March 3, 2020: This Week on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD
Mark Ruffalo headlines the critically acclaimed Dark Waters, the latest film from Todd Haynes, the visionary director behind films like Velvet Goldmine, Carol and I’m Not There. Based on a true story, Dark Waters features Ruffalo as corporate defense attorney Rob Bilott who, after uncovering an environmental conspiracy, risks everything to expose those responsible. Also starring Anne Hathaway and Tim Robbins, Dark Waters hits Blu-ray with a trio of behind the scenes featurettes.
Jodie Turner-Smith and Daniel Kaluuya deliver unforgettable performances as the title characters of last year’s acclaimed Queen & Slim. The feature film debut of prolific music video director Melina Matsoukas, Queen & Slim boasts a screenplay by Lena Waithe that follows a couple whose encounter with a police officer during their first date leads to a deadly confrontation that will have the lovers on the run even as their story captures the attention of the entire country. The film comes home on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD, backed by a several behind the scenes featurettes and a feature commentary track with Matsoukas and Waithe.
Although it didn’t make much of a splash at the box office, Playmobil: The Movie is hoping to find new life on home video. The animated adventure, available on DVD only, is based on the popular German toyline and offers a family adventure that features the voices of Daniel Radcliffe, Jim Gaffigan and Ana Taylor-Joy, Kenan Thompson and more.
With Onward hitting theaters this Friday, Disney and Pixar are rolling out the final wave of 4K Ultra HD upgrades for their classic titles. This week brings A Bug’s Life (which also stars Onward’s Julia Louis-Dreyfus), WALL-E and Up as well as Monsters Inc. and its subsequent prequel, Monsters University (directed by Onward‘s Dan Scanlon).
As with the previous waves, Steelbook collectors will want to head to Best Buy for exclusive packaging on each title.
Robert Altman’s 1996 crime noir finally gets the HD treatment as Kansas City arrives from Arrow Academy. Set in 1934 Missouri, the film follows Jennifer Jason Leigh’s Blondie O’Hara, who takes matters into her own hands when her petty criminal husband is taken hostage. Also starring Miranda Richardson, Steve Buscemi and Harry Belafonte, Kansas City makes its HD debut, backed by a host of supplemental material, including a vintage commentary track with the late Altman.
Shout Factory’s Scream Factory label adds two modern entries to its impressive catalogue with both the war-on-terror thriller I Am Fear and the virtual reality survival tale RadioFlash. The former is written and directed by Kevin Shulman (Her Dark Past) and stars William Forsythe, Bill Moseley and Eoin Macken. The latter, meanwhile, hails from writer and director Ben McPherson and stars The Walking Dead‘s Brighton Sharbino opposite LOST star Dominic Monaghan.
Kino Lorber is celebrating the work of Sergio Leone this week with a five film Serio Leone Westerns box set that collects their recent restoration work on some of the very best films the genre has to offer. The set includes the complete “Man with No Name” trilogy (1964’s A Fistful of Dollars, 1965’s For a Few Dollars More and 1966’s The Good, the Bad and the Ugly) as well as 1968’s Once Upon a Time in the West, and 1971’s A Fistful of Dynamite (AKA Duck, You Sucker).
Also arriving this week from Kino is Kinetta, an early entry from Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos (The Favourite, The Lobster). Originally released in 2005, the film makes its HD debut along with a feature length audio commentary track by film critic Amy Simmons.
Kino Lorber also has several new additions to its Studio Classics line. Look for the 1974 telefilm Pray for the Wildcats (starring William Shatner), the 1978 sports comedy Superdome, and director Robert Houston’s 1984 comedy, Bad Manners.
The week also brings two double features. The British crime television series The Sweeney was brought the big screen in 1978 as Sweeney! The 1977 film makes its HD debut alongside its 1978 sequel, Sweeney 2. Then, catch Alec Guinness in a pair of comedy features with both 1953’s The Captain’s Paradise and 1957’s Barnacle Bill.
Following its 13-episode run last year on the DC Universe streaming service, the complete second season of Titans hits Blu-ray and DVD this week. The adult oriented take on DC Comics’ young heroes expands its roster in season two, adding familiar faces like Superboy (Joshua Orpin) and Aqualad (Drew Van Acker). The set also includes the bonus behind the scenes featurette “Jason Todd: Fate by the Fans,” which explores how the show reflected the comic book’s voting process to determine whether Jason should live or die.