May 12, 2020: This Week on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD
Margot Robbie’s cinematic take on DC Comics’ antihero continues as Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) comes home to roost. Available on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD, director Cathy Yan’s love letter to breakfast sandwiches also stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress, Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Black Canary, Rosie Perez as Renee Montoya, Chris Messina as Victor Zsasz, Ewan McGregor as Roman Sionis/Black Mask, and newcomer Ella Jay Basco also stars as Cassandra “Cass” Cain.
Also available in 4K is 20th Century Studios’ recent live action/animation hybrid take on Jack London’s classic wilderness adventure, The Call of the Wild. Harrison Ford stars alongside Dan Stevens, Karen Gillan, Bradley Whitford, and Jean Louisa Kelly.
Blumhouse’s horror-themed take on Fantasy Island arrives on blu-ray in an edition that offers two different cuts of the film. The unrated cut also includes a commentary track featuring Director Jeff Wadlow and his cast.
Issa Rae and LaKeith Stanfield headline writer and director Stella Meghie’s deeply engaging romantic drama The Photograph. When a hidden photograph brings Mae Morton (Rae) face to face with her estranged mother’s personal history, she also winds up falling for a young journalist, Michael Block (Lakeith Stanfield). Now available on blu-ray and DVD, The Photograph arrives with a pair of behind the scenes featurettes.
Directed by Nick Peet, the comedy Lazy Susan stars Sean Hayes (Will & Grace) in the title role as a middle aged woman who, after taking stock of her life, decides to turn it all around.
Following a memorable appearance together in last year’s dark comedy The Art of Self Defense, Jesse Eisenberg and Imogen Poots reteam for Vivarium, a sci-fi thriller from writer and director Lorcan Finnegan that follows a new couple as their quest to find a perfect home takes a most peculiar turn.
Joining the Criterion Collection this week is John Sturges’ cinematic classic, The Great Escape. Steven McQueen headlines the 1963 World War II prison break actioner, based on a true story. Criterion’s new release offers a 4K digital transfer, two audio commentary tracks, new interviews and a series of documentaries that explore both the making of the film and the historical side of things.
Warner Archive has a pair of cinematic treats debuting on blu-ray this week!
An early horror feature from prolific Hollywood legend Michael Curtiz (Casablanca, The Adventure of Robin Hood), The Mystery of the Wax Museum was filmed in early two-strip Technicolor and thought lost for decades. Now fully restored by UCLA Film & Television Archive and The Film Foundation (in association with Warner Bros. Entertainment and with funding through the George Lucas Family Foundation), it arrives on blu-ray with a Remembering Fay Wray documentary, audio commentary by author and film historian Alan K. Rode, and another audio commentary by Scott MacQueen, head of preservation, UCLA Film & Television Archive.
Also looking better than ever in HD is Robert Mulligan’s 1965 melodrama Inside Daisy Clover. Natalie Wood stars in the title role, as a child star rising through the Golden Age of Hollywood. Also starring Roddy McDowall, Christopher Plummer and Robert Redford, the film comes to Blu-ray with the film’s original theatrical trailer and the classic cartoon “War and Pieces”.
Shout! Factory’s Scream Factory label gives some Collector’s Edition love to the 1999 horror comedy Idle Hands. Directed by Rodman Flender, the film stars Devon Sawa, Seth Green, Elden Henson, Jessica Alba, and Vivica A. Fox in the story of a young man whose hand becomes possessed by a demonic force. Idle Hands arrives on blu-ray with a ton of bonus content, including a vintage commentary track with Flender and a newly recorded one that features the cast looking back on what has become a modern cult classic.
If you’re looking for a stylish way to collect the films of Studio Ghibli, you might want to take a look at two new Steelbook editions hitting today from Shout! Factory. Released in partnership with GKIDS, the pair represent the first in a planned series dedicated to the works of the hugely popular Japanese animation studio. Look for the line to begin with two by legendary director Hayao Miyazaki: 2004’s Howl’s Moving Castle and 2008’s Ponyo. Both blu-rays offer bonus storyboard presentations for their respective films as well as behind the scenes featurettes.
It’s all about box sets from Kino Lorber this week. Their diverse film noir series continues with Film Noir: The Dark Side Of Cinema II, offering up 1951’s Thunder On The Hill (directed by Douglas Sirk), 1956’s The Price of Fear, and 1958’s The Female Animal. Also available is the Barbara Stanwyck Collection, which includes the first Dr. Kildare film, 1937’s Internes Can’t Take Money, William A. Wellman’s 1942 western romance The Great Man’s Lady, and the 1946 marriage comedy The Bride Wore Boots.
When it comes to the small screen, the week brings a pair of recent television seasons to DVD. Look for the fourth season of the DC Comics Vertigo adaptation Lucifer, and for the tenth season of Showtime’s Shameless. The former series follows the life of Satan himself, as he abandons rule in Hell to run a nightclub in Los Angeles. The new release offers all ten episodes from the show’s penultimate season. Meanwhile, there’s also just one more season left of Shameless, starring William H. Macy and Emmy Rossum. The new set offers all 12 tenth season episodes.
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