On DVD This Week: Mr. Robot, Homeland, Deepwater Horizon, The Accountant, and More

by | January 9, 2017 | Comments

There’s a lot worth watching on home video this week, including the most recent seasons of Mr. Robot and Homeland, a pair of Certified Fresh films, an action thriller, and more. Read on for the full list.

Mr. Robot: Season 2 (2016) 89%

Rami Malek won an Emmy earlier this year for his work on this USA Network drama, which centers on a troubled computer engineer suffering from occasional paranoid delusions who becomes a cyber-vigilante with an underground network of hackers. The season 2 set comes with deleted scenes and a pair of inside-look featurettes.

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Homeland: Season 5 (2015) 88%

In Showtime’s Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning espionage drama stars Claire Danes as obsessive CIA agent Carrie Mathison, a bipolar counterterrorism specialist who attempts to balance personal and professional interests as she engages in high-stakes espionage. The season 5 set includes a retrospective of the Carrie Mathison character’s journey and an examination of the season’s Berlin setting and its themes.

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Closet Monster (2015) 82%

This drama centers on a teen whose efforts to come to terms with his sexual identity are complicated at home and on the job. Special features include an interview with writer/director Stephen Dunn, a number of behind-the-scenes featurettes, and deleted scenes.

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Deepwater Horizon (2016) 83%

Star Mark Wahlberg and director Peter Berg team up in the first of their two Certified Fresh 2016 collaborations, an account of the 2010 disaster on the titular drilling rig. Bonus features include almost an hour’s worth of behind-the-scenes featurettes, a profile of Berg as director, a look at the film’s setting, and more.

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Kevin Hart: What Now? (2016) 76%

Kevin Hart takes the stage for this comedy concert film, which chronicles the comedian’s set in front of an audience of 50,000 at Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field. Extras include an alternate opening, deleted/alternate scenes, a gag reel, and more.

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The Birth of a Nation (2016) 73%

Nate Parker writes, directs, and stars in this historical tale about the life of Nat Turner, who famously led a slave revolt in 1831. Special features include a documentary on Nat Turner, deleted scenes, a making-of doc, a 2014 short film by Parker, a spoken word performance, and more.

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The Accountant (2016) 52%

Ben Affleck and Anna Kendrick star in this thriller about an expert, autistic accountant with deadly skills who goes on the run when he discovers the secret behind a successful robotics company. Extras include a look at the main character’s condition and his training, as well as an overview of his creation.

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The 400 Blows (1959) 98%

And, as we often do, we close with a couple of choices from the Criterion Collection, beginning with this re-release of their Blu-ray for François Truffaut’s debut, The 400 Blows, a semi-autobiographical portrait of a misunderstood teen growing up in Paris. The release contains two commentary tracks, rare audition footage of the film’s leads, excerpts of interviews with Truffaut, and more.

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His Girl Friday (1940) 99%

Lastly, we have Howard Hawks’ classic comedy starring Rosalind Russell as a quick-witted reporter headed out of town to get married and Cary Grant as the editor (and ex-husband) who uses a juicy scoop to try to get her to stay. Available for the first time on Blu-ray, this new release comes with archival interviews with Hawks, making-of featurettes, a radio adaptation from 1940, and more.

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