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On DVD This Week: Magic Mike XXL, Insidious: Chapter 3, And More

by | October 5, 2015 | Comments

This week on home video, we’ve got a steamy sequel, a scary prequel, some heartfelt animation, a stylish horror debut, and a couple seasons of popular (and well-reviewed) television, plus more. Read on for the full list:


Magic Mike XXL (2015) 65%

The Kings of Tampa decide that if they’re going to leave the adult entertainment world behind, they should go out with a bang. So they head for the Male Strippers Convention in South Carolina to strut their stuff one final time. On the Blu-ray, you’ll get two featurettes and an extended dance scene of Malik (Stephen Boss aka “Twitch”).

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Insidious: Chapter 3 (2015) 57%

The third installment of the Insidious series goes back to the origins of the story in a prequel, recounting how a psychic (Lin Shaye) attempted to help a tormented girl (Stefanie Scott) by contacting the dead. Extras include a making-of doc, a breakdown of a key stunt sequence, a look at character design and effects, and more.

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When Marnie Was There (2014) 92%

The latest animated treat from Studio Ghibli’s Hiromasa Yonebayashi (The Secret World of Arrietty) tells the story of a lonely foster child who meets a mysterious friend during a summer trip to Hokkaido. Bonus features include a look at the artwork, storyboards, and a making-of featurette, plus more.

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We Are Still Here (2015) 95%

Writer/director Ted Geoghegan makes a strong, stylish feature debut with this horror story about a grieving couple who move to a secluded home after the tragic death of their son; little do they know that their new home has a bloody past. The Blu-ray comes with standard extras like commentary and a behind-the-scenes featurette.

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Going Clear: Scientology & the Prison of Belief (2015) 95%

Alex Gibney’s multiple Emmy-winning HBO documentary makes use of first-hand accounts and archival footage to profile the history and inner workings of Scientology and delve into the accusations of abuse that have been leveled against the organization over the years.

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Penny Dreadful: Season 2 (2015) 100%

Showtime’s horror drama improved upon its strong debut season, offering more insight into the life of Vanessa (Eva Green) and following up with Dr. Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway), Ethan (Josh Hartnett), and Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton). Extras include a history of the occult, a behind-the-scenes featurette, a video production blog, and more.

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The Leftovers: Season 1 (2014) 82%

Based on the novel of the same name, HBO’s The Leftovers focuses on a small town family as they and their community attempt to make sense of a mysterious event where 2 percent of the world’s population suddenly vanished into thin air.

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My Own Private Idaho (1991) 80%

Gus Van Sant’s acclaimed drama stars River Phoenix as a narcoleptic street kid and Keanu Reeves as the mayor’s son he falls in love with. Already available on DVD, the new Criterion Blu-ray includes a new 4k digital transfer, a making-of doc, deleted scenes, a conversation between Van Sant and Todd Haynes, and more.

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