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.
The Craft (1996) – Shout Factory – While The Craft is overwhelmingly recognizable as a product of its era, it’s also a damned fine movie. A whole generation of females – and plenty of males – worshipped Sarah, Nancy, Bonnie, and Rochelle. I was just a tad too old to get the full impact as I was already out of high school, but I still thought it was a great flick. I was also crushing hard on bonkers Fairuza Balk.
The Craft is absolutely deserving of the Shout Factory treatment and I’m glad there will be an archive-worthy edition available for future generations of witchy people to enjoy.
The Deadly Mantis (1957) – Shout Factory – This might be one of the more famous giant bug movies from the 50s. I’m sure I saw it on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon when I was a kid, but I don’t remember it. I can’t say I feel particularly compelled to revisit it.
Kalifornia (1993) – Shout Factory – I’ve mentioned the spate of thrillers that replaced horror movies in the late 80s and early 90s; Kalifornia is one of the best known of them and for some reason lots of people seem to really like it. To me it seemed like an extra-long episode of Red Shoe Diaries, and not just because of David Duchovny.
Krypton: The Complete First Season (2018) – Warner Bros. – This seemed like a perfectly good science fiction show, but we just couldn’t find time for it in our schedule. I’d like to give it another shot at some point. It looked fantastic and had some solid performers from what I saw.
Prospect (2018) – Gunpowder & Sky – I read about this movie sometime last year and was intrigued. It’s about a father and daughter who are essentially space prospectors. Predictably, they encounter More Than They Bargained For on a remote moon. It looks pretty cool, but for me the selling point is Pedro Pascal as the father. He played Prince Oberon of Dorn on Game Of Thrones and I didn’t get nearly enough of him. Fortunately he’ll be starring in The Mandalorian whenever that starts, but until then Prospect might whet our appetites.
Dead Ant (2017) – NVG – Sean Astin, Jake Busey, and Tom Arnold star in this movie about a washed up glam metal band who end up battling giant ants in the desert. It sounds awesome, but I can’t help but be a bit dubious.
Vox Lux (2018) – Universal Studios – How have I never heard of a movie starring Natalie Portman and Jude Law?
An unusual set of circumstances brings unexpected success to a pop star.
Not much of a description there. Let me dig a little deeper…
Wow. This is in no way genre fare, but I can see now why it got buried. It’s about a pop star who got big after surviving a school shooting and writing a song about it. It actually sounds great, but the subject matter is way too sensitive for nuance-challenged Americans to handle. Half of us would claim it was glorifying school shootings and the other half would say that school shootings are no big deal. Both would miss the point entirely.
I’m gonna watch this.
Other Titles Worth Noting
Phantom Lady, The Cloverhitch Killer, The Vanishing (2018), Gunpowder, Tokyo Living Dead Idol, Don’t Go, Lifechanger, Crossbreed
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