February 18, 2020: This Week on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD
Starring Black Panther‘s Chadwick Boseman and produced by Avengers: Endgame directors Joe and Anthony Russo, the police thriller 21 Bridges kicks off this week’s new releases. The film, which also stars Sienna Miller, arrives on Blu-ray with a selection of deleted scenes and an audio commentary track with director Brian Kirk and editor Tim Murrell.
Hitting DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD is the Mister Rogers biopic A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, starring Tom Hanks as everyone’s favorite neighbor. Director Marielle Heller lends an audio commentary to the home release, which also offers deleted scenes, featurettes, a blooper reel and more.
Nominated for Best Picture, Jojo Rabbit also earned writer/director/star Taika Waititi an Oscar for his adapted screenplay. Now, the acclaimed film comes to DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD with a host of special features. Waititi delivers a laugh out loud commentary track (wherein he continuously calls the film’s various cast members on his cell phone), deleted scenes, bloopers and a 30-minute behind the scenes documentary.
Rounding out the week’s new releases is Midway, the World War II actioner from Roland Emmerich (Independence Day, 2012). Available on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD, Midway arrives with a number of featurettes, and an Emmerich commentary track.
Warner Archive is granting the wishes of animation fans everywhere with a first volume of Tex Avery Screwball Classics. Paying tribute to the legendary animator, the new Blu-ray set offers 19 uncut shorts, charting Avery’s career from 1943 to 1951, including: “Dumb Hounded” (1943), “Red Hot Riding Hood” (1943), “Who Killed Who?” (1943), “What’s Buzzin’, Buzzard?” (1943), “Screwball Squirrel” (1944), “Batty Baseball” (1944), “Big Heel-watha” (1944), “The Screwy Truant” (1945), “Lonesome Lenny” (1946), “The Hick Chick” (1946), “Hound Hunters” (1947), “Red Hot Rangers” (1947), “Bad Luck Blackie” (1949), “Wags To Riches” (1949), “Garden Gopher” (1950), “The Chump Champ” (1950), “The Peachy Cobbler” (1950), “Daredevil Droopy” (1951), and “Symphony In Slang” (1951).
The Criterion Collection adds two more titles this week with Pier Paolo Pasolini’s 1968 mysterious drama Teorema and Hiroshi Teshigahara’s 1984 dazzling documentary Antonio Gaudi. The former, which stars Terence Stamp as an enigmatic figure, marks the sixth Pasolini film to join the collection, following Mamma Roma, The Decameron, The Canterbury Tales, Arabian Nights, and Salò.
Teshigahara’s documentary, meanwhile, marks the fourth feature from the Japanese avant-garde filmmaker in the collection. The previous DVD releases of Pitfall, Woman in the Dunes, and The Face of Another are currently out of print. Hopefully, Criterion has some HD upgrades in the works for the near future!
Matt Damon and Casey Affleck headline Gerry, Gus Van Sant’s 2002 drama, which this week joins Shout! Factory’s Shout Select line. Scripted by all three, the story follows two young men (both nicknamed Gerry), who wind up having their friendship pushed to the limits when they wind up trapped in the wilderness without any food or water. The film makes its Blu-ray debut with a behind the scenes featurette, “Salt Lake Van Sant”.
Meanwhile, over at Shout! Factory’s horror themed Scream Factory label, two more Hammer films get the HD treatment. Look for 1956’s quasi-Quatermass sci-fi thriller X the Unknown as well as 1966’s Rasputin the Mad Monk (starring the inimitable Christopher Lee in the title role), both making their blu-ray debuts.
Two more titles join the MVD Rewind Collection this week, beginning with the cult classic animated adventure The Point! Narrated by Ringo Starr and scripted by Harry Nilsson, the film tells the story of a round-headed boy who lives in a world of pointy-headed individuals. In honor of the film’s 50th anniversary, the Blu-ray comes with quite a bit of supplemental content, including an hourlong documentary, “Nilsson on Screen”.
Also from MVD this week is the 1989 thriller Mindgames, which tells the story of a family that, after heading into the California wilderness for a camping trip, wind up coming face to face with a dangerous psychopath who wants nothing more than to bring deadly chaos into their lives.
Kino Lorber turns back the clock with two new entries in their Kino Classics line, 1937’s The Man Who Was Sherlock Holmes and 1943’s Münchhausen. They’re also adding a quartet of catalogue titles to their Kino Lorber Studio Classics line, including the 1967 drama Accident, the 1982 crime thriller The Criminal, director Mike Nichols’ sci-fi thriller The Day of the Dolphin, and the 1971 adventure The Light at the Edge of the World.
Over on the small screen, Avatar: The Last Airbender is celebrating 15 years with a brand new complete series Blu-ray set that comes packaged in a trio of Steelbooks (themed after water, earth and fire), all housed in a cardboard case and backed by hours of bonus content, including audio commentaries, animatics and deleted scenes.
Finally, CBS All Access is bringing audiences to another dimension. One not only of sight and sound, but of mind. There’s a signpost up ahead. Your next stop is The Twilight Zone. Produced and hosted by Jordan Peele, the contemporary take on Rod Serling’s classic science fiction and horror anthology series comes home as a five-disc set. Special features include black and white versions of all ten episodes, two documentaries and audio commentaries on three of the episodes (“Replay”, “Not All Men,” and the finale, “Blurryman”).