February 11, 2020: This Week on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD
Having just won two Academy Awards over the weekend, James Mangold’s Ford v Ferrari is racing home, arriving on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD. In addition to the film starring Christian Bale and Matt Damon, the set offers an hourlong behind the scenes documentary, ‘Bringing The Rivalry to Life’.
First Love marks the latest from Takashi Miike (Audition, Ichi the Killer). The crime thriller follows a boxer and a call girl who unwittingly wind up part of a drug deal gone wrong, pitting them against corrupt cops and deadly Yakuza assassins.
Writer and director Peter Strickland pays tribute to the giallo genre with In Fabric, the story of a cursed dress that brings misery to anyone who dares to wear it.
In honor of the film’s tenth anniversary this year, Paramount is upgrading Martin Scorsese’s pulpy thriller Shutter Island to 4K. The new edition, which also offers both previously released featurettes, is housed in a collectible Steelbook package.
Warner Archive has a trio of great titles arriving today, beginning with director Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s iconic 1955 musical Guys and Dolls. Marlon Brando headlines as Sky Masterson, a gambler whose friend (Frank Sinatra’s Nathan Detroit) has bet him that he can’t take Jean Simmons’ mission worker Sarah Brown out to dinner Havana. Add Vivian Blaine to the mix and you’ve got the recipe for one of the most beloved musicals of all time.
George Roy Hill directs 1979’s A Little Romance, which stars Diane Lane in her big screen debut. She plays Lauren, an American teen living in Paris, whose time is spent divided between two very different men: Thelonious Bernard’s streetwise Daniel, for whom she develops feelings, and Laurence Olivier’s Julius Santorin, an older gentelman whose incredible stories capture Lauren’s imagination.
Inspired by the story of the Supremes, 1976’s Sparkle showcases a fictional Harlem trio, Sister and the Sisters, who overcome all manner of personal hardship to emerge as a world famous musical group.
Twenty years ago in the town of Valentine Bluffs, an accident claimed the life of five miners. One year later, the only survivor used the tragedy’s first anniversary to seek revenge on those he felt were responsible. Now, as the town prepares to celebrate Valentine’s Day two decades later, the residents are about to learn that the past has no intention of staying buried.
Shout! Factory’s Scream Factory label is serving up an impressive two-disc My Bloody Valentine set, offering both theatrical and uncut versions of the 1981 slasher. The latter version offers a commentary track with director George Mihalka while the entire set is backed by new interviews, featurettes and more!
The first 2,000 customers ordering directly from ShoutFactory.com will receive a limited edition deluxe offer that includes an exclusive 18″ X 24″ rolled poster featuring brand new artwork, a second exclusive 18″ x 24″ rolled poster featuring alternative new artwork, and an exclusive slipcover featuring alternative new artwork.
The winner of three Academy Awards (including best director for Alfonso Cuarón), Roma joins the Criterion Collection this week. A dazzling look Mexico City in the 1970s, the film has been transferred from a 4K digital master and is backed by several behind the scenes documentaries that go into detail about the production.
Mill Creek Entertainment has a new wave of retro VHS themed catalogue titles, all of which are making their Blu-ray debuts. Look for Carol Kane in 1979’s thriller When a Stranger Calls, Richard Gere and Kim Basinger in the 1986 crime drama No Mercy, Cyndi Lauper and Jeff Goldblum in director Ken Kwapis’ offbeat 1988 adventure Vibes, and Bruce Willis as the bigger than life title character of 1991’s Hudson Hawk.
Kino Lorber has more great catalogue titles hitting this week, beginning with 1922’s Blood and Sand, starring Rudolph Valentino as a toreador whose life begins to come unraveled after he has an affair.
Joining the Kino Lorber Studio Classics line is a quartet of new titles, including 1981’s robo-romcom Heartbeeps (starring Andy Kaufman and Bernadette Peters), 1983’s crime caper sequel The Sting II (starring Jackie Gleason), 1985’s monster comedy Transylvania 6-5000 (starring Jeff Goldblum), and 1986’s courtroom comedy Legal Eagles (starring Robert Redford, Debra Winger and Daryl Hannah).
Tragically cancelled before it even went on the air, the DC Universe Swamp Thing series is nevertheless the best filmic take yet on the DC Comics character. All ten episodes arrive on Blu-ray this week. Hopefully, the world hasn’t seen the last of Derek Mear’s pitch perfect take on the swamp dwelling creature that Dr. Alec Holland became.
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