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'Pokemon Detective Pikachu' sleuths its way to home video

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Posted at 6:59 AM, Aug 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-06 12:25:31-04

Here are this week's hottest home video releases. Find them on disc, or streaming services such as iTunes, Vudu, Amazon and Google Play.

BATMAN: HUSH

The animated film adapts the revered comic book storyline. The mysterious villain Hush orchestrates a cabal of some of the Dark Knight's greatest enemies in order to manipulate him psychologically and physically, pushing him to his breaking point. Appropriately dark and serious, the film is yet another example of DC's excellence in feature film animation. A boundaries-shat Extras include filmmaker commentary, "DC Showcase" animated short, a look at "Wonder Woman: Bloodlines" and two "Batman/Superman Hour" episodes.

THE BEST OF THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW: 50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

A boundaries-shattering comedian who changed the game forever, Carol Burnett made a lasting impression with her 1967-1978 sketch series. The collection rounds up 60 of the most memorable episodes, adding cast interviews, reunion footage and a backstage tour of the studio where the magic happened. There are also several background featurettes that explore various facets of the show, as well as its continuing impact on TV comedy.

THE CURSE OF LA LLORONA

The Latin American folk tale about the ghost of a woman who murdered her children fails to materialize into a cohesive thriller, with a few jump scares unable to spice up a bland, scattered story, set in the 1970s. Linda Cardellini plays a social worker and single mother who tries to stop the demonic spirit from terrorizing children. For my full review, click here. Extras include deleted scenes, storyboards and background on the myth that inspired the film.

PENGUIN HIGHWAY

The award-winning anime from director Hiroyasu Ishida follows a fourth-grade scientist bent on discovering why it is that his small, landlocked suburb has been suddenly swarmed with penguins. The heartfelt coming-of-age tale unfolds over the summer, and is geared to all ages. Extras include interviews with Ishida and author Tomihiko Morimi, as well as promo videos.

POKEMON DETECTIVE PIKACHU

A valiant voice acting performance by Ryan Reynolds isn't enough to save this wreck of a mystery/comedy, which seems to exist only to bring its slew of wild characters to CGI-simulated life. Justice Smith plays a man in his 20s who investigates his missing father, teaming up with Reynolds-voiced Pikachu to unravel the mystery. Bland storytelling and a groan-inducing plot twists make this one tough to stomach for anyone who's not a Pokemon superfan. For my full review, click here. Special features include a "detective mode" presentation with pop-up trivia, as well as an alternate opening, audio commentary and a look at Reynolds' creative process.

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