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Complete Your Collection Screwheads! - Where to Find Sam Raimi Films on Blu-ray or 4K UHD

If it weren't for the sheer talent and genius of Sam Raimi, it's not entirely certain that the modern horror and comedy genres would have ever met, fallen in love, and had a successful marriage to this day. Raimi started in the horror genre with his childhood friends shooting 8mm movies in their back yards. Once they finished school they made their first feature and with an iconic quote from horror maestro Stephen King, "The Ultimate in Grueling Terror," The Evil Dead set up Sam Raimi for life. But he wasn't just a pioneer in independent horror filmmaking. Throughout his long career, Raimi has directed numerous films of all genres. But he always remained true to himself with his unique visual style and ability to cross-pollinate genres with comedy. These efforts eventually led the indie horror director to make one of the biggest films of all time - Spider-Man

But here in the physical media world, it's universally known that Raimi's films have enjoyed release after release on physical media. Some films have enjoyed multiple releases on any given format. How many of us have bought Evil Dead II or Army of Darkness? If you started with VHS and worked your way through DVD, Laserdisc, Blu-ray, Bootleg, Collector's Editions, Steelbooks, and 4K Limited Editions you've picked up those films dozens of times by now. So for Raimi fans or newcomers aiming to complete their collections - where can you get Sam Raimi films on Blu-ray or 4K UHD?

The Evil Dead (1981)
Nobody can go anywhere without finding a copy of The Evil Dead in some form or fashion. There have been so many releases that it's almost impossible to start at the beginning. Right now the best options are in 4K releases. There was a solo release for the film itself with great artwork that comes with the 4K and Blu-ray Discs but that set has gone out of print. There is a smattering of duo discs with the first two Evil Dead films as well on Blu-ray. But the main attraction for those horror aficionados is the Groovy Collection which has the first two films and the TV Series Ash VS.

The Evil Dead is inside a great keepsake box with amazing new artwork and discs. Now the odd part about all of the Evil Dead films is the wealth of bonus materials that come with them and those hilarious commentary tracks with Raimi and his cohort Bruce Campbell. Those DVD copies of Evil Dead and Evil Dead II keep the original mistakes and visual blemishes intact, but on the Blu-rays and 4K releases, those mistakes have been fixed and the images cleaned up to perfection.

Most of the extras have transferred over onto the Groovy Collection, making it the ultimate way to view Evil Dead currently. Now there was an HMV Exclusive Cine Edition to Evil Dead in the UK, but the only difference here was that the version came with a poster and lobby cards. As more movies come out and these films are Physical Media mainstays, we're sure this film and its sequels will see more solo releases in the future, but for now - 

Crimewave (1985)
Everyone in the horror world was clamoring for more horror and Evil Dead from Raimi, Tapert, and Campbell. But before the iconic sequel, Raimi made a spoofy crime caper comedy called Crimewave with the help of his friends - the Coen Bros. Like a perfect Milford Man, a lot of people have seen nor heard of this film, but in 2013, Shout! Factory released it on Blu-ray. It's fairly easy to find still but does not have budget pricing. However, the premium is for all the commentary tracks and extras with Bruce Campbell here. The Region B release from Indicator is also available with new artwork. 

Evil Dead II (1987)
The world got lucky when Raimi and Campbell came back and re-imagined their instant classic horror film with a sequel that added Three Stooges humor to the gore and terror. Still to this day, most people say this sequel is the better of the trilogy and is perhaps one of the best sequels ever made. And like above, Evil Dead II has been released dozens of times over the years and has many of those same releases as The Evil DeadAnd again, it'd appear the solo 4K UHD with Blu-ray has gone out of print so the Groovy Collection is currently your best value for the first two films including the complete Ash vs Evil Dead Series

Darkman (1990)
Darkman brought Liam Neeson, Sam Raimi, and Frances McDormand together in his first outing at making a superhero type of movie. A lot of this film was translated later into Spider-Man in 2000. But Darkman was finally released in 2010 in one of those early years of Blu-ray. But it wasn't until 2014 that Scream Factory made the big Collector's edition Blu-ray with tons of new bonus material. And now in 2024, Scream Factory gave it new life in 4K with some new extras as well.

    

Army of Darkness (1992)
Personally, this is my favorite movie of all time - still. I'm 42 years old and Boomsticks, deadites, and groovy one-liners still get me. This movie has been released perhaps the most times out of any Sam Raimi release and for good reason. It's because it's just that good. Through countless DVD versions, including the two-disc limited edition that included the alternate endings and deleted scenes, alternate artwork overs, brown-bag bootleg DVD releases and more. Blu-ray saw the film released countless times as well, along with 4K versions.

But it wasn't until recently that Scream Factory once again released Army of Darkness in a Limited Edition Steelbook Collection in 4K, which is the ultimate way to view the film in any of its formats or versions. No matter if the Scream Factory 4K is the standard affair or the Steelbook, the money that's shelled out for it is entirely worth the extra money. It just depends on what type of artwork or case packaging one prefers.

    

The Quick and the Dead (1995)
If anyone was told that the director of Evil Dead II made a Western film with Leo DiCaprio, Russell Crowe, Gene Hackman, and Sharon Stone, nobody would believe that for a second. But it happened and it was fantastic! However, not a ton of people remember that movie or talk about it, even though it's one of the most fun modern Westerns out there. In 2009 Sony released the film on Blu-ray with zero bonus features. And in 2018, it was released again in 4K with only a couple of minutes of deleted scenes - that's it. This movie begs for the Criterion treatment with that much star power! Maybe Sony will rerelease it with a new SteelBook and load up on those extras?

A Simple Plan (1998)
This Oscar-nominated movie also has an all-star cast and might have been Raimi's answer to his friend's film Fargo about average everyday people, money, and crime. The three Hollywood B's - Bill Paxton, Billy Bob Thorton, and Bridget Fonda all star in this amazing movie which for some reason has NEVER seen the light of day on Blu-ray stateside with foreign markets the only place to import this classy thriller. But for the USA, DVD is the only way to view this film in physical media form. What gives, Paramount? If there was ever a candidate for a Paramount Presents premier release it's A Simple Plan. Japan did just get a new release of this film earlier this month - maybe one is coming our way too? Unless you're aching for it and don't mind importing, the HD disc status for this thriller is MIA (Missing in America). 

For The Love of the Game (1999)
Sam Raimi must have loved Kevin Costner in Baseball films because Raimi made his own with Costner here. The original part comes in how the movie is told, which is during the span of one season-end game where Costner's character is pitching a perfect game as he dissects his past life, his one true love, and retiring. Not a lot of people fell in love with this one, probably due to its over two-hour runtime, but it's sappy, it's Costner, it's Baseball. In 1999, Universal Studios released the film on Blu-ray with a bunch of deleted scenes and a long EPK extra with the cast and crew. Since then - crickets. Is there a Costner/Baseball collection out there? 

The Gift (2000)
Billy Bob Thorton must have fallen in love with Sam Raimi because he wrote the screenplay for this film that starred Cate Blanchett, Keanu Reeves, and Katie Holmes. This brought back Raimi to the horror genre with a supernatural detective storyline that works on a lot of levels. It might not have the gore or fun that his early movies had, but the horror and drama are there. Most recently in 2023 Australia's Imprint Films released the film on Blu-ray, but that has already gone out of print. The film is also available in various EU territories. Sadly, no word on a 4K release yet but maybe for its 25th anniversary? We can hope. 

Spider-Man (2002)
With a career as good as Raimi's up until now, anyone should be so lucky to work with such talented actors and friends and have the success he did. But then 2002 came along and Raimi, the man who made Army of Darkness, raked in over $850 million at the box office for the first live-action Spider-Man film. It made him, Tobey, Kirsten, and Willem household names and ushed in the modern comic book film. Over two decades later, it's still a great movie and has those iconic marks on Raimi's map that inclined his classic car and Bruce Campbell along the way.

Sure the film was remade and rebooted a few times over, but that original trilogy from Raimi still stands tall. After many iterations on DVD, all three films were released in combo packs on Blu-ray and most recently in 2022 in 4K with all of the trimmings. That is the ultimate way to view these films right now until Sony decides to revisit them for new Steelbook editions.

   

Spider-Man 2 (2004)
The success of Spider-Man was legendary and broke box office records at the time. There was no doubt that Raimi was going to make the sequel. He did and it made about the same amount of money the first one did. Like Evil Dead II, most people say this second Spider-Man film is the best of the trilogy. But everyone can remember that car crash sequence through the restaurant window. That's an all-time great sequence, plus Raimi's horror roots come to life in the creation of Doc Ock. The same goes for this film physical media-wise. Blu-rays and most recently the 4K set is the best way to go here. 

      

Spider-Man 3 (2007)
Since Raimi did a bang-up job on the last two films, Sony allowed him to go crazy, which was a mistake. The result was emo-dancing Spider-Man, and way too many villains to count that Spidey had to throw down with. It was met with scathing reviews, but it made the most money out of all three films. Raimi is still proud of it and like the previous two films, this third one sits in the trilogy set in Blu-ray or 4K for the choosing. 

   

Drag Me To Hell (2009)
After Raimi's six years with Spider-Man, he returned to his roots with the balls-to-the-wall horror film Drag Me To Hell. Unfortunately, the movie was PG-13, but that didn't stop Raimi from using gore, blood, and scares to frighten audiences everywhere. Not only that, he brought back the comedy and silly moments here that climaxed in an ending so insane, it must be seen to be believed. This is still a great movie and has been released a few times on physical media. First, there was a special edition of the movie on DVD and Blu-ray in 2012. But in 2018, Scream Factory released their Collector's edition of the film with new artwork and extras and in 2023, Australia's Via Vision Entertainment unleashed their deluxe Limited Edition with Lenticular Cover. While a 4K would be most welcome, either of these two releases on Blu-ray are fantastic purchases. 

   

Oz: The Great and Powerful (2013)
In 2013, Disney hired Raimi to make a prequel to The Wizard of Oz with James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams, Zach Braff, and more. The movie follows a young Oz who eventually becomes with wizard. It wasn't exactly great, but it had enough going for it and a ton of Raimi-isms that it made more than its money back in the box office. It's just not that memorable. Physical Media wise, this is a product of when 3D was all the rage, so there are Blu-ray versions still out there with and you can still find the 3D Blu-ray in certain corners but it's not as easy to come by. There is not any 4K talk yet and since it's Disney, that might not happen.

Ash vs Evil Dead (2015)
It became a running joke at comic book and horror conventions that when Bruce Campbell took the stage, nobody was to ask about Evil Dead 4, because the answer was a firm, "NO!" Never say never though, because Raimi, Tapert, and Campbell came back to the Starz and made three amazing seasons of an aging Ash versus the Evil Dead. Raimi even directed the first episode and produced the rest. It was funny, scary, corny, gory, and full of life. These individual seasons are available on Blu-ray, along with a big set of all three seasons in one tight pack. These are also available in the Groovy Collection mentioned above, but they're Blu-ray only. Maybe one day, the 4K of this beloved series will see the light of day but chances are slim. 

   

Doctor Strange and the Multi-Verse of Madness (2022)
The MCU decided to pay tribute to the amazing Raimi by bringing him to direct the sequel to Doctor Strange, which was the first horror film set in the MCU. Yes, it had Bruce Campbell selling pizza and the classic car. Raimi's comeback film to the superhero genre was met with critical praise and a billion-dollar box office treat. There is nothing Raimi can't do. This film saw Blu-ray and 4K release galore, even having their unique versions at various brick-and-mortar retailers with different packaging, gift items, and more. And for the die-hard 3D Blu-ray fans, you could import the film all the way from Japan! 

    


And that brings Raimi up to date with the movies he's directed (for now). Sure, there are tons more that he produced, co-wrote, or did second unit work for but as far as directing is concerned, Raimi has a master resume of entertaining films. One that everyone hopes is not finished yet because he has a lot more fun to have with his friends behind the camera. Let's all hope for more horror, comedy, westerns, and Evil Deads from Raimi.

 

Time To Get Your Fuzzy Pink Elephant - HDD's 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide Feb 18, 2024

If you're ready for a slight breather, this week is that week. There are still a couple of decent titles still to ponder. Our 3 week countdown to those James Cameron 4K releases is on! Pinch me when it's real.

Welcome to Volume 4 Episode 38 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of February 18th - February 24th, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

It's a NO on the import Monday or Friday docket, and there are no New Releases either. But, let's get started on Domestic Tuesday catalog titles...

First from Paramount, Beverly Hills Cop III. Many that are not fans of this one are probably trying to compare it to the first 2 films, just don't do it. The completionist in me is glad to see it. And if you held out for the 3-Movie Collection, that's available too.

   

 

 Next, Shout! Factory brings us 90s thriller Darkman. There is also a general release SteelBook option available as well.

   

 

A pair of releases come from Kino Lorber this week. First, action/thriller The Last Castle with Robert Redford and James Gandolfini. And next, in the we sort of expected it category, Leviathan gets a shiny new 4K release. When I think of underwater movies of that era, I think The Abyss, Deepstar Six and of course, this one.

   

 

From Criterion, The Heroic Trio / Executioners. If the big "C" wasn't on the fron cover, you would swear this was an Arrow Release.

 

And the last one in the 4K section, Sony Pictures offers us Paprika (2006), with Dolby Vision and a Dolby Atmos (Japanese) track. It is not 100% clear that the English 5.1 track is on the 4K disc, but one would certainly expect it to be.

Next week, between the Walmart Exclusives on Monday, and the Tuesday offerings, it could be another good sized and expensive week,

 

Blu-ray releases-

Blu-ray counterparts of the above 4K releases? Leviathan gets a new special edition this week from Kino Lorber. And Criterion delivers with The Heroic Trio / Executioners. Everything else we already have.

 If you have been following Criterion partner Janus Contemporaries, you would know that their next release, Afire is available this week.

 

 For the Criterion label itself, a period drama film titled Nothing But a Man.

 The next Kino Cult title,  spine number 6 comes out this week, titled Drifter.

 

 Look for The Luzhin Defence from Sony Pictures Classics this week.

 

 The Warner Archive release of Hanna-Barbera's Superstars 10: The Complete Film Collection awaits your order status. My order status is Pre-Ordered! Available individually as well, but the price of 3 or 4 gets you all 10, they are The Good, the Bad, and Huckleberry Hound, The Jetsons Meet the Flintstones, Rockin' with Judy Jetson, Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School, Scooby-Doo and the Reluctant Werewolf, Scooby-Doo Meets the Boo Brothers, Top Cat and the Beverly Hills Cats, Yogi and the Invasion of the Space Bears, Yogi Bear and the Magical Flight of the Spruce Goose and Yogi's Great Escape.

 

 Anime highlight includes just Himouto! Umaru-chan R - Complete Collection (Premium Box Set).

 

 Honorable mention because we love physical media, a random throw at you title from MGM, The Groom Wore Spurs.

 For imports this week, on Thursday, Umbrella Entertainment's web shop exclusive releases. That means that general releases available on Amazon will follow in a couple of weeks.

 

 

Friday gives is a bunch of media books from Turbine Medien:

 

 

 Then, just to keep it interesting, Amazon makes available a bunch of Umbrella Entertainment (and one Arrow title) available. I would expect to see Wolf Pack get a domestic release as that is on recent Paramount+ title:

 

Notable announcements from last week:

 Criterion Collection has revealed their MAY 2024 slate of titles. Check out our news story.

 Paramount will be releasing The Crow to 4K and 4K SteelBook on May 7th.

 

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?



The Criterion Collection Dates & Details May 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and Blu-ray Releases

Criterion's May Blu-ray title announcements include A Story of Floating Weeds / Floating Weeds: Two Films by Yasujiro Ozu, Three Revolutionary Films by Ousmane Sembène, Justine Triet's Anatomy of a Fall, Karyn Kusama's Girlfight, and Michael Powell's Peeping Tom.  Only Peeping Tom will also be available on 4K UHD Blu-ray.

First up is A Story of Floating Weeds / Floating Weeds: Two Films by Yasujiro Ozu arriving May 7 on Blu-ray.

A Story of Floating Weeds / Floating Weeds: Two Films by Yasujiro Ozu 

A Story of Floating Weeds / Floating Weeds: Two Films by Yasujiro Ozu 

In 1959, Yasujiro Ozu remade his 1934 silent classic A Story of Floating Weeds in color with celebrated cinematographer Kazuo Miyagawa. Setting his later version in a seaside location, Ozu otherwise preserves the details of his elegantly simple plot wherein an aging actor returns to a small town with his troupe and reunites with his former lover and their son, a scenario that enrages his current mistress and results in heartbreak for all. Together, the films offer a unique glimpse into the evolution of one of cinema's greatest directors. A Story of Floating Weeds finds Ozu in the midst of developing his mode of expression; Floating Weeds reveals his distinct style at its pinnacle. In each, the director captures the joy and sadness of everyday life.

A Story of Floating Weeds

Rich in backstage atmosphere and class-conscious insight, A Story of Floating Weeds was one of Yasujiro Ozu’s final silent films, and it displays his complete mastery of the form. With a vivid sense of character and the world of rural Japan, he sketches a poignant tale of family secrets, jealousy, and creative community, buoyed by grace notes of humanist observation and by luminous black-and-white cinematography that shows his spare yet lyrical visuals at their most soulful.

Floating Weeds

One of six sublime color masterworks that Yasujiro Ozu produced late in his career, the director’s second filming of his own 1934 silent triumph A Story of Floating Weeds represents the mature flowering of his style. Harnessing the full expressive potential of color, sound, music, and his exquisite compositional sense, he brings new depths of bittersweet feeling—tinged with an aging artist’s melancholic nostalgia—as well as a new air of expansiveness, to a story with enduring resonance.

SPECIAL FEATURES

  • 4K digital master of Floating Weeds, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack (Blu-ray); high-definition digital transfer of Floating Weeds (DVD)
  • High-definition digital master of A Story of Floating Weeds, featuring a score by composer Donald Sosin, presented in 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary for A Story of Floating Weeds by Japanese-film historian Donald Richie and for Floating Weeds by film critic Roger Ebert
  • Trailer
  • English subtitle translation by Richie for Floating Weeds
  • PLUS: An essay by Richie

    Covers by Lucien S. Y. Yang

Next on May 14, we have Michael Powell's Peeping Tom hitting 4K UHD Blu-ray as well as Blu-ray.

Peeping Tom (1960) - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

Peeping Tom (1960) - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

Having brought British cinema into exalted realms of fantasy and imagination, Michael Powell took a dark detour into obsession, voyeurism, and violence with this groundbreaking metacinematic investigation into the mechanics of fear. Armed with his killer camera, photographer and filmmaker Mark Lewis (Carl Boehm) unleashes the traumas of his childhood by murdering women and recording their deaths—until he falls for his downstairs neighbor, and finds himself struggling against his dark compulsions. Received with revulsion upon its release only to be reclaimed as a masterpiece, the endlessly analyzed, still-shocking Peeping Tom dares viewers to confront their own relationship to the violence on-screen.

4K UHD + BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • One 4K UHD disc of the film presented in Dolby Vision HDR and one Blu-ray with the film and special features
  • Two audio commentaries, one featuring film scholar Laura Mulvey and one featuring film historian Ian Christie
  • Introduction by filmmaker Martin Scorsese
  • Interview with editor Thelma Schoonmaker
  • Documentary about the film’s history, featuring interviews with Schoonmaker, Scorsese, and actor Carl Boehm
  • Documentary about screenwriter Leo Marks
  • Program on the film’s restoration
  • Trailer
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: An essay by author Megan Abbott

    New cover by Eric Skillman

Then on May 21 comes Three Revolutionary Films by Ousmane Sembène to Blu-ray.

Three Revolutionary Films by Ousmane Sembène 

Three Revolutionary Films by Ousmane Sembène 

Having blazed a trail for African filmmakers to tell their own stories on-screen, Senegalese auteur Ousmane Sembène took his career-long project—to unlock cinema’s potential as a vehicle for social change—in increasingly urgent and provocative directions in the 1970s. Searing critiques of colonialism, political corruption, patriarchal arrogance, and religious indoctrination, his three features from this decade—the radical call to resistance Emitaï, the wickedly subversive satire Xala, and the controversial historical epic Ceddo—confirmed his standing as a fearless truth-teller for whom the camera was the ultimate weapon in the fight against oppression in all its forms.

Emitaï

With revolutionary outrage, Ousmane Sembène chronicles a period during World War II when French colonial forces in Senegal conscripted young men of the Diola people and attempted to seize rice stores for soldiers back in Europe. As the tribe’s patriarchal leaders pray and make sacrifices to their gods, the women in the community refuse to yield their harvests, incurring the French army’s wrath. With a deep understanding of the oppressive forces that have shaped Senegalese history, Emitaï explores the strains that colonialism places upon cultural traditions and, in the process, discovers a people’s hidden reserves of rebellion and dignity.

Xala

An adaptation of Ousmane Sembène’s own 1973 novel, Xala is a hilarious, caustic satire of political corruption under an inept patriarchy. On the night of his wedding to his third bride, government official El Hadji (Thierno Leye) is rendered impotent and begins to suspect that one of his other wives has placed a curse on him. After seeking a cure from a local marabout, El Hadji must face the possibility that he deserves the infliction for his part in embezzling public funds and for helping to keep Senegal under French control. Adeptly combining elements of African folklore and popular cinema, Sembène indicts the hubris, entitlement, and opportunism of male authority figures.

Ceddo

In precolonial Senegal, members of the Ceddo (or “outsiders”) kidnap Princess Dior Yacine (Tabata Ndiaye) after her father, the king, pledges loyalty to an ascendant Islamic faction that plans to convert the entire clan to its faith. Attempts to recapture her fail, provoking further division and eventual war between the animistic Ceddo and the fundamentalist Muslims, with Christian missionaries and slave traders from Europe also playing a role in the conflict. Banned in Senegal upon its release, Ceddo is an ambitious, multilayered epic that explores the combustible tensions among ancient tradition, religious colonization, political expediency, and individual freedom.

THREE-DISC SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • New 4K digital restorations of all three films, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks
  • New conversation between Mahen Bonetti, founder and executive director of the African Film Festival, and film writer Amy Sall
  • The Making of “Ceddo,” a 1981 documentary by Paulin Soumanou Vieyra
  • New English subtitle translations
  • PLUS: An essay by film scholar Yasmina Price

    New cover by Ify Chiejina

The last two titles both hit stores on May 28, the first of which is Justine Triet's Anatomy of a Fall.

Anatomy of a Fall 

Anatomy of a Fall 

The closer we look, the less we know in Justine Triet’s masterful Palme d’Or–winning Anatomy of a Fall, an eerily riveting courtroom thriller that examines the line where truth becomes fiction and fiction becomes truth. When Sandra Voyter (a transfixing Sandra Hüller), a writer who turns the material of her life into autofiction, is put on trial for the suspicious death by defenestration—or was it suicide?—of her husband, it opens up an inquiry that will turn a troubled home inside out. Tapping into the minimalist intensity of a chamber drama—and using intricate, elliptical editing—Triet constructs a mystery that is ultimately less about a death than about the hidden lives we lead.

DIRECTOR-APPROVED BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • 2K digital master, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack
  • New interview with director Justine Triet
  • Deleted and alternate scenes with commentary by Triet
  • Audition footage of actors Milo Machado Graner and Antoine Reinartz and rehearsal footage of Machado Graner and actor Sandra Hüller
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Alexandra Schwartz

    New cover by Greg Ruth

And arriving on the same date is Karyn Kusama's Girlfight starring Michelle Rodriguez.

Girlfight 

Girlfight 

Bullied by her father at home and feeling adrift at school, Diana Guzman (Michelle Rodriguez) finds refuge in an unexpected pocket of her native Brooklyn—a timeworn boxing gym, where she learns to channel her strength, discovers a sense of community, and falls for a rival fighter. In Karyn Kusama’s raw, understated feature debut, Rodriguez commands the screen with both tightly coiled intensity and deep wells of vulnerability as a young woman hitting back at society’s expectations and her own personal demons. Capturing the full emotional weight of Diana’s journey and the kinetic thrill of bodies in motion, Kusama crafts a singularly uncompromising story of self-realization.

DIRECTOR-APPROVED BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • New 4K digital restoration, supervised by director Karyn Kusama and director of photography Patrick Cady, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack
  • Audio commentary featuring Kusama
  • New interviews with Kusama, editor Plummy Tucker, and composer Theodore Shapiro
  • Trailer
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: An essay by author Carmen Maria Machado

    New cover by Jillian Adel

Pre-orders for The Criterion Collection's May releases should be available soon!

Turbine Celebrates 50 Years of Flesh Gordon With 4 New Fully Engorged Blu-Ray Mediabooks

Howard Ziehm's Flesh Gordon celebrates five decades of swollen sci-fi hilarity with four fully engorged two-disc anniversary Mediabooks from Germany's Turbine Medien. Four limited edition covers are ready to thrust themselves upon your collection on February 22nd! 

Before Star Wars, before Star Trek: The Motion Picture, hell, even before there was Mike Hodges' Flash Gordon - there was Flesh Gordon! The hilariously sexy bawdy sci-fi comedy has been a staple of midnight movies for generations. Our hero, virile all-American athlete Flesh Gordon with his right-hand gal Gale Ardor and Dr. Flexi Juckow travel to the distant Planet Porno to stop the evil Emperor Hordes and his devastating sex rays. It's a tough job but someone's got to do it! Fans of this 70s romp have four new exciting rigid Mediabooks to choose from! 

Flesh Gordon - 50th Anniversary Mediabook Cover A
Limited to 222 Units 

Flesh Gordon - 50th Anniversary Mediabook Cover B
Limited to 222 Units 

Flesh Gordon - 50th Anniversary Mediabook Cover C
Limited to 555 Units 

Flesh Gordon - 50th Anniversary Mediabook Cover D
Limited to 555 Units 

 

Grab All Four Flesh Gordon Mediabook Covers!

 

Here's a view of the inside:

 

And here's all of the details including bonus features and the well-endowed 65-page booklet: 

Bonus Material:

  • Blu-ray premiere with uncut version (including completed dubbing)
  • completed German version
  • Super8 version (D)
  • comparison of the US and D version (HD approx. 7 min.)
  • Trailer (US, D)
  • Trailers from Hell with Mick Garris
  • Intro with Jason Williams
  • Audio commentary by director Howard Ziehm
  • Sex Rays & Stop Motion - Conversation with Dr. Rolf Giesen and Christian Genzel
  • Book section The Journey to Porno by Christian Genzel + guest article by Ingo Strecker, as well as rare photos (64 pages)

Tech Specs 

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Audio: German/English DTS-HD MA 2.0 Mono
  • Subtitles: German/English

These sets are due to ship out on February 22nd and with such limited quantities, it's a good idea to get your pre-order in ASAP - Happy Collecting! 

The Iron Claw Pins Blu-ray For The 3-Count on March 26

Lionsgate and A24 has announced that the critically acclaimed The Iron Claw biopic drama about the legendary Von Erich family is getting a Blu-ray combo pack on March 26.

The true story of the inseparable Von Erich brothers, who made history in the intensely competitive world of professional wrestling in the early 1980s. Through tragedy and triumph, under the shadow of their domineering father and coach, the brothers seek larger-than-life immortality on the biggest stage in sports.

The Iron Claw - Blu-ray

The Iron Claw 

The Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Combo Pack includes lossless 5.1 audio and supplements include Brotherhood Is Forever: Making Iron Claw, Cast and Crew Q&A, and Theatrical Trailer.

Pre-orders for The Iron Claw are up and here is the full press release:


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Blu-ray™ + DVD + Digital Street Date: 3/26/24
Blu-ray™ + DVD + Digital SRP: $39.99
 
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
Bringing the true story of the Von Erich brothers to the world, The Iron Claw will be available on Blu-ray™ + DVD + Digital on March 26 from A24 and Lionsgate. Starring Zac Efron and Golden Globe® winner Jeremy Allen White (Best Performance by an Actor in Musical or Comedy TV Series, “The Bear,” 2023), The Iron Claw will be available for the suggested retail price of $39.99 for Blu-ray + DVD + Digital.
 
OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS
The true story of the inseparable Von Erich brothers, who made history in the intensely competitive world of professional wrestling in the early 1980s. Through tragedy and triumph, under the shadow of their domineering father and coach, the brothers seek larger-than-life immortality on the biggest stage in sports.
 
CAST
Zac Efron                                Neighbors, The Greatest Showman, 17 Again
Jeremy Allen White                TV’s “The Bear,” “Shameless,” “Homecoming”
Harris Dickinson                     The King’s Man, Triangle of Sadness, Where the Crawdads Sing
Maura Tierney                        Liar Liar, TV’s “Your Honor,” “ER” 
Holt McCallany                       TV’s “Mindhunter,” “Lights Out,” Fight Club
Lily James                               Cinderella, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, TV’s “Pam & Tommy”

Trailer: https://youtu.be/ANI0bBIHWdg?si=eXewQeKUspAQI5sg 

BLU-RAY/DVD SPECIAL FEATURES:
Brotherhood Is Forever: Making Iron Claw
Cast and Crew Q&A
Theatrical Trailer
 
PROGRAM INFORMATION
Year of Production: 2023
Title Copyright: The Iron Claw © 2023 House Claw Rights LLC; Claw Film LLC; British Broadcasting Corporation. Artwork & Supplementary Materials © 2024 Lions Gate Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Type: New Release
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Biography, Sports
Closed-Captioned: N/A
Subtitles: Spanish, English SDH
Run Time: 132 Minutes
Blu-ray Format: 1080p High Definition, 16x9 (1.85:1)
Blu-ray Audio: English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio™
DVD Format: 16x9 (1.85:1)
DVD Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Audio
Lionsgate Drops New Walmart Blu-ray SteelBooks for Kickboxer, Little Monsters, and Shivers March 5th

Three previously released Blu-rays: Kickboxer, Little Monsters, and Shivers - will be available as collectible Blu-ray SteelBooks on March 5. The three titles are exclusive to Walmart.

Accompanied by his brother Kurt (Van Damme), American kickboxing champion Eric Sloane (Dennis Alexio) arrives in Thailand to defeat the Eastern warriors at their own sport. His opponent: ruthless fighter and Thai champion Tong Po. Tong not only defeats Eric, he paralyzes him for life. Crazed with anger, Kurt vows revenge. After a crash course in the ancient techniques of kickboxing from Thai master Xian Chow, Kurt challenges Tong. Their battle to the finish, born of lust, power, and revenge, will leave only one man standing.

Kickboxer - SteelBook
Kickboxer (SteelBook)
 


Little Monsters is the story of Brian, a sixth grader who’s recently moved to a new town and made friends with Maurice — the monster who lives under Brian’s bed! Maurice introduces Brian to the world of monsters, where junk food rules, adults aren’t allowed, and the fun and games never end. But when Brian’s brother is kidnapped, it’s time for Brian to get serious and fight the monsters on their turf in this zany cult favorite.

Little Monsters Vestron Video Collector's Series SteelBook
Little Monsters (Vestron Video Collector's Series) (SteelBook)
 

  • Audio Commentary with Jarret Gahan, Editor-In-Chief of cultofmonster.com
  • Isolated Score Selections and Audio Interview with Composer David Newman
  • “Call Him Maurice” — An Interview with Actor Howie Mandel
  • “Beneath The Bed” — An Interview with Producer Andrew Licht
  • “Monsters Big & Small” — An Interview with Special Makeup Effects Creator Robert Short
  • Vintage Interviews with Actors Fred Savage, Ben Savage, Special Makeup Effects Creator Robert Short, and Director Richard Alan Greenberg
  • Behind-The-Scenes Footage
  • Vintage Footage: “Making Maurice” — Howie Mandel’s Makeup Transformation
  • Vintage EPK & VHS Promo
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Still Gallery

A cult favorite, Shivers is acclaimed filmmaker David Cronenberg’s (The Fly, Naked Lunch) controversial feature-length debut. When the residents of a luxury apartment complex outside Montreal are infiltrated by parasites and transformed into violent, sex-crazed maniacs, it’s up to Dr. Roger St. Luc to contain the outbreak from spreading to the city at large in a film that “scares and shocks us because it’s so cleverly made” (Roger Ebert).

Shivers - Vestron Video Collector's Series (SteelBook)
Shivers (Vestron Video Collector's Series) (SteelBook)
 

  • Audio Commentary with Writer-Director David Cronenberg
  • Audio Commentary with Co-Producer Don Carmody
  • “Mind Over Matter” — An Interview with Writer-Director David Cronenberg
  • “Good Night Nurse” — An Interview with Actress Lynn Lowry
  • “Outside and Within” — An Interview with Special Make-Up Effects Creator Joe Blasco
  • “Celebrating Cinépix” — An Interview with Greg Dunning • Archival 1998 David Cronenberg Interview
  • Still Gallery with Optional Archival Audio Interview with Executive Producer John Dunning
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • TV Spots
  • Radio Spots

Pre-orders for Kickboxer, Little Monsters, & Shiver are now live at Walmart.com - Happy Collecting

Paramount Plus' Lawmen: Bass Reeves Will Arrest Blu-ray on April 30

Paramount will be bringing the acclaimed limited series Lawmen: Bass Reeves starring Emmy Award nominee David Oyelowo to Blu-ray on April 30.

Revealing the untold story of the most legendary lawman in the Old West, LAWMEN: BASS REEVES follows the journey of Reeves (David Oyelowo) and his rise from enslavement to law enforcement as one of the first Black U.S. Marshals west of the Mississippi. Despite arresting over 3,000 outlaws during the course of his career, the weight of the badge was heavy, and he wrestled with its moral and spiritual cost of his beloved family.

Lawmen: Bass Reeves
Lawmen: Bass Reeves
 

The 3-Disc Blu-ray set will include the following supplements:

  • A Breed Apart: Production Design with Wynn Thomas – Exclusive Interview (only available on Blu-ray & DVD)
  • Unbreakable: The Legend of Bass Reeves (only available on Blu-ray & DVD)
  • Behind the Story featurettes for all eight episodes
  • The Native American Nations
  • Behind the Battle of Pea Ridge
  • Building the World of LAWMEN: BASS REEVES
  • The Legend Behind the Badge
  • Meet The Characters:
    • Bass Reeves (David Oyelowo) 
    • Jennie Reeves (Lauren E. Banks) 
    • Sally Reeves (Demi Singleton) 
    • Billy Crow (Forrest Goodluck) 
    • Esau Pierce (Barry Pepper)      
    • George Reeves (Shea Whigham)      
    • Judge  Isaac Parker (Donald Sutherland)  
    • Sherrill Lynn (Dennis Quaid) 

Pre-orders for Lawmen: Bass Reeves are listed and here is the full press release:


Lawmen: Bass Reeves Arrives on Blu-ray and DVD on April 30

 

 

Experience the Action-Packed Original Limited Series Executive Produced by David Oyelowo, Chad Feehan and Taylor Sheridan

LOS ANGELES – February 12, 2024 – Paramount Home Entertainment today announced the hit series LAWMEN: BASS REEVES, executive produced by star David Oyelowo, series creator Chad Feehan (Ray Donovan) and Taylor Sheridan (Yellowstone), arrives on April 30 on Blu-ray™and DVD. The original series about Bass Reeves (Oyelowo), the most legendary lawman in the Old West, was Paramount+’s most-watched global series premiere in 2023. LAWMEN: BASS REEVES will be released in a three-disc Blu-ray or DVD set that features all eight episodes and over two hours of bonus content, including all-new special features, a behind-the-scenes look at every episode and an exclusive interview with production designer, Wynn Thomas (Malcolm X, Hidden Figures, A Beautiful Mind). 

The phenomenal cast includes Emmy® Award nominee David Oyelowo (Silo, Selma), Lauren E. Banks (City on a Hill, Gaslit), Demi Singleton (King Richard, The Deliverance), Forrest Goodluck (The Revenant, Cherry), Emmy® Award winner Barry Pepper (The Kennedys, 61), Grantham Coleman (Rustin, Bardo), Shea Whigham (Gaslit, Perry Mason), Oscar® recipient Donald Sutherland (Pride & Prejudice, Ad Astra) and Emmy® Award nominee3 Dennis Quaid (Goliath, The Special Relationship).

Created for television by executive producer, writer and showrunner Chad Feehan, LAWMEN: BASS REEVES also is executive produced by Oscar® nominee Taylor Sheridan, David Oyelowo, David C. Glasser, Jessica Oyelowo, David Permut, Christina Alexandra Voros, Ron Burkle, Bob Yari and David Hutkin. The series is produced by MTV Entertainment Studios, 101 Studios, Sheridan’s Bosque Ranch Productions and Oyelowo’s Yoruba Saxon and is distributed by Paramount Global Content Distribution, outside of Paramount+ international markets.

SYNOPSIS

Revealing the untold story of the most legendary lawman in the Old West, LAWMEN: BASS REEVES follows the journey of Reeves (Oyelowo) and his rise from enslavement to law enforcement as one of the first Black U.S. Marshals west of the Mississippi. Despite arresting over 3,000 outlaws during the course of his career, the weight of the badge was heavy, and he wrestled with its moral and spiritual cost of his beloved family. 

SPECIAL FEATURES

  • A Breed Apart: Production Design with Wynn Thomas – Exclusive Interview (only available on Blu-ray & DVD)

  • Unbreakable: The Legend of Bass Reeves (only available on Blu-ray & DVD)

  • Behind the Story featurettes for all eight episodes

  • The Native American Nations

  • Behind the Battle of Pea Ridge

  • Building the World of LAWMEN: BASS REEVES

  • The Legend Behind the Badge

  • Meet The Characters

  • Bass Reeves (David Oyelowo) 

  • Jennie Reeves (Lauren E. Banks) 

  • Sally Reeves (Demi Singleton) 

  • Billy Crow (Forrest Goodluck) 

  • Esau Pierce (Barry Pepper)      

  • George Reeves (Shea Whigham)      

  • Judge  Isaac Parker (Donald Sutherland)  

  • Sherrill Lynn (Dennis Quaid) 

     

About Paramount Home Entertainment  

Paramount Home Entertainment (PHE) is part of Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment.  PPC is a unit of Paramount (NASDAQ: PARA, PARAA), a leading global media and entertainment company that creates premium content and experiences for audiences worldwide.  The PHE division oversees PPC’s home entertainment and transactional digital distribution activities worldwide. The division is responsible for the sales, marketing and distribution of home entertainment content on behalf of Paramount Pictures, Paramount Animation, Paramount Television Studios, Paramount Players, MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and CBS and applicable licensing and servicing of certain DreamWorks Animation titles.  PHE additionally manages global licensing of studio content and transactional distribution across worldwide digital distribution platforms including online, mobile and portable devices and emerging technologies.

LAWMEN: BASS REEVES

 

Street Date:

April 30, 2024 (Blu-ray™ and DVD) 

U.S. Rating:

Not Rated 

Canadian Rating:

14A – Violence, Language May Offend

Blu-ray™ Format:

Audio: English 5.1 Surround Dolby TrueHD

Subtitles: English SDH

DVD Format:

Audio: English 5.1 Surround Dolby Digital  

Subtitles: English SDH 

Run Time:

Approx. 6 Hours 

Yorgos Lanthimos' Oscar Nominated "Poor Things" Coming to Blu-ray March 12

Nominated for 11 Oscars including Best Picture and Best Actress for Emma Stone,

Yorgos Lanthimos' latest darkly comedic creation comes to Blu-ray on March 12th - a 4K Digital option on Feb 27th. 

 

In another frustrating and all-too-common occurrence for physical media collectors, the 4K release of Poor Things will be a digital-only release with only a 1080p option on disc. I guess considering a movie like Barbarian still doesn't have a disc release we should be somewhat grateful, but a film this visually exuberant demands the bigger better format. So it goes. 

Poor Things - Blu-ray

 


This one should be up for pre-order soon, but check out the press release below for all the gory details.

Happy Collecting! 


NOMINATED FOR 11 ACADEMY AWARDS®
INCLUDING BEST PICTURE, BEST DIRECTOR
& BEST ACTRESS EMMA STONE



Be The First To Watch At Home And Catch Up Before The Academy
Awards® When Searchlight Pictures’ Poor Things Arrives On Digital
February 27 And Blu-ray™ And DVD March 12

 
 
BURBANK, CA (February 12, 2024) – From acclaimed filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos, Searchlight Pictures’ award-winning Poor Things will be available from all major digital retailers including Prime Video, Apple TV and Vudu on February 27 and will be available on Blu-ray and DVD from March 12, with exclusive bonus content.

Winner of Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy) and Best Actress (Motion Picture Musical or Comedy) for Emma Stone at this year’s Golden Globe Awards®. It has been nominated for eleven Academy Awards® and eleven BAFTA Awards. Poor Things was also named one of the 10 best films of 2023 by both the American Film Institute and the National Board of Review. After taking the Lido by storm and winning the Golden Lion prize at Venice, the film continued to wow audiences also premiering at the Telluride Film Festival, the New York Film Festival, and on the international circuit.

Described as “nonstop bonkers brilliance” (David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter) and featuring “a dazzling Emma Stone performance" (Radhika Seth, Vogue) this wildly imaginative and exhilarating film is Certified-Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes™ (92%) and is currently still delighting audiences in theatres across the country.

Film Synopsis
From filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos and producer Emma Stone comes this incredible tale and fantastical evolution of Bella Baxter (Emma Stone), a young woman brought back to life by the brilliant and unorthodox scientist Dr. Godwin Baxter (Willem Dafoe). Under Baxter’s protection, Bella is eager to learn. Hungry for the worldliness she is lacking, Bella runs off with Duncan Wedderburn (Mark Ruffalo), a slick and debauched lawyer, on a whirlwind adventure across the continents. Free from the prejudices of her times, Bella grows steadfast in her purpose to stand for equality and liberation. Also starring Ramy Youssef, Christopher Abbott and Jerrod Carmichael, “Poor Things” was written by Tony McNamara, based on the book by Alasdair Gray, and produced by Ed Guiney, Andrew Lowe, Yorgos Lanthimos and Emma Stone.

Bonus Features*
Featurettes
  • Possessing Beauty - The Making of Poor Things. Join Yorgos Lanthimos, Emma Stone, cast and crew in the making of this fantastical film. Explore the costumes, makeup and prosthetics in detail. Take a tour with Willem Dafoe and see how Godwin and Bella’s home mirrors and accommodates them both.
Deleted Things
  • Brothel Doctor
  • Alfie’s Chapter
  • Bella’s Notebook
* Bonus features vary by product and retailer

Cast
Emma Stone as Bella Baxter
Mark Ruffalo as Duncan Wedderburn
Willem Dafoe as Godwin Baxter
Ramy Youssef as Max McCandles
Christopher Abbot as Alfie Blessington
Suzy Bemba as Toinette
Jerrod Carmichael as Harry Astley
Kathryn Hunter as Swiney
Vicki Pepperdine as Mrs. Prim
Margaret Qualley as Felicity
Hanna Schygulla as Martha Von Kurtzroc
 
Directed by
Yorgos Lanthimos

Based Upon the novel by
Alasdair Gray
 
Screenplay by
Tony McNamara

Produced by
Ed Guiney p.g.a.
Andrew Lowe p.g.a.
Yorgos Lanthimos p.g.a.
Emma Stone p.g.a.

Product Specifications
Release Date
Digital: February 27
Physical: March 12
 
Product SKU
Digital: 4K UHD, HD, SD
Physical: Blu-ray (Blu-ray + Digital Code) & DVD
 
Feature Run Time
Approx. 142 minutes
 
Rating
U.S. Rated R
* For strong and pervasive sexual content, graphic nudity, disturbing material, gore, and language.

Aspect Ratio
Digital: 1.66:1
Physical: 1.66:1
 
Disc Size
Blu-ray: 50GB
DVD: 8.5GB
 
U.S. Audio
Blu-ray: English 5.1 DTS-HDMA and 2.0 Dolby Digital Descriptive Audio, Spanish and French 5.1 Dolby Digital
DVD: English, Spanish and French 5.1 Dolby Digital, English 2.0 Dolby Digital Descriptive Audio
Digital: English Dolby Atmos (UHD only, some platforms), English 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, English & French Descriptive Audio 2.0 Dolby Digital (some platforms)
 
U.S. Subtitles
Blu-ray: English SDH, Spanish, French
DVD: English SDH, Spanish, French
Digital: English SDH, French, Spanish (some platforms)
The Ballad of the Empty Wallet - HDD's 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide, Feb 11, 2024

 It's funny what a difference a single week makes. For 4K anyway, we go from a total drought to a well above average list. It's feast or famine I tell ya, and with the word Hunger in one of this week's releases, bring on the feast! This week could easily be a $500 week!

 Welcome to Volume 4 Episode 37 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of February 11th - February 17th, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

 Import Monday begins with a pair of titles. First from 101Films, look for Alligator. It comes in a fancy looking package and also includes a bonus blu-ray of Alligator II.

 And next from Arrow Video, a fat-pack release of Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978). Kino did an excellent domestic release, so if you're happy with that, probably no reason to import this. Note: Although a release date of the 12th, we had to update our link to Amazon US (with a 2/23 street date) because Amazon UK is showing sold out.

 If those didn't make your wallet tingle a bit, let's get ready to feel the burn with Domestic Tuesday releases.

 There are THREE new release titles this week. For movies, going with the higher rated one first (and probably better quality AV too... BD100/Dolby Vision), from LionsGate, The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. Available as a Standard Edition, an Amazon Exclusive Edition and a Walmart Exclusive SteelBook.

   

 

 And second, Disney/Marvel, 2023's The Marvels, which comes as a Standard Edition and a Walmart Exclusive SteelBook.

   

 

 Still in the new releases category, BBC Nature's Planet Earth III. This one still features David Attenborough behind the mic.

 

 It has been a short hop from there to here, Columbia Classics 4K Ultra HD Collection: Volume 4 becomes available this week. Six more films from their film vault to tide us over a bit. Can we say Volume 5?

 

 We got Flashdance, we got Dirty Dancing, it's only inevitable we also get Footloose from Paramount. Also available as a SteelBook featuring an alternative cover art. Thanks, now I got Kenny Loggins stuck in my head.

   

 

 Universal has another batch of 4K upgrades to recent blu-ray releases. First, Harriet, based on the story of freedom fighter Harriet Tubman. And second, Ticket to Paradise with George Clooney and Julia Roberts.

   

 

 Universal's final release of the week, (previously delayed from last year) Universal Classic Monsters: Limited Edition Collection. This one is limited to a quantity of 5500 and each one is individually numbered. I'm still trying to picture how this set will come, the photo shows a book and 8 loose discs.

 

 Shout! Factory brings us Willy's Wonderland, with what Bryan says is a great-looking video presentation. This one is also available as a general release (not Walmart exclusive) SteelBook.

   

 

 Friday import from Turbine Medien Group, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas gets a standard slipcover edition release.

 Next week's slate should be a bit gentler on our finances, a decent amount of releases, just not box sets. Get ready for Beverly Hills Cop III, Leviathan, Darkman, and a tad more!

 

Blu-ray releases-

 Blu-ray counterparts of the above 4K releases include The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes and The Marvels.

 The rest of the blu-ray category is a bit light this week.

 From LionsGate, Priscilla, an Elvis Presley story from the eyes of Priscilla Beaulieu.

 

 Criterion Collection this week has Eric Rohmer’s Tales of the Four Seasons.

 Fear Is the Key debuts to blu-ray from Arrow Video. Crossing the Pacific, The Shaolin Plot also gets an Arrow Video Limited Edition.

 

 TV On Disc this week includes Boystown - The Complete Season 1, Flunk - Season 1, Flunk - Season 2, Flunk - Season 3, 'Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. - The Complete Series'  and The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon - Season 1 [SteelBook].

 

 Anime highlights include One Piece: Season Thirteen - Voyage Five and Spy x Family Season 1 Part 2, which comes as a Standard Edition and as a Limited Edition.

 

 Boutique label Radiance Films has the thriller Goodbye & Amen.

 The Shout Select label has Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny with Jack Black.

 Honorable mentions from Kino Lorber, Blood on the Sun with James Cagney debuts to blu-ray this week, as does Let's Dance, a musical with Fred Astaire.

 

 

Notable announcements from last week:

 Paramount has revealed that Mean Girls (2004) will also be getting a special edition 4K, with a release date of April 30th.

 Universal pictures is adding more and more TV shows to blu-ray. Added are complete series for Suits, Heroes (2006-2016) and The Act.  I know I buy all the ones that I am remotely interested in, so should you!

 Up for order on Amazon is Warner Bros' 4K of The Departed. Exact date TBA.

 

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?



A Momentary Lapse of Releases - HDD's 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide, Feb 4, 2024

 Let's take this week to recharge our wallets a little bit. With just one Domestic 4K title and a handful of blu-rays, it's a momentary lapse of releases! Twenty points for the first one that gets the reference.

 Welcome to Volume 4 Episode 36 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of February 4th - February 10th, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

 For Domestic Tuesday this week, we get the 1971 Western McCabe & Mrs. Miller starring Warren Beatty and directed by Robert Altman, brought to us by Criterion.

 

 Thursday releases, a pair of standard editions from Turbine Medien Group out of Germany, The Deep House and Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer. They previously did media books for both titles, and neither title has gotten a 4K release in the US, see where this is going?

 Next week, watch out as we see a higher than average schedule. It's feast or famine I tell ya! The Marvels, Hunger Games, Footloose and a ton more!

 

Blu-ray releases-

 Blu-ray counterparts of the above 4K releases? Turbine has The Deep House and Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer for import.

 If you were a boutique label, this week would be a great week to sell sell sell! How about a horror that could easily be confused with a board game? Yeah, Candy Land would be that title.

 

 A relatively new label to the US, Radiance Films this week has the Japanese language drama The Sting of Death available to purchase.

 Weekly Anime highlights include Handyman Saitou in Another World - The Complete Season, Revenger - The Complete Season and Tears to Tiara - Complete Collection.

 

 Shout! Factory this week offers up the horror/thriller Funeral Home, as well as the sci-fi/thriller The Terminal Man: 50th Anniversary Edition. With Elon Musk in recent news behind a company offering neural implants, this one could become very real!

 

 If you have been following Jess (Jesús) Franco's career, you can check off another release with Voodoo Passion from Full Moon Features.

 In the blu-ray category next week, we see a slight uptick in titles available.

 The last couple of slow weeks I have shared a YouTube link or two. Have fun with this one.. if you like ABBA: Dancing Queen, it was remastered to 4K. So 70's! Mamma Mia anyone?

 

 

 

A decade forward and it's all about the hair, and the spandex. This one looks fantastic in 4K. Rick Astley!

 

Notable announcements from last week:

 Shout! Factory's various labels have announced their April slate of titles. So far we are looking at Rolling Thunder on 4K, and for blu-rays, Affliction, Blue Giant, Lost in Space (movie) and Winnie the Pooh: Blood & Honey. Winnie The Pooh was already released to a Walmart Exclusive SteelBook last October, so this is a general release. There are 4K options for Pooh overseas, Italy, France and Germany.

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?



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