May 5, 2020: This Week on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD
One of the last films to hit theaters before lockdown began, Bloodshot comes home this week on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD. Vin Diesel stars as the Valiant Comics hero in an origin story that aims to kick-off a full blown cinematic universe. In addition to a pair of behind the scenes featurettes, Bloodshot includes deleted and extended scenes, outtakes, bloopers and an alternate ending.
Steve Coogan headlines Michael Winterbottom’s Greed, a satirical look at fictional billionaire Sir Richard McCreadie as he celebrates his birthday on a Greek island. The film arrives on blu-ray with a deleted scene and a behind the scenes featurette.
If you’re looking for frights, head into the woods with Gretel & Hansel, starring IT‘s Sophia Lillis as Gretel and Alice Krige as the witch. The horror fantasy hits blu-ray with a behind the scenes featurette.
KJ Apa headlines I Still Believe, the true story of Christian music star Jeremy Camp. The blu-ray release offers audio commentary with directors Andy and Jon Erwin alongside deleted scenes and four different featurettes.
New releases continue this week with The Jesus Rolls, John Turturro’s bizarre spinoff of The Big Lebowski wherein he reprises his role as Jesus Quintana, in addition to writing and directing.
Richard Armitage and Riley Keough headline The Lodge, directors Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz’s psychological thriller, which follows a woman (Keough) who becomes snowed in alongside her fiancee (Armitage) and his two children.
Robert Miano, Bai Ling, Lance Henriksen, Adrienne Barbeau and more unite for the recent horror comedy Exorcism at 60,000 Feet. The film arrives on blu-ray from Shout! Factory’s Scream Factory label and includes new interviews and multiple behind the scenes looks at the making of the film.
Issa López’s acclaimed 2017 supernatural thriller Tigers Are Not Afraid gets a special limited Steelbook edition. The release offers a director’s commentary track, deleted scenes, and new interviews with López alongside filmmaker and Tigers Are Not Afraid fan Guillermo del Toro.
There are also some great 4K upgrades arriving this week, beginning with the 2013 fantasy 47 Ronin. Keanu Reeves headlines the cinematic take on the 18th century tale of a group of Ronin who collectively seek revenge for the death of their master.
Between reinventing Bond with both 1995’s Goldeneye and with 2006’s Casino Royale, director Martin Campbell also breathed new life into another cinematic icon with 1998’s The Mask of Zorro. Antonio Banderas, Anthony Hopkins and Catherine Zeta-Jones headline the grand adventure, which today gets a 4K makeover. That’s not all, either, as the new release adds a never before released deleted scene to the film’s roster of special features (which also includes a director’s commentary, a music video and a ‘Making Zorro’ documentary.
The first 4K release from Shout! Factory, D-Day: Normandy 1944 brings to Ultra HD Pascal Vuong’s stirring documentary, narrated by Tom Brokaw.
The French master gets an HD upgrade this week from the Criterion Collection as Eric Rohmer: Six Moral Tales is reissued on Blu-ray. Rohmer expanded the scope of late French New Wave cinema with six character studies that explore temptation and desire: The Bakery Girl of Monceau (1963), Suzanne’s Career (1963), My Night at Maud’s (1969), Le collectionneuse (1967), Claire’s Knee (1970), and Love in the Afternoon (1972). Retaining all of the special features from the DVD version of the set, the new Blu-ray edition offers new 2K digital restorations on all six films.
The partnership between Kino Lorber and Something Weird continues with two more entries in the Forbidden Fruit series, a line dedicated to bringing the Golden Age of Hollywood exploitation to HD with pristine new restorations. This week brings the fifth and sixth volumes, both offering double features. The first includes the drug panic films Narcotic (1933) and Marihuana (1936) while the second offers the 1934 eugenics commentary Tomorrow’s Children alongside 1938’s Child Bride.
Another round of interesting catalogue titles join the Kino Studio Classics line this week. Look for Richard Attenborough in the 1948 Graham Greene adaptation Brighton Rock, Basil Dearden behind the lens of 1951’s Pool of London, and Alastair Sim in the J.B. Priestley stage play adaptation An Inspector Calls. There are also two comedy dramas by director Fred Coe making their blu-ray debuts. Catch Jason Robards and Barbara Harris in 1965’s A Thousand Clowns and Patty Duke in 1969’s Me, Natalie.
On the small screen front, the week brings a complete set of the British science fiction series Humans, responsible for introducing many to rapidly rising star Gemma Chan (Crazy Rich Asians, Marvel’s Eternals). Set in the near future, the show explores the rise of artificial life in the form of synthetic humanoid servants. The series comes to Blu-ray in a six disc set that includes three seasons (24 episodes).