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. 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 what 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 04/10/18.
20th Century Fox
The Greatest Showman surprised many with its box office legs. After an incredible run, you can now own it on home video. Inspired by the imagination of P.T. Barnum, The Greatest Showman is an original musical that celebrates the birth of show business & tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation. Fox is giving you six different versions to choose from to add to your collection. For full details including pictures, links, special features, and more… check out our news announcement post here.
From Dario Argento, maestro of the macabre and the man behind some the greatest excursions in Italian horror (Suspiria, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage), comes Deep Red – arguably the ultimate giallo movie.
One night, musician Marcus Daly (David Hemmings, Blow Up), looking up from the street below, witnesses the brutal axe murder of a woman in her apartment. Racing to the scene, Marcus just manages to miss the perpetrator… or does he? As he takes on the role of amateur sleuth, Marcus finds himself ensnared in a bizarre web of murder and mystery where nothing is what it seems…
Aided by a throbbing score from regular Argento-collaborators Goblin, Deep Red (aka Profondo Rossoand The Hatchet Murders) is a hallucinatory fever dream of a giallo punctuated by some of the most astonishing set-pieces the sub-genre has to offer.
Braven (2018) – When Joe (Jason Momoa) and his father (Stephen Lang) arrive at their remote hunting cabin, they’re hoping for a quiet weekend. What they find is a stash of heroin, hidden in the cabin by drug traffickers. When the criminals suddenly descend upon the cabin, Joe and his father must make a kill-or-be-killed stand for survival. Check out our news post for special features and trailer. Jesse will also be having a review of this film coming soon.
Gone Are the Days (2018) – In the early 20th century, grizzled gunman Taylon Flynn (Lance Henriksen) is among the last outlaws of the Wild West. Suffering from an illness he can’t outrun, outshoot, or outdrink, Flynn saddles up for one last shot at redemption when he travels to a dusty mining town in an effort to save the daughter he abandoned long ago from a life in a seedy brothel.
Knowing (2009) 4K UHD – Nicolas Cage (National Treasure) stars in this edge-of-your-seat sci-fi thriller as John Koestler, a professor who deciphers a coded message with terrifyingly accurate predictions about every major world disaster. Looking to protect his family and prevent future calamities, he enlists the reluctant help of Diana Wayland (Rose Byrne), daughter of the now-deceased author of the prophecies. His quest to understand the message and his own family’s involvement in them becomes a heart-pounding race against time as he faces the ultimate disaster. For all the 4K UHD specs and features, check out our announcement post. We’ll also have a review coming from Mr. Dustimus himself.
Push (2009) 4K UHD – Hang on tight as a gang of super-powered paranormal operatives takes you on a white-knuckle thrill ride. The excitement starts when a future-seeing Watcher (Dakota Fanning) convinces a telekinetic Mover (Chris Evans) to help steal a briefcase that holds a billion-dollar secret. But to outrun government agents, they must enlist a mind-controlling Pusher (Camilla Belle) who could be their salvation – or their doom. Also starring Academy Award® nominee Djimon Hounsou (2006, Best Supporting Actor, Blood Diamond), Push will pull you in completely. For all the 4K UHD specs and features, check out our announcement post. Rich will also have a 4K review coming shortly.
Crucible of Horror (1971) This horrifying film tells the story of Edith (Yvonne Mitchell, Nineteen Eighty-Four), a terrorized wife, who, along with her daughter, plots to kill her husband, Walter (Michael Gough, Batman, Sleepy Hollow), to end his abusive treatment of them. They poison him and make his death look like a suicide. But they didn’t count on one thing: Walter isn’t ready to die… NEW REMASTER OF THE FILM from the best surviving original elements. I’m a little nervous as to how to intepret the previous sentence, but I’m sure it will be the best the film has ever looked.
Full Moon High (1981) The problems of a typical high-school teenager take on monstrous proportions in this comical send up of horror movies! The most important thing to quarterback Tony Walker (Adam Arkin, Halloween H20) is to win the big game against archrival Simpson High. But this plan soon changes when Tony is bitten by a werewolf: and that’s when things really start to get hairy! Now, whenever there’s a full moon, he transforms into a growling beast that hungrily chases down beautiful girls. Cursed to live forever as a teenager with uncontrollable urges, Tony realizes he must find a way to end this cycle of animalistic excess.
Superbeast (1972) Dr. Alix Pardee (Antoinette Bower, Prom Night) travels to the Philippines when she hears some people have been attacked by a humanoid creature. Once there, she finds that these beasts are the product of Dr. Bill Fleming (Craig Littler). Fleming is trying to cure criminals by genetically engineering their brains. These experiments are creating half-man, half-beasts. In a nod to The Most Dangerous Game, the beast are set loose and hunted by the doctor’s evil benefactor.
The Tribes of Palos Verdes (2017) When teenage Medina (Maika Monroe) moves with her family to the picture-perfect paradise of Palos Verdes, California, they seem headed for a happy new chapter in their lives. But old troubles soon catch up to them, as her parents’ marriage disintegrates, her mother (Jennifer Garner) spirals into an emotional freefall, and her twin brother (Cody Fern) turns to drugs. Caught in the middle of it all, Medina must rely on her inner strength to become the stabilizing force in her family, while finding refuge in a new passion: surfing. Set amidst the sun-kissed beaches and crystal blue waters of the California coast, The Tribes of Palos Verdes is a stirring look at how life’s greatest challenges forge who we become.
Universal has a mix of new releases along with some that have been out on Blu-ray prior. All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) is coming in a standard Amaray case along with a Digital code compared to the previous Digibook. Lover Come Back (1961) and Send Me No Flowers (1964) starring Doris Day and Rock Hudson are getting standalone releases. They were previously in a collection.
Crimson Peak (2015) is sporting a new cover and seems to have dropped the DVD from the previous release. Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) is also dropping the DVD from the previous release, but unlike Crimson Peak the cover is the same and the price is more, so just buy the old one if you don’t have yet. The Purge: Election Year (2016) also drops the DVD and is about the same price as the previous. This is the point in the week where we all just scratch our heads for a minute. The old ones are out of print yet and unavailable, so why not spend the time on other releases?
Now onto some new releases! Cecil B. DeMille’s Cleopatra (1934) comes to Blu-ray for the first time in the US. Nominated for five Academy Awards® including Best Picture, the historical epic stars Claudette Colbert as the cunning Queen of the Nile who, wielding her beauty like a weapon, lures Roman leaders Julius Caesar (Warren William) and Marc Antony (Henry Wilcoxon) into her web of royal deception and betrayal. Featuring a newly remastered and fully restored picture from the original 35mm elements plus insightful bonus features, Cleopatra is a breathtaking masterpiece that captures the best of Hollywood’s golden age.
Molly’s Game (2017) is based on the true story of Molly Bloom, an Olympic-class skier who ran the world’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game for a decade before being arrested in the middle of the night by 17 FBI agents wielding automatic weapons. Her players included Hollywood royalty, sports stars, business titans and finally, unbeknownst to her, the Russian mob. Her only ally was her criminal defense lawyer Charlie Jaffey, who learned that there was much more to Molly than the tabloids led us to believe.
Phantom Thread (2017) Set in the glamour of 1950’s post-war London, renowned dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock and his sister Cyril are at the center of British fashion, dressing royalty, movie stars, heiresses, socialites, debutants and dames with the distinct style of The House of Woodcock. Women come and go through Woodcock’s life, providing the confirmed bachelor with inspiration and companionship, until he comes across a young, strong-willed woman, Alma, who soon becomes a fixture in his life as his muse and lover. Once controlled and planned, he finds his carefully tailored life disrupted by love.
New Blu-ray Releases for the Week of 04/10/18
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!