October 8, 2019: This Week on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD
Everyone’s favorite possessed doll is truly coming home this week as the Conjuring spinoff Annabelle Comes Home hits DVD and Blu-ray just in time for Halloween. Directed by screenwriter turned helmer Gary Dauberman, the third Annabelle spinoff hits HD with deleted scenes and a series of behind the scenes featurette that takes you inside the story’s haunted house.
There’s even more horror to be had with director Ari Aster’s Hereditary followup, Midsommar. Starring Florence Pugh (who is playing one of the leads in next year’s Marvel Studios film Black Widow), the Wicker Man-esque tale comes to Blu-ray with a 30 minute behind the scenes look at the making of the film. Sadly, the home entertainment release does not include Aster’s theatrically released extended directors cut of the film.
It may really be the end for some of the characters that many have grown up with all their lives as Toy Story 4 comes home today on Blu-ray, DVD and 4K Ultra HD. Packed with bonus content, Toy Story 4 offers one last adventure for some familiar toys and even introduces a few new ones who we’ll certainly be seeing again. That includes the scene stealing Forky (voice by Tony Hale), who will soon have his own Disney+ series, “Forky Asks a Question”.
Also arriving from a recent theatrical run is director Trevor Nunn’s dramatic thriller Red Joan, which stars Dame Judi Dench as Joan Stanley an elderly British woman who was exposed as being the KGB’s longest serving spy. Then, rounding out the week is writer and director Michael Winterbottom’s The Wedding Guest. In it, Dev Patel stars as a mysterious man with a mission that takes him across Pakistan and India.
Warner Archive has a big surprise for horror fans this week. Boasting a brand new HD master, the 1974 horror anthology From Beyond the Grave arrives on Blu-ray for the first time. Ian Bannen, Ian Carmichael, Diana Dors, Lesley-Anne Down, Margaret Leighton, Donald Pleasence, Nyree Dawn Porter, David Warner and more star in five tales of terror that arrive just in time for Halloween!
The Criterion Collection has a major upgrade arriving this week as their Dietrich and Von Sternberg in Hollywood set gets the blu-ray treatment. The set offers five films that celebrate the collaboration between director and star, including the cabaret romance Morocco (1930), the spy thriller Dishonored (1931), the train adventure Shanghai Express (1932), the musical melodrama Blonde Venus (1932), the Princess Sophia Frederica biopic The Scarlet Empress (1934) and the extravagant romance The Devil is a Woman (1935).
Kino Lorber continues to explore the work of Mario Bava, this week bringing to blu-ray the Italian helmer’s 1961 adventure Hercules and the Haunted World. The two disc collector’s edition offers three different cuts of the cult classic starring Reg Park and Christopher Lee. Then, joining the distributor’s Studio Classics line are several new titles, including the gory 1990 French horror release Baby Blood, the 1993 Patrick Swayze comedy Father Hood, Bob Balaban’s 1993 undead comedy My Boyfriend’s Back and director, writer and star Roberto Benigni’s 1994 murder mystery The Monster.
Universal has a quartet of catalogue titles debuting on Blu-ray this week. Look for writer and director Paul Weitz’s satire of post 9/11 society with 2006 American Dreamz. From two-time Academy Award winning director Sydney Pollack comes the 1979 romantic drama The Electric Horseman, starring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda. John Travolta and Emma Thompson then headline Oscar winning director Mike Nichol’s Clinton campaign inspired comedy drama Primary Colors. Finally, it’s Steven Martin as Sgt. Bilko in the 1996 comedy based on the classic “The Phil Silvers Show”.
This week’s small screen titles kick off with HBO’s recent Deadwood the Movie, which reunites the cast from the acclaimed western drama for one last ride. Extra features include a behind the scenes featurette.
With the big screen version of the erstwhile Captain Marvel having reintroduced the character for a new generation, Warner Archive is bringing the 1974 Shazam! series to Blu-ray. A four disc set offers all 28 episodes of the classic comic book adaptation in their HD debut with special cover art by comics legend Alex Ross.