February 4, 2020: This Week on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD
The animated adventure Arctic Dogs kicks off a busy week for new releases. Featuring the voice talents of Jeremy Renner, Alec Baldwin, Heidi Klum, John Cleese, Anjelica Huston, James Franco and more, Arctic Dogs arrives in a combination pack that includes Blu-ray, DVD and Digital versions.
Are you ready to return to the Overlook Hotel? Modern master of horror Mike Flanagan blends Stephen King’s literary Shining sequel with the iconography of Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 film version with Doctor Sleep. Arriving on Blu-ray and 4K, Doctor Sleep offers a significantly extended director’s cut version of the film. If you’re a Steelbook collector, you’ll want to pick up Best Buy’s exclusive version.
Next up, Ian McKellen and Helen Mirren team up for the very first time in their careers for the dramatic The Good Liar. From director Bill Condon (Mr. Holmes, Beauty and the Beast), the film comes to Blu-ray and digital with a featurette and a set of deleted scenes.
From director Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, Ghostbusters) comes a charming romantic comedy filled with holiday magic. Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding have charisma to spare in Last Christmas. The film comes to Blu-ray, DVD and Digital with deleted scenes, boopers, two different audio commentaries (one with Feig and another with Feig alongside screenwriter Emma Thompson), and ten different behind the scenes featurettes.
The latest from director Lars Von Trier finally comes to Blu-ray as Shout! Factory debuts The House that Jack Built. Matt Dillon stars as the titular Jack, a serial killer who takes the audience through his homicidal works of art. Shout! Factory’s release offers both theatrical and director’s cut versions of the film.
Then, also from Shout! Factory, comes Jennifer Kent’s The Nightingale, her followup feature from her acclaimed debut, 2014’s The Babadook. Set in 19th century Australia, The Nightingale follows a young woman (Aisling Franciosi) who, after seven years as a convict, makes plans for a dangerous journey in order to secure her freedom.
Jen and Sylvia Soska (American Mary, Dead Hooker in a Trunk) deliver their latest work of horror with Rabid, a remake of David Cronenberg’s early feature. Laura Vandervoort stars as a fashion designer who, after a horrific accident, is transformed through an experimental procedure into something beyond human. The Shout! Factory release offers a commentary with the Soskas and an interview with Vandervoort.
John Cena plays a firefighter who, along with his team, faces the challenge of a lifetime when they’re tasked with looking after three young kids in Playing with Fire, the new comedy from Paramount Pictures. The film comes to Blu-ray, backed by deleted scenes, bloopers and several behind the scenes featurettes.
Written and directed by Trey Edward Shults, Waves offers a powerful look at a Florida family who do what they can to survive a world filled with unexpected — and, sometimes, insurmountable — problems. The Blu-ray release offers deleted scenes, new interviews and an audio commentary track with Shults and star Kelvin Harrison, Jr.
When the original Dragonheart hit theaters almost 25 years ago, no one could have predicted the life that the franchise would have through direct to video sequels and prequels. Following the direct sequel Dragonheart: A New Beginning in 2000 were the prequels Dragonheart 3: The Sorcerer’s Curse in 2015 and Dragonheart: Battle for the Heartfire in 2017. Now, Dragonheart: Vengeance continues the story with a third prequel that follows a young man, Lukas, on a fantastic adventure.
But there are more dragons to be had on home video this week! Shout! Factory is bringing to Blu-ray White Snake, an epic animated adventure that opened in China early last year. Based on the ancient Chinese fable, White Snake follows Blanca, a snake-demon who, after disguising herself as a human woman, loses her memory and falls in love with her mortal enemy, a demon hunter. The film arrives in a blu-ray and DVD combo pack and includes an interview with director Ji Zhao, a Q&A from the Animation is Film Festival, storyboard clips and more.
The late John Singleton launched his career as thr writer and director of 1991’s Boyz N’ the Hood. Cuba Gooding Jr., Laurence Fishburne and Hudhail Al-Amir headline a look at the lives of three young men growing up in South LA. Although the world lost Singleton last year, his legacy lives on. Boyz N’ the Hood is receiving the 4K Ultra HD treatment. The new release is backed by a host of supplemental material, including a vintage commentary track by Singleton as well as a tribute to the late artist.
Steelbook collectors should be aware that Best Buy is offering an exclusive Steelbook edition of Boyz N’ the Hood.
It has taken some time, but the bulk of Spike Lee’s filmography is finally hitting Blu-ray! Criterion recently released Do the Right Thing and has Bamboozled coming soon, but this week is all about Kino’s Studio Classics line, which brings us five classic Spike Lee joints. Look for Mo’ Better Blues (1990), Jungle Fever (1991), Crooklyn (1994), Clockers (1995) and Summer of Sam (1999), all making their HD debuts.
Also joining the Kino Studio Classics line this week is the 1966 drama The Oscar, which follows Stephen Boyd as Frankie Fay, an actor just nominated for an Academy Award, but one that also doesn’t have a single virtuous bone in his body.
After four seasons and 51 episodes, Netflix’s hilarious Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt came to an end last year. Now, thanks to Mill Creek Entertainment, the entire series is available on blu-ray! What’s more, the company has plans to bring Tina Fey and Robert Carlock’s other hit sitcom, 30 Rock, to the format later this year.