March 12, 2019: This Week on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD
The Wizarding World continues at home today as David Yates’ Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald arrives on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K. There’s also Best Picture winner Green Book, which offers acclaimed performances from stars Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortenson, and the post apocalyptic fantasy adventure Mortal Engines.
Having just hit the big screen last month, director Peter Hutching’s Then Came You offers an endearing love story that sets Maisie Williams (“Game of Thrones”) as Skye, a young woman suffering from a terminal illness, and Asa Butterfield (“Hugo”) as Calvin, a nervous hypochondriac who winds up helping Skye work on her Bucket List.
From Shout! Factory’s Scream Factory label comes a lavish special edition of 1996’s high school occult thriller The Craft, starring Neve Campbell, Robin Tunney, Fairuza Balk and Rachel True. Then, if you’re looking for a 90s double feature, be sure to check out the blu-ray debut of 1993’s Man’s Best Friend. The horror film centers on a genetically engineered killer dog and arrives in HD with a new 2K scan of the original film elements. Finally, the Shout Select label offers another great addition to their eclectic lineup with Ridley Scott’s 1987 romantic thriller, Someone to Watch Over Me.
From Arrow Video this week comes the unique slasher Kolobos. Released in 1999, the meta thriller follows a group of five young men and women who agree to be constantly filmed as they stay together in a remote cabin as part of an experimental film project. Then, from Arrow Academy, comes Peter Glenville’s The Prisoner, starring Alec Guinness as a European Cardinal accused of treason.
The Criterion Collection inducts a new Harold Lloyd comedy with 1927’s The Kid Brother, which joins the already released Safety Last! (1923) and Speedy (1928). There’s also an HD upgrade for Ingmar Bergman’s 1975 exploration of Mozart’s musical fantasy The Magic Flute.
Mill Creek Entertainment is continuing its series of budget-friendly Blu-ray releases housed in stylish VHS throwback packages. The latest wave includes John G. Avildsen’s 1981 dark comedy Neighbors, the adventures of the pulp jungle heroine Sheena (1984), and 1984’s musical comedy drama Songwriter, starring Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson as fictional alter egos Blackie Buck and Doc Jenkins.
When it comes to small screen releases, this week has two very different offerings from the high seas. The fifth and final season of TNT’s The Last Ship concludes the epically scaled post-apocalyptic tale. Then, from Warner Archive, comes The Man From Atlantis. The pilot telefilm for the short-lived 1977 series starring Patrick Duffy as an Atlantean amnesiac makes its debut in HD.
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