November 13, 2019: This Week on Blu-ray, DVD and 4K Ultra HD
The week kicks off with a very, very large shark. It’s Jason Statham versus a massive megalodon in the The Meg, which also arrives on 4K Ultra HD. If you prepare man and animal teaming up, look no further than Alpha, a prehistoric origin story of man’s best friend.
With Mile 22, Mark Wahlberg reteams with director Peter Berg for a military espionage thriller. The film marks their fourth collaboration after Lone Survivor, Patriot’s Day and Deepwater Horizon.
Arriving on DVD this week from Shout! Factory is MDMA, a harrowing true story that’s equal parts Breaking Bad and The Social Network. Moviebill recently sat down with filmmaker Angie Wang. Click here to check out the full interview.
Also arriving on DVD is Sony Pictures Classic’s Puzzle, starring Kelly MacDonald as a suburban wife and mother whose life changes when she meets a man (Irrfan Khan), who shares her love of solving jigsaw puzzles.
From Walt Disney Studios come two collections of short films. Olaf’s Frozen Adventure brings home the Frozen followup that screened in theaters with Coco. Pixar Shorts Volume 3, meanwhile, collects many of the more recent animated shorts, including some never before released on home video treats like the “Cars Toons” installment, “The Radiator Springs 500 1/2”.
When it comes to 4K Ultra HD this week, Sylvester Stallone’s John Rambo is leading the charge. The first three films in the franchise get new 4K editions just as the fifth film heads into production. You can grab First Blood, Rambo: First Blood, Part II or Rambo III.
Also receiving a 4K upgrade is the DC Comics adaptation Justice League: Throne of Atlantis, just in time for Aquaman’s own live action movie in December.
The Criterion Collection continues to explore the work of Kenji Mizoguchi with 1954’s A Story From Chikamatsu. The 18th century drama joins a collection that already offers The Life of Oharu, Shansho the Bailiff, The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum and Ugetsu (with Osaka Elegy, Sisters of the Gion, Women of the Night and Street of Shame available in an Eclipse collection.
Warner Archive has a double helping of HD upgrades.1973’s Satanic Rites of Dracula stars both Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee in the eighth entry of Hammer’s Dracula. Then, turn back clock even further for 1959’s pulpy Eastmancolor adaptation of Edgar Rice Burrough’s jungle hero with Tarzan’s Greatest Adventure.
Shout! Factory looks back to the early 90s with a new Collector’s Edition of Kevin Costner’s Dances with Wolves, housed in a stylish Steelbook package. There’s also a new special edition of Barbet Schroeder’s 1992 thriller Single White Female. Then, joining the Shout! Select line, is George Marshall’s 1946 film noir, The Blue Dahlia. Starring Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake, The Blue Dahlia was written specifically for the screen by the legendary Raymond Chandler.
Severin Films is inviting horror lovers to pay a visit to Blood Island with a new box set that includes four films, beginning with 1959’s Terror is a Man and continuing through 1968’s Brides of Blood, 1969’s Mad Doctor of Blood Island and 1970’s Beast of Blood.
Arrow Video delivers cult classic splatter horror with a new edition of 1970’s The Wizard of Gore. Then, through the company’s Arrow Academy label, Allison Anders’ acclaimed 1992 drama Gas Food Lodging.
When it comes to small screen titles, look for Claire Foy in the second season of the acclaimed drama series The Crown. Then, the third season of Preacher continues the epic story of Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper) and his quest to find God. Finally, Star Trek: Discovery unleashes its first season for anyone who skipped signing up for CBS All Access. You can get caught up before season two premieres in early 2019 with quite a few new Trek series planned to follow.