New Blu-ray Releases for the Week of 1/2/18
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 1/2/18.
20th Century Disney
Emma Stone and Steve Carrell star in this comedy biopic of the 1973 tennis match between World number one Billie Jean King and ex-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs. Battle Of The Sexes didn’t stay in theaters long but did have generally favorable reviews, so might be worth a pickup.
Blockbuster star Andy Lau, one of Hong Kong’s most commercially successful actors ever, headlines the edge-of-seat thriller Shock Wave, arriving on Blu-ray from Cinedigm. Between Lau and longtime cinematographer Herman Yau directing you should be in for a treat. Shock Wave became the second-highest domestic grossing film in China for 2017. No one could imagine or stop the juggernaut that became Wolf Warrior 2 for that top spot. There is a 4K UHD released in Hong Kong, though with importing you could be looking at 2-3x the cost. Trailer for the film at the end of the post.
In Seven Blood Stained Orchids, a woman, a survivor of a failed murder attempt by a person dubbed “The Half-Moon Killer” by the police, and her husband must find the connecting thread between herself, six other women, and the killer before the killer strikes at her again. Directed by the late Umberto Lenzi, this Blu-ray contains a new interview with the director along with other features.
Everyone knows The Breakfast Club right? When Saturday detention started, they were simply the Jock, the Princess, the Brain, the Criminal and the Basket Case, but by that afternoon they had become closer than any of them could have imagined. The John Hughes classic comes to Blu-ray for the 400th different time. However this time, Criterion is slapped on the title and that might be all someone on the fence needs to upgrade. Besides the new 4K restoration it sports new interviews with actors Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy and a new video essay featuring director John Hughes’s production notes, read by Judd Nelson.
RLJ Entertainment Films
Recovering from the trauma of being kidnapped last Halloween by the Blue Skeleton – a group who take “extreme haunt” to another level – five friends decide they must face their fears in order to move on. Heading back out on the road to visit more haunted house attractions, signs of the Blue Skeleton start appearing again and a new terror begins. I’m not going to talk much about The Houses October Built 2 because The Nerd Mentality’s own reviewer Dustin did a full video review of the film and you can see what he thought of the Blu-ray.
Starring Linda Blair, Hell Night finds four college pledges are forced to spend the night in a deserted old mansion where they get killed off one by one by the monstrous surviving members of a family massacre years earlier for trespassing on their living grounds. It features a new 4K scan and a whole host of extras that truly make this a Collector’s Edition from Scream.
The story of Barry Seal, an American pilot who became a drug-runner for the CIA in the 1980s in a clandestine operation that would be exposed as the Iran-Contra Affair. American Made comes in both standard Blu-ray and 4K UHD. Courtesy of our friends at Universal, Dusty will be having a review up shortly of the 4K UHD.
Also coming from Universal
Brad’s Status (2017) A father takes his son to tour colleges on the East Coast and meets up with an old friend who makes him feel inferior about his life’s choices.
Breathe (2017) Based on the true story of Robin (Andrew Garfield), a handsome, brilliant and adventurous man whose life takes a dramatic turn when polio leaves him paralyzed.
A Question of Faith (2017) When tragedy strikes three families, their destiny forces them on a converging path to discover God’s love, grace, and mercy as the challenges of their fate could also resurrect their beliefs.
The Stolen (2016) Charlotte Lockton (Alice Eve) has settled in the South Island of New Zealand with her wealthy British husband, David, but her dreams of a new life and prosperous future are shattered when David is murdered and her baby son is kidnapped. When a ransom note arrives, she realizes her only option is to track him down on her own. Charlotte’s quest forces her on a dangerous journey of survival through an untamed world to fight to the death for what she holds most dear.
Well Go USA
Andy Lau is everywhere this week with his second entry, The Adventurers. The world’s top thieves – the infamous and charismatic Cheung, his former partner in crime, Xiao, and beautiful chameleon Ye – join forces to pull off the heist of a lifetime. But when they find themselves pursued across Europe by a legendary French detective, they’ll have to take their game to the next level.
So these are the new Blu-ray releases for the week of 1/2/18. A little something for everyone. Let us know what you picked up for the week. As always thanks for reading and supporting fellow home media lovers!