April 28, 2020: This Week on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD
Daniel Radcliffe has himself in a most unusual situation in Guns Akimbo, a high concept actioner from writer and director Jason Lei Howden. The Harry Potter star plays Miles, a video game designer who wakes up one day to find guns attached to his hands and forced to compete in a deadly showdown. Also starring Ready or Not‘s Samara Weaving, Guns Akimbo arrives on Blu-ray today with a pair of behind the scenes featurettes and an audio commentary track with Howden.
Also arriving from its recent big screen debut is director Reed Morano’s The Rhythm Section, based on the 2000 literary thriller by Mark Burnell. Blake Lively headlines as a woman whose focus turns to bitter revenge when a plane crash claims the life of her family. Also starring Sterling K. Brown, Jude Law, Max Casella, and Richard Brake, the film comes homw with deleted scenes and several behind the scenes featurettes.
The Criterion Collection has a pair of recent titles joining their impressive lineup. Continuing to deliver all things Wes Anderson, Criterion today adds his 2014 comedy drama, The Grand Budapest Hotel. For those keeping track, that means that every Anderson film to date officially has a Criterion release, except for 2018’s Isle of Dogs.
Also available from Criterion this week is Miranda July’s acclaimed 2005 drama, Me and You and Everyone We Know. July writes, directs and stars in her debut feature, which stylishly explores the lives of a shoe salesman and a performance artist. The film’s blu-ray debut, Me and You and Everyone We Know with quite a few special features, including two of July’s prior short films.
One of the first features from legendary director Robert Wise (The Day the Earth Stood Still, West Side Story), Blood on the Moon is getting the HD treatment this week from Warner Archive. Released in 1948, Blood on the Moon offers a psychological drama dressed up as a classic Western. Robert Mitchum headlines as a drifter whose relationship with a cattle owner (Tom Tully) changes after the drifter realizes the way that the other man is treating the community.
Ed Begley won an Academy Award for his supporting performance in director Richard Brooks’s 1962 Tennesee Williams adaptation Sweet Bird of Youth. Paul Newman headlines as Chance Wayne, a man who, having failed to make it in Hollywood, returns to his hometown with an aging actress (Geraldine Page) to attempt to settle into a new life.
There’s another pair of Hammer Horror classics hitting today from Shout! Factory. Look for both The Lost Continent (1968) and Shatter (1974). The former follows freighter passengers who become lost in an extraordinary a floating swamp within the Sargasso Sea that’s home to mutants, pirates and monsters! Then, Shatter offers a Kung Fu actioner coproduced by the Shaw Brothers!
Kino Lorber’s Kino Classics line adds another F.W. Murnau classic with the 1926 silent adaptation of Molière’s Tartuffe. Offering two versions of the film, the set includes an orchestral score by Robert Israel on the German version and music by Giuseppe Becce, adapted by Javier Perez De Azpeitia, on the US version. There is also a feature commentary track with film historian Troy Howarth
Kino also has some new titles joining their Kino Lorber Studio Classics line. Look for Carol Reed’s Joseph Conrad adaptation Outcast of the Islands (1951), David Lean’s aviation tale The Sound Barrier (1952), John Schlesinger’s black and white comedy drama Billy Liar (1963), Russell Rouse’s comedy adventure The Caper of the Golden Bulls (1967), and Howard Morris’s feature film adaptation of Woody Allen’s stage play Don’t Drink the Water (1969).
Sony’s MOD (Manufacture on Demand) line of catalogue titles adds three this week. Look for the 1985 high school crossdressing comedy Just One of the Guys, director Richard Donner’s 1992 coming of age drama/fantasy (narrated by Tom Hanks) and the 1994 romantic drama sequel My Girl 2.
Everyone’s favorite horror movie hostess gets the HD treatment from Arrow Video this week as the cult label brings to blu-ray the feature film Elvira: Mistress of the Dark. Not only does the 1988 horror comedy get a new 4K restoration, it arrives in a set jam-packed with special features, including two different commentary tracks.
Horror fans will also want to check out The McPherson Tape, a rare 1989 found footage alien abduction tale that, for decades, was sometimes passed off as the real thing after a warehouse fire prevented it from ever getting official distribution. Now, it comes to Blu-ray with a new transfer from the original 3/4″ master tape.
After close to a decade, Arrow has come to an end. What it leaves behind, however, is pretty astonishing. Opening a gateway to a live action DC Comics multiverse, the extended Arrowverse has multiple shows going strong and even recently connected with the current big screen continuity! Today, you can either pick up Arrow: The Complete Eighth and Final Season or Arrow: The Complete Series.
Not to be outdone by the Distinguished Competition, Underdog is also here! Shout! Factory has collected all 62 episodes of the 60s cartoon in a nine-disc DVD set that restores the previously out of print adventures of humble canine citizen Shoeshine Boy and his superheroic alter ego.