On DVD This Week: Zootopia, Rick and Morty, Hail, Caesar!, and More

by | June 6, 2016 | Comments

We’ve got a pretty solid roundup of new movies and TV seasons on DVD and Blu-ray this week, including a clever animated sci-fi comedy, Disney’s latest animated success, and a Coen brothers Hollywood satire, just to name a few. We’ve also got a couple of Oscar nominees, HBO’s rock ‘n’ roll drama, and more. Read on for details.

Rick and Morty: Season 2 (2015) 91%

Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland’s insane animated comedy centers on the adventures of an alcoholic mad scientist and his perpetually anxious grandson. The pivotal second season arrives on Blu-ray with animatics and commentaries for every episode, an alternate version of the premiere episode, a manual for the Plumbus, and more.

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Zootopia (2016) 98%

Ginnifer Goodwin and Jason Bateman lead an all-star cast who lend their voices to Disney’s world of walking, talking animals, where a plucky bunny cop is forced to team up with a con artist fox to solve a missing animals case. Extras include featurettes on the animal research done prior to the film, development of the story, character creation, and more, plus a look at deleted characters and scenes and a music video.

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The Martian (2015) 91%

– 4K Extended Edition

Ridley Scott’s Oscar-nominated Mars survival tale has already been released on Blu-ray, but this week we get an Extended Edition 4K release, which comes with the following brand new special features: a new audio commentary with Scott, writer Drew Goddard, and source novel author Andy Weir; deleted scenes; a making-of doc; and more.

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Anomalisa (2015) 92%

Nominated for Best Animated Feature, Charlie Kaufman’s deeply melancholy stop-motion tale centers on a lonely man whose failure to connect with others is challenged by a chance meeting with a woman staying in the same hotel. Bonus features include an extensive making-of doc, a look at the sound design, and a breakdown of one of its key scenes.

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A War (2015) 89%

Another Oscar nominee — for Best Foreign Language Film — this Danish drama follows a soldier in Afghanistan whose decision while under fire has serious consequences. Special features include interviews with director Tobias Lindholm and Colonel Arnold Strong, as well as reactions from a LA film screening.

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Hail, Caesar! (2016) 86%

George Clooney and Josh Brolin star in this Coen brothers satire, which follows a day in the life of 1950s movie studio fixer who must track down a missing movie star while keeping several other troubled productions afloat. Extras include interviews with the cast, a profile of the characters, a look at the production design, and a look at the glamour of the era.

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Vinyl: Season 1 (2016) 74%

Bobby Cannavale leads an ensemble cast in this Martin Scorsese-produced HBO drama about a struggling 1970s record company exec trying to turn his company around. The season one set comes with inside looks at most of the episodes, as well as audio commentary tracks for three of the episodes and a general making-of doc.

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13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (2016) 51%

John Krasinski and James Badge Dale star in Michael Bay’s based-on-true-events action thriller about the heroic men who helped defend US citizens during the 2012 attack on a diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya. The Blu-ray release comes with a historical look at the events that inspired the film, a profile of security contractors, a making-of doc, and more.

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Mr. Right (2015) 44%

Anna Kendrick and Sam Rockwell star in this action comedy about a high-strung woman who falls in love with a vigilante hitman. The only special feature listed is a profile of the onscreen couple.

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The Other Side of the Door (2016) 36%

Sarah Wayne Callies and Jeremy Sisto star in this horror film about a family haunted by the spirit of a deceased child. Bonus features include a handful of deleted scenes, a making-of featurette, and a still gallery.

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