Box Office Buz: DVD and Blu-ray releases for June 13, 2017
Another solid June week full of all kinds of goodies! We start off with the phenomenally fun John Wick: Chapter 2. Keanu Reeves reprises his hit role as assassin extraordinaire John Wick in a story that picks up shortly after the events of the original film as Wick continues his quest to seek revenge for the acts against him and leave the assassins life forever. But when a fellow assassin calls in a blood oath owed to him by John, he must honor it and perform one final assassination. But there is much more to it than a simple job as Wick finds everyone around him gunning for him and his future more uncertain than ever.
The original John Wick was a massive surprise hit and John Wick: Chapter 2 just delivers more of the same good that made the first such a modern action classic. Reeves is pitch perfect as the stone-faced killer who just wants out and obviously, his portrayal hit a cord with audiences. The supporting cast are great including Riccardo Scamarcio, Ian McShane, Laurence Fishburne and scene stealing performances by Common and Ruby Rose as Wick's nemesis. Writer Derek Kolstad and director Chad Stahelski know what goes into a good action movie, they know what kind of choreography is needed, what kind of authenticity is necessary and what the balance between character and action must be. And to have a lead that is as dedicated and hands on as Reeves just elevated that material to cult status. With a third and final installment in the works, John Wick has become a modern action icon, a status which is well deserved.
Next up is The LEGO Batman Movie, the newest film in the LEGO theatrical series of films. Bruce Wayne (Will Arnett) is enjoying his single rich life and his secret life of being Gotham's savior Batman. But after The Joker frees a legion of villains from the Phantom Zone, it is up to Batman and his accidentally adopted ward/sidekick Dick Grayson/Robin (Michael Cera) to save Gotham. And maybe teach Batman a few things about working with others and that there is more to life than money and saving people.
After the gigantic success of The LEGO Movie a few years ago it was inevitable that we were going to get more LEGO movies and thank goodness we did. The LEGO Batman Movie is just as funny and fresh as The LEGO Movie with loads of humor for both kids and adults alike, a golden comedic voice performance by Will Arnett and spectacular visuals and action. This movie has pretty much everything you could ask for in a good time with the family. Not to mention it looks and sounds phenomenal on Blu-ray.
Lastly this week is a little comedy that really flew under the radar this year, Table 19. Anna Kendrick stars as Eloise, who has decided to go to her friend's wedding despite being relieved of her duties as the maid of honor after being dumped by the best man. When she finds herself seated at table 19, the "random"?table at the back of the reception, she finds herself dealing with her life situation, her relationships and her future all with the disparate group of strangers seated with her. But as they all get to know each other better, they might all learn from each other and leave the wedding better people.
Anna Kendrick is always charming and always relatable in her films and Table 19 is no exception. Most of us have been that person at the weird table at a wedding and the course of events in this film will probably make you feel better about your own experiences. The cast of strangers at Eloise's table is perfect with Craig Robinson, Lisa Kudrow, Tony Revolori, Stephen Merchant, and the always excellent June Squibb. The writing, by the Duplass brothers, whom I LOVE, is smart, quirky, authentic and hilarious. I will watch anything the Duplass brothers are involved with and it is a damn shame that Table 19 didn't get more attention, check it out.
Also of note this week is the Blu-ray debut of Cheech and Chong's Next Movie, South Park: The Complete Twentieth Season and Grimm: Season 6.
Until next week movie lovers.
DVD and Blu-ray Releases for Tuesday June 13, 2017
Amityville: No Escape
Baa Baa Black Sheep: Season One
Badass Monster Killer
Bones: Season 12?The Final Chapter
Cheech and Chong's Next Movie
Dragonheart: Battle for the Heartfire
Forest of the Vampire
Grimm: Season Six
John Wick: Chapter 2
Kill Baby Kill!*
Kuu Kuu Harajuki: Music Baby!
Littlest Pet Shop: Great Pet Adventures
Navy SEALS V Demons
Power: The Complete Third Season
Ripper Street: Season Four
Shaun the Sheep: Animal Antics
Shooter: Season One
South Park: The Complete Twentieth Season
Stephen King Triple Feature
That's My Mama
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 4K
The Amazing Spider-Man 4K
The Andy Griffith Show: Return to Mayberry
The Butcher Possessions
The Killer is Loose*
The LEGO Batman Movie
The Lonely Lady*
The Rockford Files: The Complete Series
The Vampire Diaries: The Complete Eighth and Final Season
The Wild Wild West Revisited/More Wild Wild West
They Live by Night* - Criterion Collection
Through the Looking Glass
Transformers: The Japanese Collection
Turtle Hill, Brooklyn
Un Padre No Tan Padre (From Dad to Worse)
*Catalog Blu-ray debut