April 21, 2020: This Week on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD
The number one movie of the year (and looking to stay that way for the foreseeable future), Bad Boys For Life comes home today on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD. Martin Lawrence and Will Smith reteam for the comedy tinged actioner, directed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah. Featuring extended and alternate scenes, outtakes and bloopers and a variety of behind the scenes featurettes, the 4K version of the film offers an “IMAX Enhanced” mode, aimed to maximize the home theater experience.
Of course, just before Bad Boys For Life, Smith had another big hit with Guy Ritchie’s Aladdin. Now, Ritchie’s followup returns the Snatch and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels director to the world of contemporary crime. The Gentlemen is now available on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K but, if you’d rather go the digital route, Universal is hosting a special watch along tonight at 8pm EST / 5pm PST:
Rounding out the week’s 4K releases is the Hong Kong martial arts sequel Ip Man 4, once again starring Donnie Yen in the title role. Based on life of the Wing Chun grandmaster, the fourth and final film charts Ip Man’s life from the middle 60s through his death in the early 70s.
If you’re looking for laughs, this week also brings the Paramount Pictures comedy Like a Boss, starring Tiffany Haddish and Rose Byrne as two best friends who find their cosmetics business in jeopardy and who wind up being forced to work with a vicious corporate rival (Salma Hayek), who seeks to steal their company right out from under them.
A new take on Henry James’s classic novella The Turn of the Screw arrives with director Floria Sigismondi’s The Turning. Famous for her music video work, Sigismondi recently spoke with Moviebill about The Turning. You can also click here to check out our conversation with star Mackenzie Davis.
Rounding out the week’s new releases is the John Green adaptation miniseries Looking for Alaska. All eight episodes are included across three DVDs.
Paramount is launching an exciting new label this week with Paramount Presents. Diving into the studio’s rich back catalogue, PP titles are set to receive restored special editions that housed in numbered slipcovers with stylish front flaps that show off original theatrical artwork.
Adrian Lyne’s unforgettable 1987 thriller Fatal Attraction launches the line, followed by Michael Curtiz’s Elvis extravaganza King Creole and Alfred Hitchcock’s 1955 romantic heist classic To Catch a Thief.
Two new additions arrive from Warner Archive this week. First up is Norman Foster’s 1948 western starring Loretta Young as the titular Rachel, a young indentured servant who is purchased into an unloving marriage with William Holden’s David, a recent widower who, despite his better judgment, grows to resent her even as she falls for a family friend, played by Robert Mitchum.
Also arriving this week is another tale of unhappy marriage with John Huston’s 1967 sexual thriller, Reflections in a Golden Eye. Laurence Olivier and Elizabeth Taylor headline the story of repressed desire and what are sometimes the terrible consequences thereof.
Shout! Factory’s Scream Factory label continues its dedication to bringing Hammer Horror to blu-ray with 1961’s The Curse of the Werewolf. The new Collector’s Edition offers a pristine 4K scan, two audio commentary tracks and several newly created behind the scenes featurettes.
Joining the Criterion Collection this week is Czechoslovakian director Juraj Herz’s 1969 darkly comic satire The Cremator, which follows the manager of a crematorium in 1930s Prague whose morbid outlook fuels his deranged obsessions. A classic of the Czech New Wave, the release also offers a number of special features, including Herz’s 1965 debut short film, The Junk Shop.
Ava Gardner and James Mason headline Albert Lewin’s 1951 Tehnicolor mystery romance Pandora and the Flying Dutchman. When the bodies of two young lovers was ashore in a Spanish port, a flashback reveals the strange tale of Gardner’s femme fatale, Pandora Reynolds, and of Mason’s Dutch captain Hendrick van der Zee. The new release from Cohen Media Group boasts a 4K restoration, Pandora and the Flying Dutchman makes its HD debut and also includes Lewin’s full length 1957 adventure film, The Living Idol.
Georg W. Pabst’s The Love of Jeanne Ney gets some serious love this week from Kino Classics. Following the life of a young French woman through post World War I Europe, the 1927 silent drama offers a recent restoration by the Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau Foundation. It arrives on Blu-ray with both German and domestic release versions and aan audio commentary track film historian Eddy von Mueller.
Kino is also bringing some great catalogue titles to HD as part of its ongoing Kino Lorber Studio Classics line. This week adds Mia Farrow and Elizabeth Taylor in Joseph Losey’s 1968 thriller Secret Ceremony, Bette Davis and Michael Redgrave Franklin Gollings’ 1970 London drama Connecting Rooms, and Shirley McClaine, Shirley McClaine, Shirley McClaine, Shirley McClaine, Shirley McClaine, Shirley McClaine, and Shirley McClaine in Vittorio De Sica’s 1970 international coproduction Woman Times Seven.
There’s also one of the final features from the legendary George Cukor with his 1975 telefilm adaptation of Love Among the Ruins, starring Katharine Hepburn and Laurence Olivier.
Finally, look for the blu-ray debut of Éva Gárdos’s 2017 Hungarian pre-WWII murder mystery, Budapest Noir.
Created by Tina Fey, 30 Rock brought to NBC a unique blend of off clever commentary and off the wall silliness. Now, all seven seasons (that’s 138 episodes!) come home in a 20 disc blu-ray set from Mill Creek Entertainment that retains all of the special features from the individual DVD releases over the years.
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