June 25, 2019: This Week on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD
It’s a big week for Disney, kicking off with everyone’s favorite high-flying elephant. Tim Burton’s Dumbo comes home alongside two different versions of Cinderella. Look for a new Signature Collection edition of the 1950 animated classic alongside a 4K Ultra HD version of the 2015 Kenneth Branagh helmed live action version.
From Warner Archive comes director George Cukor’s Gaslight, making its HD debut. Based on the Patrick Hamilton stage play, Gaslight stars Ingrid Bergman as a woman, Paula, whose husband (Charles Boyer) attempts to drive her insane so that he can claim her valuable family jewels. The film also stars Joseph Cotton and, in her screen debut, a young Angela Lansbury. The 1944 film has received a new transfer from a 4K scan, so the black and white classic has never looked better!
Shout! Factory’s Scream Factory label continues to bring great catalogue titles to Blu-ray. This week, they’ve got three new films, beginning with Monster on the Campus. The 1958 creature feature arrives in HD for the first time with two different audio commentary tracks. Then there’s a new Collector’s Edition of Fred Dekker’s 1986 B-Movie throwback Night of the Creeps. The new edition offers both theatrical and directors cuts of the film with a ton of newly created behind the scenes material, including a five part making of documentary and two different commentary tracks. Finally, there’s Eli Roth’s goretastic cannibal thriller The Green Inferno, which also gets a full fledged Collector’s Edition. In addition to a host of supplemental content, The Green Inferno comes packaged with the film’s original soundtrack on CD, featuring the full score by Manuel Ribeiro.
Joining the Shout Select label this week is Fatso, Anne Bancroft’s sole effort as writer, director and star. Dom DeLuise headlines the 1980 comedy drama as a man who, for health reasons, is forced to reexamine his diet and figure out what it is in life that truly makes him happy. The film makes its HD debut with newly created supplemental materials, including a behind the scenes featurette with producers Stuart Cornfeld And Mel Brooks.
Joining the Criterion Collection this week is Sergei Bondarchuk’s 1966 adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace. Produced over six years, the epic was the most expensive film ever made in the Soviet Union, running a full seven hours. It arrives on Blu-ray with a 2K digital restoration and several behind the scenes interviews and documentaries. Also joining the collection is Hedwig and the Angry Inch, director John Cameron Mitchell’s punk rock musical, finally available in HD and boasting a 4K digital restoration.
There’s an eclectic mix arriving from Kino Lorber this week, beginning with the recent comedy webseries Divorced Dad. All five original episodes of the public access parody are included along with two bonus episodes and the short film Chowboys: An American Folktale. Then, continuing the label’s American Film Theatre releases, the week brings both Galileo and Lost in the Stars. Other vintage releases getting the HD treatment include Midnight Lace and The Wild Heart. Finally, Kino offers up a long awaited David Lynch classic with 1997’s Lost Highway. Although Lynch himself posted to Twitter that he was less than happy with the new disc, Kino Lorber issued their own statement on the matter. While it would be great to one day get a full fledged restoration, this new release is far and away the best the film has ever looked on home video.
The MVD Rewind collection also continues this week with a trio of more modern titles. Look for Michael Winterbottom’s tribute to Manchester’s music scene with the comedy drama 24 Hour Party People. Edward Norton is an impressive stage magician in 1900s Vienna in 2006’s mystery thriller The Illusionist. Finally, an ensemble cast comes together for 2005’s family dreamed Winter Passing.
Blue Underground is giving some serious love to Lucio Fulci’s 1982 giallo The New York Ripper. The film is receiving a 4K restoration on a three-disc set (Blu-ray, DVD, and Soundtrack CD) that, in addition to hours of bonus content, includes a collectable booklet, reversible sleeve and, on the first pressing only, a 3D lenticular slipcover.
There’s even more horror to be had over at Arrow Video who, this week, bring home the second volume of their American Horror Project. The new set includes little seen 70s releases Dream No Evil (1970), Dark August (1976) and The Child (1977). The label also brings to Blu-ray Riccardo Freda’s 1969 thriller Double Face, starring Klaus Kinski as a man whose entire life comes into question when he learns that the recent death of his wife may not have been the accident that it seems.
When it comes to the small screen, Warner Archive also has something special for animation fans. They’re releasing the complete Wally Gator as part of their Hanna Barbera Classic Collection. The long awaited release features all 52 original shorts from the reptilian star, who made his debut in 1962.
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