November 12, 2019: This Week on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD
The week kicks off with a terrifying deep dive as the killer shark sequel 47 Meters Down: Uncaged hits DVD, Blu-ray and Digital. It is far from the only recent big screen release to come home, too, as the week also brings a few more new releases. Look for the animated sequel The Angry Birds Movie 2, the phenomenally well received family drama The Farewell, the R-rated comedy Good Boys and the coming of age drama The Peanut Butter Falcon.
Later this week, Moviebill will be sitting down with some of the actors behind The Peanut Butter Falcon, so check back soon for the full video!
Following matching releases for My Neighbor Totoro and Princess Mononoke, Shout! Factory and GKIDS continue to give the deluxe treatment to Studio Ghibli’s animated masterpieces. The winner of the 2003 Academy Award for Best Animated Film, Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away arrives in an oversized boxed slipcase that houses both the film itself, the original soundtrack on CD and a 40-page book filled with essays and artwork. One of the single greatest animated works ever created, Spirited Away has never been more complete on home video.
There’s even more animation to be had from Shout! and GKIDS with the new feature film Bunuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles. A tribute to filmmaker Luis Buñuel, the film is set following the premiere of “L’Age d’Or” in 1930 and follows the artist as he makes his 1933 documentary Land Without Bread.
Joining the company’s Shout Select line, is the The Nutty Professor Collection, collecting both 1996’s The Nutty Professor and 2000’s Nutty Professor II: The Klumps with a full disc dedicated just to bonus material.
Although missed by many when it hit theaters in 2016, Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer’s epic mockumentary Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping finally gets the respect it deserves with a brand new special edition housed in a stylish Steelbook case. Schaffer and Taccone join star Andy Samberg for a feature length commentary track, but there are also deleted and extended scenes, a gag reel, and several music videos!
The Scream Factory label also adds a new title to the lineup with director Richard Franklin’s 1981 thriller Road Games. Jamie Lee Curtis and Stacy Keach headline the story of a highway killer who is searching for victims in the Australian outback. The Collector’s Edition release boasts hours of bonus content, including footage from a 1980 script read!
Warner Archive has a pair of new-to-HD titles hitting store shelves this week. Operation Crossbow, Michael Anderson’s 1965 spy thriller stars Sophia Loren, George Preppard, Trevor Howard, John Mills, Richard Johnson and Tom Courtenay in the true story of a top secret WWII mission. If science fiction is more your style, look no further than Ranald MacDougall’s 1959 post-apocalyptic thriller The World, The Flesh and the Devil. Harry Belafonte stars as a miner who, after managing to escape from a cave-in, emerges to find that something has killed off almost the entire population of Earth.
The first feature from writer and director Greg Mottola (Superbad, Adventureland), The Daytrippers joins the Criterion Collection this week. The 1996 comedy drama is set in motion when a woman (Hope Davis) discovers a love letter written by her husband (Stanley Tucci) to an unknown party. Soon, she and her entire family are off on a journey to discover the truth. The film makes its Blu-ray debut with a 4K digital restoration and plenty of bonus material, including a never before released 1985 short film by Mottola.
Arrow Video has a pair of titles hitting this week. Directed by Anthony Mann, the 1954 westernThe Far Country stars James Stewart as a man who winds up tangling with a crooked lawman (John McIntire) on the American frontier. The 1987 psychological horror thriller Flowers in the Attic, meanwhile, hails from director Jeffrey Bloom and adapts the V.C. Andrews novel of the same name.
It’s a massive week for Kino Lorber and their Studio Classics line. This week, look for Roger Vadim’s classic 1959 adaptation of Les Liaisons Dangereuse, Michael Cimino’s sleek action comedy Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (starring Clint Eastwood and Jeff Bridges), Richard Compton’s 1975 drag race actioner Return to Macon County, the 1976 Mafia thriller Street People, William Richert’s comedic thriller Winter Kills and Bertrand Blier’s 1979 crime comedy Buffet Froid. There are also three films by director Don Siegel: the 1958 noir tale The Gun Runners, 1968’s Madigan starring Henry Fonda, and the 1973 action thriller Charley Varrick, starring Walter Matthau.
It’s just as busy a week when it comes to small screen releases. Look for the sixth (and penultimate) season of the acclaimed sci-fi series The 100, the twelfth and final season of The Big Bang Theory (also available in a Complete Series Collection) and the second season of the first CBS All Access Star Trek series, Star Trek: Discovery. Meanwhile, hitting DVD only is the first two seasons of the YouTube Premium Karate Kid spinoff series, Cobra Kai.
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