From the Big Screen:
This Week’s Best Bet
The ever-prolific Takashi Miike, the director behind “Audition,” the “Dead or Alive” trilogy and “Blade of the Immortal,” returns with “Terra Formars” (2016 — Japan), an intergalactic epic in which a team of space explorers find themselves pitched against a horde of oversized anthropomorphic cockroaches. In the mid-21st century, humankind has been forced to look to colonizing other planets as a means of combating overcrowding on Earth — their first stop, Mars. With a population of cockroaches having been introduced on Mars some 500 years prior to help prepare the way for human colonization, a manned mission sets out to the red planet with the aim of clearing away the bugs. Upon arrival, however, they discover that the roaches have evolved to huge, vicious creatures capable of wielding weapons. Based on the popular Manga series of the same name, “Terra Formars” is an action-packed space adventure brought to life by one of Japan’s most celebrated contemporary filmmakers. On Blu-ray from Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment.
From TV to Disc:
“Archer: Danger Island: The Complete Ninth Season” (2018) is a single-disc with all eight episodes. Get ready for a change of scenery with the semi-functioning alcoholic seaplane pilot, Sterling Archer, a lush on the lush South Pacific island of Mitimotu in 1939. While the rest of the world is concerned about the impending Second World War, Archer is only concerned with who’s buying his next drink. Along with his trusty co-pilot Pam, Archer must navigate quicksand, cannibals, super-intelligent monkeys, poison darts and pirates. From Fox … “The Heart Guy, Series 3” (2018) is a three-disc set with all 10 episodes. This hit Australian dramedy stars Rodger Corser as Hugh Knight, a brilliant but arrogant heart surgeon forced to give up his high-flying job in Sydney to work as a GP in his rural hometown of Whyhope after his personal life spins out of control. In Series 3, Hugh’s probation for his misdeeds is coming to a close, but he has mixed feelings about leaving his budding relationship with hospital boss Penny. Then tragedy rocks the Knights, and Hugh learns he has inherited the family farm — along with $11 million in debt. With his family in chaos and his career on the line, Hugh is faced with a difficult choice: return to his glamorous life in Sydney or stay with the people who need him in Whyhope. From Acorn Media … In HBO’s “My Brilliant Friend” (2018 — Italy), when the most important friend in her life seems to have disappeared without a trace, Elena Greco, a now-elderly woman immersed in a house full of books, turns on her computer and starts writing the story of their friendship. Set in a dangerous and fascinating Naples, their story goes on to cover more than 60 years of their lives as she tries to describe the mystery of Lila, Elena’s brilliant friend and – in a way – both her best friend and her worst enemy … “Rake, Series 5: The Final Season” (2018) is a three-disc set with all eight episodes. The final season of this Australian comic-drama tackles the contentious world of politics, with disbarred lawyer Cleaver Greene (Richard Roxburgh) having won an Australian Senate seat on a campaign promise to do nothing. But even Cleaver’s low expectations fall short of the absurd reality, as he contends with a right-wing nemesis, a noxious gas attack believed to be the work of terrorists, and a disastrous visit from the US defense secretary (Anthony LaPaglia). Can Cleaver outmaneuver his cutthroat colleagues, or will his self-destructive behavior destroy his budding new career? From Acorn Media.