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I somehow missed G.I. Joe: Retaliation when it was in the theaters, but I suspect I will watch it eventually. After all, it has both Bruce Willis and Dwayne Johnson, so it has to be a roller coaster of an action film. Something to watch for the mindless violence and special effects, in other words.

There seems to be some conflicting information about Time Trax: The Complete Second Season, which is listed as a new release on the Warner Archive site, and listed as coming out this week on Video ETA, but at the same time is listed as being In Stock at most of the sites where you can buy it. I have the feeling some of the confusion is generated by the fact that this is an On Demand release, meaning they do not actually burn it to DVD or Blue Ray until you order it. I like this approach a lot, since it means a lot of shows that would otherwise never get released because of low audience demand become available. The flip side of that coin is they are generally a bit pricier than they could be because they will never go on sale to clear out the stock. The other release worth noting this week is Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 4 on Blue Ray. They have been doing quite a fine job of upgrading this series to 1080p, although I have to wonder how long it will be before they start working up the 3D version, then the 4K version…

In western animation this time we have Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, which brings into existence a very different alternate timeline to the DC universe.

Anime starts off with Another: Complete Collection, a story about a popular girl still hanging out at her school 23 years after her death, and the boy who can see her. He has to solve the mystery of her death before his own demise comes to claim him. Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie is the first two films they have put out, Beginnings and Eternal; the third film in the series, Rebellion, will be on the big screen soon. The problem from my perspective is these animations are being released as imported special editions, which makes them about 6 times more expensive than I consider the programming itself to be worth. So I will be waiting for something more realistic in the way of a release format before they are added to my collection.

I normally don’t mention re-releases, but there is a classic being made available for the first time in a while that is very worth watching. Lupin the Third: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine takes you back to the beginning of the franchise, so you can see how it all began, and come to know the woman at the core of the stories. Hard to believe this animation is now 40 years old; while the character design is old school, the animation style is still quite fresh and holds its own to this day.