November 5, 2019: This Week on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD
Based on the 2008 best seller by Garth Stein, The Art of Racing in the Rain arrives on blu-ray and DVD this week, bringing home the story of a golden retriever, Enzo (voice of Kevin Costner) and his owner (Milo Ventimiglia), a formula one racecar driver who still has a lot to learn about how to live a positive life.
Available on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD is the Fast and Furious franchise spinoff Hobbs & Shaw, which pits Dwayne Johnson’s ultra cop against Jason Statham’s charismatic rogue for a actioner that is as funny as it is massive. In addition to deleted and extended scenes, featurettes and an alternate opening, the disc offers a feature length commentary track with director David Leitch.
Although it may not look it, The Kitchen is actually a DC Comics adaptation. The crime thriller, which hit theaters a few months ago, stars Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish and Elizabeth Moss and adapts Ollie Masters and Ming Doyle’s Vertigo miniseries. The film comes home with a few features, including a single deleted scenes and two behind the scenes featurettes.
Rounding out the recent big screen releases is Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, which brings to life the terrifying stories and illustrations that haunted many a youth. Available on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K, the release also offers new behind the scenes material with director André Ovredal and producer Guillermo del Toro.
Although these same titles should be available to stream next week via Disney+, that doesn’t mean that Disney is giving up on home video. This week, the studio continues their deluge of 4K Ultra HD titles, adding to the mix five more films from Walt Disney Animation, including Big Hero 6, Moana, The Princess and the Frog, Tangled and Zootopia.
Edgar Wright’s Cornetto Trilogy is also getting the 4K treatment with new releases for Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World’s End. If that isn’t enough Ultra HD goodness for you, the week also has a new edition of Roland Emmerich’s 1992 science fiction actioner, Universal Soldier.
Celebrating its 20th anniversary next month, Galaxy Quest is getting rereleased in a stylish “Never Give Up, Never Surrender” edition. Although the new disc doesn’t offer any updates from the previous release, this release should be a hit with Steelbook collectors and, if you don’t already own it, it’s the perfect time to add Galaxy Quest to your collection. Now if only Hollywood could figure out a way to bring us a sequel…
From a very different side of the final frontier comes Kino Lorber’s Tom Sachs: A Space Program. Seven short films from Van Neistat come together to make up his studio art piece, “Space Program 2.0: MARS,” which opened at New York’s Park Avenue Armory in 2012.
Arriving on DVD from Shout! Factory is the all ages fantasy adventure Cinderella and the Secret Prince. Serving as a sequel of sorts to the classic fairy tale, the animated adventure follows Cinderella as she goes on a quest to rescue her beloved Prince. Check out the trailer in the player below!
Also arriving this week from Shout! Factory is a very different reimagining with director Claire McCarthy’s recent Ophelia. Daisy Ridley headlines the Shakespearean adaptation, which tells the story of Hamlet from Ophelia’s perspective, boasting a cast that also includes Naomi Watts, Clive Owen, George MacKay, Tom Felton and Devon Terrell.
From the Scream Factory label comes the recent horror thriller Ambition, produced by A Nightmare on Elm Street‘s Robert Shaye.
Tying into the release of Ford v Ferrari on the big screen next week, Shout! Factory brings to DVD a new chapter in their ongoing Great Cars series. Great Cars – Ford & Ferrari takes a look at the real world rivalry between Henry Ford II and Enzo Ferrari.
Then, from the Shout Select label comes Scott Hicks’ 2001 drama Snow Falling on Cedars, starring Ethan Hawke, James Cromwell, Richard Jenkins, Sam Shepard, and Max von Sydow. Boasting a new 4K transfer, the release offers newly created behind the scenes featurettes and a feature length commentary with Hicks.
Kino Lorber has a half dozen new additions to its Studio Classics line. This week brings to blu-ray director Robert Hamer’s 1949 crime drama It Always Rains on Sunday, John and Roy Boulting’s 1950 ticking clock drama Seven Days to Noon, Carol Reed’s 1953 Cold War thriller The Man Between, Jerry Hopper’s 1954 murderous noir Naked Alibi, and Michael Gordon’s 1950 Woman in Hiding, starring Ida Lupino. Rounding out the list is a bit more contemporary a title, Kyle Cooper’s 2001 tale of rebellious high school teens, New Port South.
The second season of Netflix’s Castlevania series comes to blu-ray this week, offering all eight episodes of the video game adaptation. A third season has already been picked up by the streaming service, but a premiere date has not yet been announced.
The BBC and Amazon Prime’s epic Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett adaptation also comes to Blu-ray this week. Good Omens offers all six chapters of the end-of-the-world comedy of errors, starring Michael Sheen and David Tennant as an angel and a demon (respectively) who are reluctantly tasked with overseeing the apocalypse.
Rounding out the week’s small screen selections is the second season of Yellowstone, Paramount Network’s acclaimed drama starring Kevin Costner as billionaire John Dutton, the owner of the largest contiguous ranch in the United States. The three-disc set offers all ten second season episodes, which are backed by extensive behind the scenes featurettes, deleted scenes and more.