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 1/23/18.
I couldn’t let this week go by without giving some love to the BBC crew. From BBC Earth Films, the studio that brought you Earth comes the sequel – Earth: One Amazing Day, an astonishing journey revealing the awesome power of the natural world. Over the course of one single day, we track the sun from the highest mountains to the remotest islands to exotic jungles. Breakthroughs in filmmaking technology bring you up close with a cast of unforgettable characters. Told with humour, intimacy and a jaw-dropping sense of cinematic splendour, Earth: One Amazing Day highlights how every day is filled with more wonders than you can possibly imagine- until now.
This does have some recycled content from Planet Earth II which is somewhat standard for their movie length features. It also does not have Sir David narrating, but Robert Redford isn’t a slouch in any respect. One of the biggest reasons to get this, besides your love for nature docs, is the upgraded Dolby Vision and Atmos. This marks one of the very few native 4K masters that also have Dolby Vision. This is sure to be a demo disc for anyone that wants to show off all their fancy equipment!
Our friends at Lionsgate keep churning out all sorts of stuff. This week we have Jigsaw in 4K UHD and Blu-ray. Rich will be having an upcoming review of the 4K this week. He even went back and watched all seven of the previous films to prepare himself. Bodies are turning up around the city, each having met a uniquely gruesome demise. As the investigation proceeds, evidence points to one man: John Kramer. But how can this be? The man known as Jigsaw has been dead for over a decade.
The Killing of a Sacred Deer seems to be quite the divisive film. Dr. Steven Murphy (Farrell) is a renowned cardiovascular surgeon presiding over a spotless household with his ophthalmologist wife, Anna (Kidman), and their two exemplary children, 12-year-old Bob (Sunny Suljic) and 14-year-old Kim (Raffey Cassidy). Lurking at the margins of Steven’s idyllic suburban existence is Martin (Barry Keoghan), a fatherless teen he has covertly taken under his wing. As Martin begins insinuating himself into the family’s life in ever-more unsettling displays, the full scope of his intent becomes menacingly clear when he confronts Steven with a long-forgotten transgression that will shatter the Murphy family’s domestic bliss.
The MVD Rewind Collection is a newer addition to the home media arena. With its first release last month D.O.A, they continue with cult favorite Attack of the Killer Tomatoes. A group of scientists bands together to save the world from mutated killer tomatoes. Each of these numbered collector’s edition sets will include plenty of bonus material and supplemental features. I’m linking the features section here because there are so many it would take up the whole page. I’m excited to check out the new 4K master and all the extras.
The TNM crew are huge gialli fans and of course one of the biggest names is Dario Argento. Opera (1987) where a young opera singer gets her big chance when the previous star of a production of Verdi’s Macbeth is run over by a car. Convinced the opera is bad luck she accepts and becomes the target of a psychopath – a man she has been dreaming of since childhood… This release is said to have gone through extensive restoration and should look amazing for any fans looking to jump on it.
Typhoon Noruda (2015) is a short film releasing this week from Sentai. Dusty will be having an upcoming review of the Blu-ray, so be on the lookout. The film takes place on a certain isolated island, at a certain middle school, and on the eve of the culture festival. A boy quits baseball after playing his whole life and has a fight with his best friend. Then, they suddenly meet a mysterious, red-eyed girl named Noruda, and a huge typhoon hits the middle school.
4K UHD Re-releases
I’m just going to combine the Paramount and Sony releases since most of us Blu-ray nerds probably have them. Though I bet more than a few will be upgrading to the UHDs. I would caution against upgrading without doing some research. With Cloverfield and 10 Cloverfield Lane, you are probably looking at a very minimal upgrade especially with the way the first was shot. Both should benefit from HDR as most 4k UHD releases do, but with them having 2K DI, the detail increase might be negligible. It also looks like there are zero new features and just 5.1 audio mixes.
The 4K UHD for Groundhog Day, on the other hand, is what home media addicts love to see. The classic Comedy comes fully restored in 4K and presented in 4K resolution with HDR (HDR10) and Dolby Atmos audio. SONY has been killing it lately with their catalog titles. Some might be miffed that it’s a Best Buy exclusive, but they are charging much less than what most 4K UHDs normally release at, price wise.
Well Go USA
Anyone that knows me, knows I love Well Go just for simply bringing a ton of Asian cinema to the US in generally affordable releases. So they will almost always be included on my list because that’s what I want to share with everyone. Nowadays Donnie Yen isn’t a hard sell to American audiences, so maybe quite a few of you will be interested in Chasing the Dragon. Donnie Yen stars as infamous real-life drug kingpin Crippled Ho, who came to Hong Kong an illegal immigrant in 1963 and ruthlessly carved an empire from the chaotic underworld of drug dealers and corrupt police that ruled the city under notorious detective Lee Rock (Andy Lau). Trailer at the end*
New Blu-ray Releases for the Week of 1/23/18
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 out the New Blu-ray Releases for the Week of 1/23/18, we hope you enjoy watching and collecting Blu-rays as much as we do!