Home Again – December’s Blu-Ray Releases

Welcome to Home Again, where each and every Tuesday I’ll be running down some of the best genre releases coming to home media. In general I won’t be covering 4K because I find the format overrated, but if it’s new and  happens to have some kind of edition feature I might mention it.

All info is from the excellent Blu-ray.com. This isn’t every genre release, just the ones I find interesting. For the full list, follow that link.


Mission Impossible: Fallout (2018) – Paramount Pictures – This gets a mention only because the franchise is just too damn popular not to mention it.

I watched the first movie and didn’t care for it at all. From what I understand each successive movie has been better than the last, but they all look far too generic action-y to me for me to have spent time watching. My main interest in this latest installment is seeing Henry Cavill beat Tom Cruise up.

Several different versions of this release will be available, including a Best Buy Exclusive 4K Steelbook and a box set of all of the movies.

The Lion King (1994) 4K – Disney/Buena Vista – I was eighteen and graduating high school when The Lion King came out, so it fell in this weird place where I wasn’t into classic Disney animation and had started thinking of things like it as “kid stuff”.

What an idiot.

One of Disney Animation’s most beautiful and majestic films is getting the 4K upgrade and I’m pretty sure every human on the planet needs to experience it that way, whether from physical media or wherever you get your digital bullshit that you don’t actually own.

Target is getting an exclusive version that includes some postcards. I’m not sure this is a significant enough difference to justify holding out for that one. Now, if it came in an old school, big-ass white Disney clamshell I’d be all over it.

Best Buy’s Steelbook looks like the nicest option. The art – pictured above – is reminiscent of some of Disney’s older releases; what with the pencil-drawn character sketches.

Westworld Season 2 (2018) – HBO – I didn’t like this season as much as the first one, but I will admit that it had higher high points. Along with that came slower lows, if you catch my meaning.

Still, slow Westworld is better than ninety percent of the other stuff on TV, so it’s still a win.

HBO usually does a bang-up job with special features and this release looks no different. It’ll be available in Blu-ray, 4K, and in a Best Buy exclusive Steelbook.

The Nun (2018) – Warner Bros. – This is an instant buy for the West household. The Nun was a big surprise for its quality and effective storytelling. I didn’t gush about it here because here was still there and I hadn’t transitioned to the new site yet, but I’ll gush now – it’s awesome.

Bloody Birthday (1981) – Arrow – There’s no way I haven’t seen this, but the description –“Lacking consciences because they were born during a solar eclipse, a trio of 10-year-olds embark on an indiscriminate killing spree.” – doesn’t ring any bells.

Arrow’s releases are generally a little too pricey for speculative purchasing, so I’ll just have to remember to keep an eye out for this one.

Doctor Who: Peter Davison Complete Season One (1982) – BBC – You may or may not know this, but I have adored Doctor Who since I first saw it in 1983. I was heartbroken when Tom Baker turned into Peter Davison because back then we didn’t know this stuff was going to happen, even when it was three years in the past.

Note: It was probably 1985 when my local PBS affiliate got around to broadcasting “Logopolis”. I was nine and had no access to anything that would have prepared me for the Fourth Doctor’s regeneration, or even that regenerations happened or what they were. I clearly remember the dismay I felt as Baker’s familiar face dissolved into Davison’s grinning visage. I would’ve stopped watching if it weren’t for the companions at the time, of whom I had grown quite fond. Eventually Davison’s charm and intensity won me over (like, decades later eventually).

Anyway, while I’m not sure that HD classic Doctor Who is the best idea in the world, this is the cheapest way you’re going to get these serials, so probably go for it.

The Happytime Murders (2018) – Universal Studios – I never like being the #grumbledick that judges things I haven’t even seen, but I have no use for this drek. It looked terrible from the start and everything I’ve heard has confirmed that prejudice. I’m sure I’ll watch it someday for free because of the puppetry, but nothing about this film looks appealing to me.

The Puppet Masters (1994) – Kino Lorber – Donald Sutherland will always be a good enough reason for me to watch a movie. He’s why I watched this waste of time back in 1994 and why I’ll probably revisit it at some point to see if I was right that it’s a waste of time.

Baby Driver (2017) 4K Best Buy Exclusive Steelbook – Sony Pictures – Since this is a re-release, it falls under the category of “I wouldn’t normally cover it, but…”

I wouldn’t normally cover this, but I don’t believe I’ve ever expressed how completely excellent this movie is. I didn’t see it until it was On Demand and I felt sure that the ridiculous level of hype that surrounded it – particularly from some of my local friends who droned on and on about how great it was that it took place in Atlanta – had pre-ruined it for me.

But I have to say – it lives up to that hype. It’s tight, the plot moves along, and it actually is pretty darn cool to see all of those familiar Atlanta locations in a film that actually takes place in Atlanta.

Check back next week for more horror, sci-fi, and whatever else grabs my attention!

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