June 11, 2019: This Week on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD
Having pulled in an impressive $1.1 billion at the worldwide box office, Captain Marvel is flying home this week to DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD. The set includes deleted scenes, bloopers and a feature length audio commentary track with directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. Also arriving from a recent big screen run is the drama Five Feet Apart, starring Haley Lu Richardson and Cole Sprouse as two young people suffering from cystic fibrosis and who come to depend on one another to face constant, terrifying reminders of their mortality head on. Then, following its television premiere, is Leprechaun Returns, the eighth chapter in the long running comedy horror franchise.
On the 4K Ultra HD front, June 11 brings home a new edition of Michael Bay’s true story of American heroism, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi. Including all of the previously released special features, the 4K edition boasts a reference quality transfer of the 2016 film perfectly paired with a Dolby Atmos audio track. Also arriving on the 4K format this week are two more entries in The Fast and the Furious franchise, Fast & Furious and Fast Five. You can also cut to the chase with the (currently) complete Fast & Furious Eight Movie Collection, arriving just in time for the upcoming big screen spinoff, Hobbs and Shaw. Finally, the week in 4K is rounded out with Ghostbusters I & II debuting in a special steelbook release that celebrates the film’s 35th anniversary.
Speaking of anniversaries, Paramount Pictures’ is celebrating 15 years of Mean Girls with a special re-release. The comedy hit has been unavailable on Blu-ray for a little while and, while the new disc doesn’t offer any additional special features from the previously released version, it does now arrive in a pink case, perfect for Wednesdays.
Also in pink this week is Patrick Stewart in the 1995 comedy drama, Jeffrey. Steven Weber and Sigourney weaver also star in the big screen adaptation of the off-Broadway play about a struggling gay actor in New York who decides to swear off sex. Weber joins film critic Alonso Duralde for a new audio commentary track as the film join’s Shout! Factory’s Shout Select line.
Musicals are in no short supply this week, especially over at Shout! Factory. Look for Nancy Walker’s 1980 Village People spectacle Can’t Stop the Music, a new special edition of Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer’s 2016 mockumentary Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (housed in a stylish steelbook case) and the recent documentary Sinatra in Palm Springs: The Place He Called Home, which explores the home of the legendary entertainment icon.
Speaking of Sinatra, this week brings, from Warner Archive, 1965’s None But the Brave. The World War II drama marks the sole directorial effort by Ol’ Blue Eyes, who stars alongside Tatsuya Mihashi, Takeshi Katō, Clint Walker and Tommy Sands. The first ever Japanese-American coproduction, None But the Brave aimed to depict WWII from both perspectives with the story of a Marine platoon that comes face to face with Japanese soldiers on a small Pacific island.
Warner Archive also has several titles arriving via Made on Demand (MOD) DVDs this week. Look for three little seen features from the 1930s: the 1932 mystery thriller The Roadhouse Murder, the 1933 comedy drama Made on Broadway and the 1937 screwball comedy Married Before Breakfast. WA is also re-releasing two out of print titles, directed by Stanley Donen and starring Doris Day. Look for both 1957’s The Pajama Game and 1958’s Damn Yankees.
Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers are dancing their way into the Criterion Collection this week with the first ever blu-ray of George Stevens’ 1936 Swing Time. The musical classic took home an Academy Award for Best Original Song with the iconic “The Way You Look Tonight”. The film joins the Criterion Collection with a new 2K digital restoration and a host of supplementary material.
Shout! Factory’s Scream Factory label has more great horror titles arriving this week. Look for new Collector’s Editions of both 1967’s Frankenstein Created Woman and 1982’s The Entity. The former, a Hammer Horror classic, arrives with a new 2K scan from the original film elements and lots of newly created special features, including two different audio commentary tracks, new interviews and two vintage episodes of “World of Hammer”. The latter, meanwhile, also gets the full special edition treatment with several new interviews and an audio commentary by author and flmmaker Daniel Kremer. Finally, the previously released Piranha gets a upgrade, arriving in a stylish Steelbook with an upgraded 4K transfer from the original film negative. Including all the previously released special features, the new edition of Joe Dante’s first feature film also gets a new commentary track from producer Roger Corman. Be on the lookout for more Corman titles, too, as Scream Factory is soon delivering new steelbook editions of Galaxy of Terror, Humanoids From the Deep and Forbidden World.
Kino Lorber Studio classics is delivering another quartet of catalogue titles in HD. This week’s selections include the 1971 Sherlock Holmes-inspired mystery They Might Be Giants, the 1971 Robert Louis Stevenson adaptation Kidnapped, the 1973 telefilm Pursuit (which marked the directorial debut of bestselling author Michael Crichton!), and the 1973 dark comedy The Girl Most Likely To…, starring Stockard Channing and Ed Asner.
This week’s small screen releases kick off with I Am the Night, the recent TNT limited starring Chris Pine and India Eisley. There’s also the sixth and penultimate season of Netflix’s hit prison drama Orange is the New Black. Then, from Warner Archive, comes an impressive restoration of the full original Jonny Quest series, featuring uncensored versions of all 26 episodes of the Hanna-Barbera animated adventure. Finally, from Shout! Factory, comes the second season of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, available in a stylish steelbook case.