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On DVD This Week: Inferno, Sherlock Season 4, The Man Who Fell to Earth, and More

by | January 23, 2017 | Comments

This week on home video, we’ve got the latest in a pulpy mystery franchise, the most recent season of a popular detective series, a reissue of a David Bowie classic, and more. Read on for the full list.


Antarctica: Ice and Sky (2015) 89%

This documentary from Luc Jacquet, the Oscar-winning director of March of the Penguins, follows the groundbreaking research of French glaciologist Claude Lorius, whose work established the first evidence of man-made climate change. Available only on DVD, it comes with a making-of featurette.

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The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976) 80%

With the tragic passing of David Bowie last year, Lionsgate and Studio Canal are re-releasing Nicolas Roeg’s iconic film, starring Bowie as an alien who arrives on earth looking for a way to save his drought-stricken home planet. The new release comes with over two hours of interviews with the cast and crew (minus Bowie), a French interview with Bowie from 1977, and an in-depth look at the music in the film.

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The Monster (2016) 80%

Zoe Kazan and Scott Speedman star in this horror film about a mother and daughter who are terrorized by an unseen evil after their car crashes in the woods on a stormy night. The only special feature is a standard making-of doc.

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Sherlock: Season 4 (2017) 54%

Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman reprise their roles as Holmes and Watson in the fourth season of this wildly popular BBC series, which finds the duo solving cases while matching wits with a nemesis from the past. The season set comes with extensive making-of featurettes for all three episodes, a look at the writing process of the series, showrunner Mark Gatiss’s video diaries, and more.

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Inferno (2016) 23%

Tom Hanks returns for the third installment of Ron Howard’s globetrotting mystery series based on the novels of Dan Brown; this time he’s joined by Felicity Jones, as his Robert Langdon races to prevent a global pandemic with ties to Dante’s The Divine Comedy. Extras include Howard’s journal, deleted and extended scenes, and inside looks at the narrative, cast, and characters.

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Black Girl (1966) 94%

– Criterion Collection

Lastly, we have a new Criterion release of renowned Senegalese director Ousmane Sembène’s debut film, a drama about a Senegalese woman who moves to France and becomes the governess of a white couple, only to experience harsh treatment from them. The new release comes with new interviews with film scholars, a new interview with star M’Bissine Thérèse Diop, a 1994 documentary on Sembène, and more.

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