Riverdale on DVD, Blu-ray on August 15

After complaining about Riverdale early on, I have to admit that the show grew on me. It helped that I quit thinking about it as an Archie comic adaptation and instead approached it as a CW “angsty teen drama“. It made for fun popcorn viewing, particularly as we settled into the characters and how extreme they could be. It was the CW’s top new show this year, so maybe other people felt the same way. In case you missed it […]

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Lucifer Season 2 Comes to DVD, Blu-ray in Split Release

I know a lot of people giggle at the premise — she’s a cop, he’s the Devil, they solve crimes in LA — but Lucifer, starring Tom Ellis, is one of my favorite guilty pleasures. This past season, season 2, increased the family dynamics by adding in his mother, played by Tricia Helfer, to complicate his relationship with Detective Chloe (Lauren German), his angel brother Amenadiel (DB Woodside), his demon friend Maze (Lesley-Ann Brandt), and his therapist Dr. Linda (Rachael […]

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Another Warner Character Gets a Lego Movie

Well, it worked for Batman and the rest of the Justice League … now comes word that Warner Bros. Animation will be releasing a Scooby-Doo Lego movie. As Scooby-Doo! and his friends are on their way to Blowout Beach for a real swinging beach party in the Mystery Machine, the Ghost Pirates threaten to ruin the gang’s good vibes. It is up to Scooby and the gang to get the party back on track, without missing a beat. Lego Scooby-Doo!: […]

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Gotham: The Complete Third Season Comes to Home Video This August

I’ve never watched Gotham, since I prefer the lighter-hearted takes on superheroes, although KC likes it, particularly in large batches, as you get with the season sets. Gotham: The Complete Third Season will be available on Blu-ray (list price $54.97, includes a digital copy) and on DVD (list price $49.99) on August 29. The fight for order and control in Gotham is deadlier than ever with the introduction of cunning, new DC Super-Villains who might alter the future of our […]

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Streets of Fire

Shout! Factory, bless them, has issued on Blu-ray Streets of Fire, the 1984 bad movie classic, a self-described “rock and roll fable”. I loved it. It’s a mashup of motorcycles, guns, macho posturing, fights, DA haircuts, 50s cars, over-the-top romantic gestures for a doomed relationship, and retro-flavored music. Diane Lane plays Ellen Aim, local girl made star, who’s returned to her old bad neighborhood for a concert. She’s kidnapped by a hoodlum (Willem Dafoe, first appearing in rubber overalls and […]

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Vixen: The Movie

Now that I’ve watched the Vixen movie, I’ve confirmed that I’d rather have it as one hour-and-fifteen-minute movie than a bunch of short episodes. The animation is functional but not exciting, typical of the DC original projects, but I’ve always liked the character, and I appreciated the chance to learn more about her origin. The movie starts with a standard action opening, with the Flash (Grant Gustin) and Arrow (Stephen Amell) chasing a woman we later find out is Mari […]

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Black Lightning Gets a TV Show With a Different Approach

In our Golden Age of superhero movies and TV, there are now plenty of choices for those who like watching live-action comic adaptations. (So many, in fact, that I’ve stopped watching many of them, focusing only on the ones I find most enjoyable: iZombie, Lucifer, Legends of Tomorrow, and soapy guilty pleasure Riverdale.) Most of them have one big thing in common: they’re produced by Greg Berlanti, who helms the interrelated The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl, and Legends. Berlanti has another […]

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DC Super Hero Girls Get TV Series

After two (presumably successful — they were fun to watch, anyway) DVD movies, the DC Super Hero Girls are getting their own animated TV show! Per Deadline, “The action-comedy series from producer Lauren Faust (My Little Pony, The Powerpuff Girls) is set to premiere next year on Cartoon Network.” It will star Wonder Woman, Supergirl, and Batgirl. The network elaborates on the premise: Gal pals Bumblebee, Zatanna, and Green Lantern Jessica Cruz are always there to lend an ear, a […]

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