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On DVD This Week: X-Men: Apocalypse, The Purge: Election Year, Swiss Army Man, and More

by | October 3, 2016 | Comments

This week on home video, we’ve got a superhero blockbuster, a horror sequel, an oddball dramedy, one of the best-reviewed horror films of the year, a ton of television, and more. Read on for the full list.


The Wailing (2016) 99%

This South Korean horror drama centers on a small town reeling from a series of brutal murders after the arrival of a mysterious stranger. The only extras include standard behind-the-scenes and making-of featurettes.

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Penny Dreadful: Season 3 (2016) 93%

Eva Green, Timothy Dalton, and Josh Hartnett star in Showtime’s popular gothic horror drama, which places classic literary characters like Victor Frankenstein, Dorian Gray, and Dracula in late 19th century London.  The final season set comes with character profiles for all the major players and inside looks at Dr. Jekyll’s lab and the prosthetics and costumes used in the show, plus more.

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Vikings: Season 4 (2016) 92%

Based on the legends of Viking Ragnar Lothbrok, this History Channel original drama focuses on his rise from farmer to warrior, and from raider of England and France to King of the Vikings. This release of the first half of season four includes a pair of featurettes, an interactive piece, and extended episodes.

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Preacher: Season 1 (2016) 89%

Based on the comic book of the same name, this AMC drama centers on a possessed Texas minister who teams up with his ex and a vampire to unravel a mystery involving spirits from another world. The season one set comes with deleted and extended scenes, a gag reel, a look at the filming of the pilot episode, a profile of the stunt work, and more.

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Into the Forest (2015) 76%

Evan Rachel Wood and Ellen Page star in this thriller about a pair of sisters attempting to survive an apocalyptic power outage by retreating into the woods surrounding their home. Included are an audio commentary with writer/director Patricia Rozema and a making-of featurette.

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Swiss Army Man (2016) 72%

Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe star in this offbeat dramedy about a shipwrecked man who discovers a gassy all-purpose corpse who might be his ticket back to civilization. Extras include a commentary track, a behind-the-scenes featurette, a look at the design of the corpse dummy, deleted scenes, and a Q&A with the filmmakers.

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American Horror Story: Hotel (2015) 64%

AHS‘s fifth season takes place inside an old haunted hotel, inhabited by vampires, ghosts, and murderers, as well as the unsuspecting victims of a serial killer. Special features include an inside look at the Hotel Cortez and the “Devil’s Night” episode.

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The Purge: Election Year (2016) 55%

This third installment in the Purge franchise takes a more political turn, focusing on a presidential candidate who vows to do away with the Purge and the shadowy government forces threatening her life as a result. Extras include a character spotlight on Frank Grillo returning as Leo Barnes, deleted scenes, and an inside look at the franchise.

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X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) 46%

Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, and Oscar Isaac lead an ensemble cast in this latest installment of the X-Men series, which finds the titular heroes doing battle with a centuries-old mutant who seeks to destroy humanity and remake the world. Bonus features include a commentary track with director Bryan Singer and writer Simon Kinberg, deleted and extended scenes, a gag reel, an hourlong documentary, and more. We also have some new interviews with the cast, as well as a look behind the scenes at Dr. Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters, which you can see here.

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The Venture Bros.: Season 6 (2015) 100%

Season six of this Adult Swim comedy finds Dr. Venture, Hank, Dean, and Brock moving to New York, where they run into trouble with one of their new neighbors, while the Monarch discovers an unwelcome secret about his past. The season six set comes with commentary tracks for every episode, deleted scenes, and a 45-minute bonus special.

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