November 20, 2018: This Week on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD
With worldwide box office in excess of $236 million, Jon M. Chu’s megahit Crazy Rich Asians comes home this week on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K. Other recent big screen releases arriving this week include the comedy drama Blindspotting (written, produced by and starring Daveed Diggs), as well as the science fiction adventure Kin.
Kino invites cinephiles to take a step back in history with their impressive Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers boxed set. Spread across six discs, the set boasts nearly 30 hours of films from the first decades of moviemaking from Lois Weber, Mabel Normand, Alice Guy Blaché and more.
Flicker Alley last year released their own Early Women Filmmakers boxed set, which complements the new Kino set nicely. They, meanwhile, are celebrating Mary Pickford with two of her most popular films: 1915’s Fanchon the Cricket and 1925’s Little Annie Rooney. Both boast loving restorations in cooperation with The Mary Pickford Foundation.
Criterion turns their attention back to Billy Wilder as his comedy classic Some Like It Hot joins the collection alongside Wilder’s earlier Ace in Hole. Starring Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon and Marilyn Monroe, Some Like it Hot came in number one on the American Film Institute’s “100 Years… 100 Laughs”.
Also seeing release from Criterion this week is Ingmar Bergman’s Cinema, a massive 30-disc set that celebrates the centennial of the legendary director. There are even a few of the 39 films included that have not received individual releases, making this far and away the most complete Bergman collection ever assembled.
Warner Archive turns their attention this week to Bob Fosse’s 1972 take on Cabaret. The acclaimed musical’s big screen adaptation was a massive hit upon release, taking home six Academy Awards, including Best Supporting Actor for star Joel Grey.
If you like 90’s horror, Scream Factory has some titles for you! This week sees the release of 1992’s Candyman in a full fledged special edition. They’re also bringing 1998’s Urban Legends to Blu-ray for the first time ever alongside the 2000 sequel, Urban Legends: Final Cut.
Shout! Factory is re-releasing two of its Shout! Select titles in stylish new Steelbook packaging. Look for both Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey (complementing an earlier Steelbook for Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure) and a 35th anniversary edition of Walter Hill’s unique rock and roll musical, Streets of Fire.
Shout! Factory concludes a busy week with two more additions to the Shout! Select line. Look for Anthony Mann’s 1954 musical biopic The Glenn Miller Story (starring James Stewart and June Allyson) as well as Leos Carax’s mesmerizing 2012 fantasy, Holy Motors.
Joining the MVD Rewind Collection this week is the 1988 drama Bright Lights, Big City, starring Michael J. Fox, Phoebe Cates and Kiefer Sutherland. The James Bridges film arrives packed with bonus features, including two feature length commentaries.
From Artsploitation comes Gonzalo Calzado’s recent horror thriller Luciferina. An Argentinian production, the story follows Sofía Del Tuffo as Natalia, a young woman who heads into the jungle in the hopes of saving her dying father. What she finds instead, however, just might be the devil himself.
The Outer Limits on Blu-ray is officially complete with the release of the sci-fi/horror anthology series’ second season. Fully restored in HD, the second season includes a few of the series’ most popular episodes like “I, Robot” and “Devil with a Glass Hand”.
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