New Blu-ray and DVD movies this week include X-Men: Apocalypse (Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy), American Horror Story: Hotel (Lady Gaga), Swiss Army Man (Daniel Radcliffe), The Purge: Election Year (Elizabeth Mitchell), and Vikings Season 4 (Travis Fimmel, Clive Standen). I’ve already seen the new X-Men film (review) and season four of Vikings, so I’m hoping to see the other new releases. They all sound interesting — especially American Horror Story (Lady Gaga is in it). BTW, the trailer for Swiss Army Man looks pretty funny. Continue reading for a summary of the new Blu-rays and DVDs for this week.
Blu-rays and DVDs coming out the week of October 4, 2016
X-Men: Apocalypse (review)
Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshipped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel’s X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto (Michael Fassbender), to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) with the help of Professor X (James McAvoy) must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction.
American Horror Story: Hotel
A string of grisly murders is traced back to the sinister, sensuous Countess (Gaga), an infamous resident of the stylish Hotel Cortez in Downtown Los Angeles. American Horror Story: Hotel is a visually stunning, visceral feast. Explore the hidden corridors of this fiendishly entertaining show, and go gaga over Lady Gaga and all of the exclusive extras on Blu-ray, DVD and DHD.
Swiss Army Man
Bursting with limitless creativity in both form and content, Swiss Army Man goes from the absurd to the emotional to the whimsical to the profound and back again. Hank (Paul Dano) is stranded on a deserted island, having given up all hope of ever making it home again. But one day everything changes when a corpse named Manny (Daniel Radcliffe) washes up on shore; the two become fast friends, and ultimately go on an epic adventure that will bring Hank back to the woman of his dreams.
The Purge: Election Year
It has been two years since Leo Barnes (Frank Grillo) stopped himself from a regrettable act of revenge on Purge Night — the 12 hours of lawlessness. This year, the annual ritual comes at the eve of a heated presidential election with the nation deeply divided between those who are pro- and anti-Purge. As head of security for Senator Charlie Roan (Elizabeth Mitchell), Leo’s mission is to protect her during her controversial and contested run for president. But when a betrayal forces them onto the streets of Washington, D.C. on the one night when no help is available, they must stay alive or both be sacrificed for their sins against the state.
Vikings Season 4
Take another gripping voyage into the ruthless world of Vikings, with its thrilling action, powerful performances and intriguing story line. King Ragnar returns from battle gravely ill. Disheartened by his marriage to Aslaug and challenges with his sons, Ragnar seeks companionship with his slave Yidu. Meanwhile, a defiant Rollo remains in Frankia, Queen Kwenthrith plots to reclaim Mercia, and the enigmatic Harald Finehair appears. Ultimately, Ragnar and Rollo engage in a merciless battle to define their legacies.