On DVD This Week: Lights Out, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Nerve, and More

by | October 24, 2016 | Comments

Not a lot of new choices on home video this week, but most of what we do have is worth checking out, including three Certified Fresh films (a horror film, a drama, and a comedy), a decent thriller, and something from the Criterion Collection. Read on for the full list.

Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) 96%

Sam Neill and Julian Dennison star in Taika Waititi’s dramedy about a 13-year-old and his curmudgeonly uncle who are forced to flee the authorities and hide out in the woods. Information on special features is currently unavailable.

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Captain Fantastic (2016) 83%

Viggo Mortensen stars in this drama as a father of six navigating civilization again after raising his family deep in the woods. The only bonus feature included is a brief overview of the film’s themes and development.

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Lights Out (2016) 76%

Teresa Palmer and Maria Bello star in this horror film, based on the viral short film of the same name, that centers on a broken family terrorized by a secret from their past. The only extras included are three deleted scenes — one of which is the alternate ending that initially tested poorly with audiences.

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Nerve (2016) 67%

Emma Roberts and Dave Franco star in this thriller about a shy high school student who begins using an app that offers virtual notoriety in exchange for accepting crowd-sourced dares, only to be ensnared in a sinister web of strangers’ demands. Special features include outtakes, a look at some of the characters, and interactive elements like a game, a quiz, and more.

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Skiptrace (2016) 38%

Jackie Chan and Johnny Knoxville star in this action comedy as an unlikely duo out to take down a murderous drug lord. Bonus features include a commentary track with director Renny Harlin and a short featurette on the two stars.

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The Executioner (El verdugo) (1963)

– Criterion Collection

Lastly, from the Criterion Collection, we have this piece of satire from Spain’s Luis García Berlanga. A commentary on capital punishment, the film centers on an undertaker who must take over his father-in-law’s job as executioner. The Criterion release comes with a new interview with Pedro Almodóvar, a new program on Berlanga, archival interviews with Berlanga, and more.

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