April 23, 2019: This Week on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD
Nicole Kidman delivers an incredible performance in Karyn Kusama’s recent crime drama Destroyer, now arriving on Blu-ray. Also recently coming home from its big screen release is the 2019 horror thriller Escape Room. Debuting directly to Blu-ray, meanwhile, is the sequel to the recent remake of I Spit on Your Grave, I Spit on Your Grave: Deja Vu.
Whether you’re already a fan of Hal Ashby or are interested in getting to know the legendary director, be sure to check out director Amy Scott’s loving tribute, Hal. Last year, Moviebill had the opportunity to speak with Scott about the project and you can check out the full interview right here.
Moviebill also recently sat down with director Gustavo Steinberg to take a look at his powerful and topical animated fable, Tito and the Birds, which today arrives on Blu-ray through Shout! Factory. Click here to read the interview.
A number of popular catalogue titles are getting the 4K Ultra HD treatment this week. Look for updated versions of Ridley Scott’s original Alien, Anthony and Joe Russo’s first two Marvel Studios films, Captain America: Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War (arriving just in time for their latest, Avengers: Endgame), and the chilling 17th century supernatural horror tale, The Witch.
The Shout Select label continues to expand this week with Sylvester Stallone’s directorial debut, Paradise Alley. Also starring Anne Archer and Armand Assante, the 1978 film (also scripted by Stallone) follows three brothers trying to get by living in the slums of 1940s New York.
Over at Shout Factory’s horror themed Scream Factory label, the appropriately titled Scream and Scream Again gets a wide release blu-ray. The 1970 tale of terror unites horror icons Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee and Vincent Price in the story of a London serial killer who drains his victims of their blood.
There’s more horror to be had over at Arrow Video where 1987’s Scared Stiff makes its HD debut with the story of a singer who finds herself haunted by the ghost of a former slave owner.
The Criterion Collection delivers their second work from cinematic master Elia Kazan with 1957’s A Face in the Crowd making its Blu-ray debut. Andy Griffith headlines the disturbingly prescient story of loudmouthed drifter who, after being put on the radio, rises to become a dangerously powerful media superstar.
From Kit Parker films comes the Noir Archive Volume One with eight features, all of which are new to Blu-ray. This first collection includes 1944’s Address Unknown,1945’s Escape in the Fog, 1947’s The Guilt of Janet Ames, 1949’s The Black Book, 1949’s Johnny Allegro, 1950’s The Killer That Stalked New York and 711 Ocean Drive, 1952’s Assignment Paris! and 1954’s The Miami Story.
Kino Lorber also a trio of vintage titles hitting this week. Joe May directs a 1940 take on Nathaniel Hawthorne’s 19th century Gothic novel with The House of the Seven Gables. 1957’s The Land Unknown follows four people whose airplane crash lands them in a hidden world where dinosaurs never went extinct. Then, 1951’s The Strange Door brings to life Robert Louis Stevenson’s short horror story “The Sire de Maletroit’s Door”.
Sony Pictures has their own wave of catalogue titles hitting today. Look for Jim Carrey in both Ace Ventura and its sequel, Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, in addition to Albert Brooks’ 1981 comedy drama Modern Romance and the 1992 action thriller White Sands, starring Willem Dafoe, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and Mickey Rourke.
Meanwhile, over at Universal, a few titles are getting released/re-released with digital copies. They’ve got the 1997 magical family adventure A Simple Wish, the 2002 kid-friendly revenge tale Big Fat Liar, Michael Mann’s award winning Ruben Carter biopic The Hurricane, and, arriving just the directing pair prepare to release Avengers: Endgame, Joe and Anthony Russo’s 2006 comedy You, Me and Dupree.
When it comes to the small screen, the week brings home the ninth season of Showtime’s hit comedy drama, Shameless.