dvd and blu-ray

legends-of-tomorrow-season-oneBuilding on the DC TV Universe created in Arrow and The Flash, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow is a mixed bag. Cobbling together characters created for the show and others introduced on the on the other two shows as an unruly bunch of time travelers out to save the future, the show had more than few ups and downs during its First Season. Time Master Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill) plucks a group of heroes and villains from modern day (rather than choose heroes from a wide swath of time which would have made more sense) to save his family and stop the villainous immortal Vandal Savage (Casper Crump) from conquering the world.

Jumping through time, the First Season did have its moments such as a bleak future for Star City and Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh) and Kendra (Ciara Renée) getting stranded in 1958, but also some clunkers such as the team’s stop in the Old West.

[click to continue…]

{ 0 comments }

castle-season-eight-dvdCastle limps to the finish line in its final season which separates the show’s couple by installing Beckett (Stana Katic) behind a desk and pushing Castle (Nathan Fillion) into the field as a private detective, often with the assistance of Alexis (Molly C. Quinn) and/or new recurring character Hayley Shipton (Toks Olagundoye).

Limiting Castle and Beckett’s time on-screen in several episodes removes much of the show’s trademark chemistry leading to a very up-and-down final season. The season is also saddled with another grand season-long conspiracy that is not fully resoloved. That said, Castle and Alexis’ father-daughter bonding proves entertaining and there is some fun to be had when Caskett is allowed to solve a few cases together.

[click to continue…]

{ 0 comments }

lucifer-season-one-dvdWhat would happen if the Devil went on vacation? And while on vacation decided to become a club owner who, in his spare time, solved crimes? That’s the basic premise of Lucifer. Based on the Vertigo Comics character created by Neil Gaiman, Tom Ellis stars as Lucifer Morningstar. Hardly hiding, while helping Detective Chloe Decker (Lauren German), the only woman not susceptible to the Devil’s charms, solve crimes, Lucifer lets everyone from Chloe to his psychologist (Rachel Harris) know that he believes himself to be the Devil. Despite witnessing the inexplicable, however, no one takes his admission seriously.

Highlights of the highly-enjoyable First Season include a very important missing cargo container, Lucifer searching for his stolen wings, the Devil attempting to do good (for all the wrong reasons), a priest being the prime suspect in a murder, Lucifer meeting Chloe’s showbiz mom, Lucifer searching for an impostor, and the final two episodes of the season where Lucifer is framed for murder.

[click to continue…]

{ 0 comments }

The Fifth Season of Once Upon a Time offers trips to the Enchanted Forest, Camelot, and the Underworld while also delivering Emma Swan‘s (Jennifer Morrison) far-too-temporary time as new Dark One. Season Five is somewhat frustrating as it explores some interesting ideas only to forcibly reset the status quo by the end of the season. I equally enjoyed Emma in the role of reluctant villain and Rumpelstiltskin (Robert Carlyle) forced into playing hero, but shoving both characters back into their boxes by mid-season destroys all the momentum heading into the Underworld arc.

Highlights include Amy Manson‘s recurring role as Merida, the return of Mulan (Jamie Chung) and Ruby (Meghan Ory) and their adventure in Oz, events in Camelot finally explained, the introduction of the first Dark One, Rumpelstiltskin’s reunion with his wife, the introduction of Gaston (Wes Brown), and the truth behind Henry‘s (Jared Gilmore) heartbreak.

[click to continue…]

{ 0 comments }

blacklist-season-three-blu-rayThe Third Season of The Blacklist ends Elizabeth Keen‘s (Megan Boone) role as an FBI agent. Beginning as a fugitive and ending as an asset, Keen’s world will continue to be turned upside down by Raymond Reddington (James Spader) who works to clear Lizzie’s name, protect her unborn child, and avenge her after her “death.”

Highlights of the season include tracking down a negotiator (Tony Shalhoub) manipulating two crime families, the trial of Elizabeth Keen, the wedding, Red’s trip down memory lane, an impostor claiming to be the real Reddington, Famke Janssen‘s introduction as Susan Hargraves, and the reveal of the identity (and his connection to Liz) of the man obsessed with finding Elizabeth and her daughter.

[click to continue…]

{ 0 comments }

blindspot-blu-rayBurdened with a bizarre premise, Blindspot is a show that just never quite clicked for me. Opening with an amnesiac woman covered in tattoo clues to crimes which may or may not have happened yet who was found and taken in by the FBI, the First Season followed Jane Doe (Jaimie Alexander) and her FBI best bud Agent Kurt Weller (Sullivan Stapleton) to solve crimes by the timely deciphering of her tattoos all the while Weller is convinced Jane is a missing friend from his childhood (despite being told medically she couldn’t possibly be Taylor Shaw early in the season).

Devolving into conspiracy, Weller’s dysfunctional relationships, betrayal, and secrets the show’s writers have no intention of revealing anytime soon, Blindspot floundered through such an unremarkable First Season I’m actually surprised the show got picked up for a sophomore season. Collected on DVD and Blu-ray, extras include commentary for the Pilot, deleted scenes, and eight featurettes on the show, the cast, the tattoos, and more.

[Warner Home Video, Blu-ray $54.97 / DVD $49.99]

{ 0 comments }

Doc Hollywood

by Cap'n Carrot on August 3, 2016 · 0 comments

in Film

doc-hollywood-dvd1991’s Doc Hollywood is one of Michael J. Fox‘s better feature films that doesn’t involve a time-traveling DeLorean. On his way to Los Angeles to begin a promising career as a plastic surgeon, Dr. Benjamin Stone (Fox) runs into trouble in a small southern town where he’s sentenced by the local judge (Roberts Blossom) to hours of community service at the town’s hospital. Initially resistant to the situation, Stone eventually becomes enamored with the town’s charms – particularly those of the ambulance driver Lou (Julie Warner).

Doc Hollywood is a simple big city vs. small town story that Cars accomplishes with far more flair, but the supporting cast is strong (David Ogden Stiers, Woody Harrelson, Bridget Fonda), and Fox and Warner are good together on-screen providing the chemistry needed to make the story work.

[click to continue…]

{ 0 comments }

super-villains-the-jokers-last-laugh-dvdDC Comics Super Villains: The Jokers Last Laugh collects Joker-centric episodes from Batman: The Animated Series, Batman Beyond, The Batman, Batman: The Brave and the Bold and the three-part “World’s Finest” cross-over from Superman: The Animated Series featuring Batman and Superman teaming up to take down the Joker and Lex Luthor.

Collected on two-discs, highlights include the first appearance of Mark Hamill as the Joker, and Harley Quinn spending some time away from Mr. J with her new gal-pal Poison Ivy and with the Dark Knight Detective.

[click to continue…]

{ 0 comments }

Allegiant

by Cap'n Carrot on July 18, 2016 · 0 comments

in Film

allegiant-dvdAfter learning their entire civilization is nothing more than a science experiment, first-half of the final book in the Divergent series follows Tris (Shailene Woodley), Four (Theo James), Christina (Zoë Kravitz), and Peter (Miles Teller) over the wall, through the desolate wasteland and into an advanced city run by the Bureau of Genetic Welfare (which, you guessed it, turns out to be as equally corrupt as the society they fashioned in an attempt undo centuries of genetic manipulation).

Allegiant follows the same predicable patterns of the first two films, including a major supporting character’s death early on, before uniting the faction-less Chicago (which has broken into mob rule since learning the truth about the outside world) under a common purpose for next year’s series finale. While finally offering a reason for the bizarre society of single-characteristic factions, Allegiant still doesn’t make the premise any easier to swallow. Jeff Daniels (who I’m assuming must have a daughter who likes these books) is slumming it here as the leader of the genetic zealots behind the curtain.

[click to continue…]

{ 0 comments }

dc-comics-super-villains-justice-league-masterminds-of-crimeDC Comics Super-Villains: Justice League Masterminds of Crime collects four two-part animated episodes and five single standalone episodes from Justice League, Justice League Unlimited, and Batman Beyond in this two-disc set.

The set includes the Justice League taking on Amazo and the android’s return to Earth, Green Lantern, Hawkgirl, Flash, and the Martian Manhunter fighting Despero on his homeworld, Lex Luthor putting together a Secret Society of super-villains, Grodd forming the Legion of Doom, a future Justice League adventure from Batman Beyond, and – my favorite of the collection – an episode where the Flash and Lex Luthor’s brains are switched causing trouble for both the Justice League and the Legion of Doom.

[click to continue…]

{ 0 comments }