On DVD This Week: Angry Birds, Gotham, and More

by | August 15, 2016 | Comments

This week on home video, we’ve got an animated family film based on a mobile game and some noteworthy television. Read the full list for details.

Once Upon a Time: Season 5 (2016) 100%

This ABC drama based on fairy tale characters takes place in a fictional town where Snow White, Peter Pan, and other familiar characters have lost their memories due to a curse and have been transported to the real world. The season five set comes with commentary tracks for select episodes, deleted scenes, bloopers, and more.

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Raiders! (2015) 91%

This documentary tells the tale of a group of friends and their decades-long effort to finish their homemade Indiana Jones movie. Special features include commentary tracks, deleted scenes, outtakes, and footage from a Q&A at the Alamo Drafthouse.

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Gotham: Season 2 (2016) 74%

FOX’s Certified Fresh drama, set during the early life of Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz), focuses on detective James Gordon (Ben McKenzie), who struggles to tackle the criminal underworld of the city in the days before Wayne became Batman. Bonus features include the show’s 2015 Comic-Con panel, a look at the series’ film noir style, an examination of Bruce Wayne’s relationship with Alfred, and more.

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The Vampire Diaries: Season 7 (2015) 77%

The popular CW drama’s penultimate season continued past the departure of star Nina Dobrev, focusing instead on brothers Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Stefan (Paul Wesley) in their struggle to protect the town from Lily (Annie Wersching) and her Heretics. The season seven set comes with the show’s 2015 Comic-Con panel, a behind-the-scenes featurette, deleted scenes, and a gag reel.

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The Angry Birds Movie (2016) 43%

Based on the wildly popular mobile video game, this animated film follows a bird prone to fits of rage (voiced by Jason Sudeikis) who rallies his avian paradise against a group of pigs looking to invade. Special features include a look at the film’s music, a bonus scene, and several Blu-ray exclusives, like featurettes on the characters, a tutorial on how to build your own piggy tower, deleted scenes, and more.

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God's Not Dead 2 (2016) 10%

This loosely related sequel to the faith-based film God’s Not Dead centers on a teacher (Melissa Joan Hart)who fights the system when she is put on trial for utilizing the Bible in her teaching lessons. Extras include a look at the visual effects and the filming locations, as well as an examination of the themes with pastor Rice Broocks and more.

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Hell on Wheels: Season 5 (2015) 100%

Anson Mount, Colm Meaney, and Common star in this Western drama about the early days of the Pacific Union Railroad. Season five was its last, and though it was broken into two parts, the full season is now available, though there is currently no information on special features.

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Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words (2015) 98%

Lastly, from the Criterion Collection, we have this 2015 Swedish documentary about the screen icon, which incorporates the actress’s letters, photos, home video footage, and diary entries to offer an intimate portrait of her life. Bonus features include 8 of Bergman’s home movies, an interview with director Stig Björkman, extended interviews from the film, a clip of Bergman’s first onscreen role, and more.

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