Shout! Factory Sets Home Release Date for Complete ‘The Good Place’ Series

Shout! Factory has announced the May 19 home release of  The Good Place: The Complete Series.

The nine-disc Blu-ray Disc set will include all 53 episodes from the fantasy TV series about life in heaven, which ran on NBC from September 2016 to January 30, 2020.

From Michael Schur, executive producer of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and “Parks and Recreation,” “The Good Place” stars Ted Danson in an Emmy Award-nominated performance, Kristen Bell, D’Arcy Carden, William Harper, Jameela Jamil and Manny Jacinto.

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Everyone wonders what happens after death, but when Eleanor (Bell) dies tragically, she finds out that the afterlife is amazing. Filled with frozen yogurt, soulmates, and wonderful people who have done admirable things in their lives, it is everything you could ever ask for. The only thing wrong is Eleanor herself, who isn’t supposed to be in “The Good Place.” She finds that due to a clerical error, she’d been given someone else’s reward and has to be good in order to make sure her secret is not exposed.

Bonus features include extended episodes, audio commentary on season one episodes “Everything is Fine/Flying” and “Mindy St. Claire/Michael’s Gambit” and season two’s “Dance Dance Resolution” with creator Schur, executive producer Drew Goddard, and co-stars Jameela Jamil and D’Arcy Carden. Other extras include the finale special hosted by Seth Meyers, the 2019 Comic-Con panel, gag reels, visual effects reels, and a table read for the season one episode “Mindy St. Claire.”

Imax Documentary ‘Pandas’ Arrives on Digital April 9 From Warner

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release the nature documentary Pandas through digital retailers and Movies Anywhere April 9.

The film, shot for Imax screens by David Douglas and Drew Fellman, the filmmakers behind Born to be Wild and Island of Lemurs: Madagascar, focuses on efforts by China’s Chengdu Research Base for Giant Panda Breeding to prepare captive-born cubs for release in the wild.

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The film, which is narrated by Kristen Bell, will be available April 16 through cable and satellite video on demand services and on select gaming consoles.

A Bad Moms Christmas

BLU-RAY REVIEW:

Street 2/6/18;
Universal;
Comedy;
Box Office $72.11 million;
$29.98 DVD, $34.98 Blu-ray;
Rated ‘R’ for crude sexual content and language throughout, and some drug use.
Stars Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Christine Baranski, Cheryl Hines, Susan Sarandon, Jay Hernandez, Justin Hartley, Peter Gallagher, Wanda Sykes.

With the popularity of 2016’s Bad Moms ($184 million worldwide box office against a $20 million budget) all but ensuring a sequel, the writer-director team of Jon Lucas and Scott Moore managed to have a follow-up produced and in theaters a bit over a year later. The quick turnaround is something of a throwback to the halcyon days of Hollywood, where quickie sequels were much easier to pull off.

Where the first film dealt with the rigors of balancing work, home and school, the sequel transplants the rowdy moms into a holiday setting, and cranks up the proverbial heat by bringing in their moms for a little added pressure.

I suppose the idea is to inform on what makes the core moms tick and possibly led them to snap in the first movie. While the story is driven by this newfound family angst, it often falls back on a string of sketches tied to family-related Christmas settings. The film offers a smattering of caricature and broad ruminations on the holiday season, with some gags that work better in concept than execution.

Christine Baranski in particular, as mom to Mila Kunis’ Amy, comes across like a less-intense version of Leonard’s mom from “The Big Bang Theory,” which may have been a primary reason they sought her out for this.

The best pairing is Susan Sarandon and Kathryn Hahn, if only because their characters are the ones with the fewest inhibitions — the apple not falling too far from the tree in that regard.

Fans of the raunchiness that set the original film apart need not worry, as the jokes are often as crude as they were in that one, if not more so.

Coincidentally, the same multigenerational premise was used for the guys in the Daddy’s Home sequel around the same time, with similar results.

The Blu-ray is rather sparse in its extras, offering a seven-minute gag reel, four minutes of alternate takes and a two-and-a-half-minute music video featuring the production crew dancing along to an R&B holiday song used in the film.