August 28, 2018: Here's what's hitting DVD, Blu-ray and 4K
A quartet of recent big screen releases kick off the week. Writer and director Bart Layton delivers a true crime thriller about four men who heist a library in American Animals. Four very different bibliophiles then gather together in the romantic comedy Book Club while, elsewhere, five friends play a very, very intense game of Tag. Finally, Leigh Whannell writes and directs the acclaimed sci-fi horror story Upgrade.
Catalogue titles being released this week begin with Olive Films‘ new Signature Edition of the Wachowskis’ debut feature, Bound. Warner Archive delivers in HD Raoul Walsh’ 1958 World War II drama The Naked and the Dead. Alex Cox’s contemporary western mashup Straight to Hell (which boasts music by The Pogues) gets a Blu-ray Director’s Cut release while, in celebration of the film’s 30th anniversary, Francis Ford Coppola’s Tucker: The Man and His Dream finally gets a Blu-ray release.
Just in time for Halloween, Universal Pictures has added two new Legacy Collections to its Universal Monsters lineup. Look for a set featuring all three Creature From the Black Lagoon films (the 1954 original, 1955’s Revenge of the Creature and 1956’s The Creature Walks Among Us. As presented theatrically, the first two films are also viewable in 3D. The Invisible Man set, meanwhile, offers the 1933 original alongside The Invisible Man Returns (1940), The Invisible Woman (1940), The Invisible Agent (1942), The Invisible Man’s Revenge (1944) and Abbott & Costello Meet the Invisible Man (1951).
For those who have not yet purchased any of the Universal Monsters films, there’s also the massive Universal Classic Monsters: 30-Film Collection. Not only does it include all six Legacy Collections (including Frankenstein, Dracula, The Wolf Man and The Mummy), but also the first ever Blu-ray release of 1943’s The Phantom of the Opera.
Keeping with the Halloween theme, Shout! Factory‘s Scream Factory label has a pair of new editions this week. Look for the 1994 video game horror tale Brainscan as well as the recent biopic Mary Shelley, which sets Elle Fanning as the “Frankenstein” author.
The Criterion Collection this week adds Tomás Gutiérrez Alea’s 1968 Cuban drama Memories of Underdevelopment. Adapting the novel by Edmundo Desnoes, the film follows a family forced to flee to Havanna in the wake of the Bay of Pigs invasion.
DC Comics rules the small screen this week with a trio of television releases. Look for the complete third season of The CW‘s The Flash, the third season of FOX‘s Lucifer and the complete series of animated shorts Freedom Fighters – The Ray.