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 2/20/18.
An Actor’s Revenge from 1963 joins the Criterion Collection. Yukinojo, a Kabuki actor, seeks revenge by destroying the three men who caused the deaths of his parents. Also involved are the daughter of one of Yukinojo’s targets, two master thieves, and a swordsman who himself is out to kill Yukinojo. Sporting a new 4K digital restoration, it also includes the uncompressed mono. There are also some new interviews and a completely new English subtitle translation.
In this psychologically rich character study, written and directed by Satyajit Ray, Bengali film star Uttam Kumar draws on his real-world celebrity to play Arindam Mukherjee, a matinee idol on the brink of his first flop. Seamlessly integrating rueful flashbacks and surreal dream sequences with the quietly revelatory stories of the train’s other passengers, The Hero (1966) is a graceful meditation on art, fame, and regret from one of world cinema’s most keenly perceptive filmmakers. This release will have a new 2K restoration and a new subtitle translation also.
Fan favorite A24 comes out with another well-received film with The Florida Project. Set over one summer, the film follows precocious six-year-old Moonee as she courts mischief and adventure with her ragtag playmates and bonds with her rebellious but caring mother, all while living in the shadows of Disney World. The Blu-ray comes with a making-of featurette, bloopers, and cast/crew interviews. Dustin will be having a full video review of this coming soon.
Brian Taylor’s horror comedy Mom and Dad (2017), starring Nicolas Cage, Selma Blair, Lance Henriksen, and Anne Winters will be releasing this week. A teenage girl and her little brother must survive a wild 24 hours during which a mass hysteria of unknown origins causes parents to turn violently on their own kids. It only had a small theatrical release, but the trailer looks hilarious and very over-the-top. If you like crazy Cage then this movie might just be for you. I’ll link the trailer at the end so you can get a better idea, but for the price of the release I’ll certainly be blind buying the Blu-ray.
Farewell, My Lovely / The Big Sleep (1975-1978) is coming to the Shout Select line. I won’t ramble as I normally do with my dislike for this line, however, I still want to make some points for buyers. The two films come on a single disc and early reviews say there is quite a bit of bleed and DNR. With the slightly lower MSRP than most Shout releases it might still be worth an upgrade.
Gate II: Return to the Nightmare (1990) This supercharged sequel to the horror classic The Gate comes alive with unearthly creatures, heart-stopping action, and incredible special effects. Gate II picks up again with Terry, the teenage sorcerer who summons beings from the other side whose powers can be used to grant any wish. Unfortunately, before the Gate closes again, a “minion” – a tiny disciple of Satan himself – manages to slip through to our dimension. When the creature is kidnapped – all hell breaks loose.
The Girl Without Hands (2016) Sébastien Laudenbach’s utterly transporting, hand-painted masterpiece unfolds with the dream logic of a fairytale, taking you into the darker, primal origins of the Brothers Grimm’s tales. In hard times, a miller sells his daughter to the Devil. Protected by her purity, she escapes, but in revenge, the Devil deprives her of her hands. Abandoning family and home, she sets off into the woods and begins her long journey towards the light. With magic and cruelty, sublime beauty and tenderness, The Girl Without Hands is at once timeless and unlike anything you have seen before, a stunning example of animation as a powerful cinematic art form for adult moviegoers.
The Night Walker (1964) Barbara Stanwyck (in her last theatrical feature) stars as a wealthy woman who is terrorized by recurring dreams regarding her jealous, blind husband who supposedly burned to death in a recent fire. She tries to convince her attorney (Robert Taylor) that the nightmares are real. Exploitation King William Castle produced and directed from a screenplay by PSYCHO’s Robert Bloch.
Midnight, Texas: Season One (2017) Welcome to a place where being normal is really quite strange. Based on the best-selling book series from Charlaine Harris (the author behind True Blood), comes a journey into a remote Texas town where no one is who they seem. From vampires and witches to psychics, angels, and assassins, Midnight is a mysterious safe haven for those who are different. As the town members fight off outside pressures from rowdy biker gangs, ever-suspicious cops, supernatural entities, and their own dangerous pasts, they band together and form a strong and unlikely family.
Added this because writing this article is the first I have heard of this and it looks kind of interesting. Questionable CGI aside, I thought the trailer looked entertaining and figured I’d share and put at the end.
New Blu-ray Releases for the Week of 2/20/18
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!