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Home Video Releases For The Week of November 24, 2020

Welcome to Episode 27, or weekly look at the highlights of what's coming to the home video market.

Happy Thanksgiving! At least, to our readers in the USA. This week's release calendar has a fair amount of titles on it, but with possible Black Friday deals, followed up by Cyber Monday, many of us will be pretty selective this week, at least on new releases. Anyone secure their new Xbox or Playstation system last week? Shopped any Criterion or Arrow Video sale titles this month?

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray/Digital Releases-

First on the agenda, if you want what appears to be the most extensive release for Total Recall (1990) in 4K, you will have to import it, it has a Monday release date. You might have to find it on Zavvi if Amazon doesn't have it available. Also available, as a SteelBook but without all the extras, but keep in mind that a domestic release SteelBook is in a couple of weeks that appears identical.

Domestic 4K titles releasing on Tuesday comprises of Deadly Games (Dial Code Santa Claus,) Kino's release of Mad Max and Peninsula. The general release of The Beastmaster was pused back a month as this week's release appears to be a Black Friday Vinegar Syndrome shop release.

 

HD Blu-ray/Digital releases-

The digital release of Fatman is available this week. I love the premise, it sounds pretty original. Check out Matthew's review. I hope this comes to disc by Christmas, Paramount does have a pre-order for the disc available here.

Where to begin with this week's Blu-ray releases? I guess alphabetically til we see a highlight.

Looks like Anime has the first highlight, with the letter "A". From Sentai Filmworks, Assassins Pride: Complete Collection. Ef: A Tale of Memories - Complete Collection gets a SteelBook release this week.  Another letter A, FUNimation releases Azur Lane: The Complete Series on disc this week. Discotek's contributions this week all appear to be in their native Japanese language, no English dubs, except for the Lupin the 3rd movie.

 

LionsGate brings another Action themed movie titled Ava, this doesn't sound like a unique plot but still could be 96 minutes of decent entertainment. Delayed from last week, a film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Iron Mask. Good to see Ahnold is still making films, I actually thought of him after watching Clint Eastwood's The Mule the other night, what are some of the older film icons doing today?

The wait for Season Five of Better Call Saul is over this week, presented by Sony Home Entertainment.

I have total respect for the independent studios that license and bring us movies and TV we may never see without their efforts. Kino Lorber is one such company, and if I omit them week to week, it's not from disrespect, it's that the releases of the week might have more limited appeal. This week though, Kino is bringing you Buck Rogers in the 25th Century: The Complete Collection as well as a single disc release of the movie titled Awakening, which launched the TV series. Babylon Berlin: Season 3 releases this week as well. If you're not equipped for 4K, Kino has a new Blu-ray release for Mad Max to appease you instead.

 

Criterion Collection fans look for Essential Fellini, and right now Amazon is trying to be competitive on the price of these releases. In what would have probably been a good 4K release, The Irishman, starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci. I am grateful to see this release nevertheless, why the originating studio didn't release it is beyond me.

 

Now, for something completely different, Arrow's releasing He Came from the Swamp: The William Grefé Collection. Again, very competitive price for this right now, go for it!

If you had never imported the Monty Python's Flying Circus mega-set from Network TV, Universal offers a domestic release instead to consider.

Notable announcements from last week:

Cinema Paradiso 4K & Blu-ray versions have been delayed yet again, the new date is December 8th. Greatness takes patience, hope it is worth the wait.

Speaking of Arrow Video, they have completed a deal with Blue Underground to release Django and Texas Adios movies. The Blu-rays were listed previously but pulled. The bigger news is that they will be offering Django on 4K disc, slated for April 27th. No word on Texas Adios in 4K.

Final details and dates have been set for the Warner Archive December 2020 slate.

Sony Pictures has announced 2020 comedy/drama The Last Shift for December 29th. Order link coming very soon.

Order Links from last week's Criterion title announcement are live.

FUNimation has announced their February 2021 titles. Somewhat tepid list, some titles might interest you so check em out any way.

4K Release Calendar

2K/BD Release Calendar

Which titles are you buying this week? Which ones are on your wishlist, be it to buy as an impulse buy or to wait for the right price? For sure am getting the Mad Max 4K release and Criterion Release of The Irishman. If Iron Mask appears at my local Walmart for around $15 (very probable) I will likely get it. I am interested in the Buck Rogers Complete Collection, but with all the box sets I have gotten recently though, it will go somewhere near the top of my wish list. Anime interests this week, Assassins Pride, Azur Lane and the Ef releases.



Home Video Releases For The Week of November 17, 2020

Although next week is Thanksgiving (USA), retailers across the world have dubbed the day after as Black Friday. This year seems different though, so many retailers are offering deals all month long, some of them are even dubbing it as Black November. Either way, it's a win for consumers, have you bought into any deals this month? Welcome to Episode 26 of our weekly look at the highlights of what's coming out in the home video market.

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray/Digital Releases-

Delayed from a couple weeks ago, but on track for a release this week, as an import with a Monday street date, Dawn of the Dead (1978). Another noteable import, King of New York (1990) also releases Monday. At this time it is impossible to predict if U.S. releases will ever happen on either title.

 

Domestic releases this week are a bit busy, The CroodsIt's a Wonderful Life in a SteelBook package, The New Mutants, as a standard edition and as a SteelBook release, Resident Evil Collection, Weathering With You (Collector's Edition) and lastly, Westworld: Season 3. If you want Westworld in a SteelBook, you need to wait until December 8th.

 

 For a Friday release, this one falls in the Arts/Opera category, Verdi: IlTrovatore. Perhaps any of the Arts releases going to 4K is a huge positive, the Blu-ray releases are always in 1080i instead of 1080p, slightly annoying.

 

 HD Blu-ray/Digital releases-

For Blu-ray discs this week, above average volume.

Sony brings us the 2020 Comedy/Romance The Broken Hearts Gallery this week.

 

Just in time to save you $80, Arrow Video brings us Beyond the Door. Previous release is listed around the $100 range.

Previously delayed but coming this week, the Shout Select version of Twins. Classic Schwarzenegger/DeVito comedy right there.

LionsGate's appearance in the weekly releases, this week they bring Death of Me.  Need some star power? How about Russell Crowe in Unhinged? Lastly, if you visit The Broken Hearts Gallery product page, Amazon will likely suggest this week's Words on Bathroom Walls as an add on purchase.

 

Warner Archive has an Alfred Hitchcock Collection this week, these 4 movies were previously available individually, to get them as a set meant importing them. If you need Westworld: Season Three on Blu-ray, it's available this week as well.

From The Criterion Collection this week, look for Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai as well as Moonstruck. The latter is getting favorable reviews, click the link, check out our review, buy the disc.

If you like the 1950 movie Rio Grande, you will be please to see it get an Olive Signature treatment this week.

The weekly dose of Anime includes a few gems. Apart from the abovementioned Weathering With You 4K, FUNimation has The Ancient Magus' Bride as a complete series instead of a split set. From Viz Video, what is touted as the 22nd Pokémon movie, which is really a CG remake of the first Pokémon movie from 21 years ago, this one is titled Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back - Evolution.

 

They might actually arrive this week!!! I am referring to Mill Creek's Hammer Films - Ultimate Collection and the Inner Sanctum Mysteries. I think these were delayed half a dozen times. I would guess disc replication delays were the culprit.

The New Mutants also arrives this week as a Blu-ray + Digital combo in case the 4K set is not for you.

If you've bought a fair share of TV Series complete collections the past few weeks, save room for Mission Impossible: The Original TV Series from Paramount. This one is huge and amounts to around $2 per disc, WOW!

For Friday releases this week, there's quite an assortment of music and arts titles.

Notable announcements from last week:

Ummmm, Disney gave us zero notice about Mulan (2020) and Mulan (1998) coming to 4K disc, and leaked retailer links were quickly removed, only to find out that both these titles were coming on November 10th. Read the news story HERE. Disney's appearance of purposely trying to sabotage physical media is more than annoying. Sorry, but this guy is not buying into streaming for his only source of entertainment, it's still too unreliable and is not as good in quality as a disc. While on the subject, when was the last time you heard about a catalog title announcement from Disney / Fox, 4K or even Blu-ray? [Edit] Guess whose internet was down for 2.5 days after writing the draft of this story? I love telling the provider the problem is in their NOC, for them to schedule a service call any way, to find out the outage affects the entire area the next day.

Delayed to next week, Schwarzenegger's Iron Mask.

Jack Lemmon fan? Sony's got five titles coming and Warner Archive has one. Good Neighbor Sam, The Notorious Landlady, Operation Mad Ball, Phffft and Under the Yum-Yum Tree arrive from Sony on Dec. 8, Mister Roberts arrives from Warner Archive Collection on Dec. 29.

Christopher Nolan's Tenet will be coming on December 15th to 4K disc. A Blu-ray is also announced. Hooray for another 4K disc, Booooooo for Nolan not embracing, or even allowing directional audio, so expect DTS-HD MA 5.1 on that one. Much like Lucas not leaving his films alone (tinkering) or Cameron releasing 25 iterations of Terminator 2, but zero HD or 4K versions of The Abyss or True Lies.

Criterion Collection's February 2021 titles will include Chop Shop, Man Push Cart, Mandabi, The Parallax View and Smooth Talk. I am not familiar with this batch of titles and looks like this month is not the month to announce Criterion's 4K adoption.

4K Release Calendar

2K/BD Release Calendar

Which titles are you buying this week? Which ones are on your wishlist, be it to buy as an impulse buy or to wait for the right price? Pretty much all the 4K releases I want this week, minus the imports. For New Mutants, I prefer the standard edition cover art. I will probably get Moonstruck and Monstrum. Mission Impossible TV series was already ordered weeks ago. I think I will also give the Pokemon movie an order as well, when I had seen The First Movie, I thought it was well done, I hope the story itself wasn't changed much with the new one.



2020 Holiday Gift Guide - Pandemic Edition

It's time to hunker in your bunker this holiday season and do your best to spread some holiday cheer - while you try not to spread anything else. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic obviously has put a damper on the traditional holiday get-together where everyone travels from miles around to gorge themselves on an impressive spread. 

While delivering a full turkey dinner complete with trimmings isn't feasible for everyone; if you're looking to send someone something special - or treat-yo-self for getting through an incredibly tough year, there are options. With most movie theaters across the country closed or only showing a scant few films, the big studios dug deep into their catalogs and pull out a lot of hits for new 4K UHD Blu-rays or give fan favorites their first outing on Blu-ray. And with that, let's dig into our list

High-Def Digest's 2020 Holiday Gift Guide

Pandemic Edition


4K UHD Blu-ray Box Sets 

While 2020 may have been a bit of a challenge for movie theaters to get hot new titles, 4K UHD Blu-ray fans were treated to a number of in-demand fan-favorite franchises all conveniently packaged in deluxe box sets. If you have someone on your list needing the latest and greatest release of their favorite movies, here's a list of the essential 4K UHD box sets that came out in 2020: 

 

Pre-Order The Lord of the Rings Motion Picture Trilogy 4K UHD Blu-ray 
Pre-Order The Lord of the Rings Motion Picture Trilogy 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook
Pre-Order The Lord of the Rings Motion Picture Trilogy 4KUHD Blu-ray Gift Set

 

 

Pre-Order The Hobbit Motion Picture Trilogy 4K UHD Blu-ray 
Pre-Order The Hobbit Motion Picture Trilogy 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook

Buy the Back to the Future: Ultimate Trilogy 4K UHD Blu-ray 
Buy the Back to the Future: Ultimate Trilogy 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook 

 

Buy the Alfred Hitchcock Classics Collection 4K UHD Blu-ray  

 

Buy Game Of Thrones: The Complete Collection 4K UHD Blu-ray 
Buy Game of Thrones
: The Complete Collection 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook

  

Buy the Columbia Classics 4K UHD Blu-ray Collection: Volume 1 

Buy the Resident Evil Collection 4K UHD Blu-ray  

 

Buy the Rambo The Complete SteelBook Collection 4K UHD Blu-ray 

 

Buy the Stanley Kubrick 3-Film 4K Collection 

Pre-Order the Ip Man 4-Film Collection 4K UHD Blu-ray

 

Buy Star Wars The Skywalker Saga 4K UHD Blu-ray 


4K UHD Blu-ray 

With a lot of extra time spent in the home theater, 4K UHD Blu-ray fans have had a great year for catalog releases. While the franchise box sets were terrific, there were some amazing individual releases that 4K UHD adopters gobbled up and would make great gifts. 

 

Buy Jaws 45th Anniversary 4K UHD Blu-ray 
Buy Jaws 45th Anniversary 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook 

 

Buy 1917 4K UHD Blu-ray 
Buy the 1917 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook
 

 

Buy the Parasite 4K UHD Blu-ray

Buy Knives Out 4K UHD Blu-ray 
Buy the Knives Out 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook 

 

Buy the Spartacus 4K UHD Blu-ray 

Buy Ford V. Ferrari 4K UHD Blu-ray 

 

Buy Beetlejuice 4K UHD Blu-ray 
Buy the Beetlejuice 4K UHD Blu-ray Gift Set 
Buy the Beetlejuice 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook  

 

Buy Top Gun 4K UHD Blu-ray 
Pre-Order Top Gun 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook 

 

Buy The Deer Hunter 4K UHD Blu-ray 

Buy Mad Max 4K UHD Blu-ray 

 

Buy It's A Wonder Life 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook

 

Buy Ghost in the Shell 4K UHD Blu-ray 
Buy Ghost in the Shell 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook 

 

Buy Sonic The Hedgehog 4K UHD Blu-ray 

 

Buy Joker 4K UHD Blu-ray 

 

Buy the Flash Gordon Limited Edition 4K UHD Blu-ray 

 

Buy Home Alone 4K UHD Blu-ray
Buy the Home Alone 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook

Upcoming December 4K UHD Blu-ray Releases Now Available for Pre-order: 

Tenet - 4K UHD Blu-ray 
Blade - 4K UHD Blu-ray
Coming to America - 4K UHD Blu-ray
Akira - 4K UHD Blu-ray
Tremors - 4K UHD Blu-ray
Cinema Paradiso - 4K UHD Blu-ray
Possessor - 4K UHD Blu-ray
Vigilante - 4K UHD Blu-ray
Total Recall - 4K UHD Blu-ray
Collateral - 4K UHD Blu-ray
Beverly Hills Cop - 4K UHD Blu-ray
Chernobyl - 4K UHD Blu-ray
Léon The Professional - 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon - 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook 


Bingeable Television and Movie Collections

 

Buy Mission: Impossible The Original TV Series 

 

Buy the Friday the 13th: The Complete Collection Deluxe Edition 

 

Buy Watchmen: An HBO Limited Series 

 

Buy The Barbara Stanwyck Collection

 

Buy the Sergio Leone Westerns - Five Film Collection 

 

Buy the Buck Rogers in the 25th Century Complete Collection 

 

Buy the One Missed Call Trilogy 

 

Buy The Good Place: The Complete Series

 

Buy The Outsider: The HBO Series 

 

Buy the Warner Archive Film Noir 4-Film Collection 

 

Buy the Warner Archive Horror Thrillers 4-Film Collection 

Buy the Warner Archive Alfred Hitchcock 4-Film Collection 


For The Criterion Collection Collector

 

Buy Fail Safe - Criterion Collection 

 

Buy The War of the Worlds (1953) - Criterion Collection 

Buy Moonstruck - Criterion Collection 

 

Buy Bruce Lee: His Greatest Hits - Criterion Collection 

 

Buy The Great Escape - Criterion Collection 

 

Buy The Elephant Man - Criterion Collection 

 

Buy The Grand Budapest Hotel - Criterion Collection 

 

Buy Leave Her to Heaven - Criterion Collection 

 

Buy Come and See - Criterion Collection 

 

Buy Show Boat (1936) - Criterion Collection 


For the Horror / Sci-Fi Fan 

 

Buy the Zombie 4K UHD Blu-ray 

DeepStar Six 

Buy DeepStar Six 

 

Buy The Curse of the Werewolf 

 

Buy The Lighthouse 

 

Buy Creepshow: Season One 

 

Buy The Invisible Man 4K UHD Blu-ray 

 

Buy the V for Vendetta 4K UHD Blu-ray 

 

Buy The New York Ripper 4K UHD Blu-ray 

 

Buy The Hunt 

 

Buy The Day the Earth Caught Fire  

Horror/Sci-fi Movies Also Worth Shopping For

Maniac 4K UHD Blu-ray 
Pitch Black 4K UHD Blu-ray 

Doctor Sleep 4K UHD Blu-ray
House by the Cemetary 4K UHD Blu-ray
The Nightingale 
Graveyard Shift 
Mystery of the Wax Museum
Shivers
Split Second
Horrors of Spider Island  
Tales From The Darkside: The Movie 


A Little Something For Everyone 

 

Buy Play Misty For Me - Kino Lorber Studio Classics 

 

Buy The Wizard Collector's Edition 

 

Buy Taza Son of Cochise 3-D 

 

Buy Pretty In Pink - Paramount Presents 

 

Buy Just Mercy 

 

Buy Airplane! 40th Anniversary SteelBook 

 

Buy Uncut Gems 

 

Buy The Eagle and the Hawk 

 

Buy Kill Them All, And Come Back Alone 

 

Buy Jay and Silent Bob Reboot 

Ghost - Paramount Presents
Reflections in a Golden Eye 
Sixteen Candles 
The Hellbenders 
Fatal Attraction - Paramount Presents
The Ten Commandments 
Superman: Red Son 
King Creole - Paramount Presents 


 Odds & Ends & Stocking Stuffers 

 

SteelBooks make collecting Blu-rays and 4K UHD Blu-rays a lot of fun as they usually offer much more interesting custom artwork - but you have to take care of them! You don't want other titles rubbing alongside them or dinging into them. G2-size protective cases should fit just about every SteelBook - even ones with an extra plastic slipcover. Tell that collector you care about them and their collection. 

   

Slipcovers not only look great, keep your movie's safe, but they can also increase in value if it's a rare title. Protective cases are essential for any collector. 

 

If you have a movie fan in your home, chances are pretty good they know all about Mondo. On top of amazing limited edition custom posters, Mondo has been churning out high-end collectibles and action figures. The Creature is a recent addition to their shop. Also available in a full-color version. Other figures include Iron Giant, Kratos from God of WarCatwomanMr. Freeze, and Rick and Morty to name a few. 

 

So this isn't on Blu-ray, sadly, but it's such a great show and with Netflix's overall video quality being so hit and miss lately - this Complete Series is a great set and a great gift for anyone with a spotty internet connection. 

 

While an Amazon gift card isn't the world's greatest gift, but if you're stuck and you don't know what that movie collector on your list has or needs - this at least lets them get something they know they need on the collection shelf - or help them pre-order a new upcoming release scheduled for after the holidays.  


Take care and be safe out there

Holidays are normally a great time to get together with family to celebrate, have a great time, and exchange some gifts while eating massive amounts of food and tasty treats. 2020 hasn't been a normal year - not by a long shot. Hopefully, everyone out there is able to have a safe and fun Holiday season - even if you have to celebrate with family virtually or within your closely-knit little pod. 

The team here at High-Def Digest wants to wish you all the best and hope you're still able to enjoy yourselves. Thanks for reading and being an awesome group of folks to interact with and enjoy the love of movies and collecting. We hope this list helps make your holiday shopping a little easier - whether you're buying for someone on your list or snagging something fun for yourself. 

Happy Holidays Everyone!
- High-Def Digest Team

Home Video Releases For The Week of November 10, 2020

Looks like we survived last week in more ways than one, did you get your copy of Game of Thrones 4K? Let's now look at this week's highlights in home video releases and how to part some more of your hard earned cash. Welcome to what I dub Episode 25.

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray/Digital Releases-

Very slow week for 4K disc releases. There are no domestic titles on the list, and the import that is currently on it could change dates in a flash like Dawn of the Dead did. The import, The Ladykillers (1955) has a Monday release date. Hopefully by the time this article is live, Amazon will offer it to ship to the U.S. I enjoyed the trailer that StudioCanal put together for this, I could certainly consider buying it someday.

 

HD Blu-ray/Digital releases-

Pretty average volume week for Blu-rays though.

Kino Lorber's got its weekly assortment of titles. The one I want on Day One is Amazon Women on the Moon. It's a non-stop load of laughs and has a huge all star cast. This week's fill of Clint Eastwood from Kino offers The Eiger Sanction and Play Misty For Me.

 

Warner Bros is releasing Bill & Ted Face the Music on Blu-ray, but not on 4K disc. There is a 4K pre-announcement in the UK, but I doubt there will be in the U.S..

Hopefully after you heard that The Office: The Complete Series was coming out on Blu-ray you binge watched it a little bit for nostalgia purposes, and to remember it is a pretty good show. Universal releases the mega-set this week.

LionsGate's presence this week brings us Guest House, it stars Pauly Shore and Steve-O, might be fun. Also this week, Mortal, a film that somewhat skipped the cinema due to the pandemic that I am still trying to grasp the plot, in a way, sounds like a Shyamalan plot.

 

Arrow Video is offering a new edition of American Horror Project Vol. 1, no more paying $130+ for a copy. In the exact same situation, The Herschell Gordon Lewis Feast. The previous offering is nearly $400, that's some crazy money.

Criterion Collector? This week, look for Girlfriends. Criterion appears to be more selective these days in their titles so there are fewer releases each month. I still say if they hit the 4K disc market that their options would open immensely.

Shout Factory's Scream Factory label is releasing The Brides of Dracula. Read the review, buy the disc.

Our weekly dose of Anime includes a few highlights. FUNimation brings us a longly named title, but the short one as I call it is Cautious Hero, available as a standard edition and as a limited edition. Also look for My Hero Academia: Season 3 Complete Collection as well. InuYasha Set 3 comes out this week from Viz Video. One-Punch Man: Season 2 comes to you as a standard edition and as a Limited Edition.

 

 For other than Tuesday releases, don't forget the box set for I Spit on Your Grave is coming from Ronin Flix's store web site. This one looks like it could be quite the collectable item.

Notable announcements from last week:

As mentioned, the UK import for Dawn of the Dead 4K was delayed to November 16th, but at least Amazon UK now shows it available to ship to the U.S.. Likely Covid related, but any guess is good I suppose. Event Horizon has been pushed out again, this time to March 23rd, Shout Factory must be having some major issues with this title, no doubt the final product will be great.

Warner Archive has announced 9 titles (so far) for December. Ones with some familiarity are Tex Avery Screwball Classics: Volume 2, The Curse of Frankenstein, Mister Roberts and Lovecraft Country: The Complete First Season. Order links and (likely) corrected dates will come shortly.

My mom will be excited to see The Other Side of the Mountain (Double Feature) coming to Blu-ray finally, from Kino. Also from Kino, Jetsons: The Movie.

Discotek has announced their January titles, and honestly, I don't think I really know any of them except maybe the Symphogear title, and even then it's Japanese language only. Check January 26th for the list.

4K Release Calendar

2K/BD Release Calendar

Which titles are you buying this week? Which ones are on your wishlist, be it to buy as an impulse buy or to wait for the right price? I have a pretty short list this week. Amazon Women on the Moon was preordered way back when. Anime wants, the InuYasha release as well as the Cautious Hero title. I want to get The Office but last week's GOT purchase might make me wait a week or three. It never gets easy to save money for a rainy day with all the great releases coming out.



Home Video Releases For The Week of November 3, 2020

Many of us have been looking forward to this week, for one reason or another. I'd proud to say I voted last week and look forward to the UPS truck on Tuesday as I am getting a much awaited delivery for one of this week's big releases! Welcome to Episode 24 of our weekly look at the highlights fn the week's home video releases.

 

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray/Digital Releases-

Winter is Coming, and no, I'm not trying to remind the Northern Hemisphere that December is coming, I am referring to this week's biggest 4K release, Game of Thrones: The Complete Collection. I'm just glad I wasn't assigned to do a review of this set, I have a full time job and do not exactly have 3 years of free time to work through it! Being offered as a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook set and as a handsome looking traditional set, which one do you like the best? I hope that Warner Bros and Best Buy have learned from previous issues with mega-SteelBook sets and how easy they become damaged. For that matter, the standard set's weight might offer some challenges to any retailer that ships them.

 

 

Warner's other title this week is V for Vendetta. Like previous catalog title recent releases, this is being offered in a standard edition, as a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook and as an Amazon Exclusive Giftset.

Lionsgate releases the suspenseful-thriller Antebellum this week.

 

For reissues this week, but this time in SteelBook packages, the comic book obsession superhero movie, Kick-Ass, a trip back to high school for Grease, the bio-epic Forrest Gump and the Transformers spinoff, Bumblebee.

 

HD Blu-ray/Digital releases-

A lighter than average week for Blu-ray releases.

Mentioned above, Antebellum also gets a Blu-ray release this week.  Former soap opera star, Bruce Willis still remains busy these days, this week expect to see Hard Kill debuting on Blu-ray.

From Sony, the Complete Third Season of The Crown. Also debuting to Blu-ray, the late Robin Williams' Man of the Year.

Warner Archive is releasing Josie and the Pussycats: The Complete Series this week. For live action, a James Stewart classic title The Mortal Storm.

From Arrow Video, Lake Michigan Monster. I particularly mention this as I follow most films that are any bit related to H.P. Lovecraft.

 

Kino Lorber continues to release some well known classics every week, but the one that catches my eye this week is not a classic at all, I am referring to 2016's The Veil.

Anime highlights of the week... If you wanted a more expensive (but classier) way to get all the seasons of Dragon Ball Z, this week FUNimation releases Season 1, Season 2 and Season 3 as SteelBook editions. It looks like these are here to stay as they've already announced through Season 7. The description of Special 7: Special Crime Investigation Unit gives me a Law & Order TV show sort of vibe, I doubt they use the 'doink doink' sound between scenes though. Viz is releasing Naruto: Set 1. I had never realized with so many Naturo releases that the actual series had never been released on Blu-ray in this market.

 

For 'other than Tuesday' releases this week, there are a few, a Chuck Berry title and three arts releases

 

Notable announcements from last week:

Sony has chosen wisely when they changed the release date to the Resident Evil 4K movie set from November 3rd to November 17th. That week is still a bit tight for releases, but it's more managable.

Arrow Video is making the headlines again with Gamera. I personally pre-ordered the mega-set but never got it from Amazon, did they overbook? What's announced now are three SteelBook sets. Gamera: The Heisei Era, Gamera: The Heisei Trilogy and Gamera: The Showa Era. The cover arts are decent, they sort of remind me of the styles used by Criterion for the Godzilla Collection recently released.

The below screen grab *might* be what the individual disc cases look like inside the Game of Thrones 4K Standard Edition set. The screenshot comes from Film Arena. I had both editions on pre-order, but am taking to the standard release more and more, especially if the internal covers resemble the ones below.

 

4K Release Calendar

2K/BD Release Calendar

Which titles are you buying this week? Which ones are on your wishlist, be it to buy as an impulse buy or to wait for the right price? I am definitely getting Game of Thrones and I like to looks of both sets, so would I be crazy if I bought both versions? V for Vendetta is also a decent movie, if I see it at my local Walmart I might pounce on it this week, otherwise I might wait for a deal alert to pop up and order it online. I did opt for the DBZ releases, wish I had ordered the full set when it was offered by FUNimation. The wishlist contains Naruto Set 1, Special 7, They Reach and The Veil.

Rest In Peace Sean Connery – The James Bond Actor Was 90

Unfortunately this time around, reports of Connery’s demise don’t appear to be greatly exaggerated. The BBC is reporting this morning that the iconic James Bond actor passed away today at 90 years of age leaving behind a legacy of incredible performances beyond his time donning tailored suits, a Walther PPK, and the keys to an Aston Martin with flamethrower, machine gun, and ejector seat.
I grew up in a James Bond house. My dad was a huge fan and bought all the tapes through Columbia House as they came available. I remember pulling You Only Live Twice out of a box of new VHS tapes and my dad putting that one on. It blew me away – the helicopter fight sequence remains my all-time favorite James Bond moment. While he remains most identifiable as 007, Connery had a long-ranging career.

One of my favorite theater-going moments of my childhood was seeing him play Dr. Jones Sr. in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Watching Connery and Ford on screen was a terrific pairing as two action superstars got to team up and stop the Nazis. The shot of a Nazi fighter plane on fire passing Indy and Dr. Jones in a car as they race through a tunnel still makes me laugh every time I see it.

While he finally earned his Oscar with a Best Supporting Actor win for The Untouchables, my absolute favorite Connery performance is his Daniel Dravot from Jon Huston’s 1975 classic The Man Who Would Be King. I loved the understated transition from being a con-man out to scam the natives of their wealth with his friend Michael Caine to becoming someone understanding the unfortunate weight of consequence. His final moment where he looks back at his friend one last time is a heartbreaker.

But trying to figure out what movie constitutes a favorite is a laborious process because you inevitably fall into the rabbit hole of constantly asking “What about that one? Oh yeah, that movie too!” To that end, here’s a quick list of my favorite Connery films ranging his entire career:
The Man Who Would Be King
Highlander
Woman of Straw
The Name of the Rose
Goldfinger
Hunt for Red October
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
You Only Live Twice
Outland
The Untouchables
The Rock
Zardoz
From Russia With Love
The Longest Day
The Wind and the Lion
Finding Forrester 

While normally I would be filling today with scary movies, I was actually watching House of Wax when heard this sad news, I’m compelled to find a great Connery show. What is your favorite Connery film – or films since it’s so difficult to pick just one?

Home Video Releases For The Week of October 27, 2020

The last week of October 2020 is upon us, Halloween is this Saturday. As far as home video releases are concerned, I call it an 'in between' week. There are a handful of titles that might interest you, but there are no major releases this week. Welcome to episode 23 of our weekly look at what's coming out this week in the home video market.

 

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray/Digital Releases-

The 4K disc front originally was going to start out with a UK import for Dawn of the Dead (1978). Unfortunately, that got pushed back into November because of production delays - but this gives you more time to pre-order! Remember that 4K discs are region-free and this is currently the only way to own all three versions of the film on 4K disc, and Second Sight has loaded this edition with extras!

Next, from Blue Underground, screen icon Delphine Seyrig's Daughters of Darkness debuts to 4K disc this week. And finally, in case you didn't buy the individual releases already, Rambo: The Complete SteelBook Collection. Am not a fan of the art style of the latest Rambo SteelBooks.

 

 HD Blu-ray/Digital releases-

In a last minute annoucement, the digital release of Toys of Terror comes out this week from Warner Bros.

Abbott and Costello fans should be looking at Africa Screams this week. Read the review, buy the disc.

The gap in your Amityville collection will be filled this week, Vinegar Syndrome is releasing Amityville 4: The Evil Escapes, Amityville 5: It's About Time, Amityville 6: A New Generation and Amityville 7: Dollhouse.

Under the various Warner labels this week, Warner Archive is offering DC's Black Lightning, Season Two and Season Three. Also, The Flintstones: The Complete Series is coming this week. Warner's anime release this week is K: Seven Stories.

 

Criterion Collection's release of Parasite (2019) streets this week, but note that it is NOT a 4K release. It's still an extensive set so if you're a fan of the movie, check it out.

Kino Lorber has an assortment of titles this week. Highlights include Babylon Berlin, Seasons 1 & 2. Season 3 comes out in Novemeber. The trailers for this one are interesting. Clint Eastwood fan? This week is for you. High Plains Drifter has received the Kino treatment and it is deemed 'Highly Recommended' in our review, check it out. Also reviewed, Two Mules for Sister Sara. A lesser-appreciated Eastwood film, Joe Kidd also comes out this week.

Lionsgate's title of the week -- a comedy/drama titled Friendsgiving.

 

Previously delayed but now coming out this week, Arrow Video's release of The Last Starfighter. Am surprised they didn't make a 4K of this, but I would guess the available elements are not in good enough condition or it was determined there wouldn't be enough interest.

This week is a slightly above average for quantity of anime release, here's the highlights. Sentai brings us Akame ga Kill! Complete Series in a SteelBook package. Also, Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon II in a Premium Ediiton. Get this one NOW if you intend to, volume I is listed upwards of $1,000 online from 3rd party sellers.

 

FUNimation is offering Black Clover: Season 3 Part 1, Ensemble Stars! Part Two, My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising, Stand My Heroes: Piece of Truth. Discotek is also releasing their October titles this week, including Isuca TV series, Lupin III: The Pursuit of Harimao's Treasure, Osamu Tezuka's Cleapoarta and Symphogear Season One,

Notable announcements from last week:

A week doesn't pass without at least a couple of announcements, which is a good thing. This past week has been pretty busy, but as far as major announcements, not so much.

Sony has revealed plans to release Roland Emmerich's disaster flick 2012 on 4K disc in January. Expect a purchase link very soon.

On the Blu-ray front, a bunch of announcements, FUNimation's next wave, Discotek's next wave, Mill Creek's next wave, and Criterion has announced its January releases. For Criterion releases, and no, this is not the month they start releasing 4K titles, the titles are The Ascent, Three Films by Luis Buñuel, Minding the Gap and Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese. The FUNimation title I am probably waiting for is Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba - Part Two.

Warner's got the second season of Doom Patrol up, Snowpiercer apparently got a spinoff TV show and Season One is up for order, and Toys of Terror on disc is coming January 19.

4K Release Calendar

2K/BD Release Calendar

Which titles are you buying this week? Which ones are on your wishlist, be it to buy as an impulse buy or to wait for the right price? Nothing screams out to me this week but the wishlist is still extensive. Daughters of Darkness 4K, but not at the $53 price. Flintstones is a strong candidate too. The Amityville movies, Zombie 5, Babylon Berlin as well. The Clint Eastwood movies if I get an impulse or shop a Kino sale. Handful of the anime releases too, I like the look of the Is It Wrong To Try... set, the Akame ga Kill SteelBook, K Seven Stories, Stand My Heroes and Lupin 3 are on the radar. The Tom & Jerry special is a maybe as well, haven't seen any modern T & J releases.

Home Video Releases For The Week of October 20, 2020

Hope you didn't overspend on Prime Day, which we have seen evolve over the years. Originally an Amazon event, but this year we see Best Buy, Target and Walmart also hopping on for online deals, as well as a handful of random deals on other e-tailers. Welcome to Episode 22 of our weekly look at the highlights of what's coming out this week on home video.

 

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray/Digital Releases-

There are no 4K digital releases slated for this week.

The next six weeks are going to be costly for us movie buffs. This week it's all about Back to the Future. I have bought this movie since it debuted on VHS and every media iteration since. This week the trilogy debuts in glorious 4K, options are a Standard Edition, Amazon Exclusive Giftset and a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook.

 

HD Blu-ray/Digital releases-

There are no digital HD titles slated for this week.

On the Blu-ray front, not a huge week, but there is a good mix.

Shout Factory has a handful of releases under their various labels. The Shout Factory label brings another Star Trek related title, The Captains Collection, four Star Trek Documentaries directed by William Shatner. Under their Shout Select Line, comes 2002's Nic Cage/Meryl Streep Comedy/Drama Adaptation.. The GKIDS label, they've got some reissues this week, more Studio Ghibli titltes in a SteelBook package. My Neighbor Totoro and Princess Mononoke.  Lastly under the Scream Factory label,  Pumpkinhead gets a SteelBook this week.

 

LionsGate continues to regularly produce movies in 2020 despite theater closings, and the movie Alone comes out this week.

For Criterion Collection Offerings this week, Gregory Peck's The Gunfighter.  Also this week, The Hit.

The Paramount Presents Label is releasing The Haunting this week.

 

Just what we've been waiting for, another direct to video Tremors movie right? Tremors: Shrieker Island debuts this week.

 

The weekly anime (excluding GKIDS) includes Negima! + Negima? - Complete Collection and a SteelBook of Your Name..

Notable announcements from last week:

Inner Sanctum Mysteries got delayed yet again, now the new date is November 17th.

Pretty active week for new titles being added, here's a couple of the highlights.

Shout Factory is releasing the next John Carpenter 4K flick previously released in Europe by StudioCanal, this time look for Prince of Darkness on January 19th. Just like Shout's release of They Live, this one is also getting a Dolby Atmos track, which by the way has been pushed back to January 19th as well.

Paramount has announced pre-orders (with street date pending) for Love and Monsters, available as a Blu-ray and as a 4K set. With as expensive as the next couple of months are going to be, maybe a January release date would be wise. Debuting on Blu-ray on November 10th also from Paramount are The Stooge and The Odd Couple II.

Friday releases this week are dominated by the arts.

4K Release Calendar

2K/BD Release Calendar

Which titles are you buying this week? Which ones are on your wishlist, be it to buy as an impulse buy or to wait for the right price? If you couldn't tell from the opening, I will be getting Back to the Future 4K, I prefer the look of the SteelBook. On the wishlist, Adaptation., Alone, Captains Collection, the Negima set and the Tremors release.

Friday The 13th Collection Disc Replacement Details From Shout! Factory

Happy Friday the 16th!

As we work to pull together full coverage for this full set - we're breaking out coverage into three distinct eras of the franchise for convenience - Shout! Factory has issued a statement regarding some of the disc errors fans have noticed - and they will be replacing them ASAP. From their statement, they hope to have replacements out by November 2020 - so pretty fast turn around. 

Discs affected are:

Friday the 13th Part 3 3-D: (When viewing in 3D) First instance of 3D opening credits does not come out of the screen correctly.

Jason Goes to Hell: (Unrated Cut) Missing “snapped wrist” gore in an uncut scene. 

Jason X: Missing audio during a scene in the film in which Jason kills camp counselors in a sleeping bag.

CLICK HERE for details and how to request your replacement.

We hope to have our first round of coverage for this set very shorty, but with 12 films and 16 discs on top of HOURS of bonus features - this has been a big effort. As we get our replacement discs we'll keep you posted on those changes as well.

Have a great weekend!

Home Video Releases For The Week of October 13, 2020

Welcome to Episode 21 of our weekly look at what's coming this week in the home video market. Not much is going on that is newsworthy, so let's get right down to business.

 

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray/Digital Releases-

There are no digital 4K releases this week. On the disc front though, there are two movies to mention. First, District 9, which I thought was a pretty peculiar movie, but feel that this would be worthy of an upgrade on my video wall. Available in a standard edition and as a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook. Again, generally not a fan of cover art that is primarily RED in color, but this one is entirely appropriate to this movie (cover art shown is the standard edition). And the second title is Requiem for a Dream, which we have already reviewed, check out the review, buy the disc.

 

HD Blu-ray/Digital releases-

There are no digital HD releases slated for this week.

On the disc front however, it looks like an average week.

Criterion Collection releases Claudine this week. Personally never saw this film, but no doubt it will be 4+ stars across the board when we review it.

LionsGate's new release of The Doorman comes out this week.

Kino Lorber offers a multitude of titles, but the one I remember the most is DeepStar Six. This one came out about the time that The Abyss was released so it's easy to confuse the two. The latter we still await James Cameron to act upon with a Blu-ray or 4K release.

 

Sony Pictures has an average week, but the title I think they are pushing the most this week is El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie. I might be in that 10 percentile of people that hasn't seen an episode of the series. If it means anything, I did bookmark it on Netflix.

RLJ Entertainment releases The American West: Season 1 this week. This show has potential, and according to IMDB the ratings are decent.

Shout Factory, under the Scream Factory label is finally releasing their Friday the 13th Collection Deluxe Edition. Although it is inevitable that perhaps the first movie will get a 4K release, this complete collection is a definitive way to own the complete set.

 

Previously delayed, but appears to be coming out finally, Arrow Video's release of Mallrats.

Warner Bros. releases the animated title Batman: Death in the Family. For some reason the 4K was never officially announced so we have moved it to the 'Postponed' column, and honestly, I was just getting into these animated DC 4K releases.

 

RWBY Volume 7 is being released by Warner Bros this week as well. Also on the Warner release front, Cats & Dogs 3 gets a general release this week, looks like it snuck out as a Walmart exclusive a month ago, which is becoming more commonplace with their non-major releases. Still Going strong, Vikings Season 6 Volume 1 streets this week. From the Warner Archive Collection, Space Ghost & Dino Boy: The Complete Series will be available. I remember watching this show years ago, something about it made me come back for more.

Elsewhere within the animated category, our weekly anime highlights are always present. Viz Video release Boruto: Naruto Next Generation Vol 7. FUNimation has two versions of ID: Invaded, a standard release edition and a Limited Edition. If you didn't buy the individual releases of Kakuriyo Bed & Breakfast for Spirits, it is now available as a Complete Series Set. Season Two of Kono Oto Tamare! Sounds of Life also debuts this week on Blu-ray.

There are two Friday releases this week, an arts release and a music/concert release.

Notable announcements from last week:

As far as new release announcements are, the week has proven to be very dry.

But, I did mention last week to expect a 4K Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogy announcement. Do read our news story here which indicates a December 1st street date and get your orders in today. In both trilogies I think I prefer the SteelBooks, but they are on the pricier side.

Disney has also announced a street date for The New Mutants, November 17th. Available as a Blu-ray, 4K Blu-ray and 4K SteelBook. This does not count as a true commitment on Disney's part of the 4K format -- as previously mentioned and covered, it is rumored that they have abandoned catalog titles with regards to the 4K disc format, James Cameron titles excluded, and this of course is a 2020 film.

4K Release Calendar

2K/BD Release Calendar

Which titles are you buying this week? Which ones are on your wishlist, be it to buy as an impulse buy or to wait for the right price? For me, the Friday the 13th set has been on preorder as has Space Ghost. I will decide on which version of District 9 4K I want soon, and most likely will order DeepStar Six too. Wishlist items include American West Season 1, the Mill Creek 3-pack Diabolique/Incognito/In Crowd, Imaginary Crimes/Silent Fall, Kakuriyo B&B, The Pledge & RWBY Vol 7.

Friday the 13th Collection Deluxe Edition Unboxing

Happy Friday... the 9th!

Scream Factory's Friday the 13th Collection Deluxe Edition has been shipped out - those with pre-orders should be getting them any day now if you haven't gotten them already. Obviously from all of the coverage we've done and announcements the fine folks at Scream have put out - this is a massive set. Our man with a plan M. Enois Duarte will be handling the review of this beast, but it's going to take us some time to dig through everything.

\Some of the films got new transfers, Friday the 13th: Part 3 3-D actually has a genuine stereoscopic 3-D presentation, I briefly looked at it at 2:00am this morning and it looks so much better than the old anaglyph 3-D presentation. To that point - since it's going to take us a while to start posting in-depth coverage, we wanted to give you fine folks a look at this set with a quick unboxing. I ordered my set direct from Shout Factory to get the Limited Edition poster and lithograph - those extras being the only differences if you ordered this set from a different retailer. 

 

As soon as we start breaking out the coverage we'll get those reviews posted and shared, but for now - have an awesome weekend, enjoy some fright flicks, or if you already have this amazing set in hand, enjoy digging through all of these movies in one epic binge!

Home Video Releases For The Week of October 6, 2020

And the time keeps changing and the calendar keeps flipping. October 2020 is upon us, pumpkin spice everything is invading our senses, the title releases (thankfully) keep coming. Welcome to Episode 20 of our weekly highlights on what to expect in the home video market. To those that bought a handful of Miramax titles a couple of weeks ago, by now you have a couple in your hand and Amazon notices of shipping dates as late as December 15th. If there was an Epic Fail, this one qualifies. Even though they're supposed to have new printed sleeves to reflect Paramount as the distributor, some simply have UPC stickers pasted over the old ones.

 

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray/Digital Releases-

There are no 4K digital releases slated for this week.

On the 4K disc front though, let's get right to it. First, Frank Miller's epic 300, available as a standard edition and a Best Buy SteelBook edition. As this movie has CGI, we can expect the largest gain to be from the HDR.

 

Shutter Island sees a standard edition (non-SteelBook) release this week. Also in the same think 'lower cost' category, Jaws is getting reissued as well, without the swag and fancy cover.

Next in the 4K disc category, a new(er) title, The Tax Collector. When I heard this title, I immediately thought crime family, not IRS. The 4K of this title can currently only be bought from Best Buy. And on the Best Buy front, Christopher Nolan's Interstellar gets an exclusive 4K SteelBook this week as well. Nolan is a great director, but I am a bit annoyed by his lack of allowing/adopting direcional audio (Atmos or DTS:X.) Also, looks like Saving Private Ryan is getting another SteelBook release too, not sure what is different about this one.

 

HD Blu-ray/Digital releases-

There are no digital HD releases slated for this week.

Universal's 2020 releases coming to Blu-ray this week is titled The 2nd, Save Yourselves!, The Secret Garden, direct to video Tales From the Hood 3, Season Four of The Last Kingdom also streets this week. I feel as though I should have caught that series, there is still time to do so.

 

From Warner Bros, debuting on Blu-ray via the Warner Archive, Drop Dead Gorgeous. From Warner's regular label, the 2020 reboot of Valley Girl is expected to street this week.

From CBS/Paramount, the long awaited Star Trek: Picard Season One comes out this week, available as a standard edition and as a SteelBook Edition.

 

Mill Creek's delayed September titles are out this week, Battlefield Earth, Big Bully/Wrongfully Accused, The King and I (animated) & Snow White: A Tale of Terror,

Michael J Fox fans should be delighted to know Kino is releasing two of his films this week, The Hard Way & The Secret of My Success.  And as usual, they have a bunch of older classics to ponder as well.

The above mentioned film, The Tax Collector also gets a non-retailer-exclusive Blu-ray release.

Anime this week, FUNimation has got After School Dice Club, Fairy Tail Part 24 & One Piece: Stampede (SteelBook). Sentai Filmworks has one, in the no English dub category, Beautiful Bones Sakurako's Investigation. Shout Factory releases B: The Beginning Season One as a standard edition and as an 'Ultimate Edition.' I like the latter, but it would be a large investment for a blind buy. Shout also releases Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna this week, and a reissue of The Wonderland. From Viz, the Naruto Triple Feature, available in a standard collector's edition and as a SteelBook collector's edition.

 

There are three music/concert titles scheduled for a Friday release.

 

Notable announcements from last week:

Newcomer to the Blu-ray market, Wild East Productions seems to have their expected titles this week on delay. Updates will happen as we get them. Also delayed, the touted 2016 movie The Veil, from Kino Lorber got pushed back a month to November 3.

For new announcements though, this past week was pretty slow. We can confirm that Blade will be coming to 4K disc, as a standard edition and as a Best Buy SteelBook. Your guess is as good as mine on a trilogy in 4K or the Amazon Exclusive Gift Sets that Warner Bros seems to be doing a lot of.

Blue Underground has announced Fire & Ice on 4K disc, expect it to come probably around Dec/Jan.

Collateral 4K disc (2004) also has been announced with a Dec 8 street date.

In the works with an announcement any time soon, Warner is preparing 4K discs of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy and The Hobbit Trilogy. Expected are the theatrical and extended versions. Serpico is coming soon as well in 4K, but maybe only as an import, it is currently listed on Amazon Germany's site, and Three Days of the Condor is on Amazon France's site.

Next Week, October 13 & 14 Amazon Prime Day is on!

4K Release Calendar

2K/BD Release Calendar

Which titles are you buying this week? Which ones are on your wishlist, be it to buy as an impulse buy or to wait for the right price? I am pretty sure I will buy Picard - Season One, The Secret Garden, The King & I, and Pale Door. I have a mild interest in 300 4K and Tax Collector 4K. Wishlist, B: Ultimate Edition, Big Bully/Wrongfully Accused, Naruto SteelBook, One Piece SteelBook & Snow White Tale of Terror.

10 Best Horror Movies in the Criterion Collection

Our own Bryan Kluger took a deep dive into his collection to find us the 10 Best Horror Movies in the Criterion Collection. It's always hard to narrow down a definitive list like this but you can't go wrong with any of these. Take a look:

 

Vampyr 

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Häxan

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Eyes Without A Face

Order Eyes Without A Face on Blu-ray

House

Order House on Blu-ray

The Devil's Backbone

Order The Devil's Backbone on Blu-ray

Scanners

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Onibaba

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Rosemary's Baby

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Night of the Living Dead

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The Silence of the Lambs 

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Home Video Releases For The Week of September 29, 2020

Have you got any free cash or available credit after last week? This week is also an above average week for home video releases too. Although it's primarily a catalog title/reissue kind of week, there still are a handful of titles that might merit a purchase. Welcome to Episode 19 of our weekly look at the highlights of the home video releases for the week. Just a tidbit about the Miramax releases --- apparently there is a delay for most of them, and I am speculating it is likely related to COVID, be it people to ship the product, or if they're pressing new discs for some of them, the facility that manufactures is behind. And another supply issue, anyone that had ordered the Gamera collection from Arrow Video, feel lucky if you've received your copy. Either they simply did a small run or demand was very high, in either case, this is out of stock just about everywhere and 3rd party listings have crazy insane prices.

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray/Digital Releases-

There are no 4K digital releases slated for this week.

The 4K disc front is owned by Best Buy and its SteelBooks. Offered this week are Evil Dead Double Feature, Halloween (1978) and Mad Max Fury Road.

 

HD Blu-ray/Digital releases-

There is one digital HD release slated for this week, on October 2 titled Death of Me.

Criterion Collection's HD/Blu-ray release for The Elephant Man streets this week. You've heard my rants, you know I imported the 4K, but if this release covers your needs, you can bet it's the usual excellent Criterion quality. Also look for Martin Scorsese's World Cinema Project No. 3 this week.

 

A different version of Agatha Christies's Death on the Nile comes this week from Acorn media. It appears to be a segment from the series Poirot.

Universal is flooding us with 10-Movie pack editions. If you don't own half of them, these releases could be a way to save a few bucks. The collections are Blumhouse of Horrors, Dreamworks Collection, Focus Features Spotlights, Illumination Collection, Universal Action Collection & Universal Sci-Fi Collection. There appear to be a few others but are DVD only, despite those movies being released on Blu-ray. Also a Jaws 3-movie collection, which includes Jaws 2, 3 & 4. Not a Universal release, but a title dubbed Jaws 5, Cruel Jaws comes to us from Severin Films.

 

Slow week for Warner Bros, but they are releasing Stargirl: The Complete First Season this week.

Ghost Ship from Shout Factory finally comes out this week after a delay or two, finally I can replace my DVD of this film.

 

In the weekly dose of anime, Bleach: Set 8 arrives from Viz Media. Discotek is releasing their September titles this week, they include Case Closed: Zero the Enforcer, Galaxy Express 999 TV Series Vol. 3, Wicked City & Space Adventure Cobra - Complete Series.

FUNimation highlights include Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba - Part One, Fire Force Season One Part Two as a standard edition and a limited edition, Kemono Michi: Rise Up - Complete Series and My Hero Academia Season Four Part One.  Sentai Filmworks releases Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit this week.

 

Notable announcements from last week:

The Arrow Video release of Mallrats has been pushed to October 13.

On the Arrow Video topic, they just announced Tremors on 4K disc for December 15th. As with so many of their releases, it's loaded with extras, and some swag as well. I sort of expect to see a single disc with no swag listed shortly as well, but I'm going for the loaded one. A 2 disc Blu-ray edition is available as well.

Kino Lorber has announced they are releasing Spaceballs on 4K disc. I am a fan of this movie and have bought it each time it has come to a new format, I look forward to this edition as well. I laugh every time I see Michael Winslow's "jammed radar" scene.

Sentai Filmworks has revealed their December 2020 titles. Most of them do not have an English dub, but they still might interest you. Check em out, the titles are 7 Seeds - Part 1, About Ahiru no Sora - Collection One, Ajin: Demi-Human - The OADS Collection, Chidori RSC - Complete Collection, The Garden of Words (reissue), Outburst Dreamer Boys & When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace - Complete Collection.

 

4K Release Calendar

2K/BD Release Calendar

Which titles are you buying this week? Which ones are on your wishlist, be it to buy as an impulse buy or to wait for the right price? For myself, there are a couple of anime titles on order. The Kemoni Michi Rise Up synopsis sounds amusing. I'm reluctant to buy Demon Slayer Part One because FUNimation listed it as "Standard Edition" which implies there will be a limited edition soon, maybe not. Sentai usually does the split releases, not FUNimation, so I will likely buy it. Like I mentioned above, replacing my DVD of Ghost Ship would be nice, but the wallet fatigue of last week might put me on hold, but not for that long. The Penny Dreadful release interests me, but not enough for a blind buy.

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Have a Merry Eddie Murphy Holiday Season!

December 1st 2020 – after the year to end all years with one WTF moment after another – the nation can come together and heal thanks to Paramount Pictures Home Entertainment and their decision to unleash a barrage of new Eddie Murphy releases to 4K UHD and Blu-ray! Just when we all could really use a laugh – Murphy and Paramount are going to deliver the goods with some classics and one that’s been on a lot of wish lists for years.

Not only are we getting 4K UHD Blu-ray releases of Coming to America and Beverly Hills Cop – we’re also getting new prestige Paramount Presents releases of the holiday classic Trading Places and the bizarrely amazing action/adventure/comedy The Golden Child! An eclectic collection

 

These aren’t yet up for pre-order, Amazon has some placeholders for Coming to America 4K and Beverly Hills Cop 4K, but we expect these to be available soon. Also, no word if the Coming to America 4K SteelBook will be a retailer exclusive or not, or what HDR grade or if a new Atmos/DTS:X mix will be available. We’ve reached out for clarification AND to possibly participate in a giveaway for these releases so as soon as we’ve got that info, we’ll let you know!

 

Beverly Hills Cop 4K UHD Blu-ray

Coming to America 4K UHD Blu-ray

Coming to America 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook

Trading Places (Paramount Presents)

The Golden Child (Paramount Presents)

Home Video Releases For The Week of September 22, 2020

Not sure how your month has been going thus far with regards to wallet fatique, but if ever there was a week for me to go overboard with purchases, this week certainly qualifies as being a very expensive week. For quantity of releases, we have not seen a week like this in years. Fortunately many of them are in the sub-$10 range, so you get a lot of bang for the buck. Welcome to Episode 18 of our weekly look at the highlights of the home video market.

 

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray/Digital Releases-

There are no 4K digital releases slated for this week.

This week offers a couple of 4K disc releases, available in different SKUs. Let's get to it. Stanley Kubrick fans are up first --- Full Metal Jacket debuts on 4K disc this week, as a standard ediion, a Best Buy SteelBook edition, and lastly as part of a three pack, Stanley Kubrick 3 Film Collection, which also includes 2001: A Space Odyssey and The Shining. It probably was hard to predict there would be a 3-movie collection, so most of us are likely going to get Full Metal Jacket this week as we already own the other two. And the other 4K disc title this week, Whiplash, available as a standard edition and as a Best Buy SteelBook edition.

 

HD Blu-ray/Digital releases-

There are no Digital HD releases for this week.

As far as physical disc releases, Paramount dominates the listings with 40+ releases. It should be obvious they have acquired the distribution rights to Miramax titles, and oh boy, the flood gates have opened. On a positive note though, if you held off on some of them, the street price for a lot of them is around $10, considerably less than the $20-25 price they were selling for under previous distributorships. You also get to skip paying $80 in the secondary market for a catalog release, so this week could be considered a win:win. Just look for the (reissue) in the title names and you've found the Miramax releases (of course there's ALWAYS an exception, this week it's the Ghostbusters reissue.) Under the Paramont label that is new this week though, Most Wanted, another one of those movies that skipped the theaters due to the COVID pandemic, priced to sell.

 

Criterion Collectors look for Christ Stopped at Eboli this week.

From Warner Bros, DC's Legends of Tomorrow: The Complete Fifth Season. I've not been following this series, but to see a fifth season tells me I should. Also from Warner, Rick and Morty: Season 4, available in a standard edition and a SteelBook release.

 

What's a week without anime in some shape or form? FUNimation brings us Dr. Stone: Season One, Part One. Also Part Two of Season One for the series Fairy gone. I seriously thought there would be a deluxe edition in here somewhere, it's FUNimation's style. Discotek's Jungle De Ikou comes out this week. Sentai brings us Wasteful Days of High School Girls: Complete Collection. And closing out the Anime highlights for the week, Shout Factory GKIDS brings us The Wind Rises. I seriously thought GKIDS had released all of the Studio Ghibli titles that Disney previously did already, did not look hard enough to realize this one was missed.

LionsGate is releasing Red Shoes and Seven Dwarfs on Blu-ray, a different take on the Snow White story. I got to mention this because those "Dove Approved" releases are hit and miss with Blu-ray releases. For a live action release, The Secret: Dare To Dream, probably another release that skipped the theaters due to current events. The plot sounds like one of those feel good movies.

 

The reissued release of The Vincent Price Collection comes to you from Scream/Shout Factory, this one has had a delay or two as well. This one is a perfect example of how petty the home video market can be sometimes, this reissue had to revise its extras due to licensing rights. Like it's going to be a huge deal if a behind the scenes featurette or deleted scene is so sacred that a reissue cannot contain it. This release is still quite extensive so don't let the new package scare you away.

For Friday releases, this week is above average for that as well. There are five releases in the arts category, and three different versions of The Rolling Stones: Steel Wheels Live.

 

 

Notable announcements from last week:

Delayed for the second time, Inner Sanctum Mysteries. Making a guess here, probably due to reduced manufacturing capacity related delays.

Warner Archive has announced that Space Ghost and Dino Boy: The Complete Series will hit retailers on October 13th. I don't ever recall "and Dino Boy" being in the title of the series, no matter, it's the same series many of us watched in our childhoods.

FUNimation has announced their December releases. I see a few maybes in there, but nothing really jumps out at me. Azur Lane and the next volume of Dr. STONE are on my list. Also, Akira is getting a 4K disc release on 12/22. Also the next two SteelBook releases of Dragon Ball Z are coming as well in December.

Another Studio Ghibli title I had thought was released by GKIDS/Shout Factory already, but not, From Up on Poppy Hill. OK, seriously, are all the Disney releases now out or announced from GKIDS?

When we had our forums running, there was a thread on HD DVD titles not yet released on Blu-ray, I think Popeye was on it, well, now it's got a street date of Dec 1.

Criterion has announced their December titles as well, and guess what, they're releasing another BD/HD title that was announced to get a 4K release overseas, I'm referring to Cronenberg's Crash (1996) which actually never made it to Blu-ray. Again, Criterion, please, why are you not offering 4K releases? Practically every studio on the planet except you are now offering these. The other titles announced for December are Amores Perros, Mouchette and Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Two Takes by William Greaves.

Lastly on the announcements front, Vinegar Syndrome has announced its October slate, which are all due 10/27, which I must note, includes a 4K disc release, Dial Code Santa Claus.

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Which titles are you buying this week? Which ones are on your wishlist, be it to buy as an impulse buy or to wait for the right price? I possibly have half of the Miramax titles on order, I never did get em back then. I will likely be picking up Full Metal Jacket 4K, just not sure of which release(leaning towards standard release.) Anime titles, the Dr. Stone, Fairy gone, Jungle De Ikou, KITE Liberator, Wasteful Days & The Wind Rises releases interest me, the latter is on order. Rick & Morty also could be an impulse buy, alas, which version? I like the SteelBook look better. Red Shoes & 7 Dwarfs could also be an impulse buy as well.

>Bridget Jones's Diary (reissue)
Home Video Releases For The Week of September 15, 2020

September disc releases are sort of like a hill, this week we are on the climb, next week we are at the summit, or as I could call it, a wallet-buster of a week. The week after is almost identical to this week but we are going back down.

Welcome to Episode 17, a look at some of the highlights for the week in the home video releases market.

 

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray/Digital Releases-

There are no digital 4K releases slated for this week.

For 4K discs though, that's a different story. Where to begin?

I guess I will get the reissue out of the way first. Although a reissue, it's a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook and available at a lower price point, so if you've been on the fence solely for price, this might be your sweet spot. First up, Goodfellas, known to me as one of the more modern mob movies that set a bar for others to meet or beat. Delayed two weeks to 9/29, Mad Max: Fury Road, which I am not a fan of this cover art at all. There have been a fair amount of recent SteelBooks with an overly orange cover art, I guess it is to match the red standard editions or something.

The remainder of the 4K releases this week debut on 4K disc for the first time. Alphabetically, they are 21 Jump Street, 22 Jump Street, Hocus Pocus (Standard Edition or Best Buy SteelBook) and Home Alone (Standard Edition or Best Buy SteelBook). The latter two were announced before the Covid pandemic and pre-date the rumored news of Disney no longer producing 4K discs of catalog releases so this point going forward I am watching Disney's actions to see if their rebuttal to the news holds water. Also keep in mind that Disney and Amazon's dispute is in its third year so we have provided Best Buy links if you are wanting to pre-order the standard editions. If you don't mind a sort of 'meh' cover art, Best Buy is also offering a SteelBook for 21 Jump Street / 22 Jump Street.

 

HD Blu-ray/Digital releases-

There are no standalone digital releases this week. A handful of day and date releases with the disc versions are available though.

For disc releases there are a few noteworthy titles.

Criterion Collection brings us one title, Beau Travail. A semi-recent French film based on Herman Melville's Billy Budd.

Warner Archive has bundled 4 previous film noir releases into one package for this week, titled 4-Film Collection: Film Noir which includes Gun Crazy / Murder, My Sweet / Out of the Past / The Set-up. John Wayne's Flying Leathernecks gets its Blu-ray debut as well.

Kino Lorber is offering a handful of titles this week, Bob Hope fans will be happy to see The Cat and the Canary and The Ghost Breakers.

LionsGate's Vestron Video offerings present us with two releases this week, Little Monsters and Shivers. These two are priced to sell, hopefully this low-price model fares better than the $30 MSRP seen on previous Vestron releases and enough people buy these, so we can continue to go deeper into the Vestron library.

 

Would a week go by without anime releases? This week is not a big week, but Sentai Filmworks brings Bodacious Space Pirates: Complete Collection to Blu-ray Disc.  Also from Sentai this week, Z/X Code Reunion: Complete Collection, if only it had an English dub. FUNimation's general release of Cowboy Bebop: The Complete Series SteelBook streets this week. Shout Factory's GKIDS line has two versions of Weathering With You this week, a standard edition and a SteelBook edition. A 4K four-disc Collector's Set loaded with extras and swag is coming November 17th, so choose wisely.

Shout Factory's 'Shout Select' line brings us The TV Set this week. Most everything that Duchovny has been in has done fairly well, for Shout to invest in making this a Select title probably reinforces that statement.

 

Season Five of Outlander will be available this week as a standard edition and as a collector's edition. Sony has been pretty consistent with the dual offerings on this series, that's a nice touch.

Under the Paramount Presents label, Roman Holiday debuts this week in a 'Highly Recommended" release, follow the link, read our review, buy a copy for yourself. The only thing that would make this release better is if it was offered on a 4K disc, but don't let that detract you from a well produced HD release. Paramount also has a couple of budget priced titles this week, currently $9.99, they are Barefoot in the Park, The Phantom, Private Parts, The Sons of Katie Elder, Timeline, The Two Jakes, Uncommon Valor and Vampire in Brooklyn. These wallet friendly releases have a commonality in that they've got star power but maybe not that star's best movies, I would say they're certainly worth the $10 price tag.

 

There are a hanful of Friday releases, all special interest. Do take a look in case this means you.

 

Notable announcements from last week:

Mill Creek's September 15th titles got pushed to October 6th.

Scream Factory (Shout! Factory) has given a pre-lim announcement that they will be bringing us John Carpenter's They Live to 4K disc this fall. This a great news for those that held out importing it. Maybe they can secure the rights to the rest of the Carpenter 4K releases, or the originating studio will make an announcement soon. Back in 2018 StudioCanal had released Escape From New York, Prince of Darkness, The Fog and They Live,  which were released as collectable digipaks and SteelBook editions. At the time you could buy them for around $45, now they're reselling for over $200.

Also, LionsGate,  has officially announced (with a pre-order page) Total Recall (1990) in 4K. This is the same new transfer that StudioCanal is releasing in the UK. This promises to be quite the set, and the price is nice as well. Check out or recent news story on the topic.

Sentai Filmworks has announced their November titles, they are Assassins Pride: Complete Collection, The Garden of Words (SteelBook), Granbelm: Complete Collection, Hayate the Combat Butler: Ultimate Collection, Locke the Superman and Val X Love: Complete Collection.

RLJ Entertainment has added a 4K release for The Tax Collector, this one will be a SteelBook.

Universal has announced a 4K disc release for The Croods, slated for November 17th.

A Standard Edition and a Best Buy SteelBook have been announced for V For Vendetta. Also from Warner Bros/HBO, the series Chernobyl will be getting a 4K disc release on December 1st.

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Which titles are you buying this week? Which ones are on your wishlist, be it to buy as an impulse buy or to wait for the right price?

I've got Hocus Pocus 4K (both releases) on order, Home Alone SteelBook on order, and the SteelBook of GoodFellas on order as well. I also am picking up both Vestron releases as well. Wishlist items include Bodacious Space Pirates, Roman Holiday, The TV Set and a majority of the Paramount value priced releases. If next week were not such a huge wallet buster week I probably would have already had the Paramount releases on order. The Z/X Code Reunion would also be on order if there were an English dub, maybe next time. As far as Weathering With You, I have the 4K set on order for November so I will pass on this week's versions.

Labor Day Giveaway - The King of Staten Island on Blu-ray

At HDD we hope everyone is having a relaxing long Labor Day holiday weekend! We are giving away one Blu-ray of The King of Staten Island starring Pete Davidson and directed by Judd Apatow. This delightful comedy could be yours... if you follow some simple steps:

1: Leave a funny joke (keep it PG13-ish) comment in the Disqus section below.
2: Share our Facebook post about this giveaway and include @highdefdigest in your so we can find you!

That's it! Pretty simple. The contest is open to all U.S. residents with a valid mailing address, no P.O. boxes. The contest closes 12:00 PM Eastern Time on Tuesday, September 8th. After that time I will hunt through all valid entries and select a winner at random.


Have fun out there everyone - we've got some great reviews in the pipeline to share with you next week! 

 

Home Video Releases For The Week of September 8, 2020

For much of the country, there is some relief from the very hot weather that's been betroved upon us. When I try to sit down and be serious and watch a movie, I personally do not like to hear the AC running in the background, or an overhead fan distorting the soundscape, or even the tick tick tick of the clock in the kitchen. The latter, I move it to another room when I do a serious viewing.

This week is probably the slowest week of the month, but that doesn't mean you're not spending any money on a title you've just got to have. Welcome to Episode 16 of our weekly series on the highlights of what's coming out on home video.

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray/Digital Releases-

There are no digital 4K releases this week.

For 4K disc releases though, there are a few choices this week. For animated titles, we see the 1995 version of Ghost in the Shell. Available as a standard edition and a Best Buy SteelBook. If you've known me over the years, I am sort of a critic on cover art, and each version seems to have their own merit here, personally I opted for the Best Buy edition but every time I look at the choices, I still feel a bit undecided on which one I like or hate. The SteelBook reminds me of a Mondo edition in that it has a slip cover that reveals something different underneath. This one is priced to sell in either edition. Next, a Superman animated title named Man of Tomorrow. This one is available as a standard release or as a Best Buy Exclusive, which the latter includes an exclusive collectable figure.

 

And now for live action titles. In case you missed this year's release of Invisible Man (2020), it is now available as a Best Buy SteelBook. Personally not a fan of this cover, but maybe you are, if so, enjoy. It appears to have a lower MSRP than the standard edition does, so there's that. And lastly in the live action 4K category, the Alfred Hitchcock Classics Collection. I'm sure many of you are probably looking forward to Psycho, Rear Window or Vertigo, but my favorite is The Birds. Thus far, we have seen some incredible 4K discs of classic films, hopefully this set continues with the trend. Best Buy is also offering a 4K SteelBook of just Psycho.

 

 

HD Blu-ray/Digital releases-

There are no digital HD releases slated for this week.

Now for disc releases though, there are a few to choose from. This week is sort of a 'low' week for September, which is OK.

Criterion Collection is releasing the Burt Lancaster film Brute Force this week. Also from Criterion this week, The Naked City. I have no insight on either, sorry.

In another pandemic skipped the theaters release, LionsGate brings us The Big Ugly this week. It has star power and the synopsis is generic enough that it could be a fair movie. As I've said in the past though, don't look for an Oscar from a film of this calibre. Also from LionsGate this week, maybe an afterthought, maybe a good movie? Anyway, they're releasing First Cow on disc this week. This one sounds like a comedy, but is listed as a drama, interesting, no? First Cow was released on 4K digital already, but no 4K disc is in sight. Just when you thought that was it for LionsGate this week, they're also releasing Retaliation, described as a 'taut thriller.'

 

Warner Archive releases Bad Education on Tuesday, starring a couple of people you have probably heard of, do check it out. The series Prodigal Son sounds like it could be interesting, The Complete First Season streets this week.

From the Warner label, Superman: Man of Tomorrow gets a standard BD release, and also this week, Supergirl: The Complete Fifth Season. I actually got tuned into Supergirl at one of my many boring nights in a hotel room as I was away from home doing some job training during the day shifts.

Kino's got a couple of releases this week as well. One highlight that might interest you is the Cary Grant Collection which offers three of his films in one box set. Stay tuned for a review. Also from Kino this week, the previously delayed Peter Cushing as Dr. Who movies, Dr. Who and the Daleks and Daleks' - Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D..

Surprisingly slow week for Anime releases (my wallet thanks thee.) Sentai Filmwork is releasing Diabolik Lovers: Complete Collection this week. I had only been starting to buy anime regularly in the past 12 months, it's quite a connected system, the videos, the swag, the books, even the cosplay stuff available out there, and the convention scenes.

Again, I do not normally mention a DVD release unless there's no alternative. I'm referring to the hit animated everything Pokémon. In this case, it appears that Viz entertainment did not sell enough Blu-ray copies of Season 21 to merit a Season 22 release. How I wish I was in Japan right now, where DVDs have pretty much been stopped altogether. Everyone has an HDTV or a 4K TV, so why the low-rez discs? The first 18 episodes come out this week of Season 22, dubbed Pokémon Sun and Moon Ultra Legends: The Last Grand Trial.

There are a couple of Friday releases, which are most often times Concert or Arts themed. In this case, one is music and three are arts related. Most interesting cover art for Ekman: Eskapist which features the Royal Swedish Ballet.

 

Notable announcements from last week:

To me, the biggest announcement of the week is that Paramount has announced that they are releasing the entire TV series Mission: Impossible on Blu-ray on November 17th. The Amazon pre-order price is no doubt temporary, as I have already seen it for less elsewhere, so stay tuned.

Sentai Filmworks has also listed their November releases, and we have them here too. This go round, most of them do not have English dubs available. They are Granbelm: Complete Collection, Hayate the Combat Butler: Ultimate Collection, The Garden of Words (SteelBook), Val X Love: Complete Collection, Assassins Pride: Complete Collection, Locke the Superman.

Showtime Networks has announced Penny Dreadful: City of Angels - Season One for release on September 29th. I never got thru the original series but I will some day, did not realize there was another series in the works.

Sony also listed something that caught my attention, Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist, slated for October 13th. The trailer had me interested, can't wait to check this one out. IMDB ratings did not fare it too well, but there is a trailer there for you to watch.

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Which titles are you buying this week? Which ones are on your wishlist, be it to buy as an impulse buy or to wait for the right price?

For myself, of course I want more in my 4K library, overall though it's a pretty slow week. Already on order, Ghost in the Shell Best Buy version. The Alfred Hitchcock Collection is very high on my want list, might be ordered by the time you read this. Probably saying the same about the Superman 4K release, likely the standard edition. Standard wishlist, Diabolik Lovers Collection. I'm weighing my options on the Pokémon release. I've emailed Viz about the continuation of Blu-ray releases, maybe they will wait til the whole season is ready, maybe I will find an import with English langauge.

Home Video Releases For The Week of September 1, 2020

As you probably had read last week, September could be considered a pretty expensive month. Although Matthew's article mostly covered 4K wallet busters, regular HD/2K has a lot to offer this month as well. I know if I buy every title I want to this month, it literally could add up to a grand.

Unsure if there has been a production issue or a delay, but I still am awaiting my Gamera Collection (Arrow Video) from Amazon, Amazon has actually delisted it, showing unavailable.

Welcome to Episode 15 of our weekly take on what's hot or worthy for home video releases.

 

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray/Digital Releases-

There are no 4K digital releases slated for this week.

For 4K releases, there are a handful, and some of them have choices as to which one to get. First let's cover the single sku releases. From Arrow Video, the sci-fi/horror Vin Diesel flick Pitch Black. Early reviews thus far have been favorable for this release, our review should be live by the time you read this. Next, the Robert Downey Jr versions of Sherlock Holmes. The first movie Sherlock Holmes, and the sequel Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. I seem to recall from reviewers that the Sherlock Holmes movies were love or hate flicks, mostly hate.

 

And now for the multi-sku releases.

First up is Beetlejuice. There are a lot of people pretty excited to see this one coming, and it is available in 3 different SKUs. A standard 4K release, a Deluxe Giftset 4K release, and a Best Buy 4K SteelBook release. Do you buy the one you really love, but then have to buy the standard release to keep that one in mint condition? Do you buy two, keeping one back and enjoying the other? Do you simply buy the one you want and no worry about any of that? The Deluxe Giftset's selling point is it's a Handbook For the Recently Deceased edition, which includes special packaging and some swag. 

 

And the next of the multi-SKU releases, The Goonies. This one also has three different skus, similar to Beetlejuice. And they are the standard 4K release, the deluxe giftset 4K release and the Best Buy 4K SteelBook.

 

HD Blu-ray/Digital releases-

There are no digital HD releases for this week.

Shout Factory highlights of the week. Foreign film Baba Yaga: Terror of the Dark Forest. This one is dubbed in English, but the original Russian language track also remains in case you're curious about the native track or trying to learn Russian. The GKIDS label this week offers the animated feature Children of the Sea. Having seen the manga, but not having read it, I am going to go in this one blind, it looks interesting.

Universal is releasing the Steve Carell comedy/drama Irresistible this week. It's another movie that woud have been in theaters but was put on hold due to the pandemic shutdown. I had never really connected Carell til I had watched him on the Netflix series Space Force, which I enjoyed the first season, looking back I see he's voiced a couple of animated films I have seen. He's also played in a few other movies, so he is a significant player in the field.

Another movie that fell victim to the theater closures, LionsGate is bringing us Rogue, an action film starring Megan Fox. The plot doesn't sound like anything entirely new, but it might have enough variations in it to be an enjoyable flick, so long as you're not looking for Oscar material here.

 

A piece of the Warner Archive's next batch of titles comes out this week, Young Sheldon: The Complete Third Season. I personally could never understand the draw to The Big Bang Theory, maybe it's one of those shows I might check out someday on a streaming service, starting with episode one so as to get some background on it.

In the anime category, there are a bunch of first time releases that might interest you, I will be picking a few up myself for sure.  Aside from the above mentioned GKIDS release, from FUNimation this week, Africa Salaryman which gives me a Zootopia sort of vibe. Also from FUNimation,  Arifureta: From Commonplace to World's Strongest: Season 1, available as a standard edition and as a limited edition, and A Certain Scientific Accelerator: The Complete Series, and before you ask, yes it is based on the similarly named series, A Certain Scientific Railgun. Radiant: Season 2 - Part 1 also streets this week. Sentai brings us The Demon Girl Next Door - Complete Collection.

 

There are two titles announced with Friday street dates, and both are concert/music releases. Just last week we listed the Rolling Stones' Steel Wheels concert, in three different skus. This week, their Goats Head Soup gets a Deluxe Edition release.

Notable announcements from last week:

Kino just announced Buck Rogers in the 25th Century: The Complete Collection, which includes both seasons of the TV show as well as the movie. I consider this pretty big news and look forward to the release. Also from Kino, a title I have been waiting for, Amazon Women on the Moon, coming November 10th. Something about that one makes me smile every time I watch it. Play Misty For Me is getting the Kino treatment, with a street date of November 10th, and this one is loaded with extras.

Order links for the upcoming November Criterion titles mentioned in last week's article are now available. A couple of these titles might have to end up in my collection, sooner than later.

There is a newcomer in the field of releasing blu-ray discs, the company's name is Cauldron Films. In their debut, they've announced two movies, Abrakadabra and American Rickshaw. Do check them out, hopefully you've got an interest in one or both of them and do the right thing by placing a preorder.

Mill Creek has announced two collections for November 17th, Hammer Films - Ultimate Collection and Rita Hayworth - Ultimate Collection. I know there are some Hammer films currently available, just not to this extent.

Arrow UK has just revealed 4K discs coming for the 1996 Cronenberg film Crash as well as the 1990 film King of New York starring Christopher Walken and many other big names. There is no definite U.S. release announced, rights to films vary from country to country, but one can hope and expect that Arrow is actively seeking the rights to a U.S. distribution.

Finally, early listings have appeared on Amazon for "Best of" decades collections from Warner Bros. They span 70s, 80s, 90s and 00s. Look for them under PENDING on our release calendar. I expect a couple more to be added as well in the next few days. If I had to guess, I would say late November or early December.

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Which titles are you buying this week? Which ones are on your wishlist, be it to buy as an impulse buy or to wait for the right price?

Where do I begin? I probably want all the 4K titles this week, probably the exclusive giftset for Beetlejuice, with the rest of the titles to be the standard editions. My copy of The Demon Girl Next Door has already arrived. I have on order Arifureta, the box set to keep and the standard edition to use and enjoy, also on order, A Certain Scientific Accelerator. Children of the Sea is high on my list as well. Also on order, I took a chance with Rogue, and on the wishlist is Irresistible, Terrified and Z.

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