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. 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 1/16/18.
I have to start with Kino this week because they have a release I’ve had my eye on for a while now. that would be Kill on Wheels. A comedy from Hungary about wheelchair-bound assassins. I mean that alone should make you a little curious.
This is a meaningful action-comedy of a wheelchair-bound assassin gang. Driven by despair and fear of becoming useless, a 20-year-old boy, his friend, and an ex-fireman offer their services to the mafia. But things are not what they seem. The boundaries between reality and fiction blur and the story become a whirling kaleidoscope showing us gangsters and gunfights, but also the challenge of living in a wheelchair and the pain caused by a father’s rejection.
They also have some early 90’s releases with The Taking of Beverly Hills where a football star and a policeman foil a mad billionaire’s plot to loot the city during a toxic-spill scare. The Cemetary Club is also releasing this week.
Beyond Skyline could probably be titled The Sequel Noone Wanted. However, there are some fans. I have actually met them. The first film had an interesting premise of following a group of civilians as aliens invaded instead of your normal military movie. With three other alien invasion films put out that same year or thereabouts Skyline fell through the cracks. The poor execution, questionable acting, and huge cliffhanger probably didn’t help word of mouth.
Beyond Skyline seeks to rectify those issues and judging by some of the reviews and buzz, they may have accomplished making a decent low budget action film. The story follows a tough-as-nails detective as he embarks on a relentless pursuit to free his son from a nightmarish alien warship. I’m definitely up for checking this one out soon, sadly, as far as I know, Lionsgate is not sending us a copy.
They are however sending us the Blu-ray of Cook Off! to check out. I’m more wary of this since it was finished filming over ten years ago and never released. Yes, I did type that correctly. Usually, nothing good can come from that, but it was changed around a bit and it’s a comedy so those can be highly subjective, to begin with anyway. You’ll have to keep an eye out and see what TNM reviewer gets to dive into it.
As a buffet of quirky contestants prepares for the renowned Van Rookle Farms Cooking Contest, the heat is on to win the one-million-dollar prize. The filmmakers follow them as the foodie media and celebrity judges descend on a hotel convention area to see which contestants rise, which ones fall, who will reveal their true nature, and who will find love with the contest’s costumed Muffin Man mascot.
Shout Factory has a few things coming this week. A Scream Factory, two from their Shout Select line, and then three from their GKIDS partnership. Something for everyone I suppose. With them being some of the biggest purveyors of home media, rivaling or surpassing even the bigger studios in packaging and special features I’d be remiss if I excluded them this week. I still think their Select line was a huge missed opportunity, but that’s a rant for another day.
First up is Eye of the Cat. Wylie and Kassia are looking for a way to get their hands on the hefty inheritance of Wylie’s cat-loving, wealthy Aunt Danny. But there is one little problem: Wylie suffers from a severe case of ailurophobia – the fear of cats. In order for their plot to succeed, the pair must first eliminate Aunt Danny’s legions of feline companions … which ends up being much more difficult than expected.
Macon County Line has Chris Dixon and his brother Wayne are originally from Chicago, but when the two are scheduled to go into the Army together, they decide to spend their last two weeks before reporting for boot camp drifting through the South, chasing girls, drinking beer and raising a little hell.
Matinee comes in a collector’s edition loaded with new special features. John Goodman is at his uproarious best as the William Castle-inspired movie promoter Lawrence Woolsey, who brings his unique brand of flashy showmanship to the unsuspecting residents of Key West, Florida.
It’s 1962, and fifteen-year-old fan Gene Loomis can’t wait for the arrival of Woolsey, who is in town to promote his latest offering of atomic power gone berserk, Mant! But the absurd vision of Woolsey’s tale takes on a sudden urgency as the Cuban Missile Crises places the real threat of atomic horror just 90 miles off the coast. With the help of Woolsey’s leading lady, Ruth, the master showman gives Key West a premiere they’ll never forget. Anything can happen in the movies, and everything does in this hilarious tribute to a more innocent (and outrageous) time in American cinema.
The Cat Returns (2002) Haru-chan, a normal girl in a normal town, saves a strange cat carrying a present from being overrun by a truck. In return, she’s going to receive lots of favors, including marriage to the crown prince of Cat Kingdom. As she finds that a bit too much, she gets into contact with the Cat Business Office. Together with CBO’s owner, the Baron, she enters the Cat Kingdom to try and prevent her marriage.
My Neighbors the Yamadas (1999) Takashi Yamada and his wacky wife Matsuko, who has no talent for housework, navigate their way through the ups and downs of work, marriage, and family life with a sharp-tongued grandmother who lives with them, a teenage son who wishes he had cooler parents and a pesky daughter whose loud voice is unusual for someone so small. Even the family dog has issues! This will be the first time this Ghibli release will be available on Blu-ray in the US. It never made it to the Disney line.
Whisper of the Heart (1995) Shizuku Tsukishima, a young girl in junior high, loves to read. Yet, every time she opens a library book, it seems the same name appears on the cards: “Seiji Amasawa”. As Shizuku learns who this person is, she also begins to learn about herself and her goals in life—a discovery that will change her life forever.
SONY has a few things this week. First up is Crooked House, the film adaption of the Agatha Christie novel. You can read my review of when I was able to see it in theaters. This film has a sort of weird life cycle and is basically SONY trying to capture the Agatha Christie trend. It was first out on VOD while Murder on the Orient Express was still in theaters back in November. Then it gets a two-week theatrical run and then beats out Murder by a month on Blu-ray. Just a note this does not have Christie’s famous detective Hercule Poirot and is a stand-alone story.
I’m sure a few fans at the very least will be excited about Better Call Saul season three. In Better Call Saul Season 3, Jimmy McGill takes a decisive step in his transformation into Breaking Bad’s infamous criminal lawyer, Saul Goodman. When Chuck begins a legal vendetta against his younger brother, he pushes Jimmy’s faltering moral compass to the limit. How far will Jimmy go to defend his law practice – and his fledgling romance with Kim? Meanwhile, Mike searches for a mysterious adversary, leading him deep into the enigmatic criminal world of Gus Fring.
In a release possibly rectifying a previous one we have Outlander releasing season one as a whole set instead of volumes. Season one originally came in two parts. It may have affected sales as of the season two release they were combined.
Universal this week has two films that it had released in October. Funny enough, they may have done the complete opposite of what was expected at the box office when originally put forth. Happy Death Day was a modestly (for a horror film) budgeted release that Universal probably would have been happy with doubling or tripling its budget. Well, it did about 24 times that amount taking in over 115 million when all was said and done. Strong word of mouth helped this horror version of Groundhog Day become a solid hit.
The Snowman, on the other hand, was a disaster that should have been a hit. Michael Fassbender is pretty much a household name at this point. The film is based on a Jo Nesbo novel (one of my favorite authors) in his bestselling Harry Hole series. Problems began before critics even saw it. The director came out and bashed his own movie before release. He stated that they didn’t have the time or forgot to shoot certain scenes so they were missing once they got to the editing room. Not sure who’s screw up that it, but it seemed to be detrimental as critics and audiences lambasted it. Will it find a new audience on Blu-ray?
In what might be the most disappointing film of 2017 we have Blade Runner 2049. No hate mail please, I only mean disappointing in underperforming expectations. In this follow-up to the cult classic, many were hoping to tear up the box office. Whether it was the 3-hour runtime or the length of time between films or just realistic expectations were too inflated Blade Runner 2049 probably lost some studio money. With the deal Warner had they make actually be okay. By all accounts of fans loving the film in every aspect, it may still hold some healthy returns on home media.
The fact that there are so many different editions versus just a standard Blu-ray may be evidence of such. We have six, yes six, different editions across various retailers. Your basic standard Blu-ray is available everywhere… but you won’t be content with just that right? Walmart has an exclusive from them that includes a model. Steelbook® fans can head over to Best Buy for their exclusive.
Those not good enough for you? Maybe you are a home media snob (you’d be in perfect company with us at TNM) and a standard Blu-ray is child’s play. Well then Best Buy has you covered with two more exclusives (no they don’t pay me and I’m spending less there due to them dropping titles), they are the only retailer carrying the 3D version at launch and they have a 4K UHD Steelbook® as well. And because they know home media collectors be crazy, they made it different art than the other Steel unlike most of their releases. They want you to get both! Also, there is a 4K UHD non-steel release you can find most places.
New Blu-ray Releases for the Week of 1/16/18
So that is it for this week. 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 and giveaways featuring some of these releases. Thanks for checking us out, we hope you enjoy watching and collecting Blu-rays as much as we do!