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On DVD This Week: Inside Out, Doctor Who, Vacation, and More

by | November 2, 2015 | Comments

This week on home video, we’ve got the latest winner from Pixar, a not-so-well-received reboot of a comedy classic, a couple of worthy documentaries, a couple of solid indie flicks, and one extremely fascinating thriller featuring a slew of ornery wild animals, as well as a couple of extremely popular TV shows. Read on for the full list:


Inside Out (2015) 98%

Riley is an 11-year-old girl whose family has relocated from Minnesota to San Francisco, and she’s struggling with her emotions, which are personified by a group of colorful avatars that live and work in her brain. Special features abound in this Blu-ray release of Pixar’s latest winner, and they include the animated short that preceded the movie in theaters (Lava), an all-new animated short called “Riley’s First Date?,” several making-of featurettes, deleted scenes, and more.

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Vacation (2015) 27%

Ed Helms is the latest actor to portray Rusty Griswold in this reboot of the beloved National Lampoon comedy, and the plot is basically the same as the original: the family hits the road for Walley World, and is met with wacky characters and bizarre humiliations along the way. Bonuses include cast and crew interviews, a making-of doc, a gag reel, deleted scenes, and a tribute to the state of Georgia.

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Best of Enemies (2015) 93%

This Certified Fresh documentary recounts the legendary televised debates between William F. Buckley, Jr. and Gore Vidal that were moderated by Howard K. Smith in 1968. No information is available on the special features, so there may not be any.

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The End of the Tour (2015) 92%

Jason Segel and Jesse Eisenberg star in this thinly fictionalized retelling of a few days in the life of David Foster Wallace on the verge of celebrity. The few extras on the disc include an audio commentary track, a short featurette, a conversation with composer Danny Elfman, and deleted scenes.

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Food Chains (2014) 91%

Forest Whitaker narrates this documentary on the plight of migrant farmworkers and their struggle against big chain supermarkets for better wages and working conditions, some of which constitute human rights violations. Again, no special features are listed.

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Alex of Venice (2014) 74%

Mary Elizabeth Winstead stars as the titular character in Chris Messina’s directorial debut, about a recently single attorney who learns to move on with life. No bonus features are listed.

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Roar (1981) 71%

For the first time on Blu-ray, we get the notoriously troubled production that resulted in more than 70 injured cast and crew members, including cinematographer Jan de Bont (who was partially scalped), producer and star Tippi Hedren, and her daughter, a young Melanie Griffith. The story centers on a man who lives in Africa with all sorts of wild animals; unfortunately, when his family comes to visit him, he’s not home, but his animals are. Extras include a making-of doc hosted by Hedren, a cast and crew Q&A, a commentary track, and more.

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She's Funny That Way (2014) 45%

Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston, and Imogen Poots headline an ensemble cast in Peter Bogdonavich’s screwball comedy about the interconnected lives of the cast and crew of a Broadway play. Bonus features include a commentary track and a behind-the-scenes featurette.

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Some Kind of Hate (2015) 38%

In this horror film, a bullied teen is sent to a school for troubled youth, but the bullying continues. When he inadvertently awakens the ghost of another bullied girl who committed suicide, she takes the opportunity to get her revenge.

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Doctor Who: Season 9 (2015) 90%

For those of you who don’t care to wait for the complete season set, the first half of Doctor Who‘s ninth season — six episodes in all — is available on Blu-ray and DVD this week. No information on extras is available.

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Black Sails: Season 2 (2015) 100%

The second season of Starz’s popular action/adventure series, following a young Captain Flint and his crew decades before the events of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island, is available this week on DVD and Blu-ray. Extras include a look at the ship, profiles of the Black Sails world, and more.

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