February 25, 2020: This Week on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD
Nicolas Cage begins the week, headlining Richard Stanley’s tale of cosmic terror, Color Out of Space, inspired by an H.P. Lovecraft short story. Available on Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD, the home release includes bonus deleted scenes and a “Making Of” featurette.
Then, return to Arendelle with Walt Disney Animation’s hugely successful Frozen II. Also available on Blu-ray and 4K, the musical adventure arrives with hours of bonus content, including deleted scenes, featurettes and even the Sing-Along version of the film.
Rounding out the new releases is writer and director Rian Johnson’s clever whodunnit, Knives Out. Nominated for Best Original Screenplay, the mystery comes home to Blu-ray and 4K with deleted scenes, an eight-part documentary, and a feature commentary track with Johnson alongside Director of Photography Steve Yedlin and actor Noah Segan.
In celebration of the film’s 30th anniversary this year, Paramount Home Entertainment is giving John McTiernan’s classic Tom Clancy adaptation a 4K update. Arriving in a stylish Steelbook package, The Hunt for Red October offers a pristine transfer for the first cinematic Jack Ryan adventure, backed by an audio commentary with McTiernan and a behind the scenes featurette about the making of the Cold War submarine thriller.
Warner Archive is bringing another pair of catalogue titles to HD this week. Look for both director George Marshall’s 1959 romcom, It Started with a Kiss and for John Huston’s 1981 sports drama Victory. The former, starring Glenn Ford and Debbie Reynolds, tells the story of a military Sergeant whose new wife and car cause all sorts of jealousy when he’s stationed at a base in Spain. The latter, meanwhile, focuses on a group of POWs who, held captive in Nazi Germany, are challenged to a game of soccer against their captors.
Two new titles join the Criterion Collection this week, beginning with Three Fantastic Journeys by Karel Zeman. The three-disc set includes three fantastic works by the Czech filmmaker, the prehistoric Journey to the Beginning of Time (1955), the steampunk sci-fi Invention for Destruction (1958) and the surreal adventure The Fabulous Baron Munchausen (1962).
Also hitting from Criterion this week is Jennie Livingston’s 1990 documentary Paris is Burning, which explores drag culture in New York City in the mid to late 1980s. Restored by the UCLA Film & Television Archive in conjunction with Sundance Institute and Outfest UCLA Legacy Project, Paris is Burning makes its HD debut with a host of special features, including more than an hour of never before released outtakes.
Three years after helming the original Stephen King adaptation, director Mary Lambert returned to Ludlow, Maine for Pet Sematary 2. Lambert also offers a commentary on the Collector’s Edition release, which includes a 4K scan from the film’s original camera negative and quite a few newly produced interviews and behind the sccenes featurettes.
Kino Lorber also has eight new additions to its Studio Classics line hitting this week. From director Rene Clement comes the 1971 thriller The Deadly Trap and the 1972 crime drama And Hope to Die. From Claude Chabrol, the week brings to HD both the 1962 drama The Third Lover and the 1966 WWII tale, Line of Demarcation. You’ll also find Henri George Clouzot’s 1947 police drama Quai des Orfevres, Peter Hall’s 1970 comedy caper Perfect Friday, Claude Sautet’s 1972 crime romance Max and the Junkmen and writer and director Nadav Lapid’s recent comedy drama Synonyms.
When it comes to the small screen, this week is all about Ultraman! Mill Creek Entertainment continues to bring the Japanese series to Blu-ray with the fourth season, Return of Ultraman, offering an additional 51 additional episodes from the show’s 1971-72 season. As with the first three releases, this one is also available in a collectible Steelbook package.
If modern Ultraman is more your style, look no further than Ultraman Orb: Origin Saga and Ultra Fight Orb, which brings to Blu-ray the 2017 version of the superhero.