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In-home Releases: March 20, 2018

New films and TV shows have been released on DVD, Blu-ray, 4K Ultra, and Digital HD today (March 20, 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

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
The Passion of Joan of Arc
Pitch Perfect 3
The ‘Burbs
A Pistol for Ringo & The Return of Ringo
Small Town Crime

Thoughts on This Week’s In-home Releases

Leading off this week’s in-home releases is one of the most successful films of 2017, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.  A remake of the original Robin Williams film, this one swaps in Dwayne “The Rock” JohnsonThe film was one of the most profitable and surprising hits of last year, grossing over $400 million at the U.S. box office.  I have yet to see the movie, but it clearly found an audience with changing the somber and reflective tone of the original to more of a zany comedy.

Also releasing was the Matt Damon-led Downsizing.  The film was a critical and commercial bomb (grossing a mere $24 million), and continues Damon’s struggles as a leading man that can generate enough interest to lead in star vehicle (his recent flops include Suburbicon and The Great Wall).  In her review FilmBook writer PopcornMovieMaiden said about the film

Downsizing is not revolutionary. It could have been. It is the physical equivalent of humbling oneself to nature. Taking literally the grassroots initiative of “shrinking our carbon footprints”, Downsizing depicts shrinking as an industry (and even punishment), which is incredibly provocative. Except, here, “downsizing” is presented more as a fun, exercise in futility.  Nothing changes in the small world. Class systems persist in the small world. Opulence and struggle still exist in the small world where people should need very little to live comfortably. Even in “Leisureland” utopia has a price.

Also releasing is a pair of 1965 Spaghetti-Western films from Italian director Duccio Tessari, A Pistol for Ringo and The Return of Ringo.  These westerns are important in the history of film, as they showcase the brutal realism of post-fascist Italy, and they continue to provide influence to modern directors like Quentin Tarantino.

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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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