Ac­quired Tastes

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Tand ti­tles are hit-or-miss, while and two vi­o­lent Korean toons will please cer­tain ma­ture palates. By Mercedes Mil­li­gan.

he fifth in­stall­ment of Blue Sky Stu­dios and Fox’s Ice Age fran­chise had a rather chilly box-of­fice re­cep­tion this sum­mer, but fans can un­apolo­get­i­cally en­joy the film on mul­ti­ple for­mats this month. (If Bernie San­ders taught us any­thing, it’s that there’s more to value than dol­lar earn­ings.)

Di­rected by Mike Thurmeier, Col­li­sion Course kicks off when Scrat’s acorn-hunt­ing finds him in space, where he ac­ci­den- tally sets off a se­ries of po­ten­tially cat­a­strophic events. To save their Ice Age world, Manny and his mis­matched herd set off on a comedic quest, trav­el­ing to ex­otic lands and meet­ing some col­or­ful char­ac­ters. Re­turn­ing voice stars Ray Ro­mano, De­nis Leary, John Leguizamo, Queen Lat­i­fah, Seann Wil­liam Scott, Josh Peck, Si­mon Pegg, Keke Palmer, Wanda Sykes and Jen­nifer Lopez are joined by Stephanie Beatriz, Adam DeVine, Jesse Tyler Fer­gu­son, Max Green­field, Jessie J, Nick Of­fer­man, Melissa Rauch, Michael like Ja­panese fan­tasy flicks (or can turn off the part of your Western Au­di­ence brain that tells you ev­ery plot el­e­ment must be neatly tied-in and wrapped up in the third act), you’re in for a thrilling ride.

Helmed by the co-di­rec­tor of Ad­vent Chil­dren, Takeshi Nozue, Kings­glaive is set in the king­dom of Lu­cis, home to the sa­cred Crys­tal. With his realm men­aced by the Ni­fl­heim em­pire, King Regis (voiced by Sean Bean) is forced to marry his heir to the cap­tive Princess Lu­nafreya (Lena Headey). When even this doesn’t stop the sage Party pre­view in front of Find­ing Dory.) Both films were pro­duced by South Korea’s Stu­dio Dadashow.

In The Fake (2013), a re­spectable pas­tor gets in­volved with an un­scrupu­lous swindler out to take ad­van­tage of lo­cal vil­lagers in the name of re­li­gion. The only one on to their plot is a vi­o­lent out­cast, who re­solves to put the fear of god into the holy crooks. The film was nom­i­nated for the An­necy Cristal.

The sixth sea­son sees broth­ers Hank and Dean re­lo­cate to the Big Ap­ple when Dr. Ven­ture in­her­its a for­tune. From their lux­u­ri­ous new com­pound, the Ven­tures and re­in­stated fam­ily body­guard Brock (voiced by Pa­trick War­bur­ton) go forth to face arch neme­sis The Monarch and a host of new and re­turn­ing vil­lains with other col­or­ful would-be heroes.

The DVD and Blu-ray ($29.98) re­lease con­tains all eight epic episodes from sea­son six, plus the new-to-disc All This and Gar­gan­tua-2 spe­cial from 2015. Bonus ma­te­rial: com­men­taries for ev­ery episode, deleted scenes and more. Hench­men, but­ter­fly swarm and spanako­pita recipe not in­cluded.

[Re­lease date: Oct. 4]

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