August 20, 2019: This Week on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD
A pair of very different new releases kick off the week. Look for producer James Gunn’s twisted take on the Man of Steel with Brightburn, hitting DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD. Among the disc’s bonus features is a feature commentary track with director David Yarovesky. Meanwhile, Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson are ready to take you for everything you’ve got in The Hustle, an updated take on Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Although not available in 4K, The Hustle does also include its own commentary track (with director Chris Addison).
Speaking of Anne Hathaway, she’s set to next headline a new big screen adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The Witches with Robert Zemeckis helming. If you wanted to first check out the 1990 version from legendary director Nichols Roeg, you need look no further than Warner Archive. They’ve got a newly restored Blu-ray version of the surprisingly scary children’s tale, which features Angelica Houston as the Grand High Witch, the role that Hathaway will play in the new film.
Nearly 50 years ago, reggae legend Jimmy Cliff headlined director Perry Henzell’s unique crime drama The Harder They Come and the film has remained a cult classic ever since. Now, The Harder They Come joins Shout! Factory’s Shout Select line with an impressive three-disc set that offers not only a new 4K scan from the original 16mm negative, but hours and hours of bonus content. Among the discs’s supplemental highlights is an entire second film by Henzell, No Place Like Home. Although it was shot in the 1970s, No Place Like Home was thought lost for decades and has been impossible to come by. Until now, that is!
Two more titles are also set to join the Scream Factory label. Look for the 1970 Hammer horror entry Horror of Frankenstein as well as the very recent I Trapped the Devil, part of IFC Midnight’s series of indie horror.
Douglas Sirk gets (another) HD upgrade in the Criterion Collection this week as his 1954 technicolor melodrama Magnificent Obsession heads to Blu-ray. Jane Wyman and Rock Hudson (in his star making role) headline the 1953 adaptation of Lloyd C. Douglas’s 1929 novel. The new Criterion edition offers a restored HD transfer as well as all of the previously available special features.
William Friedkin had already helmed The Exorcist, The French Connection and Sorcerer when he teamed with leading man Al Pacino for 1980’s Cruising. Pacino stars as an undercover cop whose quest to stop a serial killer has him infiltrating New York City’s underground S&M scene. Boasting a newly restored transfer, Arrow Film’s blu-ray edition of Cruising also offers a host of supplemental features, including two different commentary tracks with Friedkin.
The Kino Lorber Studio Classics line continues this week with an eclectic blend of titles. Look for the 1959 sci-fi thriller4D Man, the 1960 color fantasy Dinosaurus! (from the director of the original The Blob) and the bizarre 1966 showdown Billy the Kid vs Dracula. Meanwhile, Shirley MacLaine headlines 1969’s Sweet Charity (adapted from the Neil Simon Broadway hit) and Kim Basinger and Alec Baldwin fall in love in 1991’s The Marrying Man.
There are quite a few small screen titles headed to store shelves this week as well. Look for the seventh (and penultimate) season of The CW’s hit DC Comics series Arrow, the second season of STARZ’s Neil Gaiman adaptation American Gods, and the ninth season of AMC’s long running zombie show The Walking Dead.
Shout! Factory also has a treat this week for anime fans with Ronja, The Robber’s Daughter. All 26 episodes of Studio Ghibli’s only television series hit Blu-ray in a four disc set.