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 2/13/18.
This week Arrow has three releases to share. First up is a re-release of The Bird with the Crystal Plumage. Directed by Dario Argento, this giallo has many fans here at TNM. Also this week they will have Federico Fellini’s 1978 film Orchestra Rehearsal. I won’t need to tell you much about it because Garrett already has his full review of the Blu-ray up right here at TNM. Lastly, we have a delayed item that was originally scheduled to come out last month. 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.
Two big films are out this week for the popular specialty label. If you haven’t at least heard of these or know what they are about… well I’m not sure what to say other than, what?!?!?! Night of the Living Dead is a classic in every sense of the word. Since it was never copyrighted there have been many iterations. So why buy the Criterion version? Well for starters this will be the only one that has a BRAND NEW 4K DIGITAL RESTORATION, supervised by director George A. Romero, co-screenwriter John A. Russo, sound engineer Gary R. Streiner, and producer Russell W. Streiner. There are also a bunch of new special features and with a price much lower than most Criterions, it’s certainly worth a buy.
The other release is the much-acclaimed film The Silence of the Lambs. In this chilling adaptation of the best-selling novel by Thomas Harris, the astonishingly versatile director Jonathan Demme crafted a taut psychological thriller about an American obsession: serial murder. Winner of the Oscars for Best Picture, Actor, Actress, Director, and Screenplay is a rare feat in the world of film. While not having a ton of new features many fans will only need the NEW 4K DIGITAL RESTORATION, approved by the director of photography Tak Fujimoto.
The Deuce chronicles the rise of the porn industry that began in New York City in 1971-72, driven by the gradual legalization of porn and a politically motivated effort to “clean up” Times Square. Seizing the chance to cash in on the nascent porn business (and sometimes being consumed by it) are a vivid assortment of characters, including: Vincent Martino (James Franco), a bartender with vision and connections; Frankie Martino (Franco again), Vincent’s identical twin, a dangerously freewheeling counterpart to his entrepreneurial brother; Candy (Maggie Gyllenhaal), a self-made, on-the-street sex worker eying a new career in porn filmmaking. Over the course of eight S1 episodes, viewers will get an up-close look at a gritty world of sex, crime, high times and sudden violence, as the porn business begins its climb to legitimacy, cultural permanence … and billion-dollar profitability. Seth Manhammer will be having a review of Season One coming soon.
The Ballad of Lefty Brown (2017) When famed frontier lawman and Montana’s first elected senator Eddie Johnson (Peter Fonda) is brutally murdered, his longtime sidekick and friend, Lefty Brown (Bill Pullman), will stop at nothing to avenge his death. Dusty will be having a review for this right here on TNM later this week.
Hell or High Water 4K UHD (2016) A divorced dad and his ex-con brother decide to rob branch offices of the bank that’s threatening to foreclose on the family ranch. Such a poetic act of justice will put them in the crosshairs of a ranger. This well-received film from writer Taylor Sheridan (Sicario, Wind River) should look quite impressive in 4K UHD.
Hellraiser: Judgment (2018) Detectives Sean and David Carter are on the case to find a gruesome serial killer terrorizing the city. Joining forces with Detective Christine Egerton, they dig deeper into a spiraling maze of horror that may not be of this world. Your favorite foul-mouthed reviewer Seth Manhammer will have a review of this latest film in the Hellraiser franchise later this week.
Wonder (2017) Based on the beloved best-selling novel, WONDER follows the inspiring story of the Pullman family, whose youngest child, Auggie, is a boy born with facial differences. When Auggie enters mainstream elementary school for the first time, his extraordinary journey unites his family, his school, and his community, and proves that you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out. Oscar® winner Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, and Jacob Tremblay star in this heartwarming and uplifting film. Thanks to an innovative marketing campaign focusing on getting entire school classes to go to see Wonder in theaters, it blew away expectations at the box office.
There are a few different version coming out on home media. Right here on TNM, Dusty will be reviewing the 4K UHD version this week. There is also the standard Blu-ray version and Target has an exclusive 3 disc Deluxe Edition which includes a 30-minute bonus Q&A with Filmmaker Stephen Chbosky.
Manji, a highly skilled samurai, becomes cursed with immortality after a legendary battle. Haunted by the brutal murder of his sister, Manji knows that only fighting evil will regain his soul. He promises to protect a young girl named Rin and help her avenge her parents, who were killed by a group of master swordsmen led by ruthless warrior Anotsu. The mission will change Manji in ways he could never imagine… the 100th film by master director TAKASHI MIIKE.
Eaten Alive! (1980) A young woman teams up with an adventurer to find her missing sister in the jungles of New Guinea and they stumble upon a religious cult led by a deranged preacher who has located his commune in an area inhabited by cannibals.
Threads (TV) (1984) Documentary style account of a nuclear holocaust and its effect on the working class city of Sheffield, England; and the eventual long-running effects of nuclear war on civilization.
There are standard versions of both of these films available. However, you can get these limited editions for the same or actually less, so I only linked those for the time being.
New Blu-ray Releases for the Week of 2/13/18
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!