August 6, 2019: This Week on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD
This week, the DC Animated movies continue with Batman: Hush, a feature length adaptation of the acclaimed Detective Comics arc by Jeph Loeb and Jim Lee. The release also includes a new Showcase Short Film about DC’s military hero, Sgt. Rock.
While Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood plays on the big screen, director Mary Harron turns her attention to Charles Manson himself. Starring Doctor Who‘s Matt Smith, Charlie Says examines one of the most disturbed minds to have ever lived, captured by the filmmaker behind American Psycho.
The world of The Conjuring continues in The Curse of La Llorona, a supernatural thriller borne of Mexican folklore that tells of a woman who, having drowned her own children, exists in a world between the living and the dead, preying on little children that wander too far from their parents.
Rhyme City is the place to be in Detective Pikachu, the very first live action film set in the world of Pokemon. In addition to lots of behind the scenes featurettes, the disc (available on Blu-ray, DVD and 4k Ultra HD) adds a “Detective Mode” to the film that reveals hidden secrets as you watch.
An ensemble cast that includes Diane Keaton, Jackie Weaver, Pam Grier, Rhea Perlman and Celia Weston comes together for Poms, a comedy drama that reminds us that it’s never to late to follow your dreams.
Then, with Tolkien, director Dome Karukoski explores the formative years of J.R.R. Tolkien, the iconic creator of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Nicholas Hoult plays the title role with Lily Collins costarring as his wife, Edith.
From director Hiroyasu Ishida comes Penguin Highway, a delightful animated feature that should satisfy the whole family. When penguins begin to mysterious appear in his landlocked village, young Aoyama decides that a scientific approach is what’s needed to solve the mystery. Before too long, Aoyama finds himself teaming up with a young dental assistant for a truly imaginative adventure.
If you’re in any way a fan of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, you’ll find so much to love about the new documentary What We Left Behind: Looking Back at Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. With an eye to both the past and the future, show runner Ira Steven Behr reflects on seven seasons that changed the face of the Star Trek franchise, offering new interviews with cast and crew and even sitting down for an imaginary season eight writer’s room. Earlier this year, Moviebill had the chance to sit down with Behr to discuss the doc and you can click here to read the full interview.
Jane Campion’s acclaimed adaptation of the autobiographies of Janet Frame gets an HD upgrade this week as An Angel at my Table arrives on Blu-ray. The 1990 film gets a full digital restoration and is backed by special features that range from a feature length commentary with Campion, director of photography Stuart Dryburgh and actor Kerry Fox to deleted scenes, an interview with Frame and more.
From Arrow Video comes a new special edition of the 1976 horror thriller Alice, Sweet Alice. Boasting a 2K restoration of the theatrical version from the original camera negative, the Alfred Sole film arrives in HD with hours of special features, including the alternate television cut, Holy Terror.
Kino Lorber has a trio of new additions to their Studio Classics line. First up are two Billy Wilder features — 1947’s A Foreign Affair and 1974’s The Front Page — bringing collectors very, very close to have having having all of the filmmaking legend’s works on Blu-ray. The former, a romantic comedy drama, stars Jean Arthur and John Lund as Americans whose assignment in postwar Berlin put them face to face with a former Nazi cabaret singer (Marlene Dietrich). In the latter, Walter Matthau is the editor of a tabloid newspaper who will go to any length to prevent his top reporter (Jack Lemmon) from quitting and settling down with his wife to be (Susan Sarandon).
Also arriving this week is the 1992 comedy The Gun in Betty Lou’s Handbag, starring Penelope Anne Miller as a mild mannered librarian whose life is turned upside down when a murder weapon is placed inside her purse, framing her for the crime.
Shout! Factory has another family friendly surprise hitting store shelves this week with Sesame Street Dance Party! Available on DVD only, the two hour compilation of Sesame Street segments offers appearances by guest stars like Amy Ryan, Liev Schreiber, Maria Menounos, Naomi Watts and Nicole Kidman and special musical performances by Ne-Yo, Feijóo Sisters, Janelle Monáe and Sara Bareilles.
The week also brings to Blu-ray the sixth season of Cinemax’s hit spy drama Strike Back. All ten episodes are included in the two-disc set.