Every week we will be bringing you some highlights of the new Blu-ray and 4K UHD releases coming to home media. We won’t feature every release because there may be more than you think. Especially true if you are normally just used to what you see in Best Buy or Target on your trips. For a full list of releases please take a look at our coming soon release list. For now, kick back and see what releases we here at TNM think you should take a look at and we most likely will be buying ourselves. We’ll also note which of those we already have reviews for or any upcoming. These are the New Blu-ray Releases for the Week of 03/27/18.
20th Century Fox
20th Century Fox has a couple different things out this week. First up is Legion, based on the Marvel Comics by Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz and featuring a powerful, all-star cast — including DAN STEVENS, AUBREY PLAZA, JEAN SMART and RACHEL KELLER — “LEGION” follows the story of David Haller (STEVENS), a troubled young man who may be more than human. Diagnosed as schizophrenic as a child, David has been in and out of mental hospitals for years. Institutionalized once again, David spends his time with his chatterbox friend Lenny (PLAZA), a fellow patient whose life-long drug and alcohol addiction has done nothing to quell her boundless optimism that her luck is about to change.
A startling encounter with a new patient (KELLER) forces David to confront the shocking possibility that the voices he hears and the visions he sees may actually be real. A haunted man, David escapes from the hospital and with the help of a nurturing but demanding therapist (SMART) and her team of specialists’ unconventional methods, David embarks on an extraordinary journey of self-discovery that leads to a new world of possibilities…and a new level of unexpected danger.
Also out this week is the 25th anniversary of the Sandlot. In this beloved family-favorite, it’s the early 1960s and fifth-grader Scotty Smalls (Tom Guiry) has just moved into town with his folks (Karen Allen and Denis Leary). Kids call him a dork — he can’t even throw a baseball! But that changes when the leader of the neighborhood gang recruits him to play on the nearby sandlot field. It’s the beginning of a magical summer of baseball, wild adventures, first kisses and fearsome confrontations with the dreaded beast and its owner (James Earl Jones) who live behind the left field fence. Soon nine boys have become best friends, Scotty is part of a team, and their leader has become a local legend in this hilarious and warmhearted comedy.
This crowd-pleasing gift set includes a set of 10 custom Topps® baseball cards — featuring Scotty Smalls, Benny “The Jet” and the rest of the ragtag roster — created exclusively for this release. The major-league treatment continues with an all-new booklet filled with behind-the-scenes photos from the film director’s personal archive and an all-new, full-color poster. So gather your best buddies together for a winning comedy-adventure and a whole lot of fun. Play ball!
By all accounts, this seems to be the same disc as the previous releases with no new special features and just some slightly different/better packaging. While it might not goad collectors into upgrading. This would be a good purchase for those that have waited to pick it up. Pick up s’more Blu-rays today!
From our friends over at Acorn, we are treated to Brokenwood Mysteries: Series 4 on Blu-ray. This quirky New Zealand mystery follows DI Mike Shepherd, who arrives at the seemingly peaceful town of Brokenwood with a classic car, a country music collection, and an indeterminate number of ex-wives. His assistant, DC Kristin Sims, is a by-the-book investigator 15 years younger than her boss’s car. Shepherd soon discovers that Brokenwood is full of secrets and suspicions.
In series 4, Mike and Kristin return to uncover more macabre goings-on in the quiet, little, murder-ridden town of Brokenwood. Together they investigate murderous rivalries and lethal grudges. Beneath the town’s peaceful veneer are buried secrets, treacherous lies, and murders. Dusty quite likes these foreign mystery dramas and will be having a review of the Blu-ray coming up on the site. Garrett also reviewed Series 3 if you want to see what happened last time.
Arrow might win for the strangest pairing this week.
Step aside Pennywise… These Killer Klowns from Outer Space are outta this world – literally! – and they’re packing deadly popcorn guns and cotton candy cocoons! When Mike and his girlfriend Debbie warn the local police that a gang of homicidal alien-clowns has landed in the nearby area (in a spaceship shaped like a circus big-top, no less), the cops are naturally skeptical. Before long, however, reports are coming in from other anxious residents detailing similar run-ins with the large-shoed assailants. There can no longer be any doubt – the Killer Klowns from Outer Space are here, and they’re out to turn the Earth’s population into candy floss!
Written and produced by the Chiodo brothers – knowns for their work on a host of special-effects-laden hits such as Team America: World Police and the Critters movies – Killer Klowns from Outer Space is a cinematic experience unparalleled in this galaxy, now newly restored by Arrow Video for this stellar edition.
From the Arrow Academy line, comes Sacha Guitry: Four Films 1936-1938.
Four Films 1936-1938 brings together a quartet of 1930s features by Sacha Guitry, the celebrated French filmmaker, playwright, and actor of the stage and screen, each based on his earlier works.
Indiscretions (Le Nouveau testament) follows a holier-than-though physician who is scuppered by his own hypocrisy. My Father Was Right (Mon père avait raison) tells off a man who, after being left by his wife for another man, raises his son to be wary of women. Let’s Dream (Faisons un rêve…) is another story of mistrust, between husband, wife, and lovers. And the history of one of France’s most famous streets is retold in Up the Champs-Élysées (Remontons les Champs-Élysées), featuring multiple performances from Guitry himself. Limited Edition Dual Format Collection [2000 copies]
King of Jazz (1930) Starring the bandleader Paul Whiteman, then widely celebrated as the King of Jazz, the film drew from Broadway variety shows of the time to present a spectacular array of sketches, performances by such acts as the Rhythm Boys, and orchestral numbers overseen by bandleader Paul Whiteman himself.
Scanners (1981) After a man with extraordinary — and frighteningly destructive — telepathic abilities is nabbed by agents from a mysterious rogue corporation, he discovers he is far from the only possessor of such strange powers, and that some of the other “scanners” have their minds set on world domination, while others are trying to stop them. While no pictures seem to be out yet, this seems to be a regular case versus the digipack of the earlier release.
Women in Love (1969) Free-spirited sculptress Gudrun and her sister, schoolteacher Ursula, become acquainted with lifelong friends Gerald and Rupert in 1920s England. Gerald falls in love with Gudrun, and Rupert with Ursula, but their respective relationships are soon put to the test, particularly during an eventful and tense holiday in Switzerland. Adapted from the novel by D. H. Lawrence.
While The Last Jedi seemed to not be lauded as most Star Wars films were in theaters, I’m sure it will still have a healthy home on Blu-ray. I could rant for quite awhile on the lack of a 3D version in the US. In fact, I have in previous posts like when Coco came out. Disney discs seem to always be region free so I still not sure why fans of 3D are forced to import. I still contend they could make them Disney Movie Club exclusives and at least have a way for fans to grab them. So even if they don’t sell a ton they aren’t spending money on distribution. I digress, at least I can still import from overseas. For the rest of you, there are plenty of different editions to appeal to the masses.
For more info and links to every version, please check out our news article. It also has the technical specs and special features to give you a complete picture.
Acts of Violence (2018) When his fiancée is kidnapped by human traffickers, Roman (Ashton Holmes) and his ex-military brothers (Cole Hauser and Shawn Ashmore) team up with Detective Avery (Bruce Willis) to take down both the syndicate and the corrupt bureaucracy that’s been protecting it.
The Last Movie Star (2018) Vic Edwards (Burt Reynolds) was the biggest star in Hollywood, a college football legend turned stunt double turned leading man. Now in his eighties, he’s convinced by an old friend (Chevy Chase) to accept an invitation to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at a two-bit film festival in Nashville. The trip launches him on both a hilarious fish-out-of-water adventure and an unexpectedly poignant journey into his past. From popular distributor A24, this will actually be having its theatrical release on March 30th.
Assault on Precinct 13 (1976) Police ambush and kill several gang members in Los Angeles. Gang members make a pact of blood to strike back at police, and conduct a siege on the police station which is almost abandoned and due to be closed. The staff of the closing precinct and the criminals being held there while in transit must work together to fight off the attacking gang members. This is continuing their John Carpenter Steelbook® re-releases.
Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (2006) On the surface Leslie Vernon seems like your average, small-town, nice guy. He has goals, ambition and aspirations to follow in the footsteps of his long-time heroes Freddy Krueger, Michael Myers and Jason Vorhees and be the world’s next great psycho-slasher A true self- promoter, Leslie gives documentary filmmaker Taylor Gentry and her crew exclusive access to his life as he plans and executes his next great reign of terror over the sleepy town of Glen Echo, all the while deconstructing the conventions and archetypes of the horror genre for them.
I Remember You (2017) An elderly woman hangs herself in a church. A grieving father searches for the truth about what happened to his missing son. And a trio of young city dwellers unleashes a sinister force when they begin renovating a cursed home on a remote island. They don’t know it yet, but each of these strangers is connected by a disturbing, decades-old secret — a mystery that holds the key to a series of terrifying supernatural events. Based on the acclaimed novel by “Queen of Icelandic Crime,” Yrsa Sigurðardóttir, this atmospheric chiller is both a hair-raising ghost story and a powerful tale of life beyond death.
Prince of Darkness (1987) A group of graduate students and scientists uncover an ancient canister in an abandoned church, but when they open it, they inadvertently unleash a strange liquid and an evil force on all of humanity. As the liquid turns their co-workers into zombies, the remaining members realize they have released the most unspeakable horror of them all. Terror mounts as the team must fight to save the world from a devilish fury that has been contained for over seven million years. This is continuing their John Carpenter Steelbook® re-releases.
Babyface 2 (1986) A young woman’s girlfriends throw her a “bachelorette” party shortly before she is to be married, and they hire a male stripper for the occasion. As things get hot and heavy, however, they also tend to get a bit out of hand, and the result is that they wind up humiliating him. What they don’t know, however, is that he’s not just your average male stripper–he has “magical” powers, and he uses those powers to take his revenge on the women. Our own Seth Manhammer will be reviewing the erotic offerings this month from Vinegar Syndrome. They will surely be an interesting read.
Star Time (1991) A confused misfit becomes suicidal when his favorite TV show is canceled. An agent promises to make him a TV star if he kills certain people, so he becomes “The Baby Mask Killer.”
Welcome Home Brother Charles (1975) Charles is a Los Angeles pimp and drug dealer who has an affair with the wife of an LAPD detective. The Detective finds out and, with the help of a corrupt Judge, frames Charlie for murder. After a stint in prison, Charles emerges a changed man. He Attempts to go straight but is haunted by the injustices he endured and his experience behind bars. Ultimately, Chuck decides to take revenge on those who wronged him. This revenge tale was also released under the title Soul Vengeance.
Well Go USA
The Thousand Faces of Dunjia (2017) The world is on the brink of catastrophe in a chaotic age where evil demons roam. In order to keep evil at bay, a mysterious organization from the pugilist world emerges. A new constable and a young girl with a mysterious past are also drawn into this group, embarking on an incredible adventure. Trailer at the end*
New Blu-ray Releases for the Week of 03/27/18
So that is it for this week. These are some of the Blu-rays we here at The Nerd Mentality will be picking up. Did we miss anything you wanted to see? Let us know what you’ll be picking up and be on the lookout for some reviews featuring some of these releases. Thanks for checking us out, we hope you enjoy watching and collecting Blu-rays as much as we do!