This week’s new DVD releases, out Jan. 12, highlight the good comedy found in films and on TV
“Hotel Transylvania 2,” Grade ☆☆☆: It’s as rare as vampires on a beach to have a movie sequel be better than the original. But vampires might start looking for some sunglasses because the spookiest thing about “Hotel Transylvania 2” is how much funnier, colorful and original it is this second time around.
The film is the kind of high energy, colorful movie that will keep youngsters interested and entertained. At the same time, the humor is smart and the story sweet enough that parents won’t mind sitting through this tale.
It’s anything but blah, blah, blah.
“The Image Revolution,” Grade ☆☆☆: Documentary on efforts by a group of artists who left Marvel Comics in 1992 to launch their own comic book company. It is a fascinating tale of how a newcomer waged creative war with Marvel and DC Comics.
The seven founders of the publishing company – Rob Liefeld, Jim Lee, Marc Silvestri, Erik Larsen, Whilce Portacio, Todd McFarlane and Jim Valentino – discuss the reasons for their rebellion and how their plans began to fall apart immediately.
Not only great insight for comic book fans, but a compelling story about the creative process and big business.
Also new on DVD Jan. 12
▪ “Maze Runner: Scorch Trials”: Gladers now face a new set of challenges.
▪ “Fantastic 4”: Story of how four people gain super powers.
▪ “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead”: Tale of Hamlet as told from the viewpoint of two of the work’s supporting characters.
▪ “Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension”: Family must protect their daughter from an evil entity.
▪ “Sherlock: The Abominable Bride”: Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman reprise their roles for a story set in London in 1895.
▪ “The Martian”: Matt Damon plays an astronaut who must find a way to survive on Mars after being left behind.
▪ “Contracted: Phase 2”: Infected man struggles to find a cure for a killer virus.
▪ “Army Dog”: Sergeant Tom Holloway and his Army dog, Connor, return as heroes, but time away has caused his daughter to resent him.
▪ “Hate Crimes in the Heartland”: Look at America’s history of racial hatred through two hate crimes, over 90 years apart.
▪ “Sinister 2”: Mother and twin sons are marked for death by an evil spirit.
▪ “Painkillers”: Soldiers on a mission awaken with no memory of recent events. Tahmoh Penikett stars.
▪ “Maison Close: Season Two”: Drama that interweaves the sexy tales of the women inside a 19th Century Brothel set in Paris.
▪ “Power Rangers Dino Charge: Unleashed”: New team of Rangers has bonded with powerful dinosaur spirits.
▪ “Memories of the Sword”: Three legendary warriors lead a revolt to overthrow the empire.
▪ “Irrational Man”: Tormented college philosophy professor goes on a journey to find meaning in life. Joaquin Phoenix stars.