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 2/06/18.
The Gruesome Twosome (1967) A demented, elderly woman has her mentally retarded son kill and scalp various young women to use their hair for her wig shop while a persistent coed tries to link various killings on a local Florida college campus to them. Directed by the ”Godfather of Gore” Herschell Gordon Lewis.
Henri-Georges Clouzot’s Inferno (2009) In 1964, director Henri-Georges Clouzot chose Romy Schneider, age 26, and Serge Reggiani, 42, to star in L’enfer (Inferno), an enigmatic and original project with an unlimited budget. Reggiani was to play Marcel Prieur, the manager of a modest hotel in provincial France who becomes possessed by the demons of jealousy. Intended to be a cinematic event upon its release, three weeks after shooting began on Inferno, things took a turn for the worse. The project was stopped, and the images, which were said to be incredible, would remain unseen…until now. Working closely with Clouzot’s widow, Inès, Serge Bromberg reconstructs Clouzot’s original vision, filling and explaining the gaps with new interviews, re-enactments and Clouzot’s own notes and storyboards.
Because I get to write these weekly round-ups, I’m going to skew towards films I like even though I try to stay broad and cover all sorts. This release of Extraordinary Mission, I haven’t seen the film and since it’s from a smaller distributor it will probably fly under the radar. So why am I covering it? Well for one I love Asian action movies, but that’s not the main reason. It’s from director Alan Mak and writer Felix Chong. You may not know the names, but these two are the main components behind the amazing Infernal Affairs trilogy. If you have no idea what those films were, then let me have one more attempt to interest you. Infernal Affairs was the main inspiration (so much so that these two get writing credits) of the award-winning Scorsese film The Departed.
So will Extraordinary Mission be any good? Who knows, but those two involved elicit a blind buy from me, especially with the low price. One thing to note, unlike Infernal Affairs and what seems to become a norm with some actors/directors is the change to the mainland. No longer filmed in Hong Kong and speaking Cantonese, this was filmed in China and will have Mandarin. Will this have an impact on quality? My personal opinion is that due to Chinese backers, the mainland films are somewhat safe and don’t have the same appeal as gritty Hong Kong led flicks, but I’ll reserve judgment until I watch. *Trailer at the end.
Angie (1994) Academy Award winner Geena Davis shines as Angie, a young Brooklyn-born woman who’s witty, irreverent, and irresistible! With her wild ambitions and stubborn independence, Angie won’t let anyone–or anything–stand in the way of her dreams. When Angie finds out she’s pregnant by her longtime boyfriend, she has no plans to get married and settle down. As you can imagine, her unpredictable behavior drives her bewildered family and friends crazy! You’re sure to fall head over heels for Angie – a heartwarming story brimming with irrepressible fun!
The Aviator (1985) Based on a novel by Ernest Gann and set in 1928, this movie features Christopher Reeves as Edgar Anscombe, a mail biplane pilot running a route between the states of Washington and Nevada, when he is obliged to accept Tillie Hansen as a passenger. After they take off, an accident occurs and although the dueling pair survives the crash, they are hard put to survive for long in the desolate mountains full of hungry wolves.
Boys (1996) Synopsis: Winona Ryder stars in this compelling story of mystery and intrigue! On the run from her family, the police and a terrible secret, an attractive young woman (Ryder) suddenly appears at an exclusive prep school, searching for a safe place to hide. But when a rebellious student (Lukas Haas) helps to keep her identity a secret, they soon find themselves intimately involved… with time running out and the authorities closing in! With riveting performances and a thrilling, high-energy soundtrack, Boys is big-screen entertainment you don’t want to miss.
Sinbad of the Seven Seas (1989) He must conquer evil on land and at sea! A dazzling adventure of faraway lands and heroic spectacles, this heart-soaring epic follows the brave Sinbad the Sailor (Lou Ferrigno) in a rousing tale based on Edgar Allan Poe’s short story The Thousand-and-Second Tale of Scheherazade. When an evil wizard named Jaffar (John Steiner) casts a cruel spell, a good king and his happy kingdom face darkness for the first time ever. And when Jaffar demands marriage to the king’s beautiful daughter (Alessandra Martines), who is already engaged to a prince, it will be up to Sinbad and his loyal companions to save the princess and the people of the kingdom. But first, he must retrieve the palace gems Jaffar has stolen and hidden away–and face the Amazon Queen, the Ghost King and the most vicious beast imaginable along the way!
Tom of Finland (2017) The proudly erotic drawings of artist Touko Laaksonen, known to the world as Tom of Finland, shaped the fantasies of a generation of gay men, influencing art and fashion before crossing over into the wider cultural consciousness. But who was the man behind the leather? Dome Karukoski’s stirring biopic follows his life from the trenches of WWII and repressive Finnish society of the 1950s through his struggle to get his work published in California, where he and his art were finally embraced amid the sexual revolution of the 1970s. Tom’s story is one of love, courage, and perseverance, mirroring the gay liberation movement for which his leather-clad studs served as a defiant emblem.
The Way West (1967) Screen icons Kirk Douglas, Robert Mitchum, and Richard Widmark co-star in this sumptuous epic chronicling the legendary tale of the brave men and women who left the comfort and safety of life in the East for the promise of free land and a better life in the untamed West. The year is 1843 and Senator William Tadlock (Douglas) has the vision and foresight to dream of an empire beyond the Rockies. Joining his wagon train as it rolls out of Independence, Missouri, are others who share his idealism: a dirt farmer (Widmark) and a tough, embittered scout (Mitchum). Little can they know of the ordeal ahead as they load up their wagons and head for the Oregon territory. Dangerous rivers, burning prairies, marauding Indians and herds of stampeding buffalo are some of the unseen dangers that await these brave pioneers. It will take courage, determination, and faith to carry them to the end of this arduous journey.
The Wilby Conspiracy (1975) English engineer Jim Keogh (Caine) and black anti-apartheid activist Shack Twala (Poitier) go on the run together in 1970s South Africa after falling foul of the police. Aided by Shack’s lawyer, Rina (Prunella Gee), the two attempt to make their way to Cape Town where Shack hopes to return a diamond stash to the African National Congress and in turn sought help from the Congress’ leader, Wilby (Joe De Graft). Unbeknownst to the pair, they are being followed.
Pom Poko (1994) Faced with the destruction of their habitat due to the growth of Tokyo, a group of tanuki tries to defend their homes. They decide to use their transforming talents to try to hold back the new development. Two of them, especially skilled at transforming, are sent to Shikoku to enlist the help of three sages. Meanwhile, the rest of them do their best to disrupt the construction site, at first causing accidents, and then actually haunting the site. However, the humans are very persistent, and soon the tanuki are forced to use more and more extreme measures to save their home.
Tales from Earthsea (2006) From the legendary Studio Ghibli, creators of Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle, and director Goro Miyazaki (From Up on Poppy Hill ) comes an animated fantasy epic based on the classic book series by Ursula K. Le Guin. As crops dwindle and dragons reappear, mankind stands on the verge of total chaos. Lord Archmage Sparrowhawk, a powerful wizard, and Arren, a troubled young prince, search for the force behind this mysterious imbalance that threatens to destroy the land of Earthsea. This tale of redemption and self-discovery that will take your breath away features the voices of Timothy Dalton, Cheech Marin, Willem Dafoe, and Mariska Hargitay.
Walking Out (2017) An estranged father and son are forced to rely on one another to survive an unforgiving wilderness in this riveting, richly emotional thriller. Once a year, fourteen-year-old David (Josh Wiggins, Max) travels from his mother’s home in Texas to visit his loner father, Cal (Matt Bomer, White Collar), in the remote mountains of Montana. There, the two embark on their annual hunting excursion, during which the taciturn Cal attempts to connect with his smartphone-addicted son. But when a terrifying turn of events leaves Cal critically wounded, it’s up to the teenage David to summon enough strength for both of them. Infused with a deep reverence for the rugged beauty and harsh realities of the Montana landscape, Walking Out is both a tense survival saga and a disarmingly moving father-son tale.
Welcome to Willits (2016) Aliens, burnouts, and clueless campers collide in this bloody and bonkers slasher freak-out! Deep in the woods of Northern California lies the off-the-grid town of Willits … a haven for marijuana growers, meth addicts, and conspiracy theorists. When a gaggle of vacationing teens unknowingly set up their campsite on the property of Willits’ most disturbed resident (a psychotic, drug-addled pot farmer who’s convinced that extraterrestrials are out to get him) they’re in for one hell of a bad time. The feature film debut from director Trevor Ryan is a no-holds-barred pileup of carnage, twisted comedy, and pure crazy!
Batman: Gotham by Gaslight (2018) In an age of mystery and superstition, how would the people of Gotham react to a weird creature of the night, a bat-garbed vigilante feared by the guilty and the innocent alike? The very first Elseworlds tale re-imagines the Dark Knight detective in Victorian times and puts him against the infamous murderer Jack the Ripper.
Like most of the DCAU, Gaslight will have quite a few different versions. We have the standard Blu-ray of course. Target is continuing their line of Steelbooks®. Best Buy doesn’t have a figure with their exclusive this time but does seem to have it with the graphic novel. Also available is the 4K UHD release that you should be able to buy anywhere.
New Blu-ray Releases for the Week of 2/06/18
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!