On DVD This Week: The Revenant, Silicon Valley, Ip Man 3, and More

by | April 18, 2016 | Comments

This week on DVD, we’ve got the winner of Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Cinematography at this year’s Oscars, plus some excellent TV, a well-received martial arts film, and more. Read on for details.

The Lady In The Van (2015) 89%

Maggie Smith and Alex Jennings star in this dramedy about a playwright who befriends an eccentric woman after she parks her battered vehicle in his driveway. Special features include a discussion on Smith’s performance, a making-of featurette, deleted scenes, and more.

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The Revenant (2015) 79%

Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy star in Alejandro González Iñárritu‘s Certified Fresh, Oscar-winning drama about a fur trapper seeking vengeance after being double crossed and left for dead in the harsh wilderness. Only two extras are listed: an extensive making-of doc and a photo gallery. It’s also available in a 4K release.

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Ip Man 3 (2016) 78%

Donnie Yen stars in this third installment of the martial arts franchise, which finds its titular folk hero defending his city from a ruthless gangster (and Mike Tyson). Bonus features include interviews with the director and cast, a short behind-the-scenes look, and a pair of making-of featurettes.

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Fifty Shades of Black (2016) 7%

Marlon Wayans and Kali Hawk star in this spoof of the erotic drama Fifty Shades of Grey. That’s probably all you need to know about the movie. As far as special features, it comes with a handful of deleted scenes and a brief overview of the movie by Wayans.

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Silicon Valley: Season 2 (2015) 96%

Season three of HBO’s tech satire premieres this weekend, so just in time for that, we get season two on home video. The box set comes with audio commentary tracks with series creator Mike Judge and the cast, deleted scenes, and a featurette on “The Art & Science Behind Silicon Valley.”

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Veep: Season 4 (2015) 100%

HBO’s other hit comedy — Veep, which stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus as a put-upon Vice President (and later President) of the US — is also returning this weekend, so we’re getting season four of that series, too. The only extra listed is a collection of deleted scenes.

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Barcelona (1994) 82%

And lastly, the Criterion Collection brings us this 1994 comedy from Whit Stillman about a pair of disagreeable cousins who must contend with one another when one of them comes to stay with the other in the titular city. This director-approved special edition includes a commentary track, a behind-the-scenes doc from 1994, deleted scenes, episodes of the Today show and The Dick Cavett Show featuring Stillman, and more. Also available separately, Criterion is releasing a Whit Stillman trilogy collection that includes Barcelona, Metropolitan, and The Last Days of Disco.

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  • Vits/Vicente Torres

    THE REVENANT – 8/10

    VEEP’s 4th season was its best so far, but I still don’t consider it to be that good. Certainly not enough to win the Emmy. You know which show did deserve it? SILICON VALLEY. Its 2nd season was as good as the 1st one (it was my favorite non-new show of 2015).

    I can’t watch IP MAN 3 until I watch the first 2, but I do want to. I’ll skip THE LADY IN THE VAN and 50 SHADES OF BLACK.

    • Karl Lanthanimos

      the revelant 8/10….seriously? it was a two and half hours long borefest. the high point was the opening sequence and obviously the bear rape.

      • Vits/Vicente Torres

        It was clarified a while ago that the bear didn’t rape him.

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