June 2, 2020: This Week on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD
Home entertainment appears to have caught up with lockdown this week as June 2 marks the first day of DVD, Blu-ray and 4K releases without a recent big screen title. Fortunately, though, the week still brings quite a few great offerings!
A trio of deserving titles gets the 4K treatment this week, including Ron Howard’s Apollo 13, Bong Joon Ho’s recent Best Picture winner, Parasite, and, celebrating its 45th anniversary, Steven Spielberg’s eternal summer blockbuster Jaws. If you’d like to learn more about Jaws and the seismic effect it had on the big screen, be sure to check out the Regal App. There, you’ll find Moviebill’s first Augmented Reality (AR) timeline, celebrating ten big Movie Moments. You may even come face to face with a great white shark!
David Mamet’s Pulitzer Prize winning stageplay was memorably adapted for the screen in 1992 with an all-star cast that includes Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, Alec Baldwin, Alan Arkin and more. Boasting a 4K transfer from the original camera negative, the Shout Select release offers two different commentary tracks (one with Foley and one with Lemmon) and several behind the scenes interviews.
Then, Paramount Pictures continues their recently launched Paramount Presents line with the first ever Blu-ray release of James Bridges’ 1980 Western drama Urban Cowboy. The new release offers an retrospective piece called “Good Times with Gilley: Looking Back at Urban Cowboy,” featuring a new interview with Mickey Gilley, multiple deleted scenes and the previously released DVD special features.
Shout! Factory continues to bring to HD the work of the late great Satoishi Kon. Following Perfect Blue and Millennium Actress is 2003’s Tokyo Godfathers, a Christmastime adventure that follows a trio of homeless individuals who happen to come across an abandoned infant and who decide to risk life and limb to return the child to its family.
Another anime feature hitting this week is the 2019 Sound! Euphonium movie, Our Promise: A Brand New Day.
Following Tigers Are Not Afraid and Mandy, Shudder releases its third blu-ray Steelbook with One Cut of the Dead. Directed by Shinichirou Ueda, the 2017 Japanese zombie comedy has garnered quite a substantial fandom and a perfect 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Rounding out the week in genre cinema is the 2019 supernatural survival thriller Witches in the Woods.
When it comes to the small screen, the week brings to Blu-ray the first season of Shudder’s popular Creepshow series, spinning out from George Romero’s 1982 big screen horror anthology.
Next, head to the final frontier with Star Trek: Short Treks, collecting the first nine shorts from CBS All Access. (The most recent short, “Children of Mars,” is not included, but that’s presumably because it will arrive alongside the as-of-yet-unannounced blu-ray release of Picard).
Finally, Damon Lindelof’s critically acclaimed Watchmen limited series arrives on blu-ray. A three disc set includes all nine episodes along with more than 90 minutes of bonus content. If you’re a Steelbook collector, you’ll want to pick this one up at Best Buy for their exclusive case design.
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