May 26, 2020: This Week on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD
Both a box office smash and and a critically acclaimed reinvention of one of Universal’s classic monsters, Leigh Whannell’s The Invisible Man is coming home today on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD. The release offers deleted scenes, featurettes and a commentary track with Whannell.
There’s also some extra fun to be had with a a special Invisible Man activity book. Universal sent Moviebill a copy and we’ve scanned it in the gallery below for you to enjoy yourself!
It’s a big week for 4K as both Shout! Factory and Blue Underground take the Ultra HD plunge. Shout! brings to the format Michael Ciminio’s 1978 Vietnam war epic The Deer Hunter. The release (which also includes a Blu-ray version) arrives as part of the Shout Select line and is jam packed with content, including several interviews prepared specifically for this edition.
Then, Blue Underground delivers a pair of horror classics with 4K editions of William Lustig’s 1980 slasher Maniac and Lucio Fulci’s 1979 Zombie. You’ve never seen a zombie fight a shark with such a pristine image!
A trio of new titles join the Criterion Collection this week, beginning with the long awaited Scorsese Shorts. The set includes five early works from the legendary director, including What’s a Nice Girl Like You Doing in a Place Like This? (1963), It’s Not Just You, Murray! (1964), The Big Shave (1967), Italianamerican (1974), and American Boy (1978).
Wildlife, the directorial debut of actor Paul Dano, also joins the Criterion Collection this week. Also scripted by Dano alongside Zoe Kazan, Wildlife stars Carey Mulligan and Jake Gyllenhaal and adapts the 1990 novel by Richard Ford, exploring a 1960s nuclear family that is beginning to come apart at the seams.
Rounding out the week’s Criterion offerings is John Cassavettes’ 1970 drama Husbands, starring Ben Gazzara and Peter Falk alongside Cassavettes himself. The film, the story of three middle aged friends dealing with a sudden loss, has received a 4K digital restoration and is backed by some interesting supplements, including a commentary track from film historian Marshall Fine.
Oddly enough, it was John Cassavettes’ 1968 feature, Faces, that caused trouble for Spring Night, Summer Night, arriving on Blu-ray this week from Flicker Alley. When Faces caused it to be bumped from the 1968 New York Film Festival, Spring Night, Summer Night came close to being lost forever. An indie production from Ohio college professor Joseph L. Anderson, the film has now finally emerged 50 years later, thanks in no small part to director Nicholas Winding Refn (Drive, The Neon Demon), who funded the restoration through his byNWR.
Warner Archive this week turns their attention to The Reluctant Debutant, Vincente Minnelli 1958 CinemaScope comedy, starring Rex Harrison and his real life wife, Kay Kendall, alongside Sandra Dee, John Saxon and Angela Lansbury. The film has received a brand new master and arrives with the film’s theatrical trailer.
In addition to The Deer Hunter, the Shout! Select line expands this week with both Sidney Lumet’s 2007 crime thriller Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead and Keith Gordon’s 1992 war drama, starring Peter Berg, Kevin Dillon, Ethan Hawke and Gary Sinise.
Meanwhile, over at the horror themed Scream Factory label, the week brings John Carpenter’s Escape From New York sequel, Escape From LA. The latest in Shout’s impressive lineup of Carpenter films, Escape From LA gets the full Collector’s Edition treatment with lots of newly created bonus content.
A modern filmmaking master, Shin’ya Tsukamoto’s filmography comes together for Arrow Video’s eight-film collection, Solid Metal Nights: The Films of Shin’ya Tsukamoto. The set offers Blu-ray versions of
The Adventure of Denchu-Kozo (1987), Tetsuo: The Iron Man (1989), Tetsuo II: Body Hammer (1992), Tokyo Fist (1995), Bullet Ballet (1998), A Snake of June (2002), Vital (2004), Haze (2005), Kotoko (2011), and the debut of his latest, Killing (2018).
Kino Lorber’s Studio Classics line continues this week with several new Blu-ray editions. First up, Douglas Sirk’s 1954 3D Western, Taza, Son of Cochise (starring Rock Hudson as an Apache warrior) makes its blu-ray debut.
The week also brings Susan Sontag’s 1969 black and white drama Duet for Cannibals, the 1974 vampire documentary In Search of Dracula (featuring Christopher Lee), and the 1977 high school sex comedy, The Chicken Chronicles.
You can also catch Donald Sutherland and Brook Adams in the 1979 heist comedy A Man, A Woman and a Bank andGene Hackman and Barbra Streisand in the 1981 comedy All Night Long (which boasts a screenplay by Big Trouble in Little China scribe W.D. Richter).
On the small screen, the week brings along the complete Ultraman Ace, the fifth series incarnation of the long running Ultraman franchise. Ultraman Ace ran from 1972 to 1973 for a total of 52 episodes, all of which come together in a stylish Steelbook package designed to match the previous, recently released seasons. Hopefully, the next series, Ultraman Taro, won’t be far beyond!
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