April 2, 2019: This Week on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD
Following five blockbusters from director Michael Bay, the “Transformers” franchise turns back the clock with the spinoff prequel Bumblebee. From “Kubo and the Two Strings” director Travis Knight, the 1980s adventure puts Hailee Steinfeld in the lead for a story that’s equal parts action and heart. Look for “Bumblebee” to hit DVD, Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD and, thanks to an April Fool’s Day gag, you can even check out the trailer for the VHS release!
Other recent big screen titles coming home this week include the Clint Eastwood drama The Mule wherein the actor/director plays an octogenarian drug mule. There’s also the Academy Award winning Dick Cheney biopic Vice, which sets Christian Bale as the former Vice President with Adam McKay (“The Big Short,” “Anchorman”) writing and directing the terrifyingly true story.
“It” star Sophia Lillis is Carolyn Keene’s iconic detective in Warner Bros. Pictures’ Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase, a contemporary adaptation of a story originally brought to the big screen in 1939. If there’s a mystery that’s too intense for Ms. Drew, however, look no farther than The Man Who Killed Hitler and then the Bigfoot. Sam Elliott headlines the story of a man who secretly took out Adolph Hitler in World War II, only to be called upon to serve his country again 70 years later, tasked with bringing down a sasquatch carrying a deadly disease that threatens the entire country.
With a new feature film on the way from Lionsgate and Milllenium Films, two animated “Hellboy” adventures are getting the 4K treatment. The new Hellboy double feature includes 2006’s “Sword of Storms” and 2007’s “Blood and Iron,” both featured audio commentary tracks from “Hellboy” creator Mike Mignola.
Based on the hit 2013 manga, A Silent Voice: The Movie tells the dramatic story of a young student whose life is forever changed by an act of bullying against a deaf girl. When she moves away, he finds himself disliked by his classmates and heading down a dark path. Years later, he’s on the verge of suicide until he decides that he will do everything in his power to make things right again.
Shout! Factory’s Scream Factory brings to blu-ray two more recent IFC Midnight releases. Pledge follows three young men desperate to join a fraternity, but who wind up getting far more than they bargained for. Rust Creek, meanwhile, offers the terrifiying tale of a woman who, after her car breaks down, finds herself pursued through the woods by a trio of bloodthirsty outlaws.
If you’re a fan of vintage Cinerama (and let’s face it, who isn’t?), Flicker Alley has a double helping of the super wide. Look for both the 1964 comedy adventure The Golden Head (presented in the Smilebox format) as well as 1962’s Flying Clipper (aka Mediterrean Holiday). The latter marks the very first 4K Ultra HD release from Flicker Alley, the perfect way to show off Flying Clipper‘s incredible restoration.
The hit manga series comes to life in Japan’s 2016 live action Terra Formars. An effort to terraform Mars leads to a future where the red planet is overridden with monstrous insects, evolved from common cockroaches. Arrow Video brings the sci-fi adventure to blu-ray with a host of special features, including a feature length making of documentary.
With the tenth season, “Archer: 1999” on its way in May, the recent Archer: Danger Island comes home, unfortunately on DVD only. All eight episodes are collected alongside a pair of featurettes: “Inside look: Making Archer” and “Crackers’ Costumed Playings.”