May 7, 2019: This Week on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD
Emmet, Lucy, Batman and more are back this week as The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part arrives on Blu-ray and DVD, straight from its big screen debut earlier this year. If horror is more your style, though, you might want to check out the supernatural terror that is The Prodigy. There’s also Peter Jackson’s extraordinary World War I documentary They Shall Not Grow Old which boasts restored and colorized footage from over a century ago. Sadly, the home video release does not include the impressive 3D version that hit theaters this past December.
From director Adam Shankman (Hairspray, Rock of Ages) comes What Men Want, an updated take on Nancy Meyers’ 2000 comedy that swaps Mel Gibson for Taraji P. Henson. Moviebill recently had the opportunity to sit down with Shankman and costar Tamala Jones and you can check out that full interview by clicking here.
A quartet of catalogue titles are getting the 4K Ultra HD treatment, beginning with Ron Howard’s 1991 firefighter action drama Backdraft. There’s also an upgraded version of Ridley Scott’s 2001 true military rescue tale with Black Hawk Down, Guillermo Del Toro’s second big screen take on Mike Mignola’s comic book hero with Hellboy II: The Golden Army and, finally, the 1994 Best Picture winner, Robert Zemeckis’ Forrest Gump.
Boasting a fully restored 4K digital transfer, William Wyler’s 1949 The Heiress joins the Criterion Collection this week. Based on Henry James’s 1880 novel Washington Square, the film stars Montgomery Clift and, in an Academy Award winning performance, Olivia de Havilland.
From Arrow Video comes Giancarlo Santi’s 1972 spaghetti western, The Grand Duel, making its HD debut. Santi, who worked as assistant director to Sergio Leone, reunites with The Good, the Bad and the Ugly star Lee Van Cleef for the story of an ex-sheriff who decides to help defend a young man falsely accused of murder.
Directing his first narrative film in over a decade, Ethan Hawke steps behind the camera for Blaze, an imaginative biopic of country musician Blaze Foley (with Ben Dickey in the title role). Shout! Factory brings the 2018 release to blu-ray alongside a feature length commentary track with Hawke.
With his latest, The Dead Don’t Die, scheduled to hit the big screen next month, Kino Studio Classics is bringing to Blu-ray Jim Jarmusch’s 2005 comedy drama Broken Flowers, starring Bill Murray as a man who revisits his past loves in the hopes of solving a personal mystery. Also from the label comes Basil Dearden’s final film, the 1970 thriller The Man Who Haunted Himself, Michael Winner’s 1971 tale of supernatural terror, The Nightcomers, and the American Film Theater’s 1974 take on Eugène Ionesco’s stage play Rhinoceros, headlined by The Producers pair of Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder.
Although it sounds like we’ll have to wait until 2020 for season five, the arrive of Better Call Saul season four on DVD and Blu-ray this week gives fans the opportunity to revisit Jimmy McGill as he inexorable transition into the “Breaking Bad” shyster Saul Goodman. Season four special features include a gag reel, featurettes, a series of “Madrigal Security Training Videos” hosted by Mike Ehrmantraut, the short film “No Picnic,” audio commentaries on every episode and more!
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