February 26, 2019: This Week on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD
Having broken the box office by pulling in more than half a billion dollars worldwide, Disney’s animated adventure Ralph Breaks the Internet comes home. It may have lost out to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse at the Oscars, but the Wreck-It Ralph sequel offers up every bit as vast a multiverse. Disney has taken the opportunity to reissue The Little Mermaid under the Walt Disney Signature Collection banner. That means whoozits and whatzis galore! Thanks to Jodi Benson’s cameo as Ariel in Ralph, both releases make for a fun double feature.
Nominated for an Academy Award, Ali Abbasi’s fantasy tale Border, about a border guard who uses her incredible sense of smell to sniff out contraband, comes home from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Then, from Focus Features comes Mary Queen of Scotts, director Josie Rourke’s period biopic starring Saoirse Ronan as Mary Stuart and Margot Robbie as Queen Elizabeth I.
William Holden, Ryan O’Neal and Karl Malden star in Blake Edwards’ 1971 western Wild Rovers, debuting on Blu-ray through Warner Archive. Edwards both scripts and directs the story of two cowboys on the run after a successful bank robbery.
Shout! Factory’s impressive Shout Select label continues to expand this week with some modern comedy classics. Reese Witherspoon headlines the Legally Blonde Collection, which includes both the 2001 original and the 2003 sequel, Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde. Thanks to Shout’s dedication to supplements, both films arrive with a host of special features, including newly recorded interviews. Meanwhile, Robert Zemeckis’ early comedy Used Cars also gets a full fledged special edition. Kurt Russell stars as Rudy Russo, a charming rake who will sell you a car by any means necessary.
1956 B-movie terror comes home with the black and white creature feature The Mole People. Among the highlights of the disc’s bonus features is dual aspect ratio versions of the film and even “The Mole People” episode of “Mystery Science Theater 3000”. Then, Olinka Berova embraces an epic fantasy destiny in 1968’s The Vengeance of She. Finally, the 2003 remake of Willard comes to Blu-ray with some truly impressive special features, including a nearly 90 minute, surprisingly open discussion with director Glenn Morgan wherein in he discusses not only Willard, but “The X-Files,” “Millennium,” “Space: Above and Beyond” and more. Even better, the 2003 Willard completes Scream Factory’s rat-trifecta. The 1971 original and its 1972 sequel, Ben, both received blu-ray editions from the label in 2017.
Written and directed by Charles Burnett, To Sleep with Anger joins the Criterion Collection this week. Danny Glover stars as Harry, a mysterious figure whose arrival in South Central Los Angeles begins to have a chaotic effect on those around him. The film debuts on Blu-ray with a restored 4K digital transfer and retrospective interviews with cast and crew.
MVD continues their Rewind Collection with the 1993 martial arts actioner Showdown. The R-rated version of the film is included along with brand new interviews with cast and crew.
Finally, from the small screen comes two HD sets. All five seasons of the legal thriller Damages come together for a complete series box set. Then, from BBC Earth, comes the television miniseries Dynasties, bringing audiences up close and personal with some of the most incredible species nature has to offer.
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