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On DVD This Week: Batman v Superman, Orphan Black, and More

by | July 18, 2016 | Comments

This week on home video, we’ve got some great television, a handful of worthy small films you may have missed, a few choice selections from Criterion, and a little blockbuster about a couple of super frenemies out for justice. Read on for details.


O.J.: Made in America (2016) 100%

Part of ESPN’s 30 f0r 30 series, this documentary retraces the “trial of the century,” offering new perspectives on the murder case that forever changed America’s perception of one of its heroes. No information on special features is available.

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SPL 2: A Time for Consequences (2015) 100%

Tony Jaa stars in this martial arts film about a prison guard who teams up with a jailed undercover cop to take down a corrupt warden. Bonuses include a 3-part making-of featurette and deleted scenes.

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Person of Interest: Season 5 (2016) 100%

Jim Caviezel and Michael Emerson star in this CBS sci-fi drama about an ex-CIA agent who teams up with a scientist to stop crimes before they take place. Its fifth and final season is available with a 2015 Comic-Con panel and a pair of featurettes, while the entire series is also available in a set.

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Orphan Black: Season 4 (2016) 97%

Tatiana Maslany stars in this sci-fi drama series about a group of clones who fall into a conspiratorial whirlwind of mystery and deception. The Certified Fresh season four box set includes interviews, behind-the-scenes content, and an extended scene from episode eight.

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Elvis & Nixon (2016) 76%

Michael Shannon and Kevin Spacey star as the titular characters in a comedy about the real life meeting between Elvis Presley and Richard Nixon. Bonus features include a commentary track and a featurette about the event that inspired the movie.

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Miles Ahead (2016) 74%

Don Cheadle (who also co-wrote the script and directed the film) stars in this musical biopic about the legendary jazz trumpeter Miles Davis, which utilizes a non-linear approach to tell its story. Extras include a commentary track, an in-depth profile of Miles Davis, and a Q&A from Sundance.

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Demolition (2015) 54%

Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts star in Jean-Marc Vallée’s (Dallas Buyers Club, Wild) dramedy about a bereaved man who confronts his grief by breaking things. No information on special features is currently available.

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) 29%

Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill star in this will-they-won’t-they bromance about a couple of unlikely superfriends who must put aside their differences and team up with a wonderful woman to mitigate a doomsday scenario. The standard Ultimate Edition DVD/Blu-ray package comes with  a ton of bonus content, but it’s also available in 3D, 4K, and DOJ Collector’s Editions, the latter of which comes with either a Batman or Superman figurine.

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The Perfect Match (2016) 22%

This romantic comedy centers on an inveterate ladies man who meets a woman who makes him reconsider his wanton ways. No information on special features is currently available.

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Nuit et brouillard (1955) 100%

Lastly, as always, a few choices from the Criterion Collection, starting with Alain Resnais’ short documentary looking back on the Holocaust by examining abandoned concentration camps. The new release comes with Face aux fantômes, a similarly themed French doc from 2009, an excerpt from a 1994 audio interview with Resnais, and a new interview with filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer.

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A Touch of Zen (1971) 97%

Next, we have King Hu’s seminal 1971 martial arts masterpiece, about a fugitive woman in hiding at a remote village who must defend herself when an evil swordsman discovers her identity and location. The film arrives in a 4K restoration and includes a 2012 documentary on Hu, new interviews with its two stars, a new interview with Ang Lee, and more.

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Muriel (1963) 85%

And finally, another selection from Alain Resnais — a 1963 drama starring Delphine Seyrig as a widow haunted by the reappearance of a former lover, while her stepson struggles with the memory of torturing a girl during his time in the Algerian War. The Blu-ray comes with excerpts from a documentary and an interview with Seyrig, a new interview with Resnais scholar Francois Thomas, and more.

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