DVD Round-Up: 'Twilight' Finale, 'Chicken With Plums,' & New 'TMNT'
Week of February 26, 2013
Published: 02/24/2013, Last Updated: 02/25/2013 03:55am
This week’s bestseller with surely be the Twilight finale, but there are plenty of other home entertainment options including a live-action adaptation of Marjane Satrapi’s graphic novel Chicken With Plums, the first release from the new Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon series and more.
Older moviegoers will be more interested in The Master (Anchor Bay, “R,” $29.98, BD $39.99) Paul Thomas Anderson’s film about a pseudoscientific religious cult that bears a suspicious similarity to Scientology. Phillip Seymour steals the show here as the L. Ron Hubbord-like cult leader, but the real genius of this film may be the way in which it evokes the intellectual and social currents of the 1950s. The Master earned a sterling 86% positive rating on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.
But The Master is not the only option for lovers of art movies this week. David France’s documentary about the onset of the AIDS epidemic How To Survive A Plague (MPI, $24.98) earned a superlative 100% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes, while Holy Motors (Indomina, “Not Rated,” $19.97, BD $39.95) is the kind of puzzling avant-garde film that some filmgoers delight in solving. Leos Carax’s film uses the techniques of the French avant-garde to delight, mystify, and occasionally irritate the viewer.
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Also intriguing is Phineas and Ferb: Animal Agents (Disney, 120 min., $19.99), which includes two hours of action-packed, animal-themed adventures featuring the popular heroes of the wild and wacky Disney Channel cartoon series.
The top live-action domestic release this week is Law & Order: The 12th Year (Universal, 880 min., $36.98), which collects the 2002 season of the groundbreaking police procedural drama and includes a moving tribute to the first responders who died during the September 11th 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center.
Far less interesting is The Client List: The Complete First Season (Sony, $45.99), which collects the first season of the Lifetime cable channel series that is based on a notorious 2004 prostitution scandal in Odessa, Texas.
Of considerably older vintage, but also of interest to many is West Point: The Complete TV Series (Timeless Media, 975 min., 29.93), which collects the 1956-1957 series for which Gene (Star Trek) Roddenberry wrote at least 8 episodes, and which featured guest performances from a host of young (at the time) stars including Clint Eastwood, Chuck Connors, and Barbara Eden.
Other vintage series include The F.B.I.: The 4th Season (Warner Bros., 49.95), DVD-R release of the classic officially-sanctioned series starring Effrem Zimbalist, Jr., The Gary Moore Show: First Performances, Vol.1 (eOne Entertainment, 240 min., $14.98), which features performances from the talentless MC’s eponymous variety show including the first TV appearance by a very young Barbra Streisand, and the tokusatsu-based Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers: Season 2, Vol.1 (Shout Factory, 510 min., $19.93).
Also new this week is Battle Girls: Time Paradox Complete Collection (Sentai Filmworks, “14+,” 325 min., $59.98, BD $69.98), a 13-episode 2011 anime series from TMS known in Japan as Sengoku Otome—Momoiro Paradokusu (literally Warring States Maidens: Pink Paradox). This fantasy comedy features a contemporary teenage girl who finds herself mysteriously transported to a version of feudal Japan where all the inhabitants are female.
The fan service gets a little outrageous in Qwaser of Stigmata Collection 2 (Sentai Filmworks, “17+,” 300 min., $49.98), which is based on an ongoing action manga series by Hiroyuki Yoshino that is noted for its violence, fan service, as well as its use of breast milk as a central plot device.
Vintage anime releases include the 1978 classic anime film Lupin III: The Mystery of Mamo (Eastern Star, 102 min., $24.98), a “must-have” film for Lupin fans in which the master thief manages to steal the Philosopher’s Stone only to be double-crossed by the shapely Fujiko.
The anime adaptation of Yu Watase’s classic shojo manga Fushigi Yugi is of more recent vintage. The Fushigi Yugi OVA Collection: Series 1 & 2 (Media Blasters, “13+,” 295 min. $34.99) contains episodes 1-3 of OVA Series 1 from 1996 and episodes 1-6 of OVA Series 2 from 1997.
The opinions expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of the staff of ICv2.com.
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