One of the major animated features of 2014 comes to home video this week with the release of The Book of Life (Fox, $49.99 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD and digital copy; $39.99 Blu-ray, DVD and digital copy; $29.98 DVD).
Directed by Jorge R. Gutierrez, The Book of Life tells the tale of Manolo, Maria and Joaquin, who fight for their town as well as each other. Animated by Reel FX and distributed by Fox, the Blu-ray release includes as bonus features a new short film called The Adventures of Chuy, and the following featurettes; Closer Look at The Book of Life, The Music of Life, Digital Carpenters: Behind the Book of Life at Reel FX, Music Machine, “No Matter Where You Are” music video by Us the Duo, audio commentary by Gutierrez and a photo gallery.
Also arriving this week is the original DC Universe animated movie Justice League: Throne of Atlantis (Warner Bros., $24.98 Blu-ray, DVD, Digital HD; $19.98 DVD), adapting the hit DC comic-book storyline. The release includes as extras: Scoring Atlantis: The Sound of the Deep, Robin and Nightwing bonus sequence, Throne of Atlantis: 2014 New York Comic Con Panel, Villains of the Deep, a sneak peak at Batman vs. Robin and bonus cartoons from the DC Comics Vault.
Also out this week is the return of a classic with My Little Pony: The Movie — 30th Anniversary Edition (Shout! Factory, $14.93 DVD). Other kid-friendly new releases include Arthur: Fountain Abbey (PBS, $6.99) and Regular Show: Mordecai Pack (Warner Bros., $19.82 DVD).
On the anime front, there’s Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade (ADA, $29.95 Blu-ray, $19.95 DVD) and Lupin the Third: Napoleon’s Dictionary (ADA, $24.95 DVD) to choose from.