September 11, 2018: Here's what's hitting DVD, Blu-ray and 4K
A pair of recent big screen releases kick off the week, starting with the female-led franchise spinoff heist ensemble Ocean’s 8, which arrives on both DVD and Blu-ray as well as on 4k Ultra HD. Also coming home is Superfly, Director X’s contemporary remake of the 1972 Blaxploitation classic.
Several films get 4K upgrade this week, beginning with a pair of DC Comics titles. Look for Ultra HD editions of both Batman: The Killing Joke and Batman: Assault on Arkham. The animated films are joined by 4K editions of John Carpenter’s killer car tale Christine as well as Ridley Scott’s 2010 version of Robin Hood, starring Russell Crowe.
Shout! Factory’s Scream Factory label has a pair of Halloween-friendly features. Look for writer and director Adam Simon’s 1990 Brain Dead, starring both Bill Paxton and Bill Pullman. There’s also the 1988 The Seventh Sign, starring Demi Moore and Michael Biehn as a couple who, expecting a child, come face to face with the apocalypse predicted in the Book of Revelations.
The Criterion Collection has two new additions this week, beginning with Olivier Assayas’ early feature Cold Water. Released in 1994, Cold Water offers a coming of age drama about a rebellious young couple living in Paris in the early 1970s. Assayas isn’t the only director with a new film in the collection this week, either. Criterion follows their editions of Terrence Malick’s Badlands, Days of Heaven, The Thin Red Line and The New World with Malick’s fifth feature, The Tree of Life. The new release contains not only the 2011 theatrical cut of the film, but also a new cut that runs 50 minutes longer.
Warner Archive turns back the clock forty years, bringing to Blu-ray John Milius’ 1978 drama Big Wednesday. Jan-Michael Vincent, William Katt, and Gary Busey star in the coming of age drama about three young surfers who are drafted to fight in Vietnam.
MVD has a triple treat for fans of the Barbershop film franchise. They’re releasing special editions of the first two films, Barbershop and Barbershop 2: Back in Business, as well as the female led spinoff movie Beauty Shop.
There are also quite a few small screen releases hitting this week. On Blu-ray, look for both the 11th season of The Big Bang Theory as well as a complete series box set of Rescue Me, the FX drama starring Denis Leary as a firefighter dealing with the loss of loved ones in the wake of 9/11.
Hitting DVD only, meanwhile, is the second season of NBC’s This is Us and the fifth season of the network’s Chicago PD. Also available is the ninth season of ABC’s comedy drama Modern Family and the fourth and final season of CBS’ Scorpion.