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 1/9/18.
From our friends at Arrow Video, we have a couple releases this week. First up is Seijun Suzuki: The Early Years, Vol. 1. (1958-1965) (Limited Edition), a five pack of films featuring the early Nikkatsu Diamond Guys. Tales of gangsters, yakuza, and young love. Fans of early Japanese film are sure to be in for a treat.
Also coming out on Tuesday is The Witches, an Italian anthology film from 1967. Dino De Laurentiis brought together the talents of five celebrated Italian directors for an anthology film. Their brief was simple: to direct an episode in which Silvana Mangano plays a witch. It even stars Clint Eastwood in one of the stories.
Few American historical figures are as revered as Abraham Lincoln, and few director-star collaborations embody classic Hollywood cinema as beautifully as the one between John Ford and Henry Fonda. Young Mr. Lincoln, their first together, was Ford’s equally poetic and significant follow-up to the groundbreaking western Stagecoach, and in it, Fonda gives one of the finest performances of his career, as the young president-to-be as a novice lawyer, struggling with an incendiary murder case. Featuring a new 4K restoration, a new commentary track, and a host of other features. This looks to be a great package for those that love the film.
A host of classic titles are coming from Kino Lorber this week.
The Garden of Allah (1936) After the death of her father, convent-educated Domini Enfilden heads for the desert seeking peace. But instead of tranquility, the sultry beauty finds passion in the arms of Boris Androvsky — secretly a Trappist monk who has broken his vows and lost his faith. Will Domini discover Boris’ secret, and will his hidden past destroy their future happiness?
Inherit the Wind (1960) Based on the “Scopes Monkey Trial” of 1925, two great lawyers argue the case for and against a science teacher who dared to teach evolution in a high school science class.
Intermezzo: A Love Story (1939) Renowned violinist Holger Brandt is delighted to be back with his family after a long tour. But when he meets his daughter’s piano teacher, Anite, and hears her play, he is captivated. Despite the devastating toll on his family, Holger and Anita begin a musical partnership that quickly becomes a passionate romance. But are they meant to live in harmony forever…or is this merely an intermezzo?
Judgment at Nuremberg (1961) In 1948, an American court in occupied Germany tries four Nazi judges for war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Not as a Stranger (1955) A ego-driven, aspiring physician intolerant of the weaknesses of others, especially those closest to him, comes to grips with his own imperfections.
The Wild Heart (1950) A beautiful, superstitious, animal-loving Gypsy is hotly desired by a fox-hunting squire…even after she marries a clergyman.
The Young in Heart (1938) The Carleton family will do anything for money…except work. Taken in by a rich, lonely old lady, George-Anne Carleton (Janet Gaynor), the savvy and cynical baby of the family, hatches the perfect plan — the Carletons will pretend to be the decent people their hostess is sure they are, in the hopes that she’ll rewrite her will in their favor! But there’s just one flaw — how long can you play a role before actually become it?
So let’s talk Lionsgate. They have a few different releases this week including one, that after watching the trailer, I’m not even sure how to categorize. You have Adrien Brody, Antonio Banderas, and John Malkovich starring in what looks like a standard bank heist crime drama. Then further in the trailer, something along the lines of Cujo or something from Jurassic Park comes to play. This film is Bullet Head. You can find the trailer and special feature list in our news announcement for it here.
Also releasing from Lionsgate is Friend Request. When college student Laura unfriends a mysterious girl online, she finds herself fighting a demonic presence that wants to make her lonely by killing her closest friends. Not only will Dusty be having a review for this on The Nerd Mentality this week, we will also be doing a giveaway for the Blu-ray also. So keep your eyes peeled.
Quite possibly the release I am looking forward to the most is The My Little Pony: The Movie. Not because I am interested in watching it myself, but for the fact that our own Seth Manhammer will be having a review for it this week. I’m sure that will be worth a read on its own. In order to stop a threat to the town of Ponyville, the “Mane 6” – Twilight Sparkle, Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy, and Rarity – must leave Equestria, meeting new friends and overcoming challenges in the process.
Our last featured distributor for this week will be Universal. Along with the forthcoming, they are also doing re-releases of the Fifty Shades of Grey and Jurassic Park Films. I won’t list them, but you can still find links on the coming soon page if you are looking for them.
First up is The Foreigner. A humble businessman with a buried past seeks justice when his daughter is killed in an act of terrorism. A cat-and-mouse conflict ensues with a government official, whose past may hold clues to the killers’ identities. While marketed as a Jackie Chan action film, it’s more of a political thriller and has just as much Brosnan as Chan.
Marshall is a biographical drama about a young Thurgood Marshall, the first African American Supreme Court Justice, as he battles through one of his career-defining cases. This film had some early Oscar buzz, but it seems to have waned. Even so, it reviewed well and might be worth a pick up this week if you are into films like this.
Now for the biggest release of the week, saleswise anyway. That would be the new film adaption of Stephen King’s IT. In a small town in Maine, seven children known as The Losers Club come face to face with life problems, bullies and a monster that takes the shape of a clown called Pennywise. I’m sure most are aware of this film or the book in some way shape, or form. One word of caution, there is supposed to be an Extended Edition later on in the year. So it might be worth holding off for a bit, or in true collector fashion, there is always double dipping. Besides the standard edition, Target has one with a lenticular slipcover. All of the editions include Dolby Atmos. The 4K UHD also has Dolby Vision. For those Steelbook® fans, Best Buy has you covered with this terrifying looking edition that thankfully is the 4K version so it makes it the definitive one to buy.
New Blu-ray Releases for the Week of 1/9/18
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!