It’s a big month for movie releases, with a few holdover awards nominees finally hitting Blu-ray and DVD, as well as several big box office movies. Among these is, of course, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, a movie that did well in its theatrical run and that we anticipate to do quite well once it hits shelves. Disney has been gearing up for the big release with plenty of press, and there are a few stories about the making of the film already running around. In addition, April will mark the month that near Academy Award winner and actual Golden Globe winner La La Land will finally be hitting Blu-ray, albeit sans the Academy Awards sticker I’m sure Summit Entertainment was hoping for. Luckily, that shouldn’t mar your enjoyment of the film in the least.
While we wait for April’s big Blu-ray releases, if you are looking for the March 2017 DVD, Digital and Blu-ray releases, we have you covered. Unless otherwise noted in the Digital column, Digital releases are the same days as the Blu-ray and DVD releases.
Rogue One is obviously a Star Wars movie, but in some ways, it also feels very separate from the rest of the entries, despite its basic plot explaining how the Death Star plans were stolen. With a few notable exceptions and a couple fun cameos, the film includes mostly original characters. It also has its own tone and sense of pacing. That combination of nostalgia and originality really works and comes together to produce what many consider to be one of the better Star Wars movies of all-time. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that Gareth Edwards’ Rogue One: A Star Wars Story contains plenty of consuming visual landscapes and CGI work recreating Grand Moff Tarkin that’s nothing short of stunning. It also makes for one heck of a Blu-ray release, that also comes with a DVD and Digital copy. Walt Disney Home Entertainment’s set even has a really nice menu setup with a cute buffering screen, and there’s way more to the set, as well.
Bonus features are lengthy and located on a separate disc. Literally, there are so many details you can learn on the disc, from the idea of how the initial idea came together and how Gareth Edwards’ Monsters influenced his hiring to how the stunts were achieved. The cast-specific extras are a little less exciting because they are mostly practical, but I even enjoyed the “Epilogue: The Story Continues” extra which featured footage from the premiere. Maybe it was just the emotional music choice that was getting to me. You can check out the full list of extras or order your own copy of Rogue One over at Amazon.
Office Christmas Party was spawned from an insanely simple premise, which is acknowledged within the extras on the Blu-ray disc. However, with 28 lead cast members—also acknowledged on the disc—the movie has an awful lot going on, most of which picks up after branch manager Clay (T.J. Miller) decides to throw a giant holiday party when his staff’s jobs are on the line. Shenanigans ensure, involving actors as varied as Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, Olivia Munn, Kate McKinnon, Courtney B. Vance, Jamie Chung, Randall Park, Rob Corddry, Jillian Bell, and more. With the massive cast and the amount of ad-libbing that was allowed on the set of Office Christmas Party, it makes totally sense there are just a crapton of outtakes and deleted scenes (some of which are in the unrated version) on the disc. There’s also lengthy theatrical commentary and a behind-the-scenes featurette. This is the type of comedy you’ll watch again and again if you liked it, and if Office Christmas Party is your jam, you can order a copy of the flick here.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Office Christmas Party
Don’t Kill It
Teen Titans The Judas Contract
There were some doozies in this year’s Academy Awards nominees. One of these films, Hidden Figures, is notable not just for its cast, its great script and the way it all came together, but also because the movie is an inspirational story about three women who worked important NASA jobs in the face of both ethnic and gender cultural issues at the time. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment’s Blu-ray release is better upon a second viewing, as the details of Katherine Goble (Taraji P. Henson), along with Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae) and Dorothy Vaughan’s (Octavia Spencer) stories are fascinating. The set itself is nice, too. When there are true-to-life stories such as the one in Hidden Figures, it’s often good to get more background, and “The Life of Katherine Johnson” and more era-specific information is explored in the intriguing Making Of segment. Filming in Georgia was also personally fascinating to learn about, as I’m always interested to hear why shows and movies work for a move or TV show like The Walking Dead. (In this movie’s case, the Virginia setting makes Georgia appealing.) The extras on the disc are probably not enough to entice you if you didn’t already like the movie, but luckily this one is pretty great. Check out more about the release before you order your own copy and be sure to look at the original book.
Veep: The Complete Fifth Season
Silicon Valley: The Complete Third Season
Top Gear 23
Tangled Before Ever After
Walking With The Enemy
The Bye Bye Man
War on Everyone
The Young Pope (iTunes April 10)
Underworld Blood Wars
La La Land
Following up the Fox series Wayward Pines, M. Night Shyamalan headed back to the big screen, producing the modestly budgeted thriller Split. Much of the movies eeriest moments are due to James McAvoy, who plays Kevin Wendall Crumb, among others, in Split. Without giving too much away, this latest endeavor features all of the twists and turns we’ve come to expect from a film by M. Night Shyamalan. It’s a doozy of a movie, fun, scary, spectacular, and it’s still good on a rewatch. Universal Studios Home Entertainment’s set comes standard with an additional DVD and Digital copy. Extras aren’t lengthy or amazing, although if you liked McAvoy’s performance, you can catch more in “The Many Faces of James McAvoy.” There’s also an alternate ending, and I don’t want to give too much away about it, but it is disturbing, and it’s easy to see why it was cut from the final draft of the film. Still, that’s certainly the extra that is most worth a watch. Order your own copy now.
Killjoys: The Complete Second Season
Teen Titans: Judas Contract
A Dog’s Purpose
La La Land
The Affair: Season 3
Animal Kingdom: The Complete First Season
Underworld Blood Wars
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