June 9, 2020: This Week on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD
Aiming to unsettle, The Hunt marks a fierce satire from director Craig Zobel (Compliance) and screenwriters Nick Cuse and Damon Lindelof (HBO’s Watchmen). GLOW‘s Betty Gilpin headlines the story of an elite group that arranges to hunt human beings for sport. The film arrives on Blu-ray today with a trio of behind the scenes featurettes.
Josh Duhamel and Megan Fox star in the family comedy Think Like a Dog. From writer and director Gil Junger, the film follows the adventures of a young boy who accidentally winds up telepathically linked to the family dog!
Rounding out the week’s new releases is the supernatural thriller We Summon the Darkness. Alexandria Daddario, Amy Forsyth and Johnny Knoxville headline the story of a group of young women on their way to a heavy metal concert who wind up facing off against a group of murderous satanists.
Joining the Criterion Collection this week is Paul Mazursky’s 1978 drama An Unmarried Woman. Jill Clayburgh was nominated for an Academy Award for her role as Erica, a successful New York woman whose life is suddenly turned upside down when her husband of 16 years leaves her for a much younger woman. Among the release’s many special features is a vintage commentary track featuring both Mazursky and Clayburgh.
From Warner Archive this week comes Cannery Row, writer and director David S. Ward’s 1982 adaptation of the John Steinbeck novel about a small former fishing community in Monterey, California during the Great Depression. The new releases boasts a new 4K restoration of the film from the original camera negative.
Princess Caraboo, based on a true 19th century tale, hit the big screen in 1994 with Phoebe Cates in the title role. Today, the film joins Shout! Factory’s Shout Select line, making its blu-ray debut. Directed by Michael Austin, the film follows a woman who created a fictional regal persona to trick her way into British high society.
Kino Lorber continues to bring some fascinating catalogue titles to HD. Their Kino Classics line expands this week with another release from the Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau Foundation. Reinhold’s Schunzel’s 1933 musical comedy Victor and Victoria. Renate Müller stars as Susanne, an unsuccessful actress who manages to turn her career around by pretending to be cross dressing man, Monsieur Victor. The release also offers an audio commentary track from film historian Gaylyn Studlar.
Also arriving from Kino this week is a trio of blu-ray collections. The Deanna Durbin Collection offers three musical comedies starring the big screen multi-hyphenate: 100 Men and a Girl (1937), Three Smart Girls Grow Up (1939) and It Started With Eve (1941). The Film Noir – The Dark Side of Cinema III then offers three crime thrillers: Abandoned (1949), The Lady Gambles (1949) and The Sleeping City (1950) while the first Western Classics set delivers When the Daltons Rode (1940), The Virginian (1946), and Whispering Smith (1948).
From Sony’s MOD (Manufacture on Demand) program comes the blu-ray debut of Brian’s Song. Starring James Caan and Billy Dee Williams, the film originally aired on the small screen as part of ABC’s “Movie of the Week”. Caan stars as Brian Piccolo, the real life Chicago Bears player who was diagnosed with terminal cancer at the height of his career.
Closing out the week is the latest season of Doctor Who. The 12th series in the modern franchise (the show’s 38th series overall) offers ten recent episodes featuring Jodi Whitaker as the Doctor and Tosin Cole, Mandip Gill and Bradley Walsh as companions Ryan Sinclair, Yasmin Khan and Graham O’Brien.
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