The Tax Collector

BLU-RAY REVIEW: 

RLJ;
Action;
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.

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‘Tax Collector’ Slated for Blu-ray and DVD Oct. 6

RLJ Films will release the action-thriller The Tax Collector on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Oct. 6. A 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack Steelbook edition will be released the same day exclusively at Best Buy.

Best Buy’s ‘Tax Collector’ Steelbook

Directed by David Ayer, the film stars Bobby Soto and Shia LaBeouf as David and Creeper, agents for a Los Angeles crime lord named Wizard tasked with collecting a cut of the profits of local gangs’ illicit dealings. But when Wizard’s old rival returns to Los Angeles from Mexico, the business is upended, and David finds himself desperate to protect his family.

The cast also includes Cinthya Carmona and George Lopez.

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The film is available now via VOD and digital download. It made just under $1 million at the domestic box office from a handful of drive-ins and theaters open during the coronavirus pandemic.

Since its digital release, The Tax Collector has consistently ranked high on digital charts from Redbox, FandangoNow and Vudu. The film also has spent three weeks at No. 1 on the weekly “Watched at Home” chart, which tracks transactional video activity compiled from studio and retailer data through DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group.

Extras on the Tax Collector discs include deleted scenes.

‘The Silencing’, ‘The Vanished’ Among Five New Releases on Weekly ‘Watched at Home’ Chart

Five new films appeared on the “Watched at Home” chart for the week ended Aug. 22, led by Lionsgate’s The Silencing and Paramount’s The Vanished, both of which debuted in the top 10.

The Silencing debuted at No. 6 on the weekly chart, which tracks transactional video activity compiled from studio and retailer data through DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group. The  U.S.-Canadian action thriller follows a reclusive hunter and police sheriff who track down a murderer they suspect kidnapped the hunter’s daughter five years earlier. The film, released through digital retailers on Aug. 14, was directed by Robin Pront from a screenplay by Micah Ranum and stars Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Annabelle Wallis.

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The Vanished (No. 7), also released through digital retailers in mid-August ahead of an Oct. 20 DVD and Blu-ray Disc release, is about an idyllic family vacation that turns into a living nightmare for parents Paul (Thomas Jane) and Wendy (Anne Heche) when their young daughter disappears without a trace. When the local sheriff (Jason Patric) fails to chase down any new leads, the frantic parents have no choice but to take matters into their own hands.

Also new to the “Watched at Home” chart are RLJ Entertainment’s Spree (No. 15), a horror satire that follows a social media-obsessed, ride-hail driver played by Joe Keery, and Sony Pictures’ Sputnik (No. 18), a Russian science-fiction horror film that stars Oksana Akinshina as a young doctor who is recruited by the military to assess a cosmonaut who survived a mysterious space accident and returned to Earth with a dangerous organism living inside him.

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Warner’s Deathstroke: Knights & Dragons, a direct-to-video animated superhero film version of the CW Seed series of the same name, debuted at No. 20 after its Aug. 18 disc release date. The film was released through digital retailers two weeks earlier.

The top five on the “Watched at Home” chart for the week ended Aug. 22 remains unchanged from the prior week, with RLJ’s The Tax Collector at No. 1 for the third consecutive week. The film, which stars Shia LaBeouf and Bobby Soto as “tax collectors” working for a Los Angeles crime lord, was released through digital retailers on Aug. 7.

Rounding out the top five are DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls World Tour, distributed to home audiences by Universal Pictures, and three seasons of Paramount’s “Yellowstone,” with Kevin Costner.

  1. The Tax Collector (RLJ Entertainment)
  2. Trolls World Tour (Universal/DreamWorks)
  3. Yellowstone: Season 1 (Paramount)
  4. Yellowstone: Season 3 (Paramount)
  5. Yellowstone: Season 2 (Paramount)
  6. The Silencing (2020, Lionsgate)
  7. The Vanished (2020, Paramount)
  8. The Outpost (Screen Media)
  9. Made In Italy (IFC Films)
  10. You Should Have Left (Universal)
  11. The Rental (IFC Films)
  12. Deep Blue Sea 3 (Warner)
  13. Jumanji: The Next Level (Sony)
  14. The King of Staten Island (Universal)
  15. Spree (2020, RLJ Entertainment)
  16. Scoob! (Warner Bros.)
  17. The High Note (Universal)
  18. Sputnik (Sony Pictures)
  19. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (Universal)
  20. Deathstroke Knights & Dragons (Warner)

 

Source: DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group
Includes U.S. digital sales, digital rentals, and DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD sales for the week ended Aug. 22.

Lionsgate Bringing ‘Peanut Butter Falcon’ Home in November

Lionsgate will release the inspirational comedic adventure The Peanut Butter Falcon through digital retailers Nov. 5, and on Blu-ray and DVD Nov. 12.

The film follows Zak (Zack Gottsagen), a young man with Down syndrome who runs away from a residential nursing home to fulfill his dream of attending the pro wrestling school of his idol, The Salt Water Redneck (Thomas Haden Church). On the road, Zak meets Tyler (Shia LaBeouf), a small-time outlaw who becomes Zak’s unlikely coach and ally. Together, they set out on a wild, life-changing journey and try to convince Eleanor (Dakota Johnson), a kind nursing-home employee charged with bringing Zak back, to join them.

The cast also includes John Hawkes and Bruce Dern.

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The Peanut Butter Falcon has earned $16.8 million at the domestic box office.

Blu-ray and DVD bonus materials include a photo gallery and the featurette “Zack’s Story: The Making of Peanut Butter Falcon.”