Home Again – January’s Blu-Ray Releases

Welcome to Home Again, where each and every Tuesday I’ll be running down some of the best genre releases coming to home media.

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.

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Waterworld (1995) – Arrow – Yeah, I know. But how could I possibly ignore Waterworld?

I respect the heck out of the idea and scope of this film and it is gorgeous to look at. Dennis Hopper is delightfully maniacal and Jack Black even shows a glimmer of his bright future. The world is well-constructed and the kitbashed cities and vehicles are an awesome Mad Max-at-sea spectacle.

Unfortunately, it stars my least favorite major actor of all time as a character even less likeable than Jonathan Kent. And it surrounds him with a bunch of other unlikeable people. Basically everyone in this film is a reprehensible creep.

Do I want to see this sunken post-apocalyptic world in glorious HD? Yes.

Do I want to suffer through 177 minutes of Kevin Costner being surly which, by the way, is the only emotion I have ever seen him successfully portray on screen? No.

And I certainly don’t want to pay thirty-five bucks to do either of those things.

I’m sure this movie has genuine fans and I’m very happy for them.

Cobra (1986) – Shout Factory – Shout Factory sees last week’s Sony Pictures release of Cliffhanger and raises!

For years I thought the actual title of this movie was Stallone: Cobra because it’s always presented that way and, heck, it might as well be. This is 100% a Sly vehicle based on his popularity as Rocky and Rambo and that is A-OK. This is a down n’ dirty 80s action flick with absolutely no regrets. Rambo versus a cult is a concept I can get behind.

10 to Midnight (1983) – Shout Factory – I’ve seen a couple of movies starring Charles Bronson and I’m down with his gnarly machismo, but I can’t claim to be any kind of expert. His reign was a bit before my time and I’ve never delved too deeply into his work.

Bronson plays a cop up against a serial killer in this one, which sounds promising. I’d definitely stream it, but you might know better than me if it’s worth a purchase.

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988) – Shout Factory – Still brilliant and still hilarious. This is an undisputable comedy classic. Steve Martin is at the top of his game, but Michael Caine is at a whole different level of performance. Watching the two of them steal scenes from one another is delightful. And once Glenne Headly enters the game it becomes even more frantic and uproarious. To this day I sit on the edge of my seat just waiting for everything to fall apart.

If you’ve never seen this, remedy that as soon as possible.

Double Dragon (1994) – MVD Visual – I’ve never seen this because I never cared too much about the Double Dragon video games and by the time this came out in 1994 I really didn’t care. If memory serves, most of the world had a similar response despite the presence of that charming rapscallion, Scott Wolf.

The Giant Behemoth (1959) – Warner Bros. – This is mostly notable for the stop-motion animation work of Willis O’Brien, who was responsible for the original King Kong.

Road House 2 (2006) – MVD Visual – Normally I’d feel compelled to make a joke about a sequel that was released seventeen years after the original, but considering the fact that one of my favorite movies of 2018 was a sequel to a film that came out four decades earlier I think it’s best to drop that line.

If you listened to our most recent Needless Commentary you know that there is a sequel to Roadhouse and that it came out in 2006, that the main character is supposedly James Dalton’s son, and that most people aren’t even aware of its existence.

We for sure will be watching this movie at some point, so it’s convenient that MVD is releasing it now. Not that I’m going to buy it. My hope is that I can at least rent it from Amazon for a few bucks.

Check back next week for more horror, sci-fi, and whatever else grabs my attention!

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