On DVD This Week: Fifty Shades Darker, Orange Is the New Black, and More

by | May 8, 2017 | Comments

If Grey wasn’t dark enough for you, you’re in luck, because this week we get even Darker… and more critically reviled than before. But if poorly reviewed movies based on super sexy fan fiction aren’t your bag, we’ve also got a few other choices this week, including a couple of TV series, a pair of smaller Certified Fresh films, and a classic selection from Criterion. Read on for details.

Things to Come (L'avenir) (2016) 99%

Isabelle Huppert delivers another powerhouse performance in Mia Hansen-Løve’s drama about a woman whose life is thrown into upheaval after her marriage falls apart. There are no special features listed.

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Orange Is the New Black: Season 4 (2016) 94%

Taylor Schilling and Laura Prepon star in Netflix’s original series about a petty criminal who struggles to adjust — and eventually adapts — to life in prison. The Season 4 set comes with commentary tracks for select episodes, a set tour, and a gag reel.

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A Street Cat Named Bob (2016) 77%

This fact-based drama centers on a man’s recovery from addiction and friendship with a cat (not necessarily in that order). No information on special features is currently available.

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Brain Damage (1988) 67%

This campy horror-comedy follows a young man who falls victim to a brain-eating parasite that feeds him a hallucinogenic fluid in exchange for human victims. The new limited edition Blu-ray comes with a new audio commentary by writer-director Frank Henenlotter, new interviews with the cast and crew, a 2016 Q&A with Henenlotter, and more.

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Divorce: Season 1 (2016) 63%

Sarah Jessica Parker and Thoas Haden Church star in this HBO comedy about a married couple with two kids trying to salvage their failing relationship. The Season 1 set comes with commentary tracks for three of the episodes.

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Fifty Shades Darker (2017) 11%

Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan star in the second installment of the Fifty Shades series, which finds Christian attempting to compromise in order to continue his relationship with Anastasia. Extras include deleted scenes, a tease for Fifty Shades Freed, and featurettes on new characters, new “toys,” one of the set pieces of the film, director James Foley’s efforts to meet fan expectation, and more.

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Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975) 96%

– Criterion Collection

And lastly, from Criterion, we have Chantal Akerman’s poignant, understated 1975 drama about a middle-aged widow’s daily routine as a sex worker and mother to her son. The new release comes with a documentary on the making of the film, archival interviews, excerpts from television programs, and Akerman’s first film, Saute ma ville.

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