Disclaimer: Warner Brothers Home Entertainment requests that we note that it provided a free copy of Sandman: The Complete First Season and Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths – Part 1 for review purposes. The opinions I share are my own.
Special Ops: Lioness, inspired by an actual US Military program, follows the life of Joe (Zoe Saldaña) while she attempts to balance her personal and professional life as the tip of the CIA’s spear in the war on terror. The Lioness Program, overseen by Kaitlyn Meade (Nicole Kidman) and Byron Westfield (Michael Kelly), enlists an aggressive Marine Raider named Cruz (Laysla De Oliveira) to operate undercover alongside Joe among the power brokers of State terrorism in the CIA’s efforts to thwart the next 9/11. — from Paramount
One thing’s for sure: television is attracting a lot of actors we’d think about for cinema. So landing a talent like Saldaña is one thing. But getting Kidman and Morgan Freeman to show up as well? That’s how you get my attention. All eight episodes of the first season are here with behind-the-scenes looks, featurettes, interviews and more–all clocking in at ninety-plus minutes of bonus bits. No word on a second season yet, but it was well received. Still if you’re a fan, buying it on real media would certainly not hurt matters. Snag it at Amazon.
Based on the beloved award-winning DC comic series written by Neil Gaiman, The Sandman: The Complete First Season is a rich, character-driven blend of myth and dark fantasy woven together over the course of ten epic chapters following Dream’s many adventures (plus a bonus episode featuring two fan-favorite stories). When the Sandman, a.k.a. Dream (Tom Sturridge) — the powerful cosmic being who controls all our dreams — is unexpectedly captured and held prisoner for over a century, he must journey across different worlds and timelines to fix the chaos his absence has caused. — from Warner Brothers
To the delight and relief of fans everywhere, Netflix put out a show on home media. Not just any show, though. The Sandman has a had a wild, weird road to getting adapted as anything. And with The Neil actually at the helm of guiding it through creation, it was stunning. So any fan will want to grab this just for the fact of its existence. A commentary track would be excellent but we’ll be try to be content with our two teeny featurettes that bring a behind-the-scenes look and also a focus on the show’s universe. Find it here at Amazon.
At first, backup quarterback Jonathan “Mox” Moxom (James Van Der Beek) is nowhere close to being a star athlete. Perfectly content to stay on the bench, he has no time for coach Kilmer’s (Jon Voight) win-at-all-cost strategies. But when the starting quarterback (Paul Walker) is injured, Mox is in the game and confronting the pressures and temptations of gridiron glory. Soon everyone will realize there’s not just a new star quarterback in town, there’s a new kind of hero. – from Paramount
Varsity Blues turns twenty-five and it’s making its 4K Ultra HD debut. So if you like your sportsball movies to have excellent video, you’ll find this is a step up from the previous Blu-Ray release. Speaking of that release, the bonus bits are the same as was on there. Still, they are nothing to sneeze at. There’s an audio commentary with the director and two producers, a making-of featurette, a look at the football played in the film, and a featurette on actor Ron Lester (Billy Bob). Procure it from Amazon.
Death is coming. Worse than death: oblivion. Not just for our Earth, but for everyone, everywhere, in every universe! Against this ultimate destruction, the mysterious Monitor has gathered the greatest team of Super Heroes ever assembled. But what can the combined might of Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, The Flash, Green Lantern and hundreds of Super Heroes from multiple Earths even do to save all of reality from an unstoppable antimatter Armageddon?! — from Warner Brothers
Well, if there’s one big burrito of a storyline that DC always wants to veer towards, it’s their classic Crisis on Infinite Earths megasuper-crossover that “changed DC Comics forever” in a way that no series has been able to live up to since. And having setup their new Tomorrowverse animated universe, they’re plunging it into a multiversal threat to conclude the whole thing. This is part one of a three-part story. Two bonus bits are included: a brief look at the previous films and the series as a whole, and also members of the creative team discussing the role of the Flash. For those who need anything involving DC and anti-matter on their shelves, they will find this at Amazon.