This week on home video, we’ve got a couple of Oscar winners, a comedy sequel, and the final season of a popular drama. Then, we’ve got another Oscar nominee and a handful of smaller releases that might be worth your time. Read on for details:

Big Hero 6


It’s official: Big Hero 6 is the Best Animated Feature of 2014 according to the Academy, and now you can chortle and coo at Baymax in the comfort of your own living room. Loosely based on the Marvel comic of the same name, the film takes place in the fictional metropolis of San Fransokyo, where a young robotics prodigy named Hiro Hamada (voiced by Ryan Potter) who enrolls in a super exclusive school for gifted scientists after the death of his older brother. Faced with the possibility of tracking down his brother’s killer, Hiro teams up with his new friends — and invents some hi-tech gear for them — in order to bring the villain to justice. Critics were big fans of the animation in Big Hero 6, as well as the action-packed story and surprisingly heartfelt touches, leading to a Certified Fresh 90 percent Tomatometer score. As a bonus, the Blu-ray will also get you the Oscar-winning animated short Feast, as well as the requisite behind-the-scenes featurettes and deleted scenes.



Speaking of Oscar wins, the one category that was arguably a complete lock was Best Supporting Actor, which went to J.K. Simmons for his portrayal of a draconian music conductor in Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash. Based on Chazelle’s own experiences, the film starred Miles Teller as ambitious jazz drummer Andrew Neiman, who comes under the tutelage of notoriously brutal instructor Terence Fletcher (Simmons) at a prestigious music school. Fletcher pushes Andrew to extremes, leading to a battle of wills and a climactic showdown. Critics gushed over Whiplash, rewarding it with a Certified Fresh 95 percent on the Tomatometer not only for the impressive performances from Simmons and Teller, but also for the film’s sustained tension and superb sound and editing. The particularly notable audio commentary track features Simmons and Chazelle, but the Blu-ray also comes with a 43-minute piece on professional drummers, Chazelle’s original 18-minute short which was expanded into the feature film, and more.

Horrible Bosses 2


2011’s Horrible Bosses was a successful ensemble comedy that made the most of its stars talents, and while the film didn’t feel especially ripe for a sequel, it was somewhat inevitable. This time around, pals Nick (Jason Bateman), Kurt (Jason Sudeikis), and Dale (Charlie Day) embark on an entrepreneurial venture producing a new shower head. When the trio is duped by an unscrupulous investor (Christoph Waltz), they decide the best course of action is to kidnap his son (Chris Pine) for ransom. It’s often rare for comedy franchises to strike gold twice in a row, especially when the first film relies on a specific premise that’s abandoned in its sequel, and Horrible Bosses 2 fell prey to the sophomore jinx, clocking in at 35 percent on the Tomatometer. Critics were unamused by what they called lazy writing and witless humor, but it might still tickle your fancy if you’re a fan of its three stars.

Sons of Anarchy: Season Seven

Late last year, FX’s popular biker drama Sons of Anarchy finally came to a close after seven seasons, and by most counts, its final year was a success. Built on a foundation of deep character development, bursts of violent action, and dark family drama, SOA hurtled into its finale with six straight Fresh seasons under its belt — all at 78 percent or above. The final episode itself was well-received at 88 percent, and though its Shakespearean conclusion was something of a given, most agreed it was satisfying and effective nonetheless. The complete series was previously available with an empty slot for the season seven package, and you can pick that up this week — or you can pick up the complete series with season seven included as well.

Also available this week:

  • Code Black (91 percent), a documentary focusing on the Los Angeles County Hospital’s trauma ward, the busiest emergency department in the country.
  • Gina Prince-Bythewood’s Beyond the Lights (81 percent), starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Nate Parker in a Certified Fresh romantic drama about a pop diva who begins to question her career trajectory. The film was nominated for an Oscar in the Best Original Song category.
  • The Borderlands (79 percent), a horror film about a team of investigators looking into reports of paranormal activity at a remote church in England.
  • Private Peaceful (64 percent), starring Jack O’Connell and George MacKay in a war drama about two brothers who grow up rough and enlist in the military together.
  • Cantinflas (29 percent), starring Óscar Jaenada and Michael Imperioli in a drama about the famous titular Mexican entertainer.
  • And finally, two choices from the Criterion Collection: Federico Fellini’s Fellini Satyricon (78 percent), a surrealist portrait of Rome, is available in a new DVD and Blu-ray; and the 1978 animated adaptation of Watership Down (82 percent), Martin Rosen’s haunting rabbit tale of survival, is also available in a new DVD and Blu-ray.
This week at the movies, we’ve got just one new wide release: Captain America: The Winter Soldier, starring Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, and Scarlett Johansson in the latest Marvel superhero adventure. What do the critics have to say?

Captain America: The Winter Soldier


It’s become fashionable in some film-going circles to dismiss the recent spate of comic book adaptations as evidence that Hollywood is bereft of ideas. Critics say Captain America: The Winter Soldier offers a powerful rebuttal, delivering outstanding performances and a thoughtful political undercurrent to complement its visceral thrills. This time out, Captain America (Chris Evans) is working undercover for S.H.I.EL.D., but quickly discovers that the organization is far more secretive than he suspected. Meanwhile, a mysterious assassin known as the Winter Soldier has carried out a series of killings — and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) seems to know more about his identity than she’s telling. The pundits say the Certified Fresh Captain America: The Winter Soldier should please both newcomers and Marvel diehards — it’s slick and action-packed, and most intriguingly, often has the feel of a paranoid thriller from the 1970s. (Check out this week’s Total Recall for a list of memorable superhero franchise part twos..)

Also opening this week in limited release:

Tag Cloud

Sci-Fi monster movies police drama 007 casting asian-american docuseries video FX comiccon documentary young adult Brie Larson Binge Guide CMT true crime prank RT History legend GoT Television Academy dramedy FOX LGBTQ NBC Anna Paquin universal monsters The Arrangement telelvision TV Land Creative Arts Emmys wonder woman The Witch godzilla venice IFC Films deadpool Pacific Islander Sundance Now worst movies zombies harry potter space Esquire debate hollywood Elton John game show Holiday sitcom AMC Plus action-comedy video on demand Disney blockbusters GIFs scary movies Nominations based on movie supernatural DirecTV Rocky comic Hollywood Foreign Press Association rt labs discovery cancelled 45 boxoffice Trivia Bravo green book New York Comic Con spain disaster olympics theme song mockumentary Rocketman sopranos Awards Tour Pop Hallmark Christmas movies sag awards IMDb TV Music CBS All Access Film Festival streaming Musicals DC Comics Cannes Amazon game of thrones cults new star wars movies A24 Mary poppins crime drama 20th Century Fox MCU TCA Winter 2020 WarnerMedia zero dark thirty romance jamie lee curtis 2019 VICE HBO Max spider-man south america Drama Rock binge 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards elevated horror Marvel films Polls and Games PlayStation Oscars Acorn TV First Look saw cancelled television DC streaming service Fargo Dark Horse Comics Family Lifetime Grammys mission: impossible GLAAD hispanic 21st Century Fox women werewolf Character Guide Hallmark book adaptation archives sports kong vs. The CW unscripted Premiere Dates Musical Reality Competition tv talk LGBT aliens Comic-Con@Home 2021 Black Mirror OWN Superheroe Vudu Super Bowl Trophy Talk BAFTA cooking historical drama mcc hidden camera new york Nat Geo ID medical drama Disney+ Disney Plus Mary Poppins Returns australia BBC One witnail Lionsgate Country live event documentaries ViacomCBS Baby Yoda San Diego Comic-Con Tumblr joker leaderboard Prime Video Emmys Apple TV Plus National Geographic TCA Awards MSNBC IFC golden globes Food Network Turner concert finale king arthur Certified Fresh toy story Extras Video Games dreamworks Superheroes cars Teen zombie rotten twilight feel good USA Network Disney Plus doctor who Peacock Mary Tyler Moore TV reboot Watching Series E! Martial Arts Pirates romantic comedy robots A&E anime CW Seed boxing singing competition slashers mutant PBS Valentine's Day Box Office American Society of Cinematographers Holidays 24 frames ESPN Hear Us Out revenge gangster king kong 2020 nfl 79th Golden Globes Awards Year in Review Tags: Comedy Netflix Christmas movies Pet Sematary TruTV Set visit Film Epix name the review Freeform Fantasy adaptation President 4/20 cops emmy awards TV movies dexter franchise NBA OneApp Apple TV+ french kids Quiz WGN richard e. Grant adventure Marvel Studios 93rd Oscars book Wes Anderson movies Pixar Best and Worst halloween japan cancelled TV shows superhero Lifetime Christmas movies 2016 crossover docudrama Warner Bros. spinoff a nightmare on elm street laika Winners canceled TV shows spanish language black scene in color Red Carpet sequel Amazon Prime Video CNN Election versus trophy Comedy Emmy Nominations Fox Searchlight Western DC Universe Sony Pictures El Rey marvel cinematic universe psychological thriller Action parents cinemax Netflix Sundance Sneak Peek Endgame news BBC comic book movies vampires sequels toronto Countdown Fox News FX on Hulu ITV anthology TCA 2017 Women's History Month stop motion Hulu movie Lucasfilm Ellie Kemper Travel Channel First Reviews Summer Arrowverse 2015 Writers Guild of America social media Neflix lord of the rings E3 Trailer quibi thriller Horror Star Wars TNT Spring TV Spectrum Originals popular chucky comics Walt Disney Pictures genre HBO 1990s latino comedies The Walt Disney Company ABC Signature Funimation criterion 2021 Amazon Prime Alien obituary psycho spy thriller Fall TV Nickelodeon Thanksgiving DGA crime thriller italian Instagram Live scorecard comic books Calendar talk show ratings dc blaxploitation jurassic park Disney Channel Opinion 71st Emmy Awards Mystery live action Tokyo Olympics Animation rt archives miniseries remakes facebook BET Comic Book Paramount 2017 dragons Reality Television Critics Association HBO Go posters technology basketball screenings SDCC Song of Ice and Fire 72 Emmy Awards History target VOD Universal best Crackle TIFF james bond HFPA directors fast and furious cancelled TV series Apple Chernobyl superman Columbia Pictures diversity X-Men what to watch ghosts Avengers reviews 73rd Emmy Awards batman rotten movies we love comic book movie animated Britbox TBS The Academy Sundance TV foreign die hard new zealand YA crime Paramount Plus canceled war CBS Shondaland all-time Comics on TV Infographic heist movie children's TV TCA USA Spike international kaiju Podcast Exclusive Video biography Ghostbusters BBC America independent dceu Universal Pictures child's play Pop TV NYCC halloween tv Winter TV Ovation fresh Stephen King science fiction high school mob Image Comics TCM japanese rt labs critics edition The Walking Dead Amazon Studios spanish blockbuster black comedy Interview trailers free movies award winner adenture composers know your critic stoner Mindy Kaling Chilling Adventures of Sabrina satire Comedy Central series christmas movies suspense Rom-Com aapi Marathons 90s royal family Christmas ABC spider-verse Black History Month Awards 2018 rom-coms politics Kids & Family worst travel nature streaming movies cats Syfy pirates of the caribbean Captain marvel Mudbound Biopics strong female leads ABC Family Cosplay razzies AMC dogs APB Pride Month festivals slasher period drama Masterpiece natural history Starz critics Shudder Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt golden globe awards Photos festival indie art house marvel comics indiana jones critic resources YouTube Red dark FXX Classic Film Toys RT21 transformers justice league Tarantino Logo Turner Classic Movies See It Skip It Crunchyroll VH1 TV One hist Schedule Discovery Channel nbcuniversal hispanic heritage month PaleyFest Heroines Cartoon Network BET Awards stand-up comedy Tubi football Marvel Television breaking bad SXSW SundanceTV Legendary teaser television scary cartoon Academy Awards biopic YouTube Premium 99% Tomatazos renewed TV shows serial killer Disney streaming service MTV Broadway YouTube Showtime TLC political drama TV renewals Adult Swim Star Trek classics The Purge screen actors guild Paramount Network