September 3, 2019: This Week on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD
Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever headline Olivia Wilde’s acclaimed Booksmart, which hits store shelves today. Also in the new release section is Tate Taylor’s pulpy thriller Ma, which stars Octavia Spencer as a seemingly friendly woman with some dark secrets. Moviebill had the opportunity to sit down with Taylor when the movie was in theaters earlier this year and you can click here to read the full interview. Then, rounding out the week, is the franchise relaunch Men in Black International, which reteams Thor: Ragnarok stars Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson for an intergalactic adventure.
Preparing for the final chapter in the life of John Rambo with the upcoming Rambo: Last Blood, Lionsgate Home Entertainment has rereleased the entire Sylvester Stallone action series on 4K Ultra HD. This week, the fourth film, Rambo, joins the lineup with a set that offers both theatrical and directors cuts of the 2008 film, backed by hours of supplemental content.
Previously available on DVD only, director Marco Bellocchio’s 1965 drama Fists in the Pocket returns to the Criterion Collection this week with a new 4K digital HD restoration. Bellocchio’s debut feature, Fists in the Pocket follows a young man who decides to rid himself of his family’s various dysfunctions by any means necessary.
Cassandra Peterson took her horror hostess to the big screen in 1988 for the original comedy Elvira: Mistress of the Dark. Now, the cult classic heads to HD for the first time ever. Although this release offers a very friendly price tag, collectors may want to hold off before adding this one to their collection. Arrow Video is releasing a special edition of the film internationally and have teased that it will be coming to the US before too long.
Three recent releases are hitting from Shout! Factory. There’s 19th century supernatural terror to be found in the The Wind: Demons of the Prairie. Rooney Mara plays the title role opposite Joaquin Phoenix’s Jesus in director Garth Davis’ recent Mary Magdalene. Finally, Squadron 303: The Battle of Britain puts the spotlight on the Polish pilots whose accomplishments during World War II helped turn the tide in favor of the Allied forces.
Kino Lorber Studio Classics has an Alec Guiness triple feature hitting this week. Look for the first ever blu-rays of the comedies King Hearts and Coronets (1949), The Lavender Hill Mob (1951) and The Man in the White Suit (1951). Also joining the label’s eclectic blend of catalogue titles is the 1988 drama The Good Mother. Directed by Leonard Nimoy, the film stars Diane Keaton and Liam Neeson.
Whether you’re a die hard fan of director Yorgos Lanthimos or merely curious after having seen his recent critically acclaimed The Favourite, Kino Lorber has your next filmic destination. They are releasing two of Lanthimos’ earlier works, 2007’s Alps and 2009’s Dogtooth, on Blu-ray. The former makes its blu-ray debut while the latter, previously brought to HD by Kino Lorber, receives a tenth anniversary special edition, offering a new commentary track with stars Angeliki Papoulia and Christos Passalis as well as new interviews with Lanthimos.
Warner Bros. celebrates two of its iconic properties this week with two very different Blu-ray sets. The complete Scooby Doo, Where Are You brings to HD all 41 original episodes of the hit cartoon, which celebrates its fiftieth anniversary this year. The limited edition blu-ray set is housed in a miniature haunted house and comes packaged with an abridged version of The Scooby Doo Encyclopedia and a Funko keychain. Meanwhile, the Dark Knight is celebrating his own 80th anniversary this year and WB Home Entertainment is celebrating with the Batman 80th Anniversary 18 Film Collection. Focusing on the Caped Crusader’s animated adventures, the set includes Mask of the Phantasm (1993), Mystery of the Batwoman (2003), Gotham Knight (2008), Under the Red Hood (2010), Year One (2011), Assault on Arkham (2014), Son of Batman (2014), Batman vs. Robin (2015), Bad Blood (2016), The Killing Joke (2016), Return of the Caped Crusaders (2016), Batman and Harley Quinn (2017), Gotham by Gaslight (2018), Batman Ninja (2018), both parts of The Dark Knight Returns (2012) and the Superman/Batman teamup movies Public Enemies (2009) and Superman/Batman: Apocalypse (2010).
When it comes to small screen releases this week, look out for the third season of HBO’s True Detective, starring two-time Academy Award winner Mahershala Ali as well as for the second season of the Big Bang Theory prequel spinoff, Young Sheldon.