We are closing in on the end of the summer but the new releases are still hot! This week is dominated by Marvel and Disney starting with our first title, Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2. The Guardians are enjoying some well-deserved recognition after their exploits saved Xandar from Ronan?s wrath but there is no rest for the heroic. After crash landing on a mysterious planet Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) and the group are rescued by Ego (Kurt Russell), who claims to be his long-lost father. But the Guardians are being pursued by the Sovereign race, led by a golden woman named Ayesha (Elizabeth Debicki), and they will need all the help they can get to survive the oncoming battle.
Guardians of the Galaxy is the most unlikely hit you could ever have dreamed of. A space pirate, a couple of multi colored alien warriors, a talking racoon and his sidekick?a tree. But somehow the genius of James Gunn make it work like gangbusters. Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 keeps the bar high but opts for much more humor this time around, which is not a bad thing. There is still plenty of action and special effects, but it is all anchored by the great group of memorable characters and insane number of laughs. I?ve seen actual comedies that didn?t have me in stitches as much as this. If you dug the first movie Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 is a perfect sequel and popcorn entertainment at its very best.
Next we move to the small screen with the Netflix show Daredevil: The Complete Second Season. After ridding Hell?s Kitchen of crime boss Fisk, blind lawyer Matt Murdoch (Charlie Cox), crime fighter Daredevil by night, now faces a new threat. A mysterious vigilante known as The Punisher (Jon Bernthal) is tearing up the city and Matt must not only fight him on the streets but eventually in court as well.
Marvel?s Netflix shows are setting a new bar not just for TV, but for superhero stories in general. After the phenomenal first season of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and the audience dividing Iron Fist, as well as the just released first season of The Defenders, Marvel is weaving its own television universe that is rivaling its own movies for quality and entertainment value. Daredevil: The Complete Second Season actually improves upon the first season by taking the time to flesh out the main characters even more and by adding the electric Jon Bernthal as the baddest badass of the Marvel heroes, The Punisher. Bernthal does a fantastic job and creates some of the most iconic fight scenes to appear on Netflix yet. And with his own series starting up soon, we are definitely going to be seeing more of him. Daredevil: The Complete Second Season is the best season of Marvel television to date, check it out.
Lastly this week is the aforementioned Jessica Jones: The Complete First Season. Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) is a private investigator in New York, making a living taking photos of cheating spouses. But Jones has other talents as well such as incredible strength. But she is a woman hiding from her past and when she least expects it, that past returns to haunt her in the form of Kilgrave (David Tennant), a powerful man who can bend the will of anyone he encounters. Now Jessica must use all her strength, intelligence and connections to try and stop Kilgrave once and for all.
Jessica Jones: The Complete First Season is probably the most unique of all the Marvel Netflix shows. It really does feel film noir-ish but it is also because Jessica is such a reluctant hero. She really doesn?t want to be noticed or draw any attention to herself. But when push comes to shove, she is a force to be reckoned with. The season starts off slower with a fair bit of character development and establishing of relationships, but once Tennant?s Kilgrave comes into play, Jessica Jones: The Complete First Season really becomes some of the best television Marvel has to offer. He is a truly terrifying villain and the history and arc of Jessica?s relationship with him is some truly original and powerful writing. Marvel has another bonafide winner on their hands with Jessica Jones: The Complete First Season. Very highly recommended.
Also of note this week is the Bryan Cranston drama Wakefield, The Walking Dead: The Complete Seventh Season and Bruce Campbell is back with Ash vs. Evil Dead: Season Two.
Until next week movie lovers.
DVD and Blu-ray Releases for Tuesday August 22, 2017
A Wrinkle in Time
American Wrestler: The Wizard
Any Minute Now
Ash vs. Evil Dead: Season Two
Beggars of Life*
Blue Bloods: The Seventh Season
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Season Four
Daredevil: The Complete Second Season
Effects (1980) *
Erik the Conqueror*
Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2
Jessica Jones: The Complete First Season
La Poison* - Criterion Collection
Lucifer: The Complete Second Season
Major Crimes: The Complete Fifth Season
My Blue Heaven*
NCIS: Los Angeles: The Eighth Season
Portlandia: Season 7
Scales: Mermaids are Real
Shimmer and Shine: The Magical Pets of Zahramey Falls
Sid & Nancy* - Criterion Collection
Silent Witness: Season Four
Supergirl: The Complete Second Season
The Adventures of Hercules II*
The Indian Runner*
The Vampire Diaries: The Complete Eighth and Final Season
The Walking Dead: The Complete Seventh Season
Thomas & Friends: Journey Beyond Sodor ? The Movie
Whale Rider: 15th Anniversary
*Catalog Blu-ray debut