New Releases for August 02, 2016 – Batman: The Killing Joke, surprise Gundam, and more

DVD/Blu-Ray

Movies

Keanu

KeanuKeanu has Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele teaming up again after the end of their TV show for a new comedy. When Rell (Jordan Peele) is dumped by his girlfriend and sends him spiraling into depression, he’s finally brought back to normal when a cute kitten that he names Keanu after Keanu Reeves. Soon after, a local thug steals the kitten and Rell recruits his cousin Clarence (Keegan-Michael Key) to help infiltrate the gang to go rescue Keanu from the gangsters, going undercover and posing as drug lords. The pair will stop at nothing to be able to get the Keanu the Kitten back. Keegan-Michael Key had a cat allergy and had to be medicated any scene that he was in with the cats. Stars Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Method Man, Gabrielle Union, Will Forte, Darrell Britt-Gibson, Nia Long, Rob Huebel, Jason Mitchell, Keanu Reeves, Luis Guzmán, and Tiffany Haddish. Rated R.

The Bronze

The Bronze – The Bronze finally comes to video after its long-delayed theatrical release. A former olympic bronze medalist, Hope, has been mooching off her small time success for years. Suddenly confronted with another gymnastic hopeful that could take away her stardom, Hope is recruited to be her coach for a large sum while trying to sabotage the newcomer. Stars Melissa Rauch, Gary Cole, Thomas Middleditch, Sebastian Stan, Cecily Strong, and Haley Lu Richardson. Rated R.

Mother's Day

Mother’s Day – The latest vaguely holiday themed ensemble movie from director Garry Marshall like New Year’s Eve. In this latest movie, differing tales of either them being a mother or trying to figure out their relationship with their mother all have intertwining stories, including a divorced mother dealing with her husband’s remarriage, a writer who gave up her daughter for adoption when she was younger, and the now grown daughter wanting to connect with her birth mother before her wedding. Mother’s Day is also sadly the last film that Garry Marshall directed before his death. Stars Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, Julia Roberts, Jason Sudeikis, Britt Robertson, Timothy Olyphant, Héctor Elizondo, and Jack Whitehall. Rated PG-13.

High-Rise

High-Rise – A movie based on the novel of the same name about a luxury self-sufficient high-rise building that is divided among classes slowly breaks into chaos. Rated R.

Lazer Team

Lazer Team – Lazer Team finally comes to video after originally being funded by a successful IndieGoGo, then being an exclusive on YouTube Red. Aliens are going to invade and the special suit that was going to be donned by Earth’s champion has mistakenly donned by 4 idiots who must now work together to save the world. It looks silly but I’m very interested to see how this movie turns out.

TV

Blindspot: Season 1

Blindspot: Season 1 – The first season of the NBC drama about a woman who wakes up naked in the middle of Manhattan with no memory and covered in tattoos. She joins the FBI when they find out that the tattoos give clues to new cases and give hints to her own past. The cast is pretty great with Jamie Alexander from Thor and actress/voice-actress/all around nerd (voice of Gwen in Ben 10: Alien Force and onward) Ashley Johnson. Not Rated.

The Blacklist: Season 3

The Blacklist: Season 3 – The third season of NBC’s Blacklist before the fourth season is set to air as well as its spin-off, The Blacklist: Redemption. Not Rated.

Cartoon/Anime

Batman: The Killing Joke

Batman: The Killing Joke – The DC Animated version of the famous The Killing Joke comic. There are some great things about this adaptation like the return of Kevin Conroy as Bruce Wayne and Mark Hamill as the Joker. The Killing Joke was even in theaters for a night! But it looks like to fill out the run time they’ve substantially changed Barbara Gordon by giving her a sexual relationship with Batman and then having her pine over Batman the rest of the movie before meeting her well-known fate. For no real apparent reason other than to be edgy just like the want the rest of the DC universe to be. Rated R.

Gundam Build Fighters

Gundam Build Fighters – I am legit surprised that this series is being released here in the United States and even more surprised that Gundam Build Fighters has an English dub! Gundam Build Fighters takes place in the near future where Gundam has had a resurgence of popularity and created a “Gunpla” or Gundam plastic models boom due to the ability to have “Gunpla Battles.” In Gunpla Battles, they use these Gunpla’s with a battle system that lets them control their Gunpla and fight. Sei Iori is the son of hobby shop owner and former Gunpla fighter and is a wiz at building Gunpla but isn’t able to fight. However, Sei meets the mysterious Reiji who offers to fight for him, and together they form a strong team to enter the Gunpla Battle World Tournament. Not Rated.

Gourmet Girl Graffiti

Gourmet Girl Graffiti – A sub only release from Sentai Filmworks. A young girl named Ryo likes to cook but can’t seem to improve her cooking since she began living alone with her parents overseas and her grandmother passing away. Her cousin starts to go to her same cram school over the weekends and with someone else to cook for and share food with, her cooking begins to drastically improve. Not Rated.

This is the week for Broadcast Dubs! This week two different Broadcast Dub shows finally make their home video debuts. This is part of the second wave of Broadcast Dubs that Funimation began after their debut in Fall 2014.

Rolling Girls: The Complete Series

Rolling Girls: The Complete Series – Though you wouldn’t expect it from the colorful cover, The Rolling Girls is about a group of vigilante girls fighters. 10 years previous, the Great Tokyo War caused most of the government to collapse, leaving the prefectures of Japan to become independent city-states that competed against each other for supremacy. These girls are on the search for special heart-shaped jewels called Moonlight Stones that are said to give their fighters unlimited power. The girls travel Japan in search of those stones and fulfilling requests to help out their territory. Not Rated.

World Break: Aria of Curse a Holy Swordsman

World Break: Aria of Curse a Holy Swordsman – World Break is based on a series of light novels about a high school where students who have awakened knowledge of their past lives attend and use their abilities to cast magic and fight against monsters called Metaphysicals. They are split into two groups, one that can manifest weapons and the other that can cast defensive magic. Moroha Haimura discovers that he possesses two past lives, that allow him to use both skills. He discovers that other students at the high school are actually the reincarnations of his past lives sister and queen, making his current romantic life chaotic. Not Rated.

Video Games

None this week!

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