April 16, 2019: This Week on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD
New releases this week begin with M. Night Shyamalan’s comic book trilogy capper, Glass, arriving on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD. Speaking of comic book movies, the original “Justice League Unlimited” voices return for a new feature-length animated adventure, Justice League vs the Fatal Five. Then, from “Attack the Block” helmer Joe Cornish comes the original family adventure, The Kid Who Would Be King while Keanu Reeves tries to bring back his dead family in the sci-fi thriller Replicas.
A 1980’s classic gets an Ultra HD upgrade this week as the first Karate Kid arrives in a 4K edition. The film celebrates its 35th anniversary with a top tier transfer and a host of newly created special features.
The Criterion Collection this week brings to blu-ray Jan Němec’s harrowing 1964 Czech drama Diamonds of the Night, which follows two boys who escape their captors en route to a concentration camp.
Shout! Factory’s Scream Factory label has a trio of tales of terror this week. 1972’s Grave of the Vampire sets Michael Pataki as a violent criminal who, some years after his execution by the electric chair, rises from the dead to extract his revenge. 1978’s The Manitou, meanwhile, sees Tony Curtis going toe to toe with an ancient Native American supernatural entity. Finally, 1982’s Superstition introduces a small town where a recent series of horrific accidents just might be connected to the drowning of a witch centuries prior. The film gets an 2K scan along with newly created special features!
Look for Enzo G. Castellari’s 1976 Italian Spaghetti Western Keoma, starring Franco Nero as a half white, half Native American man who, along with his brothers, take on a gang seeking to rule his hometown.
Kino Lorber has another round of eclectic catalogue titles, all of which are making their Blu-ray debuts this week. Look for Becky Sharp, the 1935 take on Langdon Mitchell’s stage play adaptation of Makepeace Thackeray’s “Vanity Fair”. Anthony Mann’s 1952 technicolor western Bend of the River, meanwhile, boasts a cast that includes James Stewart, Julia Adams, Arthur Kennedy and Rock Hudson. Sophia Loren and Richard Burton, then, headline the 1974 telefilm remake of David Lean’s romantic drama Brief Encounter. Finally, Alex Cox’s 1991 Mexican crime drama Highway Patrolman gets a 4K restoration and a host of special features, including a feature commentary track with Cox and the director’s short film, “Edge City”.
Laura Linney attempts to survive a cancer diagnosis with grace in the acclaimed Showtime comedy drama The Big C. The new boxed set includes all four seasons, spanning 40 episodes.