June 4, 2019: This Week on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD
It’s a Batman heavy week, beginning with the all new original animated crossover, Batman vs Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! Meanwhile, several titles arrive from recent big screen runs, including the spy comedy Johnny English Reborn (available as part of the Johnny English Three Movie Collection), the imaginary author biopic JT Leroy (starring Kristen Stewart and Laura Dern), Tyler Perry’s final outing as his own fictional persona in A Madea Family Funeral, and Terry Gilliam’s recent take on Cervantes with the long, long gestating The Man who Killed Don Quixote. There’s also an “Encore Edition” of Bradley Cooper’s recent A Star is Born, which adds back in 12 minutes of deleted scenes, and I’ll Take Your Dead, a macabre indie thriller about a man who disposes of dead bodies for the mob.
There’s more of the Dark Knight to be had on 4K as all four of the 1989-1997 Batman films make their 4K Ultra HD debut. Look for Tim Burton’s Batman and Batman Returns alongside the Joel Schumacher helmed sequels, Batman Forever and Batman and Robin.
Also arriving on 4K is the full Toy Story franchise (in advance of the new film, which hits theaters June 21). Look for Toy Story, Toy Story 2 and Toy Story 3. Then, rounding out the week’s 4K selection is the arrival of the baseball classic The Natural. Robert Redford stars in the Barry Levinson film, which celebrates its 35th anniversary this year.
Batman fans would also do well to check out Flicker Alley’s The Man Who Laughs, the 1928 Victor Hugo adaptation that directly inspired the creation of the Joker. Helmed by Paul Leni, The Man Who Laughs arrives on Blu-ray with a pristine transfer. Also arriving is Leni’s final film, the fast paced silent thriller The Last Warning. Together with The Man Who Laughs, both films paved the way for Universal’s classic monsters in the early 1930s.
Although they may not have ever crossed paths with the Caped Crusader, the Power Rangers did meet Batman’s Ninja Turtles friends. If you were a child of the 90s, you no doubt were thrilled with the 1995 big screen arrival of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie. Previously available only in a pricey set alongside the complete television series, the Rangers’ first movie is now available on its own and comes accompanied by a 45 minute behind the scenes featurette. Shout! Factory has done an impressive job of bringing the entire franchise home (all the way back to the original Japanese Super Sentai series on which Power Rangers was based) and they’re not stopping anytime soon. Look for 1997’s big screen followup, Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie to arrive on Blu-ray later this summer.
Speaking of the 90s, Mill Creek is turning back the clock with a series of retro VHS inspired releases. Look for films like the crime romcom Excess Baggage (starring Alicia Silverstone and Benicio Del Toro), the Jean-Claude Van Damme/Dennis Rodman actioner Double Team, the comedies Jury Duty and Opportunity Knocks (starring Pauly Shore and Dana Carvey, respectively) and a double-feature disc with both Mo’ Money & High School High.
If animation is more your style, this week brings five new to blu-ray films from DreamWorks animation. Look for the Aardman productions Flushed Away and Wallace and Gromit in Curse of the Were-Rabbit as well as titles like Over the Hedge, Shark Tale and Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas.
Universal home Entertainment has a quartet of catalogue titles making their HD debuts, beginning with Stanley Donen’s 1966 comedy thriller Arabesque. Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward and Robert Wagner then star in the 1969 racing thriller Winning while Winona Ryder headlines director Jocelyn Moorhouse’s 1995 drama How to Make an American Quilt and the modern stone age family goes live action for the prequel movie The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas.
Kino Lorber Studio Classics delivers their own quartet of catalogue titles, including 1990 drama Bright Angel, 1993’s crime comedy Money for Nothing, 2003’s true story Veronica Guerin and, arriving on DVD only, the 2001 telefilm version of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific, starring Glenn Close and Harry Connick Jr.
The Criterion Collection upgrades to HD their A Film Trilogy by Ingmar Bergman set, bringing to blu-ray three powerful stories of alienation: 1961’s Through a Glass Darkly and 1963’s Winter Light and The Silence.
Small screen titles hitting this week beginning with the fifth season of The CW’s hit DC Comics series, The Flash. Then, straight from Amazon Studios comes the first season of Jack Ryan, starring John Krasinski as Tom Clancy’s literary hero. From Netflix, there’s the debut season of the new Lost in Space, reimagining the classic 60’s series about the Space Family Robinson.
On the animated side, there’s the (Almost) Complete Collection of The New Scooby Doo Movies, bringing the crossover cartoon series to HD with just one episode missing (featuring the Addams family, which is unavailable do to licensing restrictions). Finally, the week concludes with the recent seventh season of the Jonny Quest inspired parody series, Venture Bros.