X-Men: First Class leads the movie field this week. This one was very impressive on the big screen as a reboot of its franchise, and I think the solid storytelling will have it fare just as well on the small screen. The other major movie offering that looks interesting is Hanna, a rather intense thriller about a teenage assassin. On the import front, Clash of Empires was originally called The Malay Chronicles: Bloodlines, and is set against a backdrop of the ancient civilizations of Rome and China from the second century AD. It tells the story of a Roman prince traveling to wed a Chinese princess, with a lot of the filming taking place in Malaysia. Expect a lot of combat in this one; the trailer looks quite interesting. I should also mention The Last Kung Fu Monk for completeness’s sake, although it won’t be following me home.
There are two quality choices in the TV category this time around, with the obvious winner being Fringe: The Complete Third Season. This brilliant show just gets better with each season, and as usual the box set is coming out just in time for you to re-watch it all before kicking off the new season. The other release is the short lived No Ordinary Family: The Complete First Season, which I personally enjoyed and was sorry to see cancelled.
The new Anime offering this week is Bleach: Box Set 10, in a franchise that just keeps going. For re-releases, To Love RU is now being made available in a single boxed set rather than the two boxes it previously came out in. A number of recent classics are being offered in more cost effective packages, including Burst Angel – The Complete Collection which you can find for as low as $21 if you shop around, Black Blood Brothers – The Complete Series [S.A.V.E. Edition] can be found for about $15, and Peacemaker – Complete Collection is running at just about $25 if you shop around.