On DVD This Week: Keanu, The Lobster, The Knick, and More

by | August 1, 2016 | Comments

This week on home video, we’ve got a high-concept comedy, some really solid television, a handful of noteworthy smaller releases, and the late Garry Marshall’s final film. Read on for details.

April and the Extraordinary World (Avril et le monde truqué) (2016) 96%

This Certified Fresh animated sci-fi adventure from France follows a girl who finds herself wrapped up in a conspiracy after her scientist parents mysteriously disappear. Included is a multi-faceted half-hour making-of doc.

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The Knick: Season 2 (2015) 97%

Clive Owen stars as a drug-addicted genius surgeon in Steven Soderbegh’s Golden Globe and Emmy-nominated period drama set at the Knickerbocker Hospital in turn-of-the-century New York. The season two set comes with a tour of the season’s sets, an inside look at the costumes, a profile of the medical procedures on the show, episode recaps, and more.

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The Lobster (2016) 88%

Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz star in this Certified Fresh sci-fi dramedy about a man who must choose a mate or risk turning into a lobster. The only reported extra is a making-of featurette.

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The Blacklist: Season 3 (2015) 93%

James Spader stars in this NBC drama about a high profile criminal who agrees to help the FBI track down other criminals in exchange for his freedom. On DVD, the season three set comes with a few extras, like a making-of doc on the Blacklist comic book, but the Blu-ray includes deleted and extended scenes, a look at the season’s villains, commentary tracks, and a look at the stuntwork.

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The Girlfriend Experience: Season 1 (2016) 85%

Based on the Steven Soderbegh film of the same name, this Starz original series stars Riley Keough as a struggling law student who moonlights as a high-end escort. Special features in the season set includes brief looks at the arc of the season, what “the girlfriend experience” entails, and its production aspects.

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Keanu (2016) 77%

Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele star in this high-concept comedy about a pair of everyday Joes who adopt gangster identities to retrieve a stolen kitten. Extras include a faux interview with the kitten in the film, a smattering of deleted scenes, and a gag reel.

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Blindspot: Season 1 (2015) 68%

NBC’s mystery series centers on a tattooed woman (Jaimie Alexander) with amnesia whose body markings may hold the key to solving a crime. The season one set comes with deleted scenes, a gag reel, commentary for the pilot episode, the show’s 2015 Comic-Con panel, and a handful of behind-the-scenes featurettes on different aspects of the show.

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High-Rise (2016) 60%

Tom Hiddleston and Jeremy Irons star in this adaptation of the J.G. Ballard novel about a luxury skyscraper whose tenants gradually descend into anarchy. Bonus features include a look at the film’s retro style, its special effects, its characters, and the adaptation process, as well as a commentary track with Hiddleston, director Ben Wheatley, and producer Jeremy Thomas.

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Lazer Team (2016) 60%

This sci-fi comedy by popular web production outfit Rooster Teeth centers on four unlikely heroes who must work together to prevent an alien invasion. No information on special features is available.

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Batman: The Killing Joke (2016) 40%

Based on one of the darkest chapters in the Caped Crusader’s saga, this animated film finds Batman (voiced by Kevin Conroy) squaring off with the Joker (Mark Hamill), who attempts to drive Commissioner Gordon (Ray Wise) insane. Extras include an inside look at one of the key scenes, a look at the adaptation process, and two episodes from the classic animated Batman series.

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Mother's Day (2016) 6%

Jennifer Aniston and Kate Hudson headline the late Garry Marshall’s final holiday-themed film, centering on a series of loosely connected vignettes about motherhood. Special features include deleted scenes and a gag reel.

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