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Headsup: Baseball, Batman, and Burial Grounds

Disclaimer: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment requests we note that it provided a free copy of “Gotham: The Complete Series”.  The opinions I share are my own.

Major LeagueMajor League is the hilarious story of a group of baseball misfits who rally to bring home the pennant.  The film features an all-star cast including Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, Corbin Bernsen, Wesley Snipes, and Rene Russo.” — from Paramount

Major League is being re-released on Blu-ray and DVD in celebration of its 30th anniversary.  Both formats feature a handful of bonus features, including commentary by writer / director David S. Ward and producer Chris Chesser, three making-of featurettes, an alternate ending with an introduction from the creative team, a tour of Cerrano’s locker, and a photo gallery.  It’s important to note that this is exactly the same lineup of extras available on the 2009 release (and that the film is available for free on Amazon Prime).  However, at the current Amazon price points of $5.00 for the DVD and $8.59 for the Blu-ray, it’s not a bad deal if you’ve been wanting to add the film to your hard copy library.

Pet Sematary“After the Creed family relocates from Boston to rural Maine, they soon discover an ancient burial ground hidden deep in the woods near their new home. When tragedy strikes, the grief-stricken father is driven by the cemetery’s sinister power, setting off a perilous chain of events that unleashes an unfathomable evil with horrific consequences. Some secrets are best left buried in this twisted thriller.” — from Paramount

Pet Sematary (2019) is now out on DVD, Blu-ray, and 4K Ultra HD, the latter two of which feature over ninety minutes of bonus content. Extras include an alternate ending, deleted and extended scenes, featurettes about the characters’ fears and the story of Timmy Baterman, and a four-part feature examining the film’s production process and story telling. The Blu-ray and 4K HD sets are both available on Amazon (for $22.96 and $27.96, respectively).  You can also snag the DVD there for $17.96, but considering that format doesn’t include bonus features and that you can get the streaming version of the film for just $14.99, in that case it might make more sense dollars-wise to go digital.

Gotham complete series“How did Commissioner Jim Gordon become one of the crime world’s greatest foes? And how did he battle the corruption that secretly ruled Gotham City, spawning ground of the epic personas who would become Catwoman, Penguin, and Riddler? Find out with Gotham: The Complete Series, and, along the way, explore the friendship that helped young Bruce Wayne become the legendary crusader he was destined to be.” — from Warner Brothers

Gotham: The Complete Series is being released on July 9th in 26-disc DVD and 18-disc Blu-ray box sets, which include all 100 episodes of the show’s five-season run and previously released bonus features for each season.  On Amazon you can currently pre-order the DVD for $75.99 and the Blu-ray for $91.97.  Getting the single seasons on Amazon run a total of about $84 for the DVDs and $115 for the Blu-rays (and buying the digital seasons would total a whopping $145), so if you haven’t gotten any of the seasons on the shelf yet, either version of this set does save a few bucks.

Headsup: Sex, Murder, and John Krasinski

Disclaimer: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment requests we note that it provided a free copy of “I Am the Night” and “Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”.  The opinions I share are my own.

South Park Season 22 DVDSouth Park is back for its incredible 22nd season! Join Stan, Kyle, Cartman, Kenny, and the residents of everyone’s favorite little mountain town as they contend with the vaping epidemic, Cartman’s anxiety disorder, the rise of Amazon, and the fact that they didn’t take the threat of ManBearPig cereal seriously enough the first time around.” — from Paramount

South Park: The Complete Twenty-Second Season is now out on DVD and Blu-ray, which have all ten episodes of Season 22 along with “mini commentaries” on all episodes from show creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone plus some deleted scenes. The DVD is available on Amazon for $19.99 and the Blu-ray for $26.97. You can also get the season digitally on both Amazon and iTunes, but at a price of $24.99 on both (with no bonus features), the better option price-wise is to snag the DVD.

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Headsup: Gender Roles, Reconstruction, and the Ponderosa

What Men Want“[In What Men Want,] Ali Davis (Taraji P. Henson) is a successful sports agent who’s constantly boxed out by her male colleagues. After a wild night out with her girls, she mysteriously gains the ability to hear men’s thoughts. With her newfound power, Ali looks to outsmart her colleagues as she races to sign the next basketball superstar, but the lengths she has to go to will put her relationship with her best friends and new love interest to the test.” — from Paramount

What Men Want is now out on DVD and Blu-ray, with the latter boasting over an hour of bonus content. Extras include audio commentary with director Adam Shankman, featurettes about the characters, storyline, and guest star athletes, interviews with the cast, a gag reel, deleted and extended scenes, and a parodic “infomercial” with Erykah Badu as an eccentric psychic. The film is available now on Amazon on DVD for $14.96 and on Blu-ray for $19.96 (a significant difference in price, but when you consider all the bonus features you get by going for the Blu-ray, it may be worth it.)

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Headsup: Corruption, Cartoons, and a Whole Lotta History

Ray Donovan Season Six“[In Ray Donovan: Season Six,] we find Ray (Liev Schreiber) rebuilding his life both personally and professionally in New York City.  After being rescued from a plummet into the East River, his savior, a cop named Mac (Domenick Lombardozzi), brings Ray into the fraternity that is the Staten Island Police Department. While exploring this new world of brotherhood and corruption, Ray finds himself once again working for media mogul Sam Winslow (Susan Sarandon). Sam has teamed up with New York City mayoral candidate Anita Novak (Lola Glaudini), a partnership that puts Ray at odds with his new friends out in Staten Island.” — from CBS

Ray Donovan: Season Six is now out on DVD, which includes all twelve episodes of the sixth season as well as two featurettes (“Ray Donovan: Inside New York City” and “Rise, Rebuild, Reclamation”). You can also get the season digitally on both Amazon and iTunes for $29.99, but unless you seriously need to save some space, it basically means spending $5 more for the same (or less) content since the DVD is only $24.99 on Amazon.

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Headsup: World War II, the Wild West, and High School

“[In The Game,] it may seem glamorous being the wife or girlfriend of a pro-football player, but Melanie Barnett (Tia Mowry-Hardrict) quickly learns the hard truth. After her boyfriend, Derwin Davis (Pooch Hall, “Ray Donovan”), gets drafted as the new third-string wide receiver for the San Diego Sabers, Melanie discovers her role is much more than supporting her beau from the sidelines. She must pick up a playbook of her own and learn the power plays that NFL wives use to get their men the best agents, managers, charity opportunities, endorsements and merchandising deals.” — from CBS

The Game: The Complete Series is now available and features all 141 episodes from all nine seasons of the show.   Bonus features (which for some reason are only on Seasons 1, 4, 5, and 6) include interviews, highlight reels, deleted scenes, gag reels, and a spin-off episode from Girlfriends: The Game.  The Game: The Complete Series is now available on DVD on Amazon for $47.79 (you can also find the individual seasons there on DVD, but if you want more than two or three on the shelf, getting the set is by far the better option cost-wise).

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Headsup: The Hunt for the Truth

Disclaimer: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment requests we note that it provided a free copy of “Westworld Season Two: The Door”.  The opinions I share are my own.

 

Instinct Season One“Adapted from The New York Times bestselling author James Patterson’s novel, “Murder Games,” Instinct follows former CIA operative Dr. Dylan Reinhart (Cumming) as he is lured back to his old life when the NYPD seeks his help to stop a serial killer. A notably gifted author and university professor living a quiet life teaching psychopathic behavior, Dylan’s path takes a turn when he meets tenacious NYPD detective Lizzie Needham (Novakovic). Through persistence, Lizzie convinces Dylan to come out of retirement and help catch the serial killer who is using his first book as a tutorial for murder. Helping them catch the killer is Julian Cousins (Naveen Andrews, “Lost”), Dylan’s invaluable CIA partner who rivals him in brilliance and wit, and can get top-secret dirt on anyone, anywhere, anytime. Lizzie’s boss, Lt. Jasmine Gooden (Sharon Leal, Dreamgirls), is glad to see her best detective finally agree to work with someone on a case, since Lizzie has refused every partner following a tragic event one year ago….Though Dylan and Lizzie initially clash, they realize they will make an ideal team if they both trust their instincts when it comes to catching a killer. ”  – from CBS

Instinct: Season One is now available on DVD and includes all thirteen episodes of the show’s debut season.  Series-specific bonus content is limited to a gag reel and some deleted and extended scenes, although the DVD also includes pilot episodes for other CBS series including Bull, The Good Fight, and SEAL Team. You can snag the DVD for $23.02 on Amazon, although (unless you’re super excited about the pilot episodes of the other shows), it’s probably a better deal dollars-wise to go the digital route and get the season on Amazon or on iTunes (both priced at $14.99) for a 35% savings over the hard copy.

 

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Headsup: Black Friday!!

“[In Season Two of The Good Fight] with the world going insane and the Chicago murder rate on the rise, Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski), Lucca Quinn (Cush Jumbo), Maia Rindell (Rose Leslie) and the rest of the law firm find themselves under psychological assault when a client at another firm kills his lawyer for overcharging. After a copycat murder, the firm begins to look at its own clients suspiciously. Meanwhile, Diane battles with a new partner at the firm, Liz Reddick-Lawrence (Audra McDonald), and Maia becomes harder and tougher after her parents’ scandal puts her on trial. Finally, Lucca is brought back into Colin Morrello’s (Justin Bartha) orbit.” — from CBS

The Good Fight: Season Two is available now on DVD and includes all thirteen episodes from the second season, deleted scenes, and a gag reel.  The set is currently available on Amazon for $27.08; you can also get the season in digital form on Amazon for $24.99 or iTunes for $31.99 (both without the bonus features).  Considering the hard copy is a $2 difference from the Amazon digital option (with minimal bonus features), it’s up to you to decide if having it tangibly on the shelf is important to you or if you’d like to stream instead.

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Headsup: Superheroes and the Super Rich

Disclaimer: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment requests we note that it provided a free copy of Supergirl: The Complete Thirteenth Season and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: The Complete Third Season.  The opinions I share are my own.

Supergirl Season Three“In Season Three [of Supergirl], Kara Danvers grapples with the sacrifices she’s made personally while saving National City as Supergirl.  She even considers covering up her human identity altogether. Being human and vulnerable is hard. Maybe she’s better off embracing her alien DNA and only being the “Girl of Steel.” As Kara struggles with her path forward, she continues to work with Hank Henshaw and her sister, Alex, at the Department of Extranormal Operations to battle all threats to National City, including new villains Morgan Edge, and the “Worldkiller,” known as Reign.  Everything Kara’s ever known and everyone she’s ever loved will be tested…” — from Warner Brothers

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Headsup: The Good, The Bad, and The Supernatural

Disclaimer: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment requests we note that it provided a free copy of Supernatural: The Complete Thirteenth Season, The Flash: The Complete Fourth Season, and Lucifer: The Complete Third Season.  The opinions I share are my own.

Criminal Minds Season ThirteenCriminal Minds revolves around an elite team of FBI profilers who analyze the country’s most twisted criminal minds, anticipating their next moves before they strike again. The Behavioral Analysis Unit’s most experienced agent is David Rossi, founding member of the BAU, who is essential in helping the team solve new cases. Special Agent Simmons joins his colleagues in the BAU after consulting them when he was a member of the International Response Team. Simmons is an ex-Delta soldier with deft profiling skills and military special-ops expertise. As the team evolves together, the BAU continues its dedication to using their expertise to pinpoint predators’ motivations and identify their emotional triggers in the attempt to stop them. —from CBS

Now out on DVD is Criminal Minds: Season Thirteen, which includes all twenty-two episodes of the thirteenth season along with over ninety minutes of extras. Special features include five featurettes (“Getting Lucky”, “Bunker Mentality”, “Breaking up the BAU”, “Thirteen Minds”, and “Would You Make a Good FBI Agent?”) along with the table read of Episode 21 (“Mixed Signals”), a gag reel, and deleted and extended scenes. Viewers are also treated to the pilot episodes of CBS favorites Bull and SEAL Team (a nice way to get a sneak peek at them if you somehow missed them on regular TV and don’t have a CBS All Access subscription.) Criminal Minds: Season Thirteen is available on Amazon on DVD for $29.99 or digitally for $24.99 (although the extras there are limited to a one-minute special with Kirsten Vangsness talking about her favorite moments from the previous season.) You can also get the same digital presentation on iTunes, but the price goes up dramatically to $34.99, so either way Amazon is probably your best bet on this one.

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Headsup: Tales from the World of Comics

Disclaimer: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment requests we note that it provided a free copy of the titles below.  The opinions I share are my own.

 

Riverdale Complete Second SeasonRiverdale follows the characters of the Archie Comics series as they tangle with love, loss, and divided loyalties. Season Two sees Archie reeling from his father’s shooting at the hand of the Black Hood, while Betty and Jughead’s relationship is tested as he joins the Southside Serpents and her brother Chic suddenly returns. Veronica’s father brings his own machinations to the mix, and the town struggles to keep itself together while under the shadow of the Black Hood and a dangerous new drug sweeping through the teenage population. Now out on Blu-ray and DVD is Riverdale: The Complete Second Season, which includes all twenty-two episodes from Season Two along with two hours of bonus content. Extras include four featurettes, the Riverdale 2017 Comic-Con panel, deleted scenes, and a gag reel. Riverdale: The Complete Second Season is available on Amazon, with the Blu-ray priced at $37.87 and the DVD at $24.99.

Arrow Complete Sixth SeasonOliver Queen can conquer any challenge in his secret identity as the Green Arrow– but can he embrace his new identity as a father?  In Season Six of Arrow, Queen strives to protect the city both as its mayor and its vigilante superhero while contending with enemies Black Siren, Vigilante, Ricardo Diaz, Cayden James, and others. With relations between his team beginning to break down, Queen must do all in his power to fight past and present enemies before Star City is lost for good. Arrow: The Complete Sixth Season is out now on Blu-ray and DVD, featuring all twenty-three episodes as well as several extras. Special features include all four DC super hero crossover episodes (with DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, and Supergirl), three featurettes focusing on Deathstroke, the crossover / Earth-X, and Cayden James, and a best-of compilation of DC TV’s Comic-Con panels from 2017. Arrow: The Complete Sixth Season is available on Amazon on Blu-ray and DVD (for $40.70 and $29.96, respectively).

Gotham the Complete Fourth SeasonIn Season Four of Gotham, Bruce Wayne begins to follow his future path toward becoming the caped crusader as he sees Penguin, Riddler, Barbara Kean, Tabitha Galavan, and Poison Ivy threatening his beloved city.  With the help of his trainer Ra’s al Ghul, his butler Alfred, and previous Wayne Enterprises executive Lucius Fox, Bruce begins to form his vigilante identity in an attempt to bolster the peace-keeping efforts of Jim Gordon and Harvey Bullock. Gotham: The Complete Fourth Season is out today on DVD and Blu-ray, including all twenty-two episodes of the fourth season, two featurettes (“Solomon Grundy: Born on a Monday” and “The Sirens Take Gotham”), the best-of Comic-Con compilation featured in the Arrow extras above, and deleted scenes.  Gotham: The Complete Fourth Season is available now on Blu-ray (at $37.99) and DVD (at $29.96) on Amazon.

Aquaman - Rage of AtlantisAlong with his pals Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and Green Lantern Jessica Cruz, Aquaman must face enemies in the air, on land, and in the sea in Aquaman: Rage of Atlantis, the latest animated feature from LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes. Facing an attack from Atrocitus and the Red Lanterns, Aquaman must make the difficult choice to leave his kingdom to answer the call of the Justice League or risk the destruction of all he holds dear. DC Comics Super Heroes: Aquaman – Rage of Atlantis is now out in a Blu-ray Combo Set and DVD. There are no bonus features on this one, but (while supplies last) both formats include a limited-edition exclusive Jessica Cruz / Green Lantern LEGO minifigure. The film is available now on Amazon on DVD (for $9.99) and on Blu-ray Combo Pack (for $14.99).

Death of SupermanIn The Death of Superman, an asteroid crashes into the ocean bringing an uncontrollable force (known only as “Doomsday”), compelling Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman, and the rest of the Justice League come together to fight the all-powerful enemy and save Metropolis.  As the battle comes to a head, Superman and Doomsday face each other in the ultimate showdown, with the outcome determining the fate not only of Metropolis, but Earth itself.  The Death of Superman is out now on DVD, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and Blu-ray 4K Combo Pack.  The Blu-ray sets boast a few bonus features, including the featurette “Death of Superman: The Brawl that Topped Them All”, two bonus cartoons from the DC Comics Vault, and a sneak peek at Reign of the Supermen, DC Universe’s next animated movie set to be released in 2019.  All formats are available on Amazon, with the DVD priced at $12.96, the Blu-ray Combo Pack at $17.96, and the Blu-ray 4K Combo Pack at $24.99.  There is also a limited-edition gift set (currently on Amazon for $23.74) which includes a Death of Superman figurine.