Welcome to Home Again, where each and every Tuesday I’ll be running down some of the best genre releases coming to home media. In general I won’t be covering 4K because I find the format overrated, but if it’s new and happens to have some kind of edition feature I might mention it.
All info is from the excellent Blu-ray.com. This isn’t every genre release, just the ones I find interesting. For the full list, follow that link.
Candyman (1992) – Shout Factory – Wild psychosexual chemistry between Tony Todd and Virginia Madsen, truly disturbing kills, and the rare urban horror setting make Candyman a modern classic. This movie scared the heck out of me back in the day, and even though the whole Bloody Mary thing was around long before Clive Barker’s concept, everything that came after this feels like a pale imitation.
We all know how Shut Factory does it up, so this is a must-have for any horror fan.
Urban Legend (1998) – Shout Factory – I didn’t like this movie when it came out and I can’t say I remember why. I also can’t remember anything about the movie.
Looking at the cast – Jared Leto, Alicia Witt, Rebecca Gayheart, Michael Rosenbaum, Joshua Jackson – it reads as pretty much the sexiest young actors of the day. Most of them have gone on to do some pretty awesome stuff, so I could see giving this another chance. I’m sure it still isn’t good, but at least it’ll be entertaining seeing the Joker and Lex Luthor interact. Or Flash, depending on your preferences.
Young Guns II (1990) – Sony Pictures – Speaking of movies I don’t remember, I couldn’t tell you anything about either of the Young Guns movies other than who was in them and that at the time I liked them. I don’t even know if I’ve watched them since the 90s.
I find it a little odd that Sony is doing one of their special runs of this (like they did with Night of the Living Dead (1990) and Evil Dead (2013), both of which took some extra effort to obtain) instead of just releasing a single box with both Young Guns films for fifteen or twenty bucks.
The Outer Limits: Season Two (1964-65) – Kino Lorber – I would love for Netflix or Amazon to have these available to stream because while I think of myself as a Twilight Zone guy, I feel like The Outer Limits should appeal to me more. I just haven’t had as much opportunity to see these. I mainly remember that the opening titles freaked me out when I was a kid – “We are controlling the transmission”.
WHAT? Who? How?
I found the idea of a foreign entity controlling my TV viewing truly disturbing, even though I knew I could change the channel. And usually did.
Urban Legend: Final Cut (2000) – Shout Factory – Yes – there is a second Urban Legends movie. I don’t even know if I’ve seen it and I don’t think that’s going to change with this release.
2001: A Space Odyssey Remastered (1968) – Warner Bros. – This is a film that I admire from afar.
I have sat through it exactly once. I admire the craftsmanship – as I do with all of Kubrick’s movies – but I find it excruciatingly dull. This is on me.
A 4K steelbook edition is also available.
Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey (1991) Steelbook – Shout Factory – If you skipped Shout Factory’s two-pack with included NECA figures, you might prefer this fancy-pants steelbook release.
I love this sequel for nostalgia reasons, and it still has some fantastic moments, but grown-up me feels that it all goes to hell when Station shows up. Which is odd considering they literally go to Hell earlier in the movie.
Also, I kind of wish they’d stuck with the original title of Bill & Ted Go to Hell.
Freejack (1992) – Sony Pictures – Wow. This is not a great release day for me personally.
I saw Freejack in the theater when it came out and thought it was a big pile of ass. I’ll totally watch it again for the cast, though.
Streets of Fire (1984) Steelbook – Shout Factory – Oh, boy. I sure hope Derek doesn’t read this because I bought this movie on his recommendation and haven’t been able to get through it. I’ve watched the first twenty minutes or so a few times now and I don’t see what he sees.
And that’s okay, because one of the basic tenets of Needless Things is that we don’t all have to like the same stuff.
Kin (2018) – Lionsgate Films – This is another one of those films that looks like it should have been a big theatrical release but for some reason wasn’t.
A quick search reveals that this came out at the end of August and bombed. I’ve never even heard of it, and I’m guessing most of you haven’t, either.
4K and steelbook editions are also available, for some reason.
The Seventh Seal Remastered (1957) – Criterion – This is one of those films that you just have to watch if you consider yourself a movie fan. While I wouldn’t put it on a favorites list, it is something breathtaking to behold – one of those artsy things that makes you realize, “Oh, so that’s the kind of stuff this medium can do”.
The Seventh Seal has been referenced in countless other films over the decades, but it’s particularly noteworthy that this edition is being released on the same day as Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, whose Death was very clearly influenced by Bergman’s characterization, down to the game of chess with the protagonists.
They should’ve arranged a two-pack.
Bergman’s Dreams, An Autumn Sonata, and A Ship to India are also getting Criterion releases today, but I haven’t seen either, so I’ll just mention them here.
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm/SubZero (1993/1998) – Warner Bros. – I’m sure everyone here has seen Mask of the Phantasm, which is arguably the best Batman film ever released to theaters. Some of you might not have seen the direct-to-video Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero.
I’m comfortable saying that while Phantasm is great, SubZero is actually a better film.
If you didn’t pick up the recent Animated Series box set (which includes both of these) and don’t already own these films, absolutely grab this set.
Luciferina (2018) – Artsploitation Films – Here you go:
“Natalia is a nineteen-year-old novice who reluctantly returns home to say goodbye to her dying father. However, when she meets up with her sister and her friends, she decides instead to travel the jungle in search of a mystical plant.”
Huh. Sounds like there’s a high possibility of weirdness here. If I see it streaming I’ll check it out.
The Maniac (1963) – Sony Pictures – This probably isn’t the Maniac you’re thinking of. While I enjoyed William Lustig’s 1980 Maniac and liked the 2012 remake even more, this one sounds like it has the potential to be a more engaging film.
I hate to cut and paste recaps two entries in a row, but I think we need this one:
“An American painter has an affair with a bar owner in a French village and agrees to help her murderer husband escape from a prison for the criminally insane.”
That right there is an absolutely delightful heap of whatthefuckery. Plus, as I just learned, this is a Hammer film, which makes it must-see.
Cutting Class 4K (1989) – Vinegar Syndrome – I haven’t thought about this movie in years. I don’t know how a slasher flick starring Brad Pitt could be as overlooked as this one seems to be. I think I even remember liking it.
This special release is available through Vinegar Syndrome. If you purchase it during their Black Friday sale, it will include five(!) slipcovers. After Black Friday, any remaining slipcovers will be shredded – they won’t be sold at any conventions or elsewhere. So if you’re a slipcover collector, get on it!
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