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Got the Blus: The Spider Vs. The Bat

By Luke Y. Thompson

Got the Blus: The Spider Vs. The Bat

Highlighting the best of today's new Blu-rays.

Spider-Man: Homecoming - There were obviously nits to be picked in the newest Spidey adventure that brought him back to Marvel Studios (on a profit-sharing basis with Sony, of course): What's up with giving him an intelligent super-suit? Why was Zendaya's Michelle nicknamed "MJ" if she's definitely not Mary Jane? What the hell is up with the Marvel timeline anyway?

The good thing is that none of those really mattered. Tom Holland was a fun Peter Parker to spend time with, Michael Keaton made a great villain in the Marvel-verse for maybe the first time since Loki, the cameos by Iron Man and Captain America were fun but not distracting, and the cast were diverse without calling attention to that fact.

Blu-ray extras include all the Cap PSAs and a "director's cut" of Peter's Civil War home movie, as well as the usual array of behind-the-scenes featurettes.

Batman vs. Two-Face - See our longer review. Animated Adam West takes on William Shatner in the former's final bow as the caped crusader.


American Gods Season One - If you canceled Starz right after Ash vs. Evil Dead, now's the time to catch up on Bryan Fuller's sprawling take on Neil Gaiman's tale of old gods and new. Extras include cast and crew commentary on the premiere and finale episodes, so if you felt a bit lost before, you might say there's some divine guidance this time.

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (Criterion Collection) - When it came out, David Lynch's prequel to the TV series felt like unneeded backstory and an excuse to get Sheryl Lee naked. Little did we know there were bigger plans: Lynch intended a trilogy, and seeded many future plotlines that at the time went nowhere, but watch it with knowledge of the recent third season and you'll be amazed at how much of it was set up there and then, especially if you haven't seen it in a while. There's not much new here if you already have the Twin Peaks box set that includes it, but it's a must have otherwise, especially if you plan on owning season 3.

Samurai Jack: Season 5 - You thought you waited a long time for this? Jack waited 50 years of his time for the epic conclusion of the series.

Images: Starz, Sony