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On DVD This Week: The Secret Life of Pets, Jason Bourne, and More

by | December 5, 2016 | Comments

This week on home video, we’ve got an animated treat, a spy franchise sequel, a couple of acclaimed smaller films, and more. Read on for the full list.


For the Love of Spock (2016) 100%

Adam Nimoy directs this affectionate documentary that offers rare inside looks at his father’s iconic character and the groundbreaking series as a whole. Special features include a look at Nimoy’s hometown, Boston, a Tribeca panel, a trivia segment with Jason Alexander, and more.

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Don't Think Twice (2016) 98%

Mike Birbiglia’s comedy focuses on the members of a New York improv group whose friendships are tested as they come to grips with individual success… or the lack thereof. Bonus features include deleted scenes, a making-of featurette, and interviews with the cast discussing improv.

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The Secret Life of Pets (2016) 72%

Louis C.K. and Kevin Hart lead an ensemble voice cast in this animated tale about a jealous Jack Russell terrier who must befriend his owner’s new dog when the two of them find themselves stuck in the streets. Extras include interviews with the cast and crew, dog grooming tips, various making-of featurettes, a sing-along, and more.

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Jason Bourne (2016) 54%

Matt Damon returns to reprise his role as the titular spy, who is drawn out from hiding when he learns new details about his father and his original recruitment into the program that made him a killer. The Blu-ray comes with a look at bringing the character back after so long, a three-part examination of Bourne’s fight scenes, and closer looks at the film’s action set pieces. Also, the entire Bourne franchise is being released in an Ultimate Collection.

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The Shannara Chronicles: Season 1 (2016) 59%

MTV’s fantasy drama series based on the novels by Terry Brooks centers on an unlikely trio of heroes who set out to save their world from the return of evil demons. The season set comes with a lengthy behind-the-scenes featurette, an interview with Brooks, a look at the villain’s costume and make-up, and a look at the filming locations.

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Phantasm: Ravager (2016) 54%

The fifth and alleged final chapter in the long-running Phantasm horror franchise finds Reggie pursuing the Tall Man across space and time to finish him off. Special features include deleted scenes, breakdown of key scenes, outtakes, and a look behind the scenes. The remastered version of the original film is also available in a new release.

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The Hollars (2016) 46%

John Krasinski directs and stars in this dramedy as a prodigal son who gets caught up in his family’s problems during a rare visit back home. Special features include a commentary track, a look at the film’s family, and a LA Film Festival Q&A.

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Heart of a Dog (2015) 96%

Lastly, we have two choices from the Criterion Collection, the first of which is one of their rare contemporary releases. Multimedia artist Laurie Anderson created this free-flowing drama as an elegy to her dog, weaving philosophical musings and political ideas together with more surreal images. The release comes with an alternate no-music soundtrack, footage from Anderson’s Concert for Dogs, deleted scenes, and more.

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The Exterminating Angel (1962) 93%

Luis Buñuel’s high concept satirical comedy centers on a group of sophisticated friends who converge on a mansion for a dinner party and find themselves inexplicably unable to leave. The new Blu-ray comes with a 2008 documentary on Buñuel, interviews from 2006 with star Silvia Pinal, and more.

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