Punch Drunk DVDs: 'Wonder Woman', 'The Big Sick', 'Close Encounters', And More!



Beloved DC Comics icon Wonder Woman makes her long-awaited big screen debut in this acclaimed new action-adventure blockbuster from director Patty Jenkins. Gal Gadot stars as the titular princess Dianna, an unbeatable Amazonian warrior born and raised for battle and glory. When an American pilot (Chris Pine) crash lands his plane in her secluded island homeland, Dianna discovers not only the existence of men, but of the atrocities they can commit, as she finds herself suddenly involved in the first World War. Believing it to be her mission to end the worldwide bloodshed, the warrior enters the world for the first time, prepared to fight alongside us to save it.

We Said: “[Wonder Woman’s] experiences in war teach her that for all of man's many faults, it's their imperfections that make them unique, and their constant striving to be better. Wonder Woman is also an imperfect creation, but Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot  have given us the best DC Comics movie yet, one that future films would be wise to follow.” Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Based on the real-life relationship of screenwriting duo Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani, The Big Sick tells their unconventional love story with hilarious humor and heartwarming depth. Kumail stars as a fictionalized version of himself, an up and coming  Pakistani comedian who’s fallen in love with a white American woman (Zoe Kazan), despite the wishes of his traditional Muslim parents. When Emily suddenly comes down with a sickness that leaves her comatose, Kamail forms an unlikely friendship with her understandably stressed-out parents (Ray Romano and Holly Hunter.)  

We Said: “The Big Sick doesn't offer up any easy solutions for Kumail. This is a guy who is dealing with thousands of years of tradition heaped onto his shoulders. Breaking away from that is going to cause some people a lot of pain. At the same time, things aren't so easy to figure out when Emily wakes up. He may have become a changed man in the time she was sick, but it's great that her concerns when awake are made paramount. This isn't just Kumail's story, it's the story of Kumail and Emily, and she has her own thoughts on his supposed transformation. Of course, we know there's going to be a happy ending, but at least by the end of The Big Sick we feel Kumail and Emily deserve it.” Rating: 4 out of 5

Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Steven Spielberg’s genre defining scifi masterpiece, finally gets the high-def treatment it deserves in this all new 4K restoration or the 70’s hit. Richard Dreyfuss stars as an average man suddenly obsessed with the idea of life beyond our planet in this groundbreaking and iconic movie that’s just as powerful today as it was 40 years ago.