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On DVD This Week: Captain America: Civil War, The Conjuring 2, and More

by | September 12, 2016 | Comments

This week on home video, we’ve got one of the biggest blockbusters of the year, a solid horror sequel, a couple of anniversary releases, some worthy TV, and more. Read on for the full list.


Longmire: Season 4 (2015) 100%

Robert Taylor stars as gruff and gritty Sheriff Walt Longmire, a complicated hero who dutifully fights the bad guys in big sky Wyoming. There does not appear to be any bonus content in the season four set.

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De Palma (2016) 95%

This Certified Fresh documentary from Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow profiles the life and work of the auteur filmmaker behind Scarface and Mission: Impossible. No information on special features is currently available.

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Captain America: Civil War (2016) 90%

Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. lead an all-star cast in this Marvel extravaganza, which pits Captain America against Iron Man when the government seeks to track every superhero with a registry and the two Avengers find themselves on opposite sides of the debate. Available in standard and 3D, the Blu-ray comes with a 2-part making-of featurette, a look at both sides of the film’s central conflict, a sneak peek of Doctor Strange, deleted and extended scenes, and more.

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The Conjuring 2 (2016) 80%

Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga reprise their roles as paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, who travel to London to help a single mother whose home is bedeviled by wicked spirits. Extras include a making-of featurette, interviews with the real life Hodgson sisters featured in the film, a look at the makeup effects and scoring, and more.

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Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016) 79%

Andy Samberg and his Lonely Island partners Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone starin this Spinal Tap-esque satire of the modern mainstream pop scene and 21st century celebrity in general. Special features include music videos, gag reel, interview outtakes, bonus footage, deleted scenes, and a commentary track with the Lonely Island crew.

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The Big Bang Theory: Season 9 (2015) 67%

Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, and Kaley Cuoco star in this popular CBS sitcom about a group of geeky scientists who live, love, and play together. The season nine set comes with a celebration of the show’s 200th episode, cast members answering fan questions, a gag reel, the show’s 2015 Comic-Con panel, and more.

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Aliens (1986) 97%

– 30th Anniversary Blu-ray

Game over, man. James Cameron’s celebrated action-horror film celebrates its 30th anniversary with a new Blu-ray release, which comes with many of the extras available on previous releases (deleted and extended scenes, pre-production galleries, etc) and a brand new supplement that details the inspiration and design of the film.

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The Transformers - The Movie (1986) 63%

– 30th Anniversary Blu-ray

Moviegoers of a certain age may fondly remember this first big screen outing for Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Megatron and their peers before they received the Michael Bay treatment. Coming to Blu-ray for the very first time, the new release includes a look at the restoration process, an interview with the cover artist, animated storyboards, a lengthy and informative making-of doc, and more.

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The Story of the Last Chrysanthemums (1979) 94%

Finally, from the Criterion Collection, we have two new releases, beginning with this contemplative 1939 drama from Japanese auteur Kenji Mizoguchi about the relationship between a budding kabuki actor and his baby brother’s wet nurse during the late 19th century. Extras niclude a new interview with critic Phillip Lopate about Mizoguchi’s style and evolution and an essay by film scholar Dudley Andrew.

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The Tale of Zatoichi (1962) 100%

– Full Collection

Last but not least, Criterion is also releasing for the first time a complete set of all 25 Zatoichi films from the 1960s and early 1970s, which star Shintaro Katsu as the titular blind masseur and expert swordsman who wanders the country, dispensing justice. The impressive set includes a 1978 documentary about Katsu, an interview with film critic Tony Rayns, and a book featuring film synopses, the original short story source, new illustrations inspired by the films.

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