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. 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 and what we most likely will be buying ourselves. 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 05/07/18.
Source Code 4K UHD (2011) From the director of the critically acclaimed Moon, Duncan Jones. Jake Gyllenhaal stars in this mind-bending action thriller about an experimental government program used to prevent a deadly terrorist attack in downtown Chicago.
Lionsgate is releasing this on UHD which includes both Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos. You can check out our news post for more info on the specs and features.
They are also re-releasing Miss Sloane and Shut In on Blu-ray. Just interesting to note that these were previously 20th Century Fox releases. So maybe they worked out a distribution deal and we will be getting some Fox Blu-rays that may have not been out yet? It’d be surprising but who knows.
Saving Private Ryan 4K UHD (1998) Seen through the eyes of a squad of U.S. soldiers, the story begins with World War II’s historic D-Day invasion, then moves beyond the beach as the men embark on a dangerous special mission. Captain John Miller must take his men behind enemy lines to find Private James Ryan, whose three brothers have been killed in combat. Faced with impossible odds, the men question their orders. Why are eight men risking their lives to save just one? Surrounded by the brutal realities of war, each man searches for his own answer – and the strength to triumph over an uncertain future with honor, decency and courage.
Paramount is in both Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos for this presentation and will be sure to please. If you have never seen the film, then what are you waiting for? Besides the standard 4K UHD version, Besy Buy also have an exclusive Steelbook® edition. It has it as coming soon for the moment, but if you really want it your best chance is to wake up early and order online when the system releases. Now you just have to decide if it’s worth another $8 for the extra packaging.
Caged Fury (1990) Kathie (Roxanna Michaels) is innocent when they lock her up … but that won’t last long. Women in chains, a deviant warden and murderous guards … no wonder the cops claim Honeywell State Prison doesn’t exist. Her only hope of being freed lies with Harley-riding hero Victor (Erik Estrada) and combat karate champ Dirk (Richie Barathy), who’ll take on the whole prison mano a mano if need be. This women-in-prison film also stars Paul L. Smith (Midnight Express), Jack Carter (Alligator), Michael Parks (From Dusk Till Dawn) and adult film stars Janine Lindemulder and Kascha. No special features listed, even on Shout’s own site.
The House That Dripped Blood (1971) A Scotland Yard inspector’s search for a missing film star leads him to a haunted house. The house sets the framework for four separate tales of terror written by the author of Psycho, Robert Bloch, and starring horror icons Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee and Ingrid Pitt. All four stories center on the mysterious fates of tenants who have leased the mansion over the years. New special features include audio commentary by film historian/author Troy Howarth and an interview with second assistant director Mike Higgins.
Fifty Shades Freed (2018) Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson return as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele in Fifty Shades Freed, the climactic chapter based on the worldwide bestselling Fifty Shades phenomenon. Believing they have left behind shadowy figures from their past, newlyweds Christian and Ana fully embrace an inextricable connection and shared life of luxury. But just as she steps into her role as Mrs. Grey and he relaxes into an unfamiliar stability, new threats could jeopardize their happy ending before it even begins.
Like most bigger studio releases, this one comes in all sorts of various editions. You have your standard Blu-ray edition with DVD and Digital. Best Buy of course has their usual Steelbook® version. Target has one that comes with a bonus disc featuring thirty more minutes of special features. There is the 4K UHD edition which can be found most places. Dusty will be having an upcoming review of that. Finally, there is the collection that has all three Fifty Shades films on Blu-ray.
Phantom Thread 4K UHD (2017) Set in the glamour of 1950’s post-war London, renowned dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock and his sister Cyril are at the center of British fashion, dressing royalty, movie stars, heiresses, socialites, debutants and dames with the distinct style of The House of Woodcock. Women come and go through Woodcock’s life, providing the confirmed bachelor with inspiration and companionship, until he comes across a young, strong-willed woman, Alma, who soon becomes a fixture in his life as his muse and lover. Once controlled and planned, he finds his carefully tailored life disrupted by love.
A rather well-received film. Universal did upset a few by having the Blu-ray come out last month and making people wait for the UHD. At least this one was announced prior to the other being released. It should have saved everyone but those pesky impulse buyers from double dipping. We’ll have to keep an eye on this trend and see if it was just a fluke or something studios will be looking to consistently do.
The Sinner: Season One (2017) THE SINNER follows a young mother (Jessica Biel) who, when on a day trip with her husband (Christopher Abbott) and son, commits a startling act of violence and, to her horror, has no idea why. The event launches an inverted and utterly surprising crime thriller whose driving force is not the who or the what – but the why. When an investigator (Bill Pullman) finds himself obsessed with uncovering the woman’s buried motive, together they travel a harrowing journey into the depths of her psyche and the violent secrets hidden in her past.
It’s been a long time since I have had cable, so anytime new TV Blu-rays come out I’m all for them. The Sinner was renewed for a second season even though it was originally a limited series.
Batman Ninja (2018) Batman Ninja is directed by Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure’s Jumpei Mizusaki and features character designs by Afro Samurai creator Takashi Okazaki. Batman and a cast of villains including The Joker are transported back in time to medieval Japan in this ground-breaking anime feature. Special Features: East/West Batman, Batman: Made in Japan, New York Comic Con Presents Batman Ninja.
Besides the standard Blu-ray, this also has a Steelbook®. However, it is a wide release and not exclusive to any retailor. So you might actually be able to find this one unlike some of the DCAU steels.
Well Go USA
Paradox a.k.a. Kill Zone 3 (2018) Hong Kong police negotiator Lee Chung-Chi has learned that his 16 year old daughter Wing-Chi has disappeared while in Thailand. He travels to Thailand and teams up with Chinese officer Tsui Kit and his partner, Tak, as they face off against American gangster Sacha, who is operating a black market organ smuggling ring. A series of clues lead Chung-Chi to not only learn the fate of his daughter, but overcome the odds to stop the ring once and for all. More info including features and trailer in our news post.
New Blu-ray Releases for the Week of 05/07/18
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!