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'Coco' strums its way to home video

Hot on Home Video
Posted at 8:51 AM, Feb 27, 2018

Here are this week's hottest home video releases:


Exploring Mexican culture through the lends of the Dia de Los Muertos tradition, the film tells a heart-melting tale about a music-loving boy who uncovers family secrets while exploring the realm of the dead. Superb visuals meld with a tear-jerking script to create a watershed experience. The Disney/Pixar For my full review, click here. Extras include deleted scenes, filmmaker commentary, drawing lessons and a slew of background featurettes.

Doctor Who: The Complete Peter Capaldi Years

A compilation of three seasons starring fan favorite Peter Capaldi -- the 12th actor to take on the iconic role -- pulls together seasons eight through 10 of the show, adding previously unreleased deleted scenes to the existing slate of extras. "Doctor Who" fans should also take note that the Christmas special "Doctor Who: Twice Upon a Time" is also available.

The Hero (Criterion)

A memorable 1966 character study from acclaimed Indian director Satyajit Ray, the film examines a matinee idol who is terrified that his run of success is about to hit a brick wall. He ruminates on his life on a long train ride, giving an interview to a journalist. A 2008 interview, a fresh 2K restoration accompanied by a new subtitle restoration, as well as a tribute booklet.

Lady and the Tramp Walt Disney Signature Collection

The 1955 Disney classic gets the full-featured Blu-ray and digital release in a set loaded with extras. The delightful romance, which boasts the memorable spaghetti kiss scene, holds up well, continuing to cast its spell more than a half-century after release. A sing-along mode, reenactments of Walt Disney's meetings with animators, deleted scenes and peeks inside Disney's home life fill out the slate of special features. 

Murder on the Orient Express

The latest film adaptation of the 1934 Agatha Christie murder mystery rounds up Johnny Depp, Kenneth Branagh, Michelle Pfeiffer, Penelope Cruz, Judi Dench, Daisy Ridley and Leslie Odom Jr. for the classic whodunnit. Branagh directs with his typical panache, keeping the story vital and relevant for modern audiences while maintaining loyalty to the past. For my full review, click here. Extras include deleted scenes, filmmaker commentary and featurettes on Christie, the effects and the music.

Night of the Living Dead (Criterion)

George Romero's groundbreaking and influential 1968 zombie flick tells a grim tale of a populace under assault from reanimated corpses. Romero supervised the new 4K restoration that makes the film's gritty black-and-white look pop more than it ever has on home video. The disc includes previously unreleased 16mm dailies, as well as two 1994 commentary tracks, analysis by Guillermo Del Toro and Robert Rodriguez, as well as a tribute booklet.

Studios provided review screeners.