February 5, 2019: This Week on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD
Claire Foy’s Lisbeth Salander comes home as The Girl in the Spider’s Web hits DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD. Based on the fourth book in the bestselling series, the Sony Pictures thriller is directed by Fede Alvarez, the helmer behind both “Don’t Breathe” and the 2013 “Evil Dead”. Special features include deleted scenes, several featurettes and a feature length commentary track with Alvarez and co-writer Jay Basu.
One year ago, Netflix surprised the world with the post-Super Bowl debut of the sci-fi thriller The Cloverfield Paradox. Now, the film comes to blu-ray alongside the Cloverfield 3-Movie Collection, which also includes both the original “Cloverfield” and 2016’s “10 Cloverfield Lane”.
Following a big screen run that brought in more than $500 million worldwide, Illumination’s latest Dr. Seuss adaptation, The Grinch, comes home. The release is packed with special features, including lots of behind the scenes content and three all new mini movies.
Several other new releases this week bring home some cinematic treasures from 2018. Rosamund Pike headlines the biopic A Private War as war correspondent Marie Colvin. John C. Reilly and Joaquin Phoenix are a pair of old west bounty hunters in The Sisters Brothers. Steve McQueen, the Academy Award winning director behind “Hunger,” “Shame,” and “12 Years a Slave” helms the edge-of-your-seat revenge thriller Widows.
Leave it to Flicker Alley to unearth another silent gem. Arriving on Blu-ray today is the 1929 German version of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles. The perfect companion to the label’s previous release of the 1916 William Gillette Sherlock Holmes, Der Hund Von Baskerville is the very last silent Sherlock Holmes ever made and was believed lost for decades. Fully restored through a partnership between Filmoteka Narodowa and the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, this cinematic treasure arrives on Blu-ray with a new ensemble score from Günter Buchwald, Frank Bockius and Sascha Jacobsen. What’s more, the new set includes a 1914 version of the story from the same director among its bonus features.
Ingmar Bergman’s 1968 drama Shame comes to Blu-ray on its own this week, having recently debuted as part of Criterion’s massive Ingmar Bergman’s Cinema collection. Liv Ullmann and Max von Sydow star as a couple whose lives are threatened by a civil war. Boasting a new 2K transfer, Shame is the 14th Blu-ray Bergman release from Criterion with The Magic Flute set to follow next month. This is also the second film titled Shame to join the collection, following Steve McQueen’s 2011 drama.
A pair of recent Japanese animated feature are hitting Blu-ray from Shout! Factory. 2017’s Lu Over the Wall offers a fantasy adventure from Masaaki Yuasa, the director behind The Night is Short, Walk on Girl (also recently released from Shout! Factory). Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms, meanwhile, marks the directorial debut of anime screenwriter Mari Okada.
Also arriving from Shout! Factory this week are Black 47 and Mermaid: Lake of the Dead. The former is a revenge tale set during Ireland’s 19th century potato famine with a cast that includes James Frecheville and Hugo Weaving. The later, a Russian fantasy horror, is based on the folklore legend that unmarried women who drown become demonic mermaids.
When it comes to the small screen, this week brings us the second season of HBO’s The Deuce. Created by George Pelecanos and David Simon, the series is set in New York in the 1970s, during the “Golden Age” of pornography. The show’s ensemble cast includes James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal, both of whom will be returning for The Deuce‘s third and final season later this year.