July 9, 2019: This Week on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD
Sometimes, dead is better all over again as the recent big screen remake of Stephen King’s Pet Sematary comes home on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD with over 90 minutes of special features, including deleted scenes and an alternate ending. If you’re a steelbook collector, you’ll want to pick up Best Buy’s stylish 4K version. Meanwhile, other recent big screen releases coming home today include Clarie Denis’ heady sci-fi High Life and the fantasy comedy Little, starring Regina Hall as a selfish businesswoman who wakes up to discover that she has become a little kid. Finally, rounding out the list is The Professor, which stars Johnny Depp as a college professor whose life changes completely when he learns that he has just six months to live.
Making their 4K debuts are a pair of Universal Pictures blockbusters. Look for Ang Lee’s original Hulk movie, starring Eric Bana as Marvel’s incredible super hero, and for an upgraded version of Waterworld, the Kevin Costner sci-fi adventure set in a future where the entire Earth is flooded.
Mill Creek is getting into the steelbook game with a pair of new releases. Following her appearance in the recent Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Mothra‘s first appearance flies to Blu-ray. The 1961 gets the HD treatment in a stylish package that includes both the original Japanese and US cuts of the film. Also getting the steelbook treatment is the acclaimed 1989 miniseries adaptation of Larry McMurtry’s best selling western, Lonesome Dove.
One of Clint Eastwood’s personal favorites, the 1980 comedy Bronco Billy arrives on Blu-ray through Warner Archive with a brand new master. In addition to directing, Eastwood stars alongside Sondra Locke as the star of a traveling Wild West stage show in contemporary America.
The Criterion Collection this week upgrades Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s BRD Trilogy, bringing to blu-ray The Marriage of Maria Braun, Veronica Voss and Lola. Released between 1979 and 1982, each film in the trilogy follows a different woman through her life in postwar West Germany. New to the collection is Agnieszka Holland’s 1990 drama Europa Europa (not to be confused with Lars Von Trier’s Europa, previously released by Criterion). Based on the experiences of Salomon Perel, Europa Europa follows the life of a young man forced to flee Germany as World War II breaks out.
Another pair of horror titles join the Scream Factory label this week, beginning with the 1955 science fiction classic This Island Earth. The film, touted as having been “two and a half years in the making,” gets a new 4K scan with two different aspect ratios (1.85:1 And 1.37:1) and a substantial degree of supplemental material, including an audio commentary track, new interviews and a behind the scenes look at the film’s “Perspecta” stereophonic sound design.
Also arriving from Scream Factory is a new collector’s edition of the video game adaptation Silent Hill. Released to theaters in 2006, the haunting story descent into a mysterious town of monstrous beings is directed by Christophe Gans and stars Radha Mitchell. A two-disc set, one blu-ray is wholly dedicated to special features, including all new interviews with cast and crew.
Joining the Shout Select line is writer and director Philip Kaufman’s 1972 western, The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid. The film makes its blu-ray debut with a feature length audio commentary track featuring film historian Jim Hemphill.
From Arrow Video comes 1981’s The Loveless, directed by Monty Montgomery and, in her feature filmmaking debut, two-time Academy Award winner Kathryn Bigelow. Willem Dafoe headlines the story of a violent clash in 1950s America. The film receives a 2K restoration and is backed by numerous special features, including a new commentary track with Montgomery.
The incredible work of one of cinema’s early pioneers comes together in Flicker Alley’s The Extraordinary World of Charley Bowers. Featuring Bowers’ complete extant filmography, the two disc set offers 17 short film from between 1918 and 1941 as well as a short documentary about the cartoonist/animator/comedian.
Cohen Media Group continues to bring the legendary comedies of Buster Keaton to HD with all-new restorations. Following their previous release of The General and Steamboat Bill Jr. comes two 1924 features, Sherlock Jr and The Navigator, both fully restored with unparalleled HD quality and boasting all-new orchestral scores.
Kino Lorber continues with another great silent film title. Look for the 1924 adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan to make its HD debut. Other great selection from Kino this week include Jean-Luc Godard’s classic sci-fi noir Alphaville, Anthony Mann’s 1953 Jimmy Stewart led adventure Thunder Bay and the 1945 horror anthology Dead of Night. There are also two 1985 catalogue titles debuting in HD: the gang warfare actioner The Annihilators and the coming of age drama Tuff Turf, starring James Spader, Kim Richards and Robert Downey Jr.
There are even more selections to be had when it comes to small screen fare. FOX’s Batman prequel series wraps up with Gotham season five. Syfy’s hit adaptation The Magicians has significant twists and turns with season four. Then, arriving on DVD only are two very different complete series box sets. From Paramount comes the complete Broad City, offering up all 50 episodes from the hit comedy’s five year run. Then, from Mill Creek Entertainment, comes all three seasons of the vampire cult classic, Forever Knight.
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