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.
Lost Highway (1997) – Kino Lorber – In 1997 I was in the midst of weird movie fandom and Lost Highway still baffled me. I’m not saying I need to understand David Lynch’s films, but I couldn’t find anything to really enjoy about this one.
Despite that I’ve got Kino Lorber’s release preordered. I enjoyed revisiting Blue Velvet a few weeks ago quite a bit more than I thought I would, so for the time being I’m all-in on Lynch Blus.
The New York Ripper (1982) – Blue Underground – While the lurid cover art is what caught my eye, the fact that this movie was directed by Lucio Fulci is what got me writing about it. I haven’t seen this one, but a Fulci-directed retelling of the Jack the Ripper story set in 1982 New York sounds great.
Night of the Creeps (1986) – Shout Factory – If you’re in the Needless Things Podcast Facebook Group, then you knew about the Collector’s Edition set that included a NECA Tom Atkins action figure. If you didn’t preorder this long sold out release, I feel bad for you. I think this figure will end up being a holy grail of horror toys.
Creeps is Fred Dekker at his insane best, with Tom Atkins (obviously), Dick Miller, and Greg Nicotero having an absolute blast. Even if you missed out on the figure, grab this Blu-ray. This is an awesome flick.
The Green Inferno (2013) – Shout Factory – The limited edition of this release, on the other hand, is not so spectacular. It included an extra slipcover autographed by Eli Roth and I have to say it’s the worst signature ever – a little, tiny scribble in the top corner. My assumption is that Roth signed a couple hundred of these and also didn’t want to cover up the artwork, but someone should have explained that these were extras and that the whole point was his signature.
That’s all conjecture on my part.
Putting that aside, The Green Inferno is effing bonkers. It came out to little fanfare in 2013 and seemed to fade away just as quickly, but all of us who saw it then adored it. It’s very much a throwback film with some unbelievably gruesome deaths and a very subversive, tongue-in-cheek theme. I think it might be Roth’s best work yet, and that’s coming from a huge fan of his work.
Dumbo (2019) – Disney/Buena Vista – I don’t want to put this movie down, as there was a stellar lineup of talent involved, but nobody in the West household had any interest in it. For my part, I try to avoid “crying over an animal” movies these days because it seems there’s plenty of other stuff to cry about.
Dumbo is available in 4K/Blu-ray, Blu-ray/DVD, and as a Best Buy exclusive Steelbook.
Cinderella 4K (2015) – Disney/Buena Vista – This, on the other hand, was a surprisingly delightful movie.
Disney’s remakes seem to be getting a lot of flak lately, and I kind of understand why, but this was one of the first ones and it’s a truly magical movie. While I love Disney, I can’t claim to be a super into the “Princess” movies. But Kenneth Branagh did such a phenomenal job of bringing this story to life that I think even the most jaded filmgoer would get lost in this lush world.
Standard and Best Buy Steelbooks are available.
Cinderella (1950) – Disney/Buena Vista – I think it’s cool that Disney coordinated these releases. This is an Anniversary/Signature edition. A 4K version isn’t available, but there’s a Blu-ray/DVD release and a Best Buy Steelbook as well as a Target exclusive storybook.
Disney is also releasing the direct-to-video sequels on Blu-ray. I haven’t seen them so I can’t really comment.
Robowar/Robot da guerra (1988) – Severin Films – This is a straight-up rip-off of Predator directed by the infamous Bruno Mattei, who directed many straight-up rip-offs. If I had the opportunity to watch Robowar for free, I definitely would.
The Best in Heat/La bestia in calore/SS Hell Camp (1977) – Severin Films – A sexy female Nazi scientist comes to regret genetically engineering a hideous mutant beast. Imagine that.
Furie (2019) – Well Go USA – Human traffickers kidnap the daughter of a badass former criminal gang leader. Sounds like those punks messed with the wrong mama bear. I’m interested in seeing this one. I’m not familiar with any of the talent, but something about the plot and the cover grabbed me.
The Believers (1987) – Olive Films – I find it odd that such a well-known movie is coming from a distributor that I’ve never heard of rather than Shout Factory or Arrow. Hopefully Olive Films is a worthy new contender because The Believers is a trip.
Starring Martin Sheen as a rational man who has to deal with some occult bullshit, this classic 80s flick is full of weirdo performances and disturbing imagery. If you don’t know about the spider scene, don’t Google the spider scene.
Other Titles Worth Noting
Hedwig and the Angry Inch Criterion Collection, Night Killer, American Horror Project Volume 2, Double Face, 24 Hour Party People, Monster on Campus, The Dark Side of the Moon
There were quite a few titles this week, but not much I particularly cared about. Hopefully next week is better!
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