August 13, 2019: This Week on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD
In a little over a decade, Marvel Studios managed to change the face of the modern blockbuster. Today, Avengers: Endgame arrives on Blu-ray, DVD and 4K Ultra HD and the release is bringing a few friends with it. Marvel Studios has recently been returning to previous chapters and offering 4K upgrades. Alongside Endgame, look for new 4K editions of the entire Iron Man trilogy (Iron Man,Iron Man 2, and Iron Man 3) as well as both Thor and Thor Dark World. If you’re a Steelbook collector, make sure to pick up all these titles at a Best Buy as the store is offering exclusive packaging designs for all six films!
There are, of course, some new releases that aren’t Marvel films, although the first one does come from the director of the first Thor! Kenneth Branagh’s exploration of the real William Shakespeare heads to Blu-ray with All is True, starring Judi Dench, Ian McKellen and Branagh himself.
Also hitting store shelves today is Zhang Yimou’s acclaimed wuxia action epic Shadow. The film, also available in 4K Ultra HD, tells the tale of a warrior with a trained shadow capable of duplicating his every move.
Two classic adventures make their way to Blu-ray this week from Warner Archive. Look for John Ford’s 1950 Wagon Master, which the legendary director has said ranks among his personal favorites! The story of a wagon train to Utah, the western inspired the long running television series Wagon Train. The release comes home with a feature length audio commentary track featuring Harry Carey Jr. and Peter Bogdanovich with archival contributions by Ford himself.
Also arriving from WA is Fritz Lang’s 1955 Moonfleet. The CinemaScope tale follows a young orphan in the 18th century who, after being sent to live in an English village, finds himself taken in by a gentleman who also happens to lead a band of rowdy swashbuckling bootleggers!
Another cult classic gets an excellent collector’s edition today over at Shout! Factory where director Gary Sherman’s 1982 Vice Squad. The story of an unlikely team-up between a police detective and a Los Angeles prostitute, the film makes its HD debut (a 4K scan of the original negative) with a host of special features, including a feature length commentary track with Sherman and Producer Brian Frankish and lots of newly created interviews.
Meanwhile, joining the Shout Select line is Franco Zeffirelli’s 1981 drama Endless Love, starring Brooke Shields and Martin Hewitt as a young couple in love, inspired by William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. In addition to a 2K scan of the film interpositive, the new disc offers several all new features, including a commentary track with film historian Lee Gambin.
The Scream Factory label is also expanding this release with two new Steelbook releases! Look for updated versions of two Roger Corman produced classics with both Galaxy of Terror and Forbidden World. Originally among the first blu-ray releases from Shout!, both titles have received updated transfers and include all of their original special features.
Twenty years after film historian Donald Richie published a 1971 travelogue about the islands in Japan’s Inland Sea, filmmaker Lucille Carra duplicated his journey for her own look at the extraordinary culture from a foreigner’s perspective. The Inland Sea joins the Criterion Collection this week with a new restored 4K digital transfer and newly created supplemental materials.
It’s all about classic thrillers this week at Kino Lorber. They’re bringing two early Alfred Hitchcock films to Blu-Ray with both Blackmail and Murder! before turning their attention to French fare with a trio of Jean Gabin features. Look for Marcel Carne’s Port of Shadows, Henry Decoin’s Razzia sur la Chnouf (“Raid on the Dope”) and Touchez Pas Au Grisbi (“Don’t Touch the Loot”).
Mill Creek Entertainment has another wave of VHS-inspired catalogue titles. Look for four new titles, all making their HD debuts: the 1975 trucker auctioneer White Line Fever, the 1985 horror thriller The New Kids, the 1987 romantic comedy Roxanne and the 1989 legal drama True Believer.
Closing out the week are the small screen titles, beginning with the sixth season of the hit NBC drama The Blacklist, arriving in advance of the show’s seventh season, set to air in October. There’s also the third season of The CW’s Riverdale and, arriving in a stylish Steelbook package, the third season of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Although it’s only available on DVD, the week also finally sees the release of the complete short lived drama Pan Am, which stars Christina Ricci and a pre-fame Margot Robbie.