On DVD This Week: The Peanuts Movie, Macbeth, Community and More

by | March 7, 2016 | Comments

This week in home entertainment, we’ve got new adaptations of a beloved cartoon, one of Shakespeare’s bloodiest plays, and a classic musical, plus some critically acclaimed TV series. Read on for details on the rest of the new releases.

The Peanuts Movie (2015) 87%

Lovable loser Charlie Brown goes into panic mode when the Little Red-Haired Girl, his perennial crush, moves in across the street, setting off an adventure that crosses paths with all the classic characters: Lucy, Linus, Peppermint Patty, Schroeder, Snoopy, and many more. Special features include Snoopy shorts, music videos, and an instructional video on how to draw Snoopy.

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Community: Season 6 (2015) 89%

Despite cast and broadcast changes, Community manages to remain at the top of its quirky class with the critics.

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Macbeth (2015) 80%

Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, David Thewlis, Paddy Considine, and Sean Harris star in a dark and bloody adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragedy; bonuses include several making-of and behind-the-scenes documentaries.

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Manhattan: Season 2 () 92%

WGN’s well-received historical drama about the Manhattan Project and the invention of the atomic bomb stars Daniel Stern, Brosnahan, Olivia Williams, John Benjamin Hickey, Neve Campbell, Christoper Denham, Griffin Dunne, Mamie Gummer, and many more.

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Grease: Live! (2016) 92%

Julianne Hough, Aaron Tveit, Vanessa Hudgens, Carly Rae Jepsen, and Keke Palmer star in Fox’s live performance of the classic musical.

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In the Heart of the Sea (2015) 43%

Starring Chris Hemsworth, Ben Whishaw, and Brendan Gleeson, Ron Howard’s historical drama recounts the true story of the whaleship Essex, which was attacked by a sperm whale, destroying the ship and stranding its crew in the middle of the ocean without food or water. Includes a short doc about the real-life figures in the film.

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The Benefactor (2015) 25%

Richard Gere and Dakota Fanning star in this psychological drama about a young couple who find themselves at the mercy of a meddling philanthropist.

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Victor Frankenstein (2015) 27%

James McAvoy stars as the doctor and Daniel Radcliffe plays Igor; together, they team up to create artificial life, but (spoiler alert!) their macabre experiments eventually spiral out of control. Bonus features include a making-of doc and behind-the-scenes images.

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