October 1, 2019: This Week on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD
Safely guaranteed to have a place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe for at least a little while longer, Spider-Man is coming home… again! His latest adventure (and the MCU’s most recent chapter), Spider-Man: Far From Home arrives today on Blu-ray, DVD and 4K Ultra HD. If you’re a Steelbook collector, though, you’ll want to track down Best Buy‘s exclusive, which features vibrant painted artwork that showcases the mighty Marvel mystery that unfolds in the wake of Avengers: Endgame.
With a new animated movie headed to theaters next week, it’s a great time to check in with the previous big screen adventures of The Addams Family. The directorial debut of cinematographer Barry Sonnenfeld (who went on to helm films like Get Shorty and the first three Men in Black films, among many others), the 1991 adaptation of Charles Addams’ macabre cartoons (previously adapted for television) stars Raul Julia, Anjelica Huston and Christopher Lloyd as a family that’s creepy and kooky, mysterious and spooky and altogether ooky. While the original has already been released on blu-ray, today marks the HD debut of the 1993 sequel, Addams Family Values. You can purchase either film individually or as a combo pack.
The true story of John DeLorean arrives this week in two different forms. From Universal Pictures comes Driven, the story the man and his quest to design and market a futuristic car. That version sets Lee Pace as Mr. Delorean, who stars alongside Jason Sudeikis, Judy Greer and Corey Stoll. Meanwhile, Shout! Factory is debuting Framing John Delorean, an alternate take on the same story with Alec Baldwin getting behind the wheel in the title role.
Arachnophobes beware! Itsy Bitsy has arrived. The debut film from director Micah Gallo, Itsy Bitsy follows a single mother and her two children who, having made an attempt to begin a new life, soon find themselves face to face with an ancient eight-legged creature who would like nothing more than to catch all three of them in its terrifying web. The recent release comes to blu-ray with a host of supplemental material, including featurettes, screen tests and two commentary tracks.
If you’re looking for some great thrillers to get you ready for Halloween, look no further than Universal Home Entertainment’s new House Hitchcock boxed set, which offers 15 different features from the master of suspense, housed in a replica of Norman Bates’ home and accompanied by all sorts of extra goodies. Included in the set are Saboteur (1942), Shadow of a Doubt (1943), Rope (1948), Rear Window (1954), The Trouble With Harry (1955), The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956), Vertigo (19), North by Northwest (1958), Psycho (1959), The Birds (1960), Marnie (1964), Torn Curtain (1966), Topaz (1969), Frenzy (1972) and Family Plot (1976). Each film is also available to own separately on Blu-ray and DVD.
It’s a very busy week for 4K Ultra HD titles! Look for upgraded versions of Joe Dante’s Christmas horror classic Gremlins and Guillermo del Toro’s acclaimed fantasy drama Pan’s Labyrinth. Then, with Zombieland: Double Tap heading to theaters later this month, Sony Pictures brings the 2009 original Zombieland to 4K. Warner Bros. has a similar strategy with their exquisite new transfer of Stanley Kubrick’s iconic Stephen King adaptation The Shining, giving audiences a chance to revisit before next month’s followup, Doctor Sleep.
Disney is also all about 4K this week as the studio continues to update their catalogue. Frozen is getting the treatment this week alongside three more Marvel Studios films: Ant-Man, Doctor Strange and Guardians of the Galaxy.
Another great Halloween selection, The Prey makes its Blu-ray debut courtesy of Arrow Video. Celebrating its 40th anniversary (despite being released five years late, in 1984), the slasher follows six young men and women whose camping trip to the mountains is interrupted by an axe-wielding murderer who, having been horrifically burned years prior, now wanders the woods in search of victims. Arrow’s new two-disc Blu-ray set includes both the domestic release of the film, an international cut and a composite cut alongside lots of special features, including newly created interviews with cast and crew.
Kino Lorber Studio Classics has a trio of catalogue titles hitting today. Look for Roger Moore playing the title role in 1980’s action thriller Ffolkes. Then, Rutger Hauer is bounty hunter Nick Randall, tasked with tracking down the individual responsible for bombing an LA movie theater in Wanted Dead or Alive. Finally, a killer biker returns from the dead to seek revenge in 1989’s Nightmare Beach. All three titles make their HD debut.
Some very old friends are celebrating an important milestone today. From Shout! Factory, Sesame Street: 50 Years and Counting is a two-disc DVD set that celebrates the timeless charm of Sesame Street with more than five and half hours of the very best material from half a century of educational programing. Disc one features memorable characters like Monsterpiece Theater host Alastair Cookie, the great detective Sherlock Hemlock and even Kermit the Frog performing the unforgettable “It’s Not Easy Being Green”. Disc two then looks back on some of the most impactful events to hit 123 Sesame Street, including Big Bird running the New York City marathon in 1983, Maria and Luis getting married in 1988 and lots more!
Also hitting store shelves today is he complete Chernobyl. From creator Craig Mazin, the five episode HBO miniseries recounts — in horrifying detail — the 1986 incident that remains the most harmful nuclear disaster in history.
Finally, straight from the DC Universe streaming service comes the first season of Doom Patrol. Heavily influenced by Grant Morrison’s iconic run on the DC Comics title, Doom Patrol offers a stylish, unapologetically weird and decidedly R-rated take on a mismatched band of super powered individuals.