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Thor’s Blu-ray/DVD Reviews: May 28

Thor Diakow | posted Wednesday, May 29th, 2019

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May 28, 2019: Isn’t It Romantic, How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, South Park: Season 22.

Isn’t It Romantic

SYNOPSIS: New York City architect Natalie (Rebel Wilson) works hard to get noticed at her job but is more likely to be asked to deliver coffee and bagels than to design the city’s next skyscraper. And if things weren’t bad enough, Natalie, a lifelong cynic when it comes to love, has an encounter with a mugger that renders her unconscious, waking to discover that her life has suddenly become her worst nightmare—a romantic comedy—and she is the leading lady.

Rebel shines in this somewhat meta-inspired and unconventional romantic comedy that still manages to tick the appropriate genre boxes, while feeling fresh at the same time. Her comic timing is spot-on and an endearing cast works extremely well together. While the outcome of Isn’t It Romantic may be a tad predictable, the movie still provides plenty of laughs and carries an empowering message about self-love.

“Isn’t It Romantic” Blu-ray Combo Pack contains the following special features:
-I Wanna Dance!
-Deleted scenes
“Isn’t It Romantic” Standard Definition DVD contains the following special features:
-I Wanna Dance!

How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

SYNOPSIS: What began as an unlikely friendship between an adolescent Viking and a fearsome Night Fury dragon has become an epic trilogy spanning their lives. In this next installment, the heroic pair finally fulfill their destinies; Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) as the village chief and ruler of Berk alongside Astrid (America Ferrera), and Toothless as the dragon leader of his own kind. As the Vikings and dragons of Berk face their darkest threat yet, the evil Grimmel (F. Murray Abraham), and Toothless discovers his soulmate, Light Fury – the bonds of Hiccup and Toothless’ friendship are tested like never before.

Fans of the franchise could not have asked for a better end to the series. Full of heart, laughs, imagination, thrilling action, and dazzling animation (once again), the third installment in the Dragon series is an admirable character examination and never forgets that sense of adventure that made the first two movies so much fun. There won’t be a dry eye in the household during the final few scenes! The lengthy bonus features also make this one worth adding to the home viewing collection.

-Alternate Opening with Intro by Writer/Director Dean DeBlois
-DreamWorks Shorts:
-Bilby – Directed by Liron Topaz, Pierre Perifel and JP Sans; produced by Jeff Hermann and Kelly Cooney Cilella. Threatened daily by the deadly residents and harsh environment of Australia’s Outback, a lonesome Bilby finds himself an unwitting protector, and unexpected friend, to a helpless (and quite adorable) baby bird.
-Bird Karma – Directed by William Salazar and produced by Jeff Hermann, the beautifully artistic 2D short film Bird Karma tells a delightfully lyrical and fully unexpected tale of a long-legged bird’s journey of blissful joy, inescapable greed and the accidental discovery of the consequences when too much is not enough.
-Deleted Scenes with Intros by Writer/Director Dean DeBlois
-How to Voice Your Viking – Go behind the scenes with the cast as they record the Viking voices of HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE HIDDEN WORLD.
-Creating an Epic Dragon Tale – Discover what filmmakers learned while crafting this epic dragon trilogy.
-How I Learned from Dragons – The diverse cast of characters reveal why they think the dragon trilogy is so special.
-Brave Wilderness Presents: Nature + Dragons = Awesome – Join Coyote Peterson, host of Brave Wilderness, as he explores what it takes to make the dragon’s characters come to life.
-The Dragon Sheep Chronicles – Protecting sheep from the dragons of Berk is no easy task but Hiccup has a plan.
-A Deck of Dragons – Observe four new dragons as Fishlegs unveils his original deck of dragon trading cards.
-Growing Up with Dragons – After years of being with these characters, hear the lasting effects of the dragon trilogy from the filmmaker’s perspective.
-The Evolving Character Design of Dragons – Cast and crew reveal what it was like to evolve not only the characters of HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE HIDDEN WORLD, but themselves as well.
-Drawing Dragons – Get a glimpse of what goes in to designing a DreamWorks dragon.
-Epic Villain – A different kind of villain, Grimmel brings great challenges to the village of Berk. Go behind the scenes as filmmakers breakdown this epic character.
-Astrid’s Whole Dragon Trilogy in 60 Seconds – Hold on tight as Astrid sums up the whole dragon trilogy in a legendary 60 seconds.
-Welcome to New Berk – With Hiccup as your guide, get a firsthand look at the updated Viking village of New Berk.
-Feature Commentary with Writer/Director Dean DeBlois, Producer Bradford Lewis and Head of Character Animation Simon Otto

South Park: Season 22

SYNOPSIS: Join Cartman, Kenny, Stan, and Kyle as they have a memorable Halloween, get super cereal with Al Gore, and try to win the top prize in the town’s bike parade in the enduringly popular series’ incredible 22nd season. Own all 10 episodes from the latest season on either Blu-ray or DVD.

South Park pulls no punches with this sometimes incendiary, often inflammatory, and always hilarious season. Parker and Stone have a lot to say about current events and they’re not afraid to show it. From school shootings to PC politics, there is no topic that’s too sensitive. Highlights from this season include a Simpsons cameo, the return of ManBearPig, and a classic Randy episode that sees him starting a marijuana farm.

Each two-disc set also includes deleted scenes and mini-commentaries on all episodes by “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone. The Blu-ray set additionally includes #SocialCommentary on all episodes.