This week’s new DVD releases range from animated fun to the clash of steel.
“Zootopia”: 3 stars out of 4. The animated film offers a world where predators and prey live together in general harmony.
When the new animated movie focuses on the critters, it’s a funny trip through the animal kingdom. What slows the ark (oops, make that arc) of the film is a crime story that’s in need of a few more monkeyshines.
The animation is beautiful. The city is divided into several distinct regions. This gave the animators frozen landscapes, lush forests and a beautiful cityscape to use.
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“Hail, Caesar!”: 1 star. This is a complete misstep by filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen as they show a laziness when it comes to the comedy.
The film casually follows Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin), head of production for Capitol Pictures, as he faces numerous problems during the day. The main concern is the kidnapping of Baird Whitlock (George Clooney), the world’s biggest star, in the middle of production on the studio’s latest swords-and-sandals epic.
The Coens throw everything from communism to pregnancy at the film but nothing ends up that interesting or funny.
“Game of Thrones Steelbook Seasons 3 and 4”: 4 stars. It would be enough to own the two seasons of this amazing HBO series. But the Steelbook sets feature art designed by the company that created the opening credits. Each Steelbook showcases a specific location that is significant to that season and includes usable magnets.
Season 3 features the House Frey and their ancestral seat of the Twins. You will remember that as the location of Season 3’s Red Wedding episode. The icy landscape of Castle Black and the Wall are on Season 4.
ALSO NEW ON DVD
“IMAX: Journey Into Space”: Showcases the goals of NASA and the space industry for the upcoming years.
“Star Trek: The Next Generation – The Complete Series”: Includes the 178 episodes from the seven seasons of the series.
“13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi”: Six elite ex-military operators must protect members of the CIA.
“The Funhouse Massacre”: Serial killers take over a giant fun house.
“Casual Encounters”: Taran Killam and Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Brooklyn Decker star.
“East Jerusalem West Jerusalem”: Singer/songwriter David Broza, begins an eight-day recording session.
“Sofia the First: The Secret Library”: Sofia is named story keeper of magical books without endings.
“When Calls the Heart: Heart of a Hero”: New arrivals bring excitement and danger to Hope Valley.
“Abandoned”: A job as a security guard proves deadly.
“The Other Side of the Door”: Grieving mother (Sarah Wayne Callies) learns of a ritual to bring back dead son.
“The Detectorists: Series 2”: Two metal detecting enthusiasts search the English countryside for treasure.
“Monsterland”: Monster Apocalypse survivor hides in the wrong movie theater.
“Shrek”: Animated film being re-released to mark the 15th anniversary.
“The Spoils Before Dying”: Rock Banyon has 72 hours to clear his name.
“The Confirmation”: Estranged father and son spend a weekend together.
“A Stand Up Guy”: Low-level mobster decides to take a stab at stand-up comedy.
“Never Back Down: No Surrender”: MMA champion Case Walker goes to Thailand to train a friend for a major fight.
“A War”: Company commander is put on trial for the death of Afghan civilians.
“The Martian: Extended Cut”: Includes 10 minutes of new footage.
AVAILABLE ON DIGITAL HD
“Midnight Special”: Michael Shannon stars in this story of fatherhood and protecting the ones you love.
“My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2”: Family faces another wedding day.
“Electra Woman & Dyna Girl”: Updated version of the television series from Sid & Marty Krofft.