August 21, 2018: Here's what's hitting DVD, Blu-ray and 4K
Marvel’s Merc with a Mouth kicks off the week as Deadpool 2 slices his way to Blu-ray, DVD and 4K. There are also a couple of store exclusive versions, including a Steelbook at Best Buy and a Target version that also offers a children’s book in the key of Mr. Pool.
Other recent big screen releases coming home this week begin with the Johnny Knoxville stunt comedy Action Point. Then, Will Arnett joins some canine companions for Show Dogs. Finally, Ethan Hawke headlines the latest drama from writer and director Paul Schrader, First Reformed.
With the new television series headed to Amazon, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan is getting a 4K overhaul. Paramount Home Entertainment this week is releasing a Jack Ryan 5-Film Collection, collecting every theatrical Ryan adventure to date. Alec Baldwin plays the role in The Hunt For Red October. Harrison Ford pulls double duty in both Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger. Ben Affleck becomes Jack Ryan for The Sum of All Fears before Chris Pine takes over in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.
Originally scheduled for an earlier release, Shout! Factory delayed David Lynch’s Wild at Heart to ensure that the disc hitting shelves today is the best the dreamlike romance has ever been presented. Speaking of presentation, the Scream Factory label offers up a double feature of William Castle horror with both The Tingler and Straight-Jacket. Unfortunately, you’ll have to install your own home theater Percepto devices.
Warner Archive continues through an impressive catalogue. This week, The Last Hunt is upgraded to HD. Released in 1956, the Richard Brooks western features Robert Taylor and Stewart Granger as a pair of buffalo hunters fighting over stolen horses.
The Criterion Collection is offering an unusual double feature this week. Look for a Blu-ray upgrade of Ernst Lubitsch’s life after death comedy Heaven Can Wait as well as the label’s first ever release of Susan Seidelman’s 1982 punk rock anthem Smithereens.
Although it was a box office bomb when it hit theaters in 1998, Deep Rising is finally being celebrated as a cult masterpiece. The Stephen Sommers film pits Treat Williams and Famke Janssen against giant monsters on a luxury cruise. Deep Rising finally makes it to Blu-ray this week in celebration of the film’s 20th anniversary.
It’s a good week for small screen horror, beginning with the third and final season of Ash vs Evil Dead. If that isn’t enough to satisfy your undead cravings, there’s also the eighth season of The Walking Dead, timed to arrive just before the new season premieres on AMC. Also from the network is the aptly titled television miniseries The Terror, starring Jared Harris as a 19th century Captain whose Arctic expedition faces off against mysterious killer creatures.
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