October 2, 2018: Here's what's hitting DVD, Blu-ray and 4K
Kicking off the week on Blu-ray, DVD and 4K is director Stefano Sollima’s Sicario: Day of the Soldado, the recent big screen followup to Denis Villeneuve’s acclaimed 2015 film. This one features the return of stars Josh Brolin and Benicio del Toro, both of whom recently sat down with Moviebill to discuss the intense thriller. Check out our interviews right here.
Another recent big screen release is the franchise prequel The First Purge, which today hits DVD, Blu-ray and 4K. Also be on the lookout for 4K releases of the entire film series, including the original The Purge, The Purge: Anarchy and The Purge: Election Year.
The Purge isn’t the only blockbuster franchise headed to 4K. Universal Home Entertainment is returning to the Fast and the Furious franchise with new 4K releases for The Fast and the Furious, 2 Fast 2 Furious and The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift.
Also arriving direct from the big screen, Leave No Trace hails from “Winter’s Bone” writer and director Debra Granik. Ben Foster and Thomasin McKenzie headline the story of a man and his daughter who attempt to live their lives in the remote wilderness of Oregon.
Molly is a Dutch action thriller with a style all its own. Equal parts “Six-String Samurai” and “Turbo Kid,” Molly offers a surprisingly colorful post apocalyptic adventure.
The recently released documentary Three Identical Strangers explores a fascinating true story wherein three triplets who were separated at birth come together and explore what tore them apart in the first place.
Arriving on DVD only is the true story The Catcher was a Spy. Paul Rudd headlines director Ben Lewin’s take on the life of Moe Berg, a professional baseball player who, during World War II, found himself working as a spy.
New to 4K is director Adam McKay’s modern classic Step Brothers. Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly headline the laugh out loud comedy, which celebrates its tenth anniversary this year. If you haven’t seen it yet, check out the Holmes and Watson trailer for a look at their latest big screen team up.
Universal Home Entertainment has two franchise sequels debuting directly to Blu-ray this week. Look for Death Race: Beyond Anarchy, the third sequel to Paul W.S. Anderson’s 2008 remake of “Death Race 2000”. Tales from The Hood 2, meanwhile, delivers a new anthology chapter from Rusty Cundieff and Darin Scott, the talent behind the original 1995 cult classic.
The Criterion Collection this week updates their previous DVD only edition of The Naked Prey to blu-ray. Cornel Wilde both directs and headlines the story of a professional safari guide who, in the 1800s, finds himself hunted by natives across a South African veld.
Shout! Factory’s Scream Factory label has a new IFC Midnight treat for horror fans. Feral follows a group of grad students that heads into the woods on camping trip only to encounter a virus that begins to transform them into bloodthirsty monsters.
Warner Archive is also getting in on the Halloween fun, bringing to HD the 1974 made for tv thriller Bad Ronald. Based on the book by Jack Vance, “Bad Ronald” follows Scott Jacoby as Ronald Wilby, a disturbed young man who continues to live in his childhood home, hiding the walls, even after a new family moves in.
There’s even more Halloween fare to be had over at Kino Lorber. Look for both The Night Stalker and The Night Strangler, the TV movies that introduced the world to Darren McGavin’s paranormal investigator, Carl Kolchak. Kolchak’s adventures would continue on a short lived television series, ultimately serving as direct inspiration to “The X-Files”.
Robert Siodmak’s 1946 thriller The Spiral Staircase, meanwhile, sets Dorothy McGuire as Helen, a mute woman who becomes terrorized by a serial killer.
Hitting DVD only are the first seasons of two recent shows. HBO’s Barry stars Bill Hader as a hitman who goes Hollywood while FOX’s Ghosted pairs Craig Robinson and Adam Scott as unlikely partners who investigate supernatural phenomena.
Finally, there are two complete series DVD collections hitting October 2nd. Cartoon Network brings home all 52 episodes of Courage the Cowardly Dog while Shout! Factory heads back to Bayside High for the complete Saved by the Bell. The 16 disc set contains all 118 “Saved By the Bell” episodes, spanning from the original “Good Morning, Miss Bliss” to the followup spinoff “Saved by the Bell: The College Years”.