March 19, 2019: This Week on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD
The week kicks off with the release of two recent big screen hits. Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns sets Emily Blunt as the magical nanny in a followup story that’s practically perfect in every way. Meanwhile, Sony Pictures brings home their Academy Award winning animated adventure, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Look for both titles on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD.
Nicolas Cage headlines director Andrew Niccol’s 2005 thriller Lord of War as an unscrupulous arms dealer. The film gets a 4K Ultra HD upgrade this week, pairing the film with a host of special features, including a commentary track from Niccol.
Tamara Dobson is a top level secret agent in the 1970 Blaxploitation adventure Cleopatra Jones. Continuing their tradition of bringing catalogue titles to HD, Warner Archive this week brings Cleo to Blu-ray.
Two more horror classics arrive in HD this week, thanks to Shout! Factory and their ever growing Scream Factory label. Look for 1957’s giant insect thriller The Deadly Mantis. That same year, director Nathan Juran would also helm the story of a growing alien creature with 20 Million Miles to Earth before turning his attention to another gargantuan star the following year with Attack of the 50 Foot Woman. If supernatural thriller are more your style, look no further than 1966’s The Witches, which stars Joan Fontaine as a schoolteacher who comes face to face with the occult.
There are also two new additions to the Shout! Select line. Look for both the 1987 Cheech Marin comedy Born in East LA as well as 2003’s Ned Kelly. The latter stars the late Heath Ledger in the title role as the infamous late 19th century Australian Bushranger.
The Kino Lorber Studio Classics lines continues with five new to Blu-ray titles. Look for Todd Haynes’ 2002 homage to the work of Douglas Sirk with Far From Heaven. There’s also the 1970 comedy Lovers and Other Strangers, which was nominated for three Academy Awards. Tom Cruise, Shelley Long, Jackie Earle Haley, and John Stockwell headline 1983’s Losin’ It, an early comedy work from the late Curtis Hanson. There’s also Dolph Lundgren in the 1998 supernatural thriller The Minion and the 1970 comedy drama Suppose They Gave a War and Nobody Came.
The Criterion Collection has two new additions this week. Look for Edgar G. Ulmer’s film noir classic Detour. The 1945 thriller sets Tom Neal as a down on his luck traveler with the severe misfortune of crossing paths with Anne Savage’s femme fatale, Vera. Thanks to a 4K restoration, Detour has never looked so good. Meanwhile, Criterion adds Barbara Loden’s sole directorial feature, 1970’s Wanda, which she also wrote and headlines.
Classic Doctor Who continues to arrive in upscaled blu-ray season sets. Following the first Tom Baker season and the first Peter Davison season comes the seventh and final Tom Baker season. Meanwhile, Shout! Factory continues to re-release out of print Mystery Science Theater 3000 sets. Originally published by Rhino in 2006, the tenth volume originally included Godzilla vs. Megalon and had to be recalled due to rights issues. Rhino immediately reissued the set with The Giant Gila Monster in its place, hence the MST3K 10.2 moniker.