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Key & Peele, Return to Nuke 'Em High, Contracted



Key & Peele: Seasons 1 & 2 (NR) (Blu-ray)

Comedy Central

Less than 10 years ago, the DVD sets of the first two seasons of a black-centric sketch show on Comedy Central sent its star over the edge, leading him to return $50 million to his corporate overlords and flee to Africa. That star was Dave Chappelle, and he casts a long shadow over another criminally under-appreciated, consistently brilliant sketch show on Comedy Central. Upon the debut of Key & Peele, featuring the cutting social satire of the two lifelong friends and Ivy Leaguers, the comparisons to Chappelle's Show flew fast and furious. And although Jordan Peele's spot-on Barack Obama and Keegan-Michael Key's manic energy combine to frequently out-think and out-funny Chappelle, Key and Peele should probably thank their lucky stars that they're still flying under the radar. — Justin Strout


Return to Nuke 'Em High: Vol. 1 (NR)

Anchor Bay Entertainment

I's been almost 30 years since the original release of Troma's Class of Nuke 'Em High. I remember renting it as a child and thinking that it was just about the greatest thing ever created. In those past three decades, I've seen Troma rise and fall and rise again before finally gifting us our trip back to that beloved alma mater, in a movie so big it's being split into two volumes. After the explosion of the Tromaville nuclear power plant, an organic foodstuffs industry has sprouted up in its place, delivering toxic tacos to the unassuming student body, turning the nerds into flame-spewing wasteoids and the glee club into violent cretin punks. Also, there's plenty of the studio's patented deviant sex, inappropriate farts and even adorable mutant ducks. And there's still a whole second film to go! Welcome back, Troma. We've missed you. — Louis Fowler


Contracted (NR)

IFC Midnight

The classic 1930s scare film (think Reefer Madness) meets the repulsive body-horror of David Cronenberg in the entertainingly grotesque horror flick Contracted. Former drug addict (and current lesbian) Samantha gets drunk and ends up being roofied at a party. The next morning, she wakes up with rashes and other assorted things that are too gross to describe here. Over three days, we follow her breakdown as a mysterious STD works through her body, leading to a surprising and original twist that I didn't see coming. Writer and director Eric England's movie could easily be described as misogynistic — every lesbian character is poorly written, and the men tend to get away scot-free — but the deeper the movie explores how flawed Sam truly is, the more emotionally resonant and heartbreaking the film ultimately becomes. — Louis Fowler

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