The Tax Collector


Box Office $0.94 million;
$29.96 DVD, $29.97 Blu-ray, $19.99 UHD BD Steelbook (Best Buy exclusive until Dec. 15);
Not rated.
Stars Bobby Soto, Shia LaBeouf, Cinthya Carmona, Jose Martin, Chelsea Rendon, Cheyenne Hernandez, Cle Sloan, George Lopez, Lana Parrilla.

Writer-director David Ayer’s The Tax Collector is a bloody sojourn into the power dynamics of the gangs of Los Angeles.

For Ayer, the film represents a return of sorts to the type of gritty street-level crime drama that established his career, following slight detours into the realms of war drama (Fury), comic book action (Suicide Squad) and fantasy (Bright).

Bobby Soto stars as David, who serves as a “Tax Collector” for the city’s top crime lord, Wizard. He and his partner, Creeper (Shia LaBeouf, burying himself in another intense role), collect protection money from local criminal enterprises running drugs and prostitution.

Their operation hits a snag when a new crime boss named Conejo (Jose Martin) comes to town and stakes a claim to Wizard’s territories. Conejo turns out to be an old rival of David’s uncle (George Lopez), but wants David to switch sides to work for him. If David refuses, the lives of his entire family could be in danger.

The story is a straightforward one involving tough-talking street thugs and wannabe kingpins, but may have limited appeal beyond hardcore action fans.

The film arrives in a rather sparse Blu-ray edition, with the only extra consisting of 12 minutes of inconsequential deleted scenes.

Subscribe HERE to the FREE Media Play News Daily Newsletter!

‘Cats & Dogs 3’ Arriving Digitally Sept. 15, on Disc Oct. 13

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release the direct-to-video sequel Cats & Dogs 3: Paws Unite! through digital retailers Sept. 15, and on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Oct. 13.

It’s been 10 years since the creation of the Great Truce, an elaborate joint-species surveillance system designed and monitored by cats and dogs to keep the peace when conflicts arise. But when a tech-savvy villain hacks into wireless networks to use frequencies only heard by cats and dogs, he manipulates them into conflict, and the worldwide battle between cats and dogs is back on. Now, a team of inexperienced and untested agents will have to use their old-school animal instincts to restore order and peace between cats and dogs everywhere.

The voice cast includes Melissa Rauch as Gwen the cat, Max Greenfield as Roger the dog, and George Lopez as Pablo the Parrot.

Subscribe HERE to the FREE Media Play News Daily Newsletter!

Cinedigm Releasing ‘River Runs Red’ on Disc Dec. 11

Cinedigm will release the action-thriller River Runs Red on Blu-ray and DVD Dec. 11. The movie is available now through digital retailers.

The film stars Taye Diggs as a judge who seeks revenge against two corrupt cops (Luke Hemsworth and Gianni Capaldi) who shot his son. The cast also includes John Cusack, George Lopez and R.J. Mitte.