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In-Home Releases: July 18, 2017: KONG: SKULL ISLAND, THE 100: S4, FREE FIRE, & More

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In-Home Releases: July 18, 2017

New films and TV shows have been released on DVD, Blu-ray, 4K Ultra, and Digital HD today (July 18, 2017), including new Criterion Collection films. Some of these releases are on single discs while others come in large collections, filled with extras, behind-the-scenes footage, and cloud capabilities. Below you find a listing of those films and TV programs.

Our Picks of the Best DVDs, Blu-rays, 4K Ultras, and Digital HDs Out Today

Kong: Skull Island
Free Fire
Buster’s Mal Heart
The Expanse: Season 2
The 100: Season 4
Teen Wolf: Season 6
Time Jam: Valerian and Laureline
Stalker (The Criterion Collection)
Colossal (Digital HD)
The Circle (Digital HD)
Unforgettable (Digital HD)

Thoughts on This Week’s In-home Releases

Kong: Skull Island was better than I had been expecting in some aspects and average in others. Kong: Skull Island is a film that the viewer feels ambivalent about after viewing it.

FilmBook writer Reggie Peralta was not one of those viewers. His critique of Kong: Skull Island is pretty clear-cut:

While Godzilla had an excellent sense of momentum and left it to the audience to find any possible political undertones, Kong has no momentum to speak of and spoon-feeds its commentary to viewers whether they want it or not. Not sure what it wants to do most of the time and half-hearted when it does, it’s more like Vietnam than it set out to be.

Buster’s Mal Heart received good reviews but it was not a film for everyone:

Buster’s Mal Heart isn’t a film that would appeal to the masses, since it’s a weird and often confusing. It does show a unique method of storytelling that stays with you because of Malek’s gripping performance. We don’t get the answers that we are looking for, but it gives a magical solution to the problem.

Action-comedies are a different animal all together. They either hit or miss. Free Fire‘s hits thanks to the prowess of its director Ben Wheatley and his comedic acumen. Here is what FilmBook writer PopcornMovieMaven had this to say about the film:

Free Fire was a mix of comedy, mystery, and violence that has not been seen in a while. You find yourself rooting for honorable and despicable characters alike. You find yourself laughing hysterically while someone is being riddled with bullets. Crazy, I know.

The 100: Season 4 was not as good as the seasons that proceeded it. It had its moments but when scenes were inserted that broke the rules the show had created, physics, and physiology i.e. Octavia Blake falling off of a thousand foot cliff and surviving not only the fall but the continuously bleeding sword wound to her stomach, it broke apart the reality that The 100 strove to maintain.

Let us know which new In-Home Releases for July 18, 2017 you plan on purchasing (or renting) below in the comments section. Readers seeking more In-Home release news can visit our Home Entertainment News Page. Want up-to-the-minute notifications? FilmBook staff members publish articles by Email, Twitter, Tumblr, Google+, and Facebook.

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Rollo Tomasi

A Political Science and MBA grad who started FilmBook during an eCommerce B-School course in 2008. Cinema and TV addict. Former writer at Empire Movies, Blogcritics, and Alternative Film Guide. In addition to writing for FilmBook, he also edits the copy published on the website, manages its writing staff, manages the back-end operations, site finances, its social network accounts, and works with publicists, actors, and companies on press coverage and promotions. He has also created ProMovieBlogger.com and Trending Awards.com.

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