July 2, 2019: This Week on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD
Due to Independence Day, it’s a quieter week than most for home entertainment titles, but there are still some great selections across a wide variety of genre. Jamie Lee Curtis and Tika Sumpter headline the political thriller An Acceptable Loss. Sylvester Stallone, Dave Bautista and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson join forces for the franchise sequel Escape Plan: The Extractors while fellow Expendable Dolph Lundgren has his own direct to video actioner, Dead Trigger.
There’s also some great family friendly fare coming home today from Shout! Factory, beginning with Mia and the White Lion, the story of a young girl (Daniah De Villiers) who grows up alongside a South African lion, Charlie. Moviebill had the opportunity to sit down with De Villiers to discuss the innovative production, which required her to live alongside her lion costar for three years of filming. Click here to check out the full interview!
Finally, the week’s new releases also bring home the animated adventure Okko’s Inn. From Studio Ghibli talent Kitaro Kosaka, the charming fantasy follows young Okko who, after losing her parents, goes to the countryside to live with her grandmother, only to discover that the area is inhabited by friendly ghosts.
From Arrow Video comes the 1978 comedy FM, which sees a group of radio station DJs take on management when the decision is made to increase the number of commercials. The film makes its HD debut with newly produced special features, including interviews with star Michael Brandon and writer Ezra Sacks.
Four new titles are arriving this week from indie distributor Vinegar Syndrome, beginning with Robert Downey Sr.’s cult classic Putney Swope, a 1969 satire in which a black executive winds up being put in charge of his advertising firm. Then, Bill Paxton stars in 1983’s dystopian sci-fi thriller, Taking Tiger Mountain. Also from 1983 comes the science fiction horror tale The Passing, which marked a seven year passion project for director John Huckert. Finally, 1993’s Night Owl delivers a vampire thriller in 16mm black and white.
It’s all about French films this week at Kino Lorber Studio Classics. Coming to Blu-ray for the first time is a trio of Jean-Pierre Melville films formerly released on DVD only in the Criterion Collection. Look for 1956’s Bob le Flambeur, 1961’s Leon Morin, Priest, and 1962’s Le Doulous. The latter two are headlined by Jean-Paul Belmondo, who also stars in two more French thrillers that are also hitting store shelves 1981’s Le Professionel and 1983’s The Outside.