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In-home Releases: March 6, 2018: THOR: RAGNAROK, LADY BIRD, WONDER WHEEL, & More

In-home Releases: March 06, 2018

New films and TV shows have been released on DVD, Blu-ray, 4K Ultra, and Digital HD today (March 06, 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

Thor: Ragnarok
Lady Bird
The Dark Crystal
The Man Who Invented Christmas
A Fistful of Dynamite
Wonder Wheel
The Strangers
Lords of Dogtown

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, Thor: Ragnarok.  The 3rd entry in the Marvel Thor series, it is a welcome a departure from the previous films and emphasized the humor and absurdity of a Norse-god.  It is nice to see Jeff Goldblum back in major motion pictures again, he always brings levity and instant quotability to his roles.

Continuing on award season films, we have Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird.  Starring Saoirse Ronan, the film tells the story of the complicated relationship between a mother and daughter.  Nominated for 5 Oscars, it was also successful at the box office, scoring $60 million worldwide.

One older film getting the Blu-ray treatment for the first time in the U.S. is Sergio Leone’s 1971 A Fistful of Dynamite (also sometimes called Duck, You Sucker).  The film details how an I.R.A. explosives expert on the run in Mexico meets an amoral Mexican bandit and are drawn into the Mexican revolution.  The film is one of Leone’s hidden gems, containing his usual trademarks (beautiful wide landscape shots in Italy, juxtaposed with extreme close-ups on the eyes) and is a worthy addition to any movie fans collection.

Also releasing today is Woody Allen’s latest feature, Wonder Wheel.  In his review FilmBook writer Marco Margaritoff said about the film

Still, Wonder Wheel is good fun, with enough in it to warrant a look. It feels really transportive to be part of a Coney Island long gone, and I’ve always enjoyed these theatrical depictions of life in America during harsh times. 1950s Coney Island lends itself beautifully to an Italian American family bickering over money and gender-traits over a Spaghetti and meatball dinner. Of course, the somewhat self-aware gangster plot just adds to this, causing for some almost cartoon-like entertainment. But here’s the other, perhaps most important issue for Wonder Wheel – is Ginny’s storyline meant to destroy me, and cause for an inevitable pondering of how terrible and depressing her life and decisions are? Or do I take it as lightly and as colorful as half of the movie is seemingly telling me to? This tonal balance was much clearer in Blue Jasmine, and the film benefited from that clarity. Wonder Wheel often feels confused, but never enough to drag the film as a whole down. This is a Woody Allen not quite atop the wonder wheel, but somewhere toward the middle.

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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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