May 28, 2019: This Week on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD
With her feature film directorial debut Booksmart currently playing in theaters to rave reviews, Olivia Wilde can be seen in front of the camera in the recent thriller, A Vigilante, arriving on Blu-ray this week. Written and directed by Sarah Daggar-Nickson, the film casts Wilde as a woman who does whatever it takes to assist victims of domestic abusers.
From director Gaspar Noe comes Climax, a horrifying descent into madness starring Sofia Boutella as part of a dance troupe that are unwittingly dosed with LSD following a rehearsal.
Then, it’s Chloe Grace Moretz versus Isabelle Huppert in Greta, which follows a relationship that builds when a young woman returns a lost handbag to an eccentric piano teacher. What begins as a surprise friendship quickly takes a turn for the sinister.
Ike Barinholtz writes, directs and stars in the clever, “Twilight Zone”-esque The Oath, set in a world where the American President introduces a loyalty oath, immediately causing a divide that only builds as citizens on both sides are pushed into violent confrontation.
Warner Archive continues to bring great catalogue titles to HD, this week giving some Blu-ray love to director Antonio Margheriti’s 1962 The Golden Arrow. Tab Hunter headlines the Italian production as an Arabian bandit who learns that he’s secretly the son of the Sultan and the rightful heir to the throne.
Also from Warner Archive comes A Patch of Blue, the 1965 drama starring Sidney Poitier as a man who forms a romantic friendship with a blind woman, unable to see the color of his skin. The impressive black and white cinematography makes its HD debut and is accompanied by a feature length commentary track with director Guy Green.
The Criterion Collection adds another David Lynch title as Blue Velvet joins the auteur filmmaker’s Eraserhead, Mulholland Dr. and Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me as a new Blu-ray special edition. In addition to a glorious 4K digital restoration, the new release includes nearly an hour of deleted scenes, two feature length making of documentaries and lots more.
Also joining the collection is the late Agnes Varda’s 1977 drama One Sings, the Other Doesn’t, which follows two Parisian women against the backgroup of the women’s liberation movement. While Criterion has released nearly a dozen Varda films, One Sings marks the first of her films to arrive on Blu-ray.
Shout! Factory has two new Shout Select titles hitting this week, beginning with director Joseph Loosey’s 1968 drama Boom!, based on Tennessee Williams’ play “The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore”. Headlined by Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, Boom! arrives with newly created special features, including a feature commentary track by John Waters.
Also joining the Shout Select series is director Beeban Kidron’s drag queen road trip adventure To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar. Released in 1995, the film stars Patrick Swayze, John Leguizamo and Wesley Snipes as three drag performers who break down in a small midwestern town on their way to a Hollywood competition.
There are also two titles joining the Scream Factory label, starting with 1959’s The Alligator People. Beverly Garland headlines the tale of terror as a woman who, left at the altar on her wedding day, tracks down her would-be husband in the Louisiana bayou. There she comes face to face with a horrifying secret and hook-handed maniac played by Lon Chaney Jr.
Also from Scream is the made-for-television sequel When a Stranger Calls Back. Aired in 1993, the horror thriller reunites stars Charles Durning and Carol Kane and director Fred Walton from the 1979 original. In addition to newly created special features, the blu-ray offers a brand new 2K scan from the original film elements, viewable either in the original 1.33:1 tv broadcast aspect ratio as well as an alternate 1.78:1 version.
Another four catalogue titles make their HD debuts this week, thanks to Kino Lorber. Look for Lana Turner in both 1960’sPortrait in Black and 1966’s Madame X, Anna Karina as Jacques Rivette’s The Nun (also 1966) and Henri-George Clouzot’s final (completed) film, 1968’s La Prisonniere.
It’s JCVD and JCVD from MVD as the Rewind Collection adds 1991’s martial arts actioner Double Impact. The film gets the full collector’s edition treatment with deleted scenes, a feature length making of documentary and lots more.
From Severin Films comes the 1977 horror anthology, The Uncanny. Peter Cushing serves as the narrator, who hosts three tales of terror, all related to killer cats. While the disc is available at Amazon, you can also pick up an exclusive slipcover direct from Severin.
There are even more great releases to be had when it comes to small screen releases, beginning with the most recent season of Starz’s Outlander. Based on Diana Gabaldon’s book series, the fifth season of the adaptation is now in production, although a release date has yet to be revealed.
Still shockingly (and sometimes disturbingly) relevant after more than two decades, the 22nd season of Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s South Park arrives on both DVD and Blu-ray. In addition to all ten episodes, the set offers mini commentary tracks from the creators.
Finally, the week closes out with Sonic X: The Complete Series, collecting all 78 episodes of the anime series. Sonic’s big screen debut may have been pushed to 2020, but this should tide over Sega fans with plenty of adventures featuring Sonic, Tails, Knuckles and more.