December 10, 2019: This Week on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD
2019 may be coming to end this month, but that just means that more and more big screen releases from a very busy year are coming home. This week kicks off with quote a few new titles, beginning with The Death of Dick Long, the solo directing debut of Daniel Scheinert, who helmed Swiss Army Man in 2016 with Dan Kwan. Meanwhile, John Travolta headlines the suspense thriller The Fanatic, written and directed by Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst.
With their science fiction thriller, Freaks Adam Stein and Zach Lipovsky craft a world full of twists and turns. Earlier this year, Moviebill sat down with both filmmakers as well as stars Amanda Crew, Lexy Kolker and Bruce Dern. Click here to watch the interviews!
Some of the year’s bigger hits are coming home just in time for the holidays, too. Look for the second half of Stephen King’s epic tale of terror with It – Chapter Two and for Quentin Tarantino’s euphoric ode to Tinsel Town, Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood. Both arrive on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD.
Having pulled in more than $150 million at the worldwide box office, Lorene Scafaria’s slick stripper heist thriller Hustlers is now available to own. Boasting an eclectic cast that includes Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez, Julia Stiles, Lili Reinhart, Keke Palmer, Lizzo, Cardi B. and more, Hustlers is also available on 4K Ultra HD.
Rounding out the week’s new releases are two indies. Look for Lucky Day, a comedic crime thriller from Roger Avery, co-writer of Pulp Fiction and director of films like Killing Zoe and The Rules of Attraction. Lastly, there’s Monos, director Alejandro Landes’ acclaimed Columbian war drama.
Two new titles join the Criterion Collection this week. Kelly Reichardt made her feature film debut in 2006 with Old Joy, the story of two old friends who attempt to reconnect on a camping trip together. The film makes its blu-ray debut with a 2K digital restoration.
Long awaited by cinephiles everywhere, Wim Wenders epic 287 minute masterpiece Until the End of the World finally comes to home video with a new 4K digital restoration so that audiences everywhere can experience the filmmaker’s ultimate road trip.
Easily in the running for the year’s best box set, Scream Factory’s new The Fly Collection gives audiences five great reasons to be afraid. To be very afraid. Not only does the set offer ever film in the science fiction franchise (that’s the 1958 original The Fly, sequels Return of the Fly (1959) and The Curse of the Fly (1965), the 1986 remake of The Fly and its direct sequel, 1989’s The Fly II), but it is jam packed supplemental material. Look new interviews, featurettes, deleted scenes, test footage and a whopping seven different audio commentary tracks!
If that isn’t enough to make you scream, this week also sees the arrival of two new Hammer Horror releases from the label. Look for both 1957’s The Abominable Snowman of the Himalayas and for 1971’s genderbending reimaging of Robert Louis Stevenson, Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde.
Shout! Factory is also celebrating actresses this week with two very different releases. First up, The Anne Bancroft Collection offers eight different films starring the multi-hyphenate talent. The set includes Don’t Bother to Knock (1952), The Miracle Worker (1962), The Pumpkin Eater (1964), The Graduate (1967), Fatso (1980), To Be or Not to Be (1983), Agnes of God (1985) and 84 Charing Cross Road (1987).
Then, continuing Shout! Factory’s collection of the work of the late Satoshi Kon, comes Millennium Actress. The 2001 animated drama explores the life of an actress as we literally travel through her memories and explore decades of life on the screen. At time as joyous as it is melancholic, Millennium Actress is made all the more powerful in the wake of Kon’s early passing in at age 46. Now, his stories live on in his incredible works, many of which focus on perception, the passage of time, and the nature of memory.
If you’re a fan of Christopher Nolan’s Inception, you’ll likely find a lot to like in Jim Jarmusch’s The Limits of Control, which explores many of the same ideas, following Isaach De Bankolé as an assassin whose actions are as carefully crafted as they are mysterious. Arrow Academy brings the 2009 film to HD with a host of supplemental features and a case that offers reversible artwork.
Another great gift idea for this holiday season, Olive Films is bringing to blu-ray five early works by Alfred Hitchcock. The Hitchcock: British International Pictures Collection includes The Ring (1927), The Farmer’s Wife (1928), Champagne (1928), The Manxman (1929) and The Skin Game (1931), all full restored and available for the first time in high definition.
This week, Kino Lorber is debuting the new music documentary Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice alongside quite a number of catalogue titles, all of which are making their HD debuts. Look for Louis Gossett Jr. in the 1992 action franchise sequel Aces: Iron Eagle III. Paul Schrader writes and directs 1978’s crime drama Blue Collar, starring Richard Pryor, Harvey Keitel and Yaphet Kotto. Lee Marvin takes the lead in 1984’s crime actioner Dog Day, directed by Yves Boisset. Timothy Hutton is an unfrozen caveman in Fred Schepisi’s 1984 sci-fi drama Iceman. Richard Donner made his Superman followup in 1980 with Inside Moves, starring John Savage as a man who finds new hope for life after a suicide attempt.
The Get Smart movie, 1980’s The Nude Bomb, arrives with Don Adams back as Agent 86. David Duchovny, Angelina Jolie and Timothy Hutton headline Andy Wilson’s 1997 Playing God, which tells the story of a surgeon who tries to invent himself in the criminal underworld after a surgery gone horrible wrong. Burt Reynolds plays the title role in 1985’s Stick, an Elmore Leonard adaptation that Reynolds himself directed. Then, Sidney Lumet directs Melanie Griffith as a NYPD cop in the 1992 romantic mystery A Stranger Among Us and Charlie Sheen and Nastassja Kinski star in the 1994 skydiving spy actioner Terminal Velocity.
Face it. If you’re a Twin Peaks fan, you’re going to be rebuying the series over and over and over. The latest iteration, Twin Peaks: From Z to A, packages the original series, the film Fire Walk With Me and the revival series in a deluxe box set that offers lots of newly released content and even upgrades the original pilot and the eighth episode of the new show (you know the one) to 4K.
Finally, Mill Creek Entertainment wraps up the week with UltraSeven, the third season in ToHo’s classic UltraMan franchise. As was the case with the first two seasons, UltraSeven is available in a stylish Steelbook case for a limited time.