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On DVD This Week: Jurassic World, Z for Zachariah, the Back to the Future Trilogy, and More

by | October 19, 2015 | Comments

This week on home video, we’ve got a big blockbuster sequel, a subdued post-apocalyptic drama, and the anniversary set for a beloved 1980s trilogy. Then, we’ve also got a couple of indie dramas, an acclaimed debut from a Mexican director, a unique documentary, and on Criterion, a classic supernatural thriller from Japan. Read on for the full list:


Jurassic World (2015) 71%

Colin Treverrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) takes the helm for this sequel to the famed dino franchise, in which the theme park’s new owners genetically craft a bigger, badder creature to please increasingly apathetic visitors. Even if you haven’t seen the movie, you know where this is headed. This week, you can pick up the new film, or you can grab all four Jurassic Park movies in a box set collection. The Blu-ray includes some decent extras, like a look at the dino creation process, and a collection of the franchise’s near-death moments.

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Z for Zachariah (2015) 79%

Margot Robbie, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Chris Pine star in this post-apocalyptic drama about a pair of survivors who find each other after a cataclysmic event, only to find their newly formed bonds tested when another person appears and stirs the pot. The Blu-ray comes with a making-of featurette, cast and crew interviews, and deleted scenes.

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Güeros (2014) 93%

Mexican director Alonso Ruizpalacios made quite an impression with his debut film, which centers on three disaffected youths who attempt to track down a folk rock singer on his deathbed in their town so they can pay their respects to him.

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The Wolfpack (2015) 86%

This Certified Fresh documentary follows a group of sheltered siblings who learned about the outside world by watching movies while locked up in their home by their overprotective parents.

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Testament of Youth (2014) 84%

Alicia Vikander and Kit Harington star in this adaptation of Vera Brittain’s eponymous memoir, which details Brittain’s (played by Vikander) experiences during World War I, when she followed her fiancee (Harington) and her brother to war by volunteering as a nurse. Extras include a commentary track, deleted scenes, and behind-the-scenes footage.

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Paper Towns (2015) 58%

Nat Wolff and Cara Delevingne star in this adaptation of the John Green (The Fault in Our Stars) novel, about a teen who embarks on an adventure through his town when his quirky neighbor disappears and leaves him a trail of clues to follow. The Blu-ray includes a number of extras, including deleted scenes, making-of featurettes, a gag real, one alternate scene, and more.

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Kwaidan (1964) 91%

Japanese director Masaki Kobayashi was known more for his political dramas, but he switched things up in 1965 with Kwaidan, an anthology of four ghost stories told in sumptuous color, and earned a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar nod in the process. The new Criterion edition comes with a new commentary track, a new interview with assistant director Kiyoshi Ogasawara, and more.

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Back to the Future (1985) 96%

And finally, since it’s the 30th anniversary of the original Back to the Future — and since Wednesday is the famed October 21, 2015 from BTTF2 — we’ve got two notable releases for fans of the trilogy. The first is the Back to the Future 30th Anniversary Trilogy set, which includes the wealth of special features found on the 25th anniversary set, plus a new disc of content that includes two episodes of the animated series, the 2012 doc on the restoration of the DeLorean, and a 9-part retrospective on the film’s legacy. Then there’s also the Complete Adventures set, which includes the entire animated series.

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  • Vits/Vicente Torres

    JURASSIC WORLD-5/10; BACK TO THE FUTURE I & II-9/10; BACK TO THE FUTURE III & PAPER TOWNS-7/10

    I’ll watch Z FOR ZACHARIAH and maybe GUEROS.

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