On DVD This Week: Spectre, Crimson Peak, The Leftovers, and More

by | February 8, 2016 | Comments

This week on home video, we have the latest James Bond film, a gothic romance from the mind of Guillermo Del Toro, and a much-discussed HBO series, as well as a couple of acclaimed indies, a fascinating doc, and more. Read on for details:

Welcome To Leith (2015) 96%

This documentary tells the story of a small North Dakota town’s resistance to an attempted takeover by white supremacists. It’s only available on DVD, and there isn’t any information available on special features.

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99 Homes (2015) 93%

Andrew Garfield and Michael Shannon star in Ramin Bahrani’s Certified Fresh drama about a man who gets a job evicting homeowners who defaulted on their mortgages in order to stave off financial troubles of his own. This one’s also only available on DVD, and it also lacks info on special features.

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Grandma (2015) 91%

Lily Tomlin stars in Paul Weitz’s comedy about a woman who visits a bunch of old friends in order to borrow money to help her granddaughter out of a jam. Bonus features include a commentary track, a making-of doc, and a cast/director Q&A.

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The Leftovers: Season 2 (2015) 94%

So, season two, huh? That was pretty bonkers, wasn’t it? HBO’s most divisive series (for audiences) nevertheless scored a Certified Fresh 87 percent in its sophomore season, relocating the Garveys to a new town with mysteries of its own. The season set comes with all ten episodes and no extras.

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The Emigrants (Utvandrarna) (1971) 89%

The Criterion Collection’s new release this week is Jan Troell’s two-part immigration story starring Max Von Sydow and Liv Ullmann as a Swedish farming couple who move to the US during the 1800s and attempt to begin a new life. The set comes with 1971’s The Emigrants and 1972’s The New Land, plus special features.

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Crimson Peak (2015) 73%

Mia Wasikowska, Tom Hiddleston, and Jessica Chastain star in Guillermo Del Toro’s gothic supernatural drama about an aspiring writer who is whisked away by a dashing baronet to an old English mansion, where specters begin to appear to her. Bonus features include a handful of featurettes on the visual design, the genre, the setting, and more, plus deleted scenes and a commentary track.

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Spectre (2015) 64%

The latest outing for 007 (and purportedly the last for Daniel Craig) finds Bond encountering a shadowy figure from his past as he uncovers a vast network of evil operatives. Extras include a look at the opening sequence, a handful of video blogs, and a collection of production stills.

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MI-5 (Spooks: The Greater Good) (2015) 63%

Speaking of operatives, Kit Harington and Peter Firth star in this lesser known thriller about a spy who goes off the grid in search of an escaped terrorist. It comes with a making-of doc and some deleted scenes.

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Love the Coopers (2015) 18%

Diane Keaton and Alan Arkin lead an all-star cast in this ensemble holiday comedy about a family matriarch who gathers four generations of her clan together for a Christmas Eve celebration. Special features include a making-of doc, a pair of featurettes, and a music video.

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  • Vits/Vicente Torres

    CRIMSON PEAK – 5/10; 007: S.P.E.C.T.R.E. – 8/10

    I’ll watch 99 HOMES and GRANDMA. Oh, and maybe LOVE THE COOPERS.

    • You hate Crimson Peak? YOU SUCK PENDEJO!!!!!

      • Vits/Vicente Torres

        No. If I hated it, I would’ve given it between a 3 and a 0.

  • Kadeemluvmusic

    Crimson Peak is definitely a good but underrated Del Toro masterpiece. Rent It.
    Spectre is alright, but it’s nowhere near as good as Skyfall. I’ll rent this one and see if it’s any good.
    Love The Coopers. What’s with the crappy rom-coms these days. Skip it, Trainwreck is better.

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