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Thor’s Blu-ray/DVD Reviews: October 2

Thor Diakow | posted Wednesday, Oct 3rd, 2018

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October 2, 2018: Sicario: Day of the Soldado, The First Purge, Barry: The Complete First Season.

Sicario: Day of the Soldado

SYNOPSIS: In the drug war, there are no rules – and as the cartels have begun trafficking terrorists across the US border, federal agent Matt Graver (Josh Brolin) calls on the mysterious Alejandro (Benicio Del Toro), whose family was murdered by a cartel kingpin, to escalate the war in nefarious ways. Alejandro kidnaps the kingpin’s daughter to inflame the conflict – but when the girl is seen as collateral damage, her fate will come between the two men as they question everything they are fighting for.

BONUS FEATURES:

Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Bonus Materials Include:
• “From Film to Franchise: Continuing the Story”
• “An Act of War: Making Sicario: Day of the Soldado”
• “The Assassin and the Soldier: The Cast & Characters”

This thrilling sequel doesn’t have the elegance of Denis Villeneuve’s direction but is still a rousing follow-up that stands on its own. Those craving more development from Brolin and Del Toro’s respective characters should be satisfied with the numerous twists and turns, even though Emily Blunt is certainly missed. Day of the Soldado features loads of intense action and gritty moments that help give it a signature feel, while also respectfully advancing the first film. Here’s hoping for a third one!

The First Purge

SYNOPSIS: When the New Founding Fathers of America look to push the crime rate below one percent for the rest of the year, a radical sociological theory that vents aggression is tested among an isolated community. But once the violence of oppressors clashes with the rage of the marginalized, the contagion of the experiment explodes and rapidly spreads, leading to a revolution.

BONUS FEATURES:

•Deleted Scene
•A Radical Experiment – Cast and filmmakers discuss how The First Purge expands on the themes of the franchise, making them more culturally relevant than ever before.
•Bringing the Chaos – Violence is inescapable in The First Purge. Here we explore the elements that ramped up the action in the film and made it the most intense instalment yet.
•The Masks of the First Purge – A good disguise is a key part of a successful Purge night. In this featurette, we take a look at how the masks in the film added to the terror of The First Purge.

Despite some strong performances and decent, visceral action, this origin story runs out of steam midway through but fans of the franchise should give it a passing grade. Others will be rolling their eyes at the heavy-handed writing and hodgepodge of themes.

Barry: The Complete First Season

SYNOPSIS: Barry (Hader) is a depressed, low-rent hitman from the Midwest who falls in love with acting while on a job in Los Angeles. Barry’s handler, Fuches (Stephen Root), hires Barry out to the deeply violent Chechen mob, led by Goran Pazar (Glenn Fleshler), and his right-hand man, NoHo Hank (Anthony Carrigan). Barry’s target is an aspiring actor who is having an affair with Pazar’s wife. When Barry follows his “mark” into an acting class taught by beloved teacher/guru Gene Cousineau (Henry Winkler), he is instantly drawn to the group of acting students, particularly Sally (Sarah Goldber). Barry wants to start a new life in this community of eager hopefuls, but his criminal past won’t let him walk away. Can he find a way to balance the two worlds?

BONUS FEATURES:

•Invitation to the set: Join Bill Hader and the cast and crew of ‘Barry’ for this inside look at the comedy series.
•Inside the Episodes: 8 featurettes dissecting each episode from Bill Hader, Alec Berg, and more.
•The World of Barry: Watch Henry Winkler and the rest of the cast introduce the ridiculously quirky characters in Barry.

This is a must-see show. Bill Hader has flexed his dark comedic muscles before but really shines here. He’s also backed by a tremendous supporting cast, led by an exceptional role from the great Henry Winkler. Barry is equal parts poignant and hilarious, with a particular emphasis on strong storytelling and snappy dialogue.

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