October 15, 2019: This Week on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD
With Halloween right around the corner, Rob Zombie has you covered. His latest, 3 From Hell, arrives on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD. Written and directed by Zombie, the film sadly marks the final performance from genre icon Sid Haig.
Jesse Eisenberg headlines writers and director Riley Stearns’ darkly comic The Art of Self Defense. A witty blend reminiscent of Fight Club and The Fist Foot Way, the film also stars Imogen Poohs and Alessandro Nivola. Earlier this year, Moviebill had the opportunity to chat about the film with Stearns. Click here to read the full interview!
Boasting pulpy thrills and edge of your seat shocks, the acclaimed alligator home invasion story Crawl hails from Alexandre Aja, the filmmaker behind High Tension and the 2006 version of The Hills Have Eyes. Crawl arrives on Blu-ray with quite a few bonus features, including deleted and extended scenes, behind the scenes featurettes and a montage of the film’s most terrifying moments.
Wrapping up this week’s recent big screen releases, the psychological thriller Night Hunter (starring Henry Cavill, Stanley Tucci, Alexandra Daddario and Sir Ben Kingsley) hits Blu-ray alongside the Kumail Nanjiani/Dave Bautista action comedy Stuber.
A trio of films get 4K upgrades this week. Look for Ultra HD editions of Ridley Scott’s American Gangster, Guillermo del Toro’s first Hellboy and Brian De Palma’s Scarface. Scarface is available both as an individual release and in a deluxe gift set which includes not only a replica of Tony Montana’s “The World is Yours Statue”, but also Howard Hawks’ original 1932 version of Scarface, debuting here in HD for the first time.
A lot of boutique labels are gearing up for Halloween with some exciting genre releases. From Warner Archive comes Roman Polanski’s The Fearless Vampire Killers. Boasting a new HD master, the 1967 horror comedy makes its blu-ray debut alongside the film’s original theatrical trailer, a behind the scenes featurette and an alternate animated title sequence.
The Criterion Collection is turning the clock back nine decades for the HD debut of the faux supernatural documentary Haxan. Released in 1929, Haxan wound up being a direct influence on The Blair Witch Project 70 years later. The 1999 film was produced by a company the filmmakers called Haxan Films by means of a tribute.
Arrow Video turns their attention to a cult classic with 1979’s Killer Nun, starring La Dolce Vita‘s Anita Ekberg as the head of a general hospital who, thanks to drugs and sex addiction, is rapidly losing her sanity.
Finally, Shout! Factory’s Scream Factory label is delivering an epic box set with The Omen Collection. Offering a new 4K restoration of the 1976 Richard Donner original, the five disc set also includes 1978’s Damien: Omen II, 1981’s Omen III: The Final Conflict, 1991’s Omen IV: The Awakening and the 2006 remake of the original The Omen, all backed by an incredible selection of special features.
There is also some great animated fare arriving this week. From Shout! Factory comes the double feature Genius Party and Genius Party Beyond which, collectively, includes a dozen animated shorts from some of the most innovative artists experimenting with the medium. From Atsuko Fukushima’s title short to Koji Morimoto’s trippy sci-fi tale “Dimension Bomb”, Genius Party is well worth exploring, especially after being unavailable in the United States for more than a decade.
DC Comics also has a fun animated adventure arriving directly on home video with the crossover Teen Titans Go! Vs Teen Titans. The film unites the worlds of both disparate Teen Titans animated series for a multiverse crossover that’s just too much fun to ignore.
If you’re looking to complete your DreamWorks Animation collection, this week brings three box sets that should make such a task very, very easy. The Madagascar Ultimate Collection includes Madagascar, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, Madagascar 3: Europe’s Monst Wanted and the spinoff film Penguins of Madagascar alongside three short films and ten television episodes. The Shrek Ultimate Collection includes Shrek, Shrek 2, Shrek the Third and Shrek Forever After as well as the spinoff movie Puss in Boots, ten short films and five television episodes. Then the Ultimate Holiday Collection delivers animated specials from the worlds of Trolls, Shrek, Madagascar, How to Train Your Dragon, Kung Fu Panda, Rise of the Guardians and Home.
Kino Lorber has a busy week, starting off with restored version of Buster Keaton’s 1923 Our Hospitality. Then, they’ve got several Halloween friendly releases, including the 1970 thriller And Soon the Darkness, 1959’s beatniks-on-the-rampage tale The Bloody Brood, 1987’s alien invasion Mind Benders, 1949’s deal-with-the-devil The Queen of Spades, and 1970’s killer assassin movie Sudden Terror.
Of course, if scares aren’t really your thing, there’s also a new addition to the Kino Lorber Studio Classics line with the 1994 Silas Marner adaptation, A Simple Twist of Fate, starring and scripted by Steve Martin.
It’s also a busy week for small screen releases! The BBC continues to bring classic Doctor Who episodes to upscaled HD and this week brings us the first release for the third Doctor. Doctor Who: John Pertwee Season Four includes the full serials of 1973’s “The Three Doctors”, “Carnival of Monsters”, “Frontier in Space”, “Planet of the Daleks” and “The Green Death”. Including all previously released supplemental material, the new set offers the penultimate third doctor season and the show’s tenth season overall. More Who is not far behind, either, as the second and final season of the sixth Doctor, Colin Baker, is set to hit store shelves in December.
One of the most impressive small screen achievements of last year, Mike Flanagan’s The Haunting of Hill House finally comes home on Blu-ray. Although the serious is still available on Netflix, the blu-ray set offers three extended episodes that also feature commentary by Flanagan. If you haven’t checked out the filmmaker’s take on the classic horror novel, you’ve still got time before Flanagan’s new Stephen King adaptation, Doctor Sleep, hits the big screen next month.
Then, with Star Trek: Picard on the way early next year, CBS Home Entertainment has put together a special Picard Movie and TV Collection. Catch up with Starfleet’s finest with all four Next Generation films (Generations, First Contact, Insurrection and Nemesis) as well as the acclaimed tw0-part episodes “The Best of Both Worlds” (in which Picard is transformed into the Borg Locutus) and “Chain of Command” (in which Picard is mentally and physically tortured by a Cardassian officer played by David Warner). Additionally, the new set offers an IDW comic book that is available nowhere else.
Wrapping up the week, Mill Creek Entertainment has a true treat for genre fans. Never before available in the US, the 1960s Japanese television series Ultra Q and Ultraman are not only arriving on Blu-ray, but are available in limited edition Steelbook packages. Produced by Toho Studios alongside their Godzilla films, Ultra Q offers all sorts of science fiction monsters with Ultraman then introducing the ultimate monster fighter and protector of the universe.