On DVD This Week: Neighbors 2, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, and More

by | September 19, 2016 | Comments

This week on home video, we’ve got a pair of summer sequels, a civil war rebellion led by Matthew McConaughey, a couple of notable anniversary reissues and more. Read on for the full list.

Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016) 63%

Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, Chloë Grace Moretz, and Zac Efron star in this comedy sequel about a pair of young parents who square off against a rowdy sorority that moves in next door. Special features include a gag reel, deleted scenes, cast and crew interviews, and a look at the tailgate sequence.

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Free State of Jones (2016) 46%

Matthew McConaughey and Gugu Mbatha-Raw star in Gary Ross’s based-on-true-events drama about a Mississippi farmer during the American Civil War who leads a rebellion against the Confederacy. The only extra included is a brief look into the real history of Jones County.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016) 37%

The Ninja Turtles are back in this sequel, which co-stars Megan Fox, Will Arnett, and Stephen Amell and finds the heroes in a half shell battling nemesis Shredder again, after he breaks out of prison and teams up with a mad scientist. Available in standard format, 3D, 4k, and a few retailer-specific special packages, standard bonus features include profiles of the actors who play the turtles, a making-of doc, featurettes on the turtles’ lair and vehicle, and more.

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Beauty and the Beast (1991) 94%

– 25th Anniversary Blu-Ray

For the film’s 25th anniversary, Disney is re-releasing one of its beloved animated classics on Blu-ray… again. This time, however, there are actually some brand new extras, including interviews with a number of Disney songwriters who talk about how the film’s music inspired them, recording booth footage with the voice cast, a look at Walt Disney’s efforts to adapt the fairy tale, and more.

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Labyrinth (1986) 70%

– 30th Anniversary Blu-Ray

Celebrating an anniversary of its own (30 years, in this case), this beloved Jim Henson film starring a young Jennifer Connelly and the late, great David Bowie follows a girl who embarks on a fantastical adventure to save her baby brother from a Goblin King. With a brand new 4K restoration, the Blu-ray comes with all new special features, including interviews with Connelly and the Henson family about his legacy, a Q&A session hosted by Adam Savage, and a multi-piece tribute to David Bowie.

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Blood Simple (1984) 94%

– Criterion Collection

As usual, we end with two choices from the Criterion Collection, beginning with the Coen brothers’ (and Frances McDormand’s) feature debut, a contemporary film noir about a private eye hired to kill a cheating wife, only to complicate the matter by double-crossing his employer. The new release comes with a new conversation between the Coens and cinematographer Barry Sonnenfeld about the look of the film, new interviews with composer Carter Burwell, McDormand, and star M. Emmet Walsh, and more.

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Cat People (1942) 93%

– Criterion Collection

Lastly, we have Jacques Tourneur’s classic horror film about a Serbian immigrant living in New York who believes she’s descended from an ancient race of people who turn into feline predators when they become sexually aroused. The new Blu-ray comes with a feature-length documentary on producer Val Lewton, a 1979 interview with Tourneur, a new interview with cinematographer John Bailey about the look of the film, and more.

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