February 19, 2019: This Week on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD
Several big 2018 releases are coming home this week on a variety of formats. Unfortunately, director Marielle Heller critically acclaimed Can You Ever Forgive Me? arrives on DVD only, despite having been nominated for three Academy Awards (including Best Performance nods for stars Melissa McCarthy and Richard E. Grant). Thankfully, it’s a very different story with the rest of the week’s new releases. The Bad Robot WWII zombie thriller Overlord hits not just DVD and Blu-ray, but 4K Ultra HD as well, making for an impressive home theaters presentation. Also arriving across all three formats are the Liongate reimagining of the Robin Hood legend and, itself nominated for eight Oscars, Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut, A Star is Born.
The Criterion Collection has two new additions this week. Henri-Georges Clouzot’s 1960 La Verite stars Brigitte Bardot as a young woman put on trial for the murder of her lover. Luchino Visconti’s 1971 Death in Venice, then, explores obsession and decay through immaculate framing that has been fully remastered via a 4K digital restoration.
Warner Archive this week brings to HD director Michael Cimino’s 1985 crime thriller Year of the Dragon, starring Mickey Rourke as an NYPD detective trying to bring down organized crime in Chinatown.
Shout! Factory’s Scream Factory label turns back to the clock this week with The Return of the Vampire. Although not officially a sequel to Todd Browning’s 1931 “Dracula,” “The Return of the Vampire” nevertheless features that film’s star, Bela Lugosi, back a blood sucking creature of the night. Meanwhile, the company’s Shout! Select label brings to Blu-ray the 1994 Backbeat, starring Sheryl Lee and Stephen Dorff in the true story of the Beatles’ early days.
From Arrow Academy this week comes two Joseph H. Lewis film noir releases, 1945’s My Name is Julia Ross and 1946’s So Dark the Night. Then, on the horror side of things, Arrow brings to Blu-ray Herschell Gordon Lewis’ 1965 Color Me Blood Red. Tinged with comedic elements, the thriller follows a deranged artist who wants to use human blood in his paintings.
Wrapping up the week is the small screen’s recent Doctor Who: Resolution. Since the series returned to the airwaves in 2005, “Doctor Who” has been delivering annual Christmas specials. Now, for the first time, the focus shifts to New Years with an adventure that brings back one of the Doctor’s oldest foes.