On DVD This Week: Kung Fu Panda 3, Eye in the Sky, and More

by | June 27, 2016 | Comments

This week on DVD and Blu-ray, we’ve got a big animated sequel, a war comedy, and a bunch of smaller films — many of which are Certified Fresh — ranging from a political thriller to a unique meditation on art to a baseball doc, among others. Read on for all the details.

Aferim! (2015) 98%

This Romanian period drama follows a local policeman and his son as they pursue a fugitive gypsy slave across the landscape of 1830s Wallachia. Special features include a pair of award-winning short films by director Radu Jude.

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Eye in the Sky (2015) 95%

Gavin Hood’s Certified Fresh thriller about a military mission to capture a terrorist that escalates to dangerous levels stars Helen Mirren, Aaron Paul, and, in his final role, Alan Rickman. Bonus features include a pair of featurettes about the film’s themes.

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Fastball (2015) 90%

Kevin Costner narrates this sports documentary all about baseball’s most powerful pitch. It comes with an extra half hour of interviews with various players featured in the film, outtakes, and an extended scene with Steve Dalkowski, one of the fastest pitchers in history.

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Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016) 86%

Jack Black returns to voice the lovable martial arts master Po, who reunites with his long lost father (Bryan Cranston) and trains his panda brethren to stand up to a supernatural threat. Extras include a sing-along, various animated shorts, a paper-folding tutorial, a look at real panda bears, and more.

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Francofonia (2015) 87%

This Certified Fresh documentary is a meditation on art that offers a unique tour of Paris’s famous Louvre museum through the lens of historical events. Information on special features is currently unavailable.

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Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016) 67%

Tina Fey and Margot Robbie star in this comedic drama loosely based on a memoir by journalist Kim Barker that follows a war correspondent’s misadventures in an Afghan war zone. Bonus features include a making-of doc, a profile of Barker, a look at the military’s role in making the film, deleted and extended scenes, and more.

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Rabin, the Last Day (2015) 68%

This documentary tells the story behind the assassination of Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin, focusing on the final days leading up to the fateful event. Only a theatrical trailer is included with the release.

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Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) 98%

We get two releases from the Criterion Collection this week, beginning with this Stanley Kubrick satire of cold war politics, which stars Peter Sellers in three separate roles (including the titular doctor) and George C. Scott as an outrageous general who attempts to stop an unplanned bombing of Moscow. The Blu-ray comes with new interviews with Kubrick scholars and crew from the film, excerpts from a 1966 interview with Kubrick, four making-of documentaries, and more.

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Clouds of Sils Maria (2014) 91%

And lastly, as one of Criterion’s rare contemporary releases, we have Olivier Assayas’ drama starring Juliette Binoche as an actress who is asked to star again in the lesbian drama that made her famous, but is asked to play the older lover this time, while a fresh actress (Chloë Grace Moretz) takes the part of the younger partner. Special features include a new interview with Assayas, the 1924 silent film seen in the movie, and more.

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