Welcome to Home Again, where each and every Tuesday I’ll be running down some of the best genre releases coming to home media.
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.
Note: I’ve been covering Mill Creek Entertainment’s Retro VHS packaging releases for the last few weeks. I picked up a couple and it turns out these are just slipcovers and not an actual big box. I’m halfway disappointed, but also kind of glad because they won’t take up as much shelf real estate as I thought. As such, for around eight bucks each, they’re pretty good deals.
Overlord (2018) – Paramount Pictures – Yet another flick that we just couldn’t find time to see in the theater.
There are a few categories of movies for me – movies I have to see, movies I have to see with my son, and movies I have to see with my wife. My dumb work schedule, school, and the availability of childcare (which is usually none) has an effect on which movies I can see and when.
Me and the missus were both super stoked for this movie. It looks cool and fun and action-packed and those are things we love. I’ve heard nothing but positive things from people I trust who saw it, so this is a purchase for me.
A Star is Born (2018) – Warner Bros. – Instant buy.
This may not seem like the kind of thing I’d normally go for, and it isn’t. But from the first trailer there was something very compelling to me about this update to a now-classic story. I’m a big fan of both Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga – particularly as an actress – and even in the brief trailers their chemistry seemed off the charts.
As excited as I am to see it, though, this was not a theater movie for me. For the most part dramas and comedies can wait for the home screen.
As you might guess, there are a few different editions, including 4K and a Target release with exclusive packaging and an extra special feature.
Skinner (1993) – Severin Films – This came out during the golden days of the video store horror section, so I can’t imagine I haven’t seen it. As a matter of fact, looking at the cast – Ted Raimi, Ricki Lake, Traci Lords – I know I’ve seen it. And I think it was terrible. Definitely the kind of movie you only watch as a novelty because of who’s in it.
Sheena (1984) VHS Retro Packaging – Mill Creek Entertainment – Tanya Roberts stars in one of the classic cheesecake movies of the 80s. But that’s not what’s best about Sheena. What’s best is that it’s written by Lorenzo Semple, Jr., who wrote for the Batman television show and provided the screenplay for the 1966 movie.
The Return of the Vampire (1944) – Shout Factory – I miss the days when studios would get around copyright with dodgy practices.
This is Bela Lugosi is playing a vampire who looks and acts exactly like Bela Lugosi in Universal Studios’ Dracula, but who is definitely not Count Dracula. He’s Armand Tesla, clearly a completely different vampire. Because this movie was released by Columbia Pictures and not Universal.
Pretty sly, Columbia Pictures.
I haven’t seen this and to be honest hadn’t even heard of it until just now, so I’m curious to check it out.
Robin Hood (2018) – Lionsgate Films – This newest version of the Robin Hood tale looked like an awful lot of fun to me, but people seemed to be taking it much more seriously than they should have been. I look forward to watching it on demand, but it’s not gonna be a purchase.
The Legend of Billie Jean (1985) VHS Retro Packaging – Mill Creek Entertainment – I watched this movie countless times when I was a kid. Helen Slater is vulnerable and powerful, but in an entirely different way than she was in Supergirl the year before.
I haven’t watched this in years, but I’ll be grabbing one of these. For the eight bucks they’ve been listed at these Mill Creek releases are worth it even if they’re bare bones and you only have a passing interest.
Barb Wire (1996) – Mill Creek Entertainment – I guess 1996 doesn’t quite make the “Retro VHS” cutoff.
I was never a fan of Pamela Anderson and I didn’t like this movie or the comic book that it was based on.
Uh, I guess that’s it.
The Rundown (2003) – Mill Creek Entertainment – This is a fun movie!
I saw it in the theater and I bought it on DVD as soon as it came out. The Rock, Seann William Scott, Rosario Dawson, and Christopher Walken should be enough reason to see it, but you also have Ernie Reyes, Jr., sex monkeys, and Walken’s amazing tooth fairy story.
We just watched this the other day, and not only does it still hold up, it might be worth the eight or nine bucks for an HD upgrade.
Hard Target (1993) – Universal Studios – John Woo directs Jean-Claude Van Damme and if you need to know anything else then there’s just no hope for you.
Dracula (1979) – Universal Studios – This update of the Dracula story is fairly well regarded, but I’ve never been able to get through it. It’s not bad and you’d think Skeletor playing Dracula would be great, but this one just doesn’t click with me. I’ll give it another shot someday.
Color Me Blood Red (1965) – Arrow – Another splatter fest from Herschell Gordon Lewis! We watched this back in the days of the horror apartment – along with maybe a dozen of Lewis’ other flicks. I can’t call myself a fan, but you gotta respect the man for finding a gimmick and sticking to it.
Arrow does his vibrant visions justice with beautiful transfers and loaded special features.
Chef (2014) – Universal Studios – Jon Favreau wrote, directed, and stars in this excellent film about family and following your dreams. Chef is one of the best movies I’ve ever seen in my life. Buy it.
Cop Car (2015) – Universal Studios – If you haven’t seen this, I highly recommend you check it out. I won’t spoil anything, but I will say that Kevin Bacon is terrifying. If you can stream it, do so, but if you can’t just pay the ten bucks and buy it. You’ll thank me.
Firestarter (1984) – Universal Studios – This is a very good Stephen King adaptation. It’s not the best or the worst, but if you’re getting caught up in the current wave of Kingamania, brother, Firestarter is worth checking out or revisiting.
Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008) – Universal Studios – In recent years some weirdos with bad taste seem to have decided that this is not an awesome movie. They are wrong and can be safely ignored.
This isn’t any kind of special release, just a reissue to coincide with the new movie.
Which, by the way, looks like it is not going to be an awesome movie. I’ll give it a chance and would love to have to admit I’m wrong, but the trailer looked like ass.
Silent Hill: Revelation (2012) – Universal Studios – I guess I’ll go ahead and toss what little credibility I have out the window by saying I liked this weird movie a lot. It’s not great by any means, but the performances are good and the visuals are creepy and effective. I’m not going to buy it, but I’ll watch it any time I come across it.
Other Titles Worth Noting
Year of the Dragon, Neighbors Retro VHS, Talk Radio, Dracula’s Fiancée, So Dark the Night, Doctor Who: Resolution, Cry-Baby, Backtrace, Iceman: The Time Traveler, Revenge of the Spacemen, White Noise, The Watcher, The Man With the Iron Fists, The Man With the Iron Fists 2: Iron Fister, The Take, The Return
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