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In-home Releases: May 15, 2018: BLACK PANTHER, DIE HARD, BRAVEHEART, & More

In-home Releases: May 15, 2018

New films and TV shows have been released on DVD, Blu-ray, 4K Ultra, and Digital HD today (May 15 2018), 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

Black Panther
Die Hard
Braveheart
Gladiator
Rick and Morty: Season 3
Kicking and Screaming
The Crew
WWE: Wrestlemania 34

Thoughts on This Week’s In-home Releases

It appears the theme of films releasing In-home this week is men of violence. Leading off this week is the most successful entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (and the third highest domestic gross ever), Black Panther. Directed by Ryan Coogler, the film follows the life of T’Challa, the King of Wakanda, rising to the throne in the isolated, technologically advanced African nation. But his claim is challenged by a vengeful outsider who was a childhood victim of T’Challa’s father’s mistake.

In his review FilmBook editor Rollo Tomasi said about the film:

Black Panther wrestles with many heavy issues of this nature behind the colorful fabrics of its characters: innovation versus tradition, isolationism, the greater good, Third World poverty, and famine.

Black Panther takes positive steps forward with how Marvel lays out the story-lines of its film. Black Panther isn’t about spectacle and CGI. They are present in the film but they are satiating, background elements. First and foremost, Black Panther is about good storytelling with anchored, ameliorating surprises within its narrative.

Also releasing this week for the first time on 4K Blu-ray, the greatest Christmas movie of all time, Die Hard. The film launched the careers of both Bruce Willis, and Alan Rickman, and is arguably the greatest action comedy of the 1980’s. From the impressive stunts, the excellent subtext in Rickman and Willis’ verbal sparring and the witty one-liners that have become ingrained in America’s vernacular, the film has something for everyone. While the endless sequels have been a drag, the original still remains atop the mountain thanks to its craft and characters.

A couple of older films also getting the 4K treatment this week are Mel Gibson’s Braveheart, and Ridley Scott’s Gladiator (both Best Picture winners). With Braveheart, it is still incredible to me that Gibson was able to star, direct and edit this film. The action sequences done in the days before the overuse of CGI hold up extremely well. And even through Braveheart takes many liberties with regards to historical accuracy, it is still a very well-made film that has what many contemporary movies are lacking: a story worth telling.

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About the author

Kyle Steininger

Born and raised in Chicago, Kyle has loved movies ever since his father took him to the theater to watch Home Alone. Since then, he has developed a passion for films and everything about them from watching endless DVD extras, interviews with cast/crew, and attending screenings of older films when available. Some of his favorite directors include Kubrick, Fellini, Scorsese, Tarantino, Leone, and Nolan.

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