July 16, 2019: This Week on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD
There are quite a few new releases to kick off the week, beginning with the super powered adventure Shazam. The adventures of Billy Batson and his older alter ego hit Blu-ray, DVD and 4K Ultra HD with a host of special features, including featurettes, gag reels, deleted and extended scenes and lots more.
There are even more superheroics to be had with Fast Color, director Julia Hart’s excellent story of a woman, Ruth (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), who has the ability to trigger powerful earthquakes.
From Belgium comes the charming animated anthology Big Bad Fox and Other Tales, collecting three different animal stories from the creators behind 2012’s Academy Award nominated feature Ernest & Celestine.
Other new releases hitting this week include the Scott Adkins led actioner Abduction, the faith based true story Breakthrough and the musical drama Teen Spirit, starring Elle Fanning as a young woman who dreams of becoming a pop star.
Duncan Jones’ debut feature Moon hits 4K Ultra HD this week. The film, packed with twists and turns, stars Sam Rockwell as the sole individual stationed on a lunar outpost in the not too distant future. In celebration of the film’s 10th anniversary, the set offers brand new special features, including two deleted scenes and a retrospective featurette on Jones’ career.
Two new titles join the Criterion Collection this week. Look for Marcel Pagnol’s 1938 musical The Baker’s Wife and Alan J. Pakula’s 1971 thriller Klute. The former joins Pagnol’s Marseilles Trilogy in the collection while the latter, starring Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland, marks Pakula’s Criterion debut.
The cat is out of the bag over at Scream Factory where the week brings a double dose of feline terror. Hailing from Cat People director Jacques Tourneur, 1943’s The Leopard Man gets an immaculate 4K scan from the original nitrate camera negative and offers two audio commentary tracks, including one by legendary director William Friedkin. Meanwhile, the 1991 killer cat tale Strays makes its HD debut.
Also arriving this week from Shout! Factory is the 1953 western Law and Order, starring Ronald Reagan as a frontier lawmaker facing a violent confrontation in the town of Tombstone. The film arrives on Blu-ray with a feature length commentary track by Jim Hemphill.
There’s more horror to be had with Arrow Video’s The Chill Factor. The 1993 cult thriller sets a group of snowboarders against a deadly Satanic cult. Meanwhile, the Arrow Academy label brings to HD the 1941 romantic drama Hold Back the Dawn, starring Charles Boyer and Olivia de Havilland.
Kino Lorber has another round of eclectic catalogue titles arriving on Blu-ray. Look for Katharine Hepburn and Nick Nolte in the 1984 black comedy Grace Quigley, Shelley Long in the 1987 magical comedy Hello Again, Nolte again opposite Greta Scacchi in 1995’s historical drama Jefferson in Paris and Jason Lee leading the 1999 ensemble comedy drama Mumford, written and directed by Lawrence Kasdan.
Following an impressive first set earlier this year, the Noir Archive is back with another volume. This time, fans are getting eight little seen entries, including Bait (1954), The Crooked Web (1955), Footsteps in the Fog (1955), 5 Against the House (1955), The Night Holds Terror (1955), New Orleans Uncensored (1955), Rumble on the Docks (1956) and Spin a Dark Web (1956).
From Warner Archive comes the 1933 musical classic Footlight Parade, making its HD debut. James Cagney headlines the Busby Berkeley production as a Broadway director who, after losing his job, decides to see fame and fortune by directing musical sequences for the movies.
A small screen release that should make science fiction fans very, very happy, the complete Space: 1999 comes to Blu-ray this week in a Shout! Factory boxed set that may very well be the TV release of the year. Gerry and Sylvia Anderson, the creators of classic puppet series Thunderbirds, comes a live action adventure set in 1999, the year that a catastrophic disaster knocks the Moon out of the Earth’s orbit, sending the crew of Moonbase Alpha on the adventure of a lifetime.
Not only do all 48 episodes of Space: 1999 look better than they ever have, the boxed set is packed with special features, including new interviews, behind the scenes featurettes and commentary on select episodes.
Other smalls screen titles coming to HD this week include the acclaimed HBO miniseries From the Earth to the Moon (fully restored for this new release) and the first season of the DC Comics adaptation Titans, which debuted exclusively on the DC Universe streaming service late last year.