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.
The Little Mermaid (1989) – Disney/Buena Vista – It’s the 30th anniversary of one of my favorite animated Disney films. I’m told it isn’t up to today’s standards of social responsibility or something, but I’m not judging something thirty years old by those standards. I just think it’s a fantastic animated spectacle.
Disney is releasing a 4K edition, a standard Blu-ray, a Best Buy exclusive Steelbook, and a Target exclusive DigiBook. They’re also releasing the direct-to-video sequels on Blu-ray, which I haven’t seen and probably won’t.
Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) – Disney/Buena Vista – I thought that this movie could have been a whole lot better. There were certainly good things about it and I wouldn’t call it bad, but it just felt like two hours of missed opportunities.
See above for what the editions are, but replace the Target exclusive DigiBook with a Filmmaker gallery and storybook.
Used Cars (1980) – Shout Factory – Robert Zemeckis directs Kurt Russell in what I remember as a fairly insane comedy. I haven’t seen this movie in decades, and I honestly couldn’t tell you why.
Wacko (1982) – Vinegar Syndrome – I read “spoof of slasher movies” and “infamous lawnmower killer” and was all set to dismiss this one, then I saw the cast. Starring Joe Don Baker, George Kennedy, Julia Duffy, and E.G. Daily; this thing sounds like one that needs to be seen.
I’m not saying it’ll be good, but that cast demands my attention.
Willard (2003) – Shout Factory – If, like me, you are fascinated by the human phenomenon that is Crispin Glover then this is a must-have. People like to throw around the ol’ “I could watch so-and-so read the dictionary” thing, but that is literally true in the case of Glover. He’s one of the most compelling on-screen presences I have ever seen.
Willard is a pretty good movie – a remake of the 1971 film – but Glover’s performance makes it great.
And yes – it does include the music video for Crispin Glover’s performance of Michael Jackson’s Ben. Which alone is worth the price of admission.
Battle for the Lost Planet (1986-1988) – Vinegar Syndrome – My cursory Google search reveals that this is actually two features – Galaxy and Mutant War – about a spy who steals a space shuttle, passes some aliens on their way to conquer Earth, and later returns to Earth to find that the aliens have indeed conquered the planet.
I feel like I should have learned my lesson by now about things that sound too awesome to be true, but I just preordered this.
The Mole People (1956) – Shout Factory – The Mole People often gets lumped into the Universal Monsters category, so I felt I should mention it. But in all honesty I thought this movie was terrible.
The Vengeance of She (1967) – Shout Factory – This movie and its predecessor, She, are both on my “Why haven’t I seen this?” list. I think it’s because they clearly lean less towards horror than sexploitation, which isn’t really my thing. But maybe it’s yours. If so, I’m sure this Shout Factory release will delight you. Weirdo.
Invasion of the Blood Farmers (1972) – Severin Films – Do you want to know how messed up the 70s were? A movie called Invasion of the Blood Farmers was rated PG. Said movie’s cover art features a (blood) farmer jamming a lady into the ground with a pitchfork.
Granted, she’s fully clothed, so I guess it’s okay.
Beast of the Yellow Night (1971) – VCI – Does making a deal with the devil where you periodically transform into a “crazed, hideous, flesh-eating demon” make a serial killer even worse? This brave film attempts to answer that ages-old query.
Mausoleum (1983) – Vinegar Syndrome – This is one of those video store classics that I know I watched back in the day, but that I can’t really remember anything about or if it was any good.
Interestingly, the first season of The Exorcist basically used the same plot.
The Possession of Hannah Grace (2018) – Sony Pictures – As I’ve mentioned before, 2018 was kind of rough on me and the missus as far as getting out and seeing grown-up movies went. This one was on the list, but we just never found the time to see it.
Between Worlds (2018) – Lionsgate Films – I seem to remember Nicolas Cage claiming that Between Worlds was even crazier than Mandy, which seems highly unlikely. I’m for sure going to watch this, but if it’s truly crazier than that masterpiece I’ll eat a shoe.
Other Titles Worth Noting
Next of Kin (1982), Spun, Showdown, Damages: The Complete Series, Border,
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