November 26, 2019: This Week on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD
The week kicks off with writer and director Jacob Estes’s Don’t Let Go. Starring David Oyelowo and Storm Reid, the film blends science fiction and horror to deliver a time travel thriller. Meanwhile, Richard Linklater is back with his latest, Where’d You Go, Bernadette. Cate Blanchett stars in the title role, a woman who has vanished and whose disappearance becomes the primary focus of her young daughter.
A classic for anime and science fiction fans, Space Adventure Cobra: The Movie arrives in 4K HDR, retaining all the special features from the Blu-ray edition. Directed by Osamu Dezaki, the 1982 release is based on the manga Buichi Terasawa and follows the adventure of the titluar Cobra, a space hero who has had his own memories erased in an effort to escape the past.
But Space Adventure Cobra isn’t the only science fiction classic from the 1980’s that is getting some love this week. Arrow Video has a new special edition of Paul Verhoeven’s RoboCop available in two limited edition forms. Pick from either a Steelbook case or a deluxe slipcover set that also includes lobby cards and a fold-out poster. Either way, you’ll be getting two versions of the film with more supplemental material than ever.
Two classics starring Bette Davis join the Criterion Collection this week, beginning with Irving Rapper’s 1942 melodrama Now, Voyager. In it, Davis stars as Charlotte Vale, a woman whose personal growth has been stunted by her overbearing mother. When her psychiatrist orders that she take a trip, Charlotte embarks on a South American cruise and, for the first time, begins to discover who she truly is.
Also available from Criterion this week is Joseph L. Mankiewicz All About Eve. Released in 1950, the drama remains to this day one of the most iconic depictions of Hollywood and the entertainment industry. Davis stars as Margo Channing, a top actress who soon crosses paths with Anne Baxter’s Eve Harrington, a young fan who herself dreams of stardom. Boasting a 4K digital restoration, this new edition of All About Eve arrives with a host of special features, including multiple feature length documentaries, a radio adaptation of the story, and two different commentary tracks.
Warner Archive brings yet another studio classic to HD this week with Great Day in the Morning. Jacques Tourneur directs this 1956 romance, set in the Antebellum South. Robert Stack plays a Southern drifter who winds up in a love triangle with two women (Virginia Mayo and Ruth Roman) whose support goes to the North. Boasting an HD master from 4K scans of the original negative, the technicolor SuperScope release also includes four short films directed by Tourneur.
Frank Langella stars as Dracula in the latest Collector’s Edition release from Shout! Factory’s horror themed Scream Factory label. Loaded with newly created bonus content, the 1979 adaptation of the Bram Stoker tale arrives with two distinct versions. The first disc offers a desaturated version of the film preferred by director John Badham. Then, on the second disc, you can find the original theatrical version, pulled from a 4K scan of the original film elements.
John Frankenheimer’s 1979 Prophecy also goes blu this week thanks to Scream Factory. Robert Foxworth stars as an environmental scientist who, while searching for missing lumberjack, learns that toxic waste from a local paper mill has created a killer mutant bear that is now preying on human beings.
Technically not a movie release, Scream Factory nevertheless has something very cool available today for fans of Night of the Demons. The company previously teamed with NECA Toys to make an 8″ figure of Amelia Kinkade’s Angela. Now, they’re releasing a two-figure companion set with figures of Linnea Quigley’s Suzy and Hal Havins’s Stooge. The set is limited to just 2,500, though, so don’t hesitate if you want to add it to your collection.
If you’re looking for a few Christmas classics to watch this holiday season, you’re in luck. Olive Films has a new special edition of Leo McCarey’s 1945 drama The Bells of St Mary’s, starring Bing Crosby as a pastor assigned to an inner city church whose vision soon clashes with the organization’s Sister Superior, played by Ingrid Bergman. Then, Kino Lorber’s studio classics adds both Preston Sturges’ 1940 romcom Christmas in July and George More O’Ferrall’s 1952 The Holly and the Ivy, a holiday drama that sees a family looking back at their trials and tribulations during World War II.
Sadly, there are not new episodes of MST3K coming to Netflix this month but, thanks to Shout! Factory, fans will have the chance to revisit last year’s bingeathon with Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Gauntlet. Do you dare to watch all six films in one sitting? The list includes the series’ most contemporary film to date, the Pacific Rim knockoff Atlantic Rim as well as cult classics like Mac and Me, an E.T. ripoff produced by McDonalds in 1988.
If The Gauntlet isn’t enough MST3K for you, have no fear. The Film Detective has a very special release of Eegah, the 1962 caveman actioner that was given the Satellite of Love treatment back in 1993. Beloved by bad movie fans, Eegah has been given a truly astonishing restoration with the new blu-ray edition limited to just 1,500 copies. What’s more, the release offers the full MST3K episode as a bonus feature alongside new interviews with star Arch Hall Jr. and with MST3K‘s Joel Hodgson.