Batman: The Killing Joke and Other Notable DVD and Blu-ray New Releases

Here’s what’s happening in the world of DVD and Blu-ray new releases this week!

Batman: The Killing Joke

The Batman (voiced by Kevin Conroy) and the Joker (Mark Hamill) have their defining face-off in this much-anticipated─and R-rated─animated adaptation of the acclaimed 1988 Alan Moore/Brian Bolland graphic novel. As the Clown Prince of Crime revisits the tragic circumstances of his origins, he mounts a brutal psychological war against the Dark Knight that’ll have dire and life-altering consequences for both Barbara and Jim Gordon (Tara Strong, Ray Wise). 72 min.

Meet the Blacks

Having helped himself to a jailed druglord’s loot, Carl Black (Mike Epps) thought now would be the opportunity to get his family out of Chicago and into a nice gated community in Beverly Hills. Unfortunately, their move came on the annual holiday where martial law’s suspended, and you get to…okay, purge your anger. What’s he going to do when all of his enemies show up at the door? Frenetic franchise parody co-stars Zulay Henao, Charlie Murphy, Michael Blackson, George Lopez, and Mike Tyson. 94 min.


Potheaded Kell (Jordan Peele), to the concern of his straight-arrow cousin Clarence (Keegan-Michael Key), was inconsolable after being dumped…but he found a reason to go on when the adorable kitten he named “Keanu” showed up on his doorstep. Trouble is, Keanu’s the runaway pet of a druglord…and when he’s kidnapped as part of a gang’s power play, Kell and Clarence make an improbable descent into the thug life to get him back! Riotous feature vehicle for Key & Peele co-stars Method Man, Will Forte, Nia Long, Tiffany Haddish. 100 min.

Mother’s Day

Charming comedy/drama from director Garry Marshall focuses on three loosely connected women who must all cope with the complications surrounding motherhood as the titular holiday approaches. While divorced mom Sandy (Jennifer Aniston) deals with her ex-husband’s new marriage, Jesse (Kate Hudson) tries to get closer to her own mother, and successful writer Miranda (Julia Roberts) comes face to face with the daughter she gave up for adoption. With Jason Sudeikis, Britt Robertson. 119 min.

The Lobster

In a near-future dystopia, single adults get governmentally consigned to a resort hotel, where they’re given 45 days to find someone to pair off with…or face being turned into an animal and released into the wild. As his stay proceeds disastrously, David (Colin Farrell) decides to take his chances and flee the facility, but his falling in with a society of other escapees presents its own problems. Yorgos Lanthimos’ darkly funny rumination on romance and relationships co-stars Rachel Weisz, John C. Reilly, Léa Seydoux, Ben Whishaw. 119 min.

High Rise

Newly divorced doctor Robert Laing (Tom Hiddleston) was looking for a fresh start when he moved into the looming new contained residential complex where society’s poorer strata occupied the lower floors, and the wealthiest─including the structure’s enigmatic architect (Jeremy Irons)─resided above. A few power failures, however, are all it takes to stoke class warfare and a state of chaos that may claim them all. Ben Wheatley’s compelling take on the J.G. Ballard novel co-stars Sienna Miller, Luke Evans, Elisabeth Moss, James Purefoy. 119 min.