September 10, 2019: This Week on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD
Pulling more than a billion dollars at the worldwide box office, Disney’s live action smash hit Aladdin comes home on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD. Other new releases include Jim Jarmusch (un)deadpan comedy The Dead Don’t Die, which unites quite a few Jarmusch regulars for a few laughs at the end of the world. Rounding out this week’s recent big screen titles is the franchise action sequel John Wick Chapter 3 – Parabellum, which pits Keanu Reeves’ unkillable hitman against every professional assassin in the entire world.
Although Disney Plus is set to launch in just two months, Walt Disney Home Entertainment isn’t forgetting about fans who love physical media. This week brings the first wave of 4K Ultra HD upgrades to both the original animated Aladdin and quite a few Disney Pixar titles. Look for the 4K debuts of Brave, Cars, Cars 2, Finding Dory, Finding Nemo, The Good Dinosaur, Inside Out and Rataouille. If your favorite isn’t on that list, don’t worry! Disney has another wave of both Pixar and classic Disney Animation titles arriving on store shelves next month.
Steelbook collectors should also be aware that every 4K Disney title is getting a Best Buy exclusive Steelbook version.
The 4K onslaught continues with quite a few catalogue titles getting the Ultra HD treatment. This week brings Martin Scorsese’s masterful crime drama Casino, the 2009 Australian vampire science fiction tale Daybreakers, the Jurassic World 5-Movie Collection (which includes Jurassic Park, The Lost World, Jurassic Park III, Jurassic World and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom), the Sylvester Stallone led 1986 prison actioner Lock Up and, finally, the complete Edgar Wright Cornetto Trilogy (which includes Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World’s End).
Although neither set is available in 4K yet, this week also brings two very different complete franchise collections. Look for the Paranormal Activity 6-Movie Collection, bringing together every entry in the massively successful “found footage” horror series and for the Santa Clause Complete Three-Movie Collection, which includes all three entries in the Tim Allen led holiday movie series.
Previously out of print, Warner Archive is bringing back Alfred Hitchcock’s sole 3D feature, 1954’s Dial M For Murder. Not only does the disc play on regular blu-ray players, but also on Blu-ray 3D players with compatible televisions. In addition to the Grace Kelly and Ray Milland led thriller, WA is debuting on blu-ray writer and director Melvin Frank’s 1973 comedy A Touch of Class, starring George Segal and Glenda Jackson.
If you’re in the mood for vintage British horror, look no further than Shout! Factory’s Scream Factory label where, this week, three different titles make their blu-ray debuts. Look for 1960’s Circus of Horrors (starring Anton Diffring as a demented plastic surgeon) alongside two different Hammer Horror entries: 1970’s Scars of Dracula (featuring the return of Christopher Lee in the title role) and 1971’s Blood From the Mummy’s Tomb, the final film from Hammer regular Set Holt.
Bengali director Ritwik Ghatak’s The Cloud-Capped Star joins the Criterion Collection this week. The powerful 1960 drama is set in the aftermath of the 1947 partition of India when India and Pakistan became independent states. The storyline follows Supriya Choudhury’s Neeta though some incredible hardships as she does what she can to keep her family safe and together despite unrest.
A decade before she starred in Lars von Trier’s Dancer in the Dark, Björk headlined Nietzchka Keene’s The Juniper Tree, an Icelandic fantasy drama that follows two sisters who must flee their home when their mother is stoned for witchcraft. Arbelos Films is bringing this little seen work to audiences with a stunning new 4K restoration by the Wisconsin Center for Film & Theater Research and The Film Foundation, with funding provided by The George Lucas Family Foundation. In addition to the feature, the blu-ray set includes three short films by Keene.
As always, Kino Lorber Studio classics has a diverse lineup of classic titles hitting store shelves. This week, look for the 1942 adventures The Spoilers (starring John Wayne, Randolph Scott and Marlene Dietrich), Pittsburgh (also starring Wayne and Dietrich alongside Randolph Scott) and Reap the Wild Wind (Wayne again, this time alongside Susan Hayward, Ray Milland and Paulette Goddard), the 1965 mystery Mirage (starring an amnesiac Gregory Peck opposite Diane Baker), the 1966 crime thriller Blindfold (starring Rock Hudson and Claudia Cardinale). Rounding out the list is the more contemporary romantic drama Stella. Directed by John Erman, the 1990 film follows the close relationship between a woman (Bette Midler) and her daughter (Trini Alvarado).
The TNT limited event series The Alienist begins this week’s small screen selection. All ten episodes of the 19th century serial killer investigation tale are collected in a two disc set. Then, set course for the future! Warner Archive is bringing to blu-ray George Jetson, his boy Elroy, daughter Judy and Jane, his wife. The complete The Jetsons brings to HD all 24 episodes from the show’s original 60s run along with newly produced featurettes and select commentary tracks by Judy Jetson herself, Janet Waldo. Finally, the penultimate season of the incredibly long running Supernatural comes home with all 20 episodes of season 14.