Blu-ray Buyer’s Guide: December 12

Kingsman

This week, the Kingsmen and Statesmen come to Blu-ray with interesting bonus goodies. And the hero of Harlem brings his smashing first season home as well.

Here are my picks for December 12, 2017.

189610_frontKingsman: The Golden Circle
20th Century Fox
Written by Jane Goldman and Matthew Vaughn
Based on The Secret Service by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons
Directed by Matthew Vaughn

Kingsman: The Secret Service was a surprisingly good movie for me. It was a political and social satire combined with over-the-top violence, much in the same way as Paul Verhoeven’s classic, RoboCop (one of my favorite films of all time).

The Golden Circle is definitely a good follow-up to the first film, but The Secret Service is still better. It has the first film’s biting satire, this time centering around drug legalization. And a loved all the callback to the original film, as well as Elton John’s hilarious cameo. However, I didn’t find this villain as compelling as Sam Jackson’s Valentine. And there were a couple of needlessly gratuitous sequences that made me wince. Luckily with Blu-ray, I can fast-forward through those parts.

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Best Buy: SteelBook

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Target: Statesman Whiskey Stones

My Pick: With no extra bonus material to entice me, I’m going to have to go with Target this time. While I usually shy away from tangible knick-knacks as bonus goodies, the whiskey stones intrigued both myself and my wife. Neither she nor I had heard of whiskey stones until now. Apparently, they are used to cool a drink without diluting the flavor, like ice would.

Other Notable Releases:

190340_frontLuke Cage (Season 1)
Marvel Television / Netflix
Developed for television by Cheo Hodari Coker
Based on characters appearing in Marvel Comics

I’ve been pretty happy with the Netflix / Marvel television series. They have all been compelling, street-level adventures with a gritty, dirty feel to them. Luke Cage is right up there with Jessica Jones and Daredevil as the best of the lot.

In this series, since his introduction in the first season of Jessica Jones, Luke is trying to find his place in his neighborhood. With his impenetrable skin and super-human strength, he seeks to do some real good and ends up coming against a powerful Harlem family with both criminal and political connections. The first half of the season’s narrative is definitely the most intriguing. Mike Colter is perfect as the titular hero of Harlem. And the series itself has a great vibe, as well as an excellent soundtrack.

Happy Watching!

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