Alan Moore’s genuinely creepy/scary graphic novel, Batman: The Killing Joke, is one of the most devastating Batman/Joker tales ever told. In truth, the only way to adapt it for film or home video, is to accept that it’s a nasty piece of work and not try to soften it in any way.
Batman: The Killing Joke is WB Animation’s first R-rated movie, so it looks like they’ve done it right. Check out the deeply disturbing trailer after the jump.
If, like me, your appetite has been whetted by the fourth season premiere of BBC America’s Orphan Black and can’t wait to get the home video to find out what the creative was thinking as they put the season together, it will come as a pleasant surprise to learn that Orphan Black: Season Four will be available (in DVD and Blu-ray) on July 19th. Follow the jump for details.
And Doctor Who fans (where there’s a substantial overlap with Clone Club fans) will be pleased to know that seasons one and two of the new series will be coming out on Blu-ray in June and August, respectively.
Other titles coming up include: Thirteen, Moone Boy: The Complete Collection, Wallander: Season Four, DCI Banks: Season Four, Death in Paradise: Season Four, Silent Witness: Season Three and They Will Have To Kill Us First.
As the pandemic spreads, the crew of the U.S.S. Nathan James finds that there are many obstacles to both creating a cure and getting it to the right people. Too many of the survivors want to use it to gain world domination.
Half-Elvin Wil, Elvin Princess Amberle and Human Eretraia are on a quest to prevent an army of demons from destroying the world in The Shannara chronicles: Season One of MTV’s adaptation of Terry Brooks’ epic fantasy novels.
The Shannara Chronicles: Season One will be released on June 7th. Follow the jump for further details.
Maggie Smith turns in another outstanding performance in The Lady in the Van – based on Alan Bennett’s memoir about an eccentric elderly woman who “temporarily” parks her van in Mr. Bennett’s driveway and proceeds to live there for 15 years!
The Lady in the Van comes to Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD on April 19th. Follow the jump for details.
Oscar®-nominated stop action animated film Anomalisa is coming to home video this month.
Critics hailed it as critics as a “stop-motion marvel” (Scott Tobias, GQ), “staggeringly inventive” (Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly) and “the most human film of the year” (Matt Patches, Esquire), and singularly “unforgettable” (Peter Debruge, Variety).
Written and co-directed by Charlie Kaufmann (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Being John Malkovich), Anomalisa will be released on Digital HD on March 15, with Blu-ray, DVD and On demand following on March 29th. For details, follow the jump.
With the CHiPs film adaptation – starring Michael Peña as Francis ‘Ponch’ Poncherello and Dax Shepard and Jon Baker – due in later this year, the time is right to check out the originals from the NBC series that ran from 1977-1983.
Warner Home Video is releasing CHiPs: The Complete Fourth Season on March 14th. Follow the jump for the details.
Last night The Revenant won three major Oscars®; today Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment has announced that the film will get a Digital HD home video release on March 22nd – followed by 4K Ultra HD Disk, Blu-ray and DVD release on April 19th.
Olive Films, a small Chicago-based company, is released Roger Corman’s controversial 1967 film The Trip on Blu-ray and DVD.
The Trip looks at drug use, free love and spirituality in a way that made it a counterculture icon – especially coming out the same year as Jimi Hendrix’s Are You Experienced album. Between the two, they marked an initial high point in psychedelia.
Written by Jack Nicholson and directed by Roger Corman, The Trip stars Peter Fonda and Susan Strasberg and introduced unique elements – like strobe lights synchronized to the camera’s frame rates – to create the characters’ hallucinations in camera.
The Trip – in its original, uncensored form, will be in stores on March 22nd. For further details, follow the jump.