On DVD This Week: Alien: Covenant, Riverdale Season 1, and More

by | August 14, 2017 | Comments

This week on DVD, we’ve got the latest chapter of Ridley Scott’s Alien saga, an effective reimagining of Archie comics, a couple of smaller films you may have missed, and some more worthy TV to catch up on. Read on for the full list.

After the Storm (Umi yori mo mada fukaku) (2017) 96%

This Certified Fresh Japanese drama from Hirokazu Koreeda revolves around a writer-turned-P.I. who struggles to reconnect with his family and his young son after the death of his father. It comes with a long making-of featurette and a bonus short film.

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Riverdale: Season 1 (2017) 88%

The CW’s dark, winking modern-day interpretation of the classic Archie comics follows high-schooler Archie Andrews (KJ Apa) and his friends as they deal with the mysterious murder of a classmate. There is currently no information on included extras.

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Once Upon a Time: Season 6 (2016) 88%

ABC’s fantasy drama series based on literary characters and Disney fairy tale properties is still going strong, as the citizens of Storybrooke defend against Mr. Hyde and the Evil Queen, and new characters like Aladdin, Captain Nemo, and the Count of Monte Christo are introduced. The season set comes with a look at the musical episode, bloopers, deleted scenes, and audio commentary.

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The Case for Christ (2017) 52%

This dramatization of Lee Strobel’s book of the same name follows Strobel’s journey from award-winning Chicago Tribune journalist and atheist to new believer, partially thanks to his wife’s newfound faith. It comes with a ton of extras, including interviews with Strobel and his wife, deleted scenes, and a number of song performances.

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DC's Legends of Tomorrow: Season 2 (2016) 87%

Season 2 of this CW/DC Comics series introduces the time-traveling team to new heroes like Steel and Vixen as they do battle with a new threat in the form of the Legion of Doom. The season set comes with footage from the show’s 2016 Comic-Con panel, deleted scenes, a gag reel, and a look behind the scenes.

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Alien: Covenant (2017) 67%

Michael Fassbender and Katherine Waterston star in Ridley Scott’s follow-up to Prometheus, charting the journey of a new space crew that discovers what appears to be an uncharted paradise… until they encounter a terrifying threat. You can pick up a different exclusive release with various extras from Walmart (T-shirt), Target (book, photos, sketches), and Best Buy (Xenomorph steelbook), and they all come with deleted and extended scenes, a making-of doc, audio commentary with Scott, and more.

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The Wall (2017) 66%

Aaron Taylor-Johnson and John Cena star in this Doug Liman’s war thriller about two American soldiers in Iraq trying to survive an assault by an enemy sniper. Extras include a commentary with Liman and Taylor-Johnson, a look at the on-location shoot, and various behind-the-scenes featurettes.

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How to Be a Latin Lover (2017) 38%

Eugenio Derbez and Salma Hayek star in this comedy about an aging gigolo who is forced to move in with his sister and attempts to woo a wealthy older widow. Special features include a commentary track, a behind-the-scenes featurette, deleted and extended scenes, and a look at director Ken Marino attempting to get various cast members on board with the project.

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Everything, Everything (2017) 46%

Based on a young adult novel by Nicola Yoon, this drama centers on a young woman living with severe combined immunodeficiency who is unable to leave her house, but begins to fall in love with the boy next door. It comes with a making-of doc and deleted scenes.

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Once Upon a Time in Venice (2017) 18%

Bruce Willis and John Goodman star in this action film about a Venice, CA P.I. who is compelled to track down missing cash and cocaine for the drug dealer who stole his dog. It comes with a behind-the-scenes doc.

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Also Available This Week:

  • The Criterion Collection brings two new releases this week, starting with Mike Leigh’s Meantime, which focuses on the daily lives of a working-class London family and features Tim Roth, Alfred Molina, and a scene-stealing Gary Oldman in early roles. It comes with a new interviews, one with Roth from 2007, and a new 2K digital transfer.
  • The second selection from Criterion is a new Blu-ray of the 1980 film Hopscotch, starring Walter Matthau and Glenda Jackson in a Cold War spy comedy about a retired CIA agent pursued by the government in hopes of preventing the publication of his tell-all memoir. It comes with Matthau’s 1980 appearance on The Dick Cavett Show, a broadcast TV audio track for family viewing, and interviews from 2002 with director Ronald Neame and writer Brian Garfield.

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