January 14, 2020: This Week on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD
The week kicks off with a double dose of Will Smith, who plays both an expert assassin and his younger clone in the innovative science fiction actioner Gemini Man. Helmed by Ang Lee (Life of Pi, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk), the film comes home on Blu-ray, DVD and 4K Ultra HD. Over at Best Buy, you can even pick up a limited edition Steelbook version. If you missed it, too, be sure to check out our Gemini Man Moviebill edition on your phone or tablet device.
Of course, if your phone is anything like Jexi, you may want to stay as far away as possible. Rose Byrne voices an A.I. gone rogue in the R-rated comedy that also stars Adam Devine, Alexandra Shipp and Michael Pena.
Rounding out the week’s new releases is Walt Disney Pictures’ fairytale sequel Maleficent: Mistress of Evil. You can catch Angelina Jolie reprising her role as the Sleeping Beauty big bad in an all-new adventure. Look for it on DVD, Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD and as a special limited edition Steelbook at Best Buy.
On the heels of his The Lion King topping $1.6 billion worldwide, Jon Favreau’s prior Disney adaptation, The Jungle Book, is getting the 4K Ultra HD treatment. Like Gemini Man and Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, This one is also available as a Best Buy exclusive Steelbook.
Meanwhile, Eddie Murphy’s Axel Foley is back on the case as Paramount brings to Blu-ray a new Beverly Hills Cop 3 Movie Collection, bringing the complete franchise to HD. This marks the Blu-ray debut of both sequels, which arrive alongside a new special edition of the original, which boasts supplemental materials such as newly revealed deleted scenes and an audio commentary track with director Martin Brest.
In 1960, Sidney Lumet adapted Tennessee Williams’ stage play The Fugitive Kind for the big screen with an all-star cast that includes Marlon Brando, Anna Magnani, Joanne Woodward and Maureen Stapleton. Now, the acclaimed drama gets a Blu-ray upgrade from the Criterion Collection with a high-definition digital restoration, approved by Lumet himself.
Meanwhile, Warner Archive is turning their attention this week to Arthur Hiller’s 1966 comedy caper Penelope. Natalie Wood headlines the story of a woman who, tired of being ignored by her new banker husband, decides to take matters into her own hands — by robbing a bank!
Shout! Factory’s Shout Select line continues with a new Collector’s Edition release of Walter Hill’s Brewster’s Millions. Richard Pryor headlines the comedy as a man who is forced to spend $30 million in 30 days if he is to receive a $300 million inheritance. The new release even includes the original 1945 version of the film in its entirety.
Kino Lorber has some great new additions to its Studio Classics line hitting this week. Look for William Wyler’s 1935 romantic comedy, The Good Fairy, scripted by Preston Sturges. Sturges also writes and directs the 1940 comedy, The Great McGinty (1940). Then, Fritz Lang is in the director’s chair for the 1950 film noir, The House by the River and Jack Clayton makes his directorial debut with 1959’s Room at the Top. Then, Bryan Forbes directs the 1967 drama The Whisperers and Jean-Marie Poiré remakes his own time traveling comedy The Visitors with the 2001 English language update, Just Visiting.
Over on the small screen, Superman’s ancestors get the spotlight in the second (and final) season of Syfy’s DC Comics adaptation, Krypton.
Next, Mindy Kaling’s delightful sitcom finally comes to HD as the complete The Mindy Project arrives from Mill Creek Entertainment with all 117 episodes from the series’ six year run.
Finally, it’s the end of the road for Selina Meyer as Veep comes to a close as the seventh season of the acclaimed HBO political comedy draws to a close.
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