New Blu-Ray/DVD Releases (08/21/18) – ‘Deadpool’ Returns For More Chaos

This week, a certain foul mouthed superhero leads the way. Yes, the sequel to “Deadpool” is the highlight of what’s coming to Blu-Ray and DVD. Plus, thanks to the Academy, it’s not a legitimate Oscar contender. Groans about that aside, it’s still a 2018 blockbuster highlight. Let’s take a look!

PICK OF THE WEEK

Deadpool 2

Wade Wilson returns and believe it or not, a franchise actually makes a worthy sequel. Ryan Reynolds and company clearly care about Deadpool as a character. It shows in every moment of both flicks. This one especially is impressive, considering the element of surprise is gone. Still, it manages to be subversive and a ton of fun. Plus, those credits sequences, one in particular, are among the very best ever. Additionally, the Blu-Ray contains an Extended Cut, offering up even more lunacy. Here is a bit from our rave review on the site:

“Deadpool 2” is everything you could want in a follow up adventure.

Deadpool 2” satisfies as a comedy, a superhero film, and a commentary on the genre. Reynolds, along with scribes Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, deserve a pat on the back. Without question, it’s the best title hitting shelves this week. Pick it up and enjoy!

Special Features: “Super Duper Cut” with an Extended Version of the film
Total Box Office: $318,337,377 (and counting)
Major Awards: None yet

VINTAGE VIEWING

In honor of this week’s release of “Support the Girls,” the pick today is going to be the last outing from from filmmaker Andrew Bujalski. It’s “Results,” another successful comedic character study. Up until now, this had been Bujalski’s biggest film to date, with recognizable actors and actresses. Throughout his filmography though, he’s remained true to his unique view of the world. From our positive review here on the site:

Results is an enjoyable little film, one that offers up a unique voice

Bujalksi’s latest is his best yet and a must see, but his prior movie is really strong as well. Make time for both this week!

OTHER FILMS BEING RELEASED

Here’s a look at what else is hitting shelves today, besides the sole recommended title “Deadpool 2”:

Action Point

Johnny Knoxville and the “Jackass” crew used to be on the cutting edge of comedy. It wasn’t classy art, but it was unique and unlike anything else in the industry. This latest comedy from Knoxville was none of those things. Rolling Stone seemed incredibly disappointed with the final product, writing:

Ouch! Do you really want to line up to see the bawdy life being sucked out of a once subversive franchise? Action Point is the first Jackass-related movie to play it safe. Now that is truly painful.

What a shame.

Box Office: $5,059,608

God’s Not Dead: A Light in Darkness

This franchise just keeps on beating a dead horse. We get it, atheists and agnostics like myself are somehow a threat to your beliefs. Three movies in, the series continues to receive poor marks from critics of all spiritual stripes. This time around, their audience didn’t bother showing up either. Perhaps they’ve finally learned that the only thing being killed here is their time and money? IndieWIRE said it best in their pan:

These movies are fundamentalist propaganda aimed at people who are convinced their religion is under attack in this country just because it doesn’t exempt them from the Constitution.

Avoid at all costs.

Box Office: $5,728,940

First Reformed

For a lot of people, this is one of the best films of 2018 so far. Then, there’s yours truly. Back at the New York Film Festival last year, it just didn’t click. Ethan Hawke is terrific, but the movie tests your patience. That’s just one opinion though. For a bit more, this is from the NYFF review in question:

The film features an incredible turn by Ethan Hawke in the lead role, but can’t get out of its own way. Ponderous, pretentious, and intentionally unsatisfying, it’s as frustrating a viewing experience as it gets.

Our take is decidedly in the minority, so make of it what you will.

Box Office: $3,448,256 (and counting)

Show Dogs

A misguided comedy that was actually briefly pulled from theaters after a tasteless joke stirred controversy, there’s nothing here to get excited about. This sort of thing was bland and dated 20 years ago. Now? It’s totally out of place. Variety really took it to task, putting forth the following:

The film’s lack of inspiration at every level – technical, narrative and comedic – is so crushing that, save for pre-adolescents, most will consider this a top contender for worst of breed.

Sounds like a must miss.

Box Office: $17,813,221

Special Criterion Collection Section

Heaven Can Wait

Our first new Criterion release this week is this witty 1943 classic. Sequels and re-imaginations were still to come, but this was the original. Directed by Ernst Lubitsch and starring the duo of Don Ameche and Gene Tierney, it has stood the test of time for a reason. The Collection doubles down on that fact in their preview, like so:

Ernst Lubitsch’s Heaven Can Wait, nominated for Academy Awards for best picture and director, is an enduring classic that showcases the filmmaker’s trademark blend of wit, urbanity, and grace.

Give it a shot!

Smithereens

The other title joining the collection today is groundbreaking independent film from the 1980’s. The first ever American made indie to be up for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, it has a definitive place in the cinematic history books. That’s worth a look in my book. Criterion has this to say in their sales pitch:

Susan Seidelman established her distinctive vision of New York City with this debut feature, the lo-fi original for her vibrant portraits of women reinventing themselves.

Definitely something to consider picking up!

TV RELEASES

“Ash vs. Evil Dead: The Complete Third Season”
“Blindspot: The Complete Third Season”
“Gotham: The Complete Fourth Season”
“Strike Back: Cinemax Season Five”
“The Walking Dead: The Complete Eighth Season”

THOUGHTS ON WHAT TO WATCH THIS WEEK ON BLU-RAY OR DVD? SHARE THEM IN THE COMMENTS BELOW!