stake, but all of time itself. From the creators of The Flash and Arrow comes this super hero team-up that combines characters from both shows – in addition to new heroes from the DC Comics pantheon. Featuring Arrow’s Brandon Routh as The Atom and Caity Lotz as the resurrected Sara Lance/White Canary; with The Flash’s Victor Garber as Dr. Martin Stein alongside Wentworth Miller as Captain Cold and Dominic Purcell as Heat Wave; plus, the newest heroes Rip Hunter, Jeff Jackson and the reincarnated warrior queen Hawkgirl, this singular super hero spinoff series pits the ragtag team against one of the most powerful villains in the DC Comics universe.
This spinoff had plenty of rough moments, but there is a lot of promise here. It’s a more than good enough way to keep the franchises of Arrow and The Flash going, and crossovers upon crossovers are always welcome in this TV comic universe. Queue It
Norman Bates phones a talk show and recalls his life as a 1940s teen-ager warped by his mother.
Really simple premise, yes, but man does it deliver the goods. Flashbacks to a young Norman Bates and how he became what he became never stops being fascinating throughout this film that wonderfully completes the Psycho anthology. Buy It especially because it’s a Scream Factory release and definitely if you’ve got Psycho 1-3 sitting on your shelf.
A loving father finds a clown suit for his son’s birthday party, only to realize that it is not a suit at all.
Another simple premise for a horror movie, but another one that delivers. It might also be the silliest premise, especially within the film given how silly the clown costume looks at first. This ends up being an original take on how scary clowns can be. This even has a great small role played by Peter Stormare who never fails to elevate whatever film he is in. That was a great bit of casting. Buy It
Roots recounts one family’s struggle to resist American slavery. The gripping story is told through four generations, from the capture of Kunta Kinte in Africa to his transport to Colonial America in brutal conditions through successive generations fighting to win their freedom in the Civil War. Based on Alex Haley’s best-selling novel which has resonated with millions of Americans, Roots reveals powerful, universal truths about the resilience of the human spirit.
It takes guts to remake something like Roots, and if you’re going to do it, it has to be done well. Thankfully that is the case. The History Channel put forth a remake worthy of its original. It’s a newer version so it definitely has that newish look to it, and the violence is more graphic. It stands up to the original in a lot of ways, but it eon’t be nearly as iconic. That being said it is still absolutely worth a purchase. Buy It
Lucifer: The Complete First Season
Bored and unhappy as the Lord of Hell, Lucifer has resigned his throne and retired to the City of Angels, where he is indulging in a few of his favorite things – wine, women, song. When a beautiful pop star is brutally murdered before his eyes, he feels something awaken deep within him – for the first time in roughly 10 billion years. Is he actually capable of feelings for a human being? The very thought disturbs him – as well as his best friend and confidante, Mazikeen (aka Maze), a fierce demon in the form of a beautiful young woman. The murder attracts the attention of LAPD homicide detective Chloe Dancer, who finds herself both repulsed and fascinated by Lucifer. As they work together to solve the murder, Lucifer is struck by Chloe’s inherent goodness. Used to dealing with the absolute worst of humanity, he begins to wonder if there’s hope yet. Maybe everyone’s got a chance for redemption. Even the Devil.
Another property based on a comic book, and to the chagrin of some, this deviates from its source a little bit. To those unfamiliar with the comic book, that deviation could be a good thing. As it stands, this is a fun TV show and a new twist on the tried and true formula of the procedural as we’ve come to know it. It’s backed by mostly good to great performances, including that of Tom Ellis who plays Lucifer. His charisma is apparent throughout and you’ll have no trouble rooting for the dark lord in this show. Buy It