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Batman: Gotham by Gaslight

Posted: 08 Feb 2018 06:33 PM PST

The latest DC animated feature adapts the first Elseworld story in which DC characters are reintroduced in other times and places. Taking several liberties with the source material, Batman: Gotham by Gaslight still takes place in Gotham of the late 19th Century where the new vigilante Batman (Bruce Greenwood) will match wits with the serial killer Jack the Ripper butchering women in the streets.

There are quite a few changes to the story in that the character revealed to be the killer in the graphic novel doesn't even appear in the film, more of Bruce Wayne's supporting cast is included, and Selina Kyle (Jennifer Carpenter), who wasn't a part of the source material, is given a major supporting role as a friend to both Bruce Wayne and the Batman. The movie goes a bit out of its way to earn it's R-rating (including an unfortunate take on Poison Ivy), but the setting and design, the mystery itself (including some nice misdirection), and fight sequences all make for a memorable (if flawed) feature.

Available on Blu-ray and DVD, extras include sneak peaks at Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay, Batman: Bad Blood, and Justice League Dark. The Blu-ray also includes audio commentary from Bruce Timm, Jim Krieg, and Sam Liu, a pair of animated shorts, and a featurette on the movie and its source material.

[Warner Bros., Blu-ray $24.98 / DVD $14.99]

Corporate - Corporate Retreat

Posted: 08 Feb 2018 06:33 PM PST


The Hampton DeVille corporate retreat gets off to the kind of start fans will be expecting as the senior executives decide to simulate a plane crash on the flight in order to get the coworkers to bond a little easier over the course of the weekend. How would you follow that up? Well, for starters there's the motivational speakers (Jon Daly and Natasha Lyonne) enlightening the workers on how best o be A.H.O.L.E.S. (Alphas wHo Only Like Excellence). And of course, things end in waterboarding minimally disguised as corporate baptism.

Throw in some public humiliation and awkwardly apologizing to everyone he sees at the network event, and Matt (Matt Ingebretson) is off to a rousing start, although he does have more success the second day on his way to becoming a bigger A.H.O.L.E. - even if the night takes some unexpected turns with the motivational couple who belittled him the day before. Matt's more sociopathic junior partner pal Jake (Jake Weisman) feels a bit more at home, even bedding a female version of himself (Beth Stelling). Not surprisingly, after one enjoyable night, things don't end well. The junior execs aren't the only ones getting lucky as John (Adam Lustick) and Kate (Anne Dudek) enjoy some corporate retreat sex which feels a bit like the show setting up a larger payoff somewhere done the road.