April 7, 2020: This Week on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD
One of the more peculiar big screen releases in some time, Universal Pictures’ Broadway musical adaptation Cats is now available on DVD and Blu-ray. In addition to a number of behind the scenes featurettes, the film comes home with an audio commentary by director Tom Hooper.
If you’re looking to speak to animals on beyond the feline variety, look no further than Dolittle. Starring Robert Downey Jr. as the classic Hugh Lofting literary character, the Stephen Gaghan film hits DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD with a half dozen behind the scenes featurettes. If you missed it, be sure to check out Moviebill’s digital edition, which features an interview with star Michael Sheen.
Nominated for six Academy Awards (and winning for Costume Design), Greta Gerwig’s Little Women breaths extraordinary new life into the Louisa May Alcott classic with an ensemble cast that includes Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen, Timothée Chalamet, Laura Dern and more. It arrives on Blu-ray with several behind the scenes featurettes that focus both on the production and the history of the novel.
Hitting DVD only this week is writer and director Michael Cristofer’s The Night Clerk, a crime thriller that stars Tye Sheridan as a hotel clerk who becomes a murder suspect and a supporting cast that includes Ana de Armas, Helen Hunt and John Leguizamo.
Rounding out the week’s new releases is the animated adventure Swift. From Shout! Studios, the film features the voices of Willem DaFoe and Kate Winslet in the story of young seagull who must learn to become an expert flyer before his entire flock heads south for the winter. You can check out the trailer in the player below:
Also arriving from Shout! Factory this week is a pair of recent thrillers. Released in 2018 and produced by the legendary Joe Dante, Camp Cold Brook follows Chad Michael Murray as a reality TV host who, in the effort to reverse his declining ratings, decides to film at an infamously haunted campground.
Meanwhile, writer and director Jennifer Reeder’s Knives and Skin comes to blu-ray. The atmospheric neo-noir follows investigation of a young girl’s disappearance in a midwestern town. The film comes home with a behind the scenes featurette and several deleted scenes.
There is more horror to be had with Arrow Video’s new release of Ovidio G. Assonitis’s 1974 supernatural thriller Beyond the Door. Clearly influenced by William Friedkin’s The Exorcist the previous year, the Italian/American coproduction receives brand new 2K restorations of two different cuts of the film and two full discs worth of bonus features.
If you’re a fan of home 3-D, there’s little doubt that you weren’t dazzled by Flicker Alley’s first set of 3-D Rarities. Working alongside the 3-D Film Archive, the boutique label previously collected an eclectic assembly of rare and interesting 3-D material stretching back nearly a century. Now, five years after the original set was released, Flicker Alley brings us a followup collection with even more stereoscopic goodness. Among the highlights of 3-D Rarities, Volume II is the 1953 Mexican adventure film El Corazon y la Espada, fully restored and viewable in 3-D for the first time in nearly 50 years!
Check out the trailer for 3-D Rarities Volume II in the player below:
Kino-Lorber also has some new additions to their Studio Classics line this week. Look for Carole Lombard and Randolph Scott in Victor Halperin’s 1933 spooky thriller Supernatural, Marlene Dietrich in Ernst Lubitsch’s 1937 romance Angel, Fred MacMurray in George Marshall’s 1935 crime comedy Murder He Says and Gary Cooper in Henry Hathaway’s 1935 war drama The Lives of a Bengal Lancer, Lewis Mileston’s 1936 crime noir The General Died at Dawn, and William Wellman’s 1939 adventure Beau Geste.
Universal’s Manufacture-on-Demand (MOD) program brings to blu-ray four new catalogue titles. In addition to director Jonathan Frakes’ 2004 live action take on the classic sci-fi marionette series Thunderbirds, the week delivers Kirsten Dunst and Paul Bettany in the 2004 tennis romcom Wimbledon, Chris Cooper in the 2007 spy thriller Breach, and Eugene Levy in the 2006 American Pie franchise spinoff The Naked Mile.
When it comes to the small screen, the week brings us the conclusion of the CBS political drama Madam Secretary. Starring Tea Leoni as a fictional US Secretary of State, the show ended its six season run late last year. Now, it comes to DVD in either a complete sixth season set or as the complete series, collecting all 120 episodes.