If you’re into television, this is a good week for you, whether you’re a fan of classic series from the 1970s and 1980s (Taxi, Family Ties) or more contemporary stuff (True Blood, Sons of Anarchy). But before we get to all that, we’ve got an animated hit sequel, Clint Eastwood’s latest film, a road comedy starring Melissa McCarthy, and a buddy cop farce, as well as a bunch of smaller films and other TV collections. Read on for all the details:
Also available this week:
- Patema Inverted (85 percent), an animated film from Japan about a princess who lives underground and experiences reverse physics when she emerges to the surface.
- Joe Swanberg’s Happy Christmas (78 percent), starring Anna Kendrick and Melanie Lynskey in a Certified Fresh comedy about a 20-something woman who moves in with her sister’s family and starts a relationship with their pot-dealing babysitter.
- Michel Gondry’s Mood Indigo (63 percent), starring Romain Duris and Audrey Tatou in a surreal romantic comedy about a wealthy Paris man who falls in love with a woman suffering from a rare condition: a flower is growing in her lungs.
- I am Ali (42 percent), a documentary utilizing personal recordings and interviews to tell the story of legendary boxer Muhammad Ali.
- Drive Hard (8 percent), starring John Cusack and Thomas Jane in a thriller about a former racecar driver who is forced into being a getaway driver for a heist.
- From the Criterion Collection comes a set of two Monte Hellman films shot back to back with overlapping cast and crew: 1967’s The Shooting (100 percent) and 1965’s Ride in the Whirlwind.
- Seasone one of HBO’s Getting On (72%), starring Laurie Metcalf and Alex Borstein in a hospital workplace comedy, is available on DVD and Blu-ray.
- The first of several complete TV series you can find this week, there’s seasons one through six of AMC’s Sons of Anarchy, along with a slot for season seven when it becomes available.
- ABC’s beloved sitcom Taxi is being released in its entirety on DVD in new packaging.
- Another beloved sitcom, NBC’s Family Ties, starring Michael J. Fox and Michael Gross, is getting a complete series release on both DVD and Blu-ray for the first time.
- Showtime’s The Tudors also gets a complete series release on DVD.
- And finally, Warner Bros. is releasing a complete limited edition Blu-ray of the 1960s Batman series, starring Adam West and Burt Ward, and it includes over 3 hours of brand new extras.