January 21, 2020: This Week on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD
They’re creepy and they’re kooky, mysterious and spooky. Altogether ooky, The Addams Family comes home on Blu-ray and DVD today. Boasting the voice talents of Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloe Grace Moretz and more, the animated take on Charles Addams’ beloved cartoon family is backed by several outtakes and behind the scenes featurettes.
Naomi Harris and Tyrese Gibson headline the police drama Black and Blue. Directed by Deon Taylor (The Intruder), Black and Blue follows Harris as Alicia West, a New Orleans police officer who is caught between her loyalty to the force and a pair of corrupt police officers responsible for murder.
The latest from Academy Award winning director Pedro Almodóvar, Pain and Glory sets Antonio Banderas as a film director who, as his world begins to fall apart all around him, reflects on his life and work. The film comes home to Blu-ray with a Q&A featuring Almodóvar and Banderas and a featurette that explores Almodóvar’s filmography to date.
Hopefully you remember the rule for surviving the zombie post-apocalypse because the undead are back! Zombieland: Double Tap comes home on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD with a host of supplemental content, including a commentary track with director Ruben Fleischer, bloopers, outtakes and lots more.
What if you knew exactly when you were going to die? That’s the question behind director Sean Anders’ Countdown, a sci-fi thriller now available on Blu-ray and DVD.
Olga Kurylenko plays the title role in the crime actioner The Courier, which also stars Dermot Mulroney and Academy Award winner Gary Oldman.
Rounding out the week’s new releases is Kevin Smith’s latest return to his View Askewniverse with Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, a road trip ensemble that features cameos from throughout Smith’s oeuvre.
Another early work from Jean-Luc Godard joins The Criterion Collection this week with Le Petit Soldat. Released three years after the filmmaker’s epochal Breathless, Le Petit Soldat explores the atrocities of the Algerian war, following Michel Subor as a French photojournalist. The film also marks the first collaboration between Godard and his muse (and wife to be), Anna Karina. Karina, who tragically passed away last month, would go on to work with Godard for an additional seven films.
Warner Archive brings another classic to HD this week with Anthony Mann’s 1960 western, Cimarron. A remake of the 1931 release of the same name, Cimarron stars Glenn Ford, Maria Schell and Ann Baxter in the story of a group of people whose lives are forever changed during the Oklahoma Land Rush. Fans can purchase Warner Archive titles at the WB Shop or online retailers where DVDs and Blu-rays are sold.
Shout! Factory’s Shout Select line continues this week with their one hundredth title, Peter Howitt’s 1998 quantum romcom Sliding Doors, starring Gwyneth Paltrow as a woman whose life is forever altered from a single moment. In addition to a commentary track by Howitt, the new release includes “The Sliding Doors Moments,” a feature length documentary about the making of the film.
Also arriving this week from Shout! Factory is the 2007 animated adventure Summer Days with Coo. From Keiichi Hara, the director of Miss Hokusai, Summer Days with Coo follows a fourth grader living in Tokyo who, after discovering a mysterious fossil, winds up befriending a mythical Kappa creature.
Blue Underground has a real treat for Lucio Fulci fans as his The House by the Cemetery comes home in a deluxe three-disc collection (two blu-ray discs and the film’s soundtrack on CD). Boasting a new 4K restoration, the 1981 horror thriller has never looked better and now arrives with a full disc of supplemental content, including an audio commentary track, deleted scenes, and nearly a dozen behind the scenes featurettes.
Universal Home Entertainment is bringing a quartet of catalogue titles to HD this week, including the 1964 juvenile delinquent exploitation classic Kitten with a Whip, the first Dragonheart direct to video sequel, Dragonheart: A New Beginning, Tom Shadyac’s supernatural drama Dragonfly (starring Kevin Costner), and Bryan Barber’s musical crime drama Idlewild, featuring music by Outkast.
Kino Lorber rounds out the week with another five additions to its Studio Classics line of catalogue titles. This week brings Charlton Heston and Richard Boone in 1965’s 11th century tale The War Lord, director Arthur Hiller’s 1967 World War II thriller Tobruk, Burt Lancaster in Robert Aldrich’s 1972 western Ulzana’s Raid, Burt Reynolds and Kris Kristofferson in the 1977 football comedy Semi-Tough, and Peter Fonda and Jerry Reed in the 1978 trucker actioner High-Ballin’.