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.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) – Sony Pictures – This was the best movie I saw last year; possibly the best movie I’ve seen in a decade. I think it’s a must-own for any comic book fan.
Check out my review here.
There are, of course, many editions available – 4K/Blu-ray, Blu-ray/DVD, Best Buy Exclusive Blu-ray Steelbook, Amazon Exclusive Blu-ray/DVD, Target Exclusive DigiBook, and a Walmart Exclusive w/ action figure (which is one of the sad, poorly-articulated figures Hasbro released for this film).
Mary Poppins Returns (2018) – Disney/Buena Vista – You probably don’t know this about me, but I was obsessed with the original Mary Poppins. And I think it was right around the same time I was watching RoboCop every single day after school.
The mystery of Dave deepens, eh?
I watched a recorded VHS of Mary Poppins many, many times in the late 80s. I loved the animation, I loved Julie Andrews’ amazing performance, and I could not get enough of Dick Van Dyke. I thought Bert was one of the coolest people ever. Back then I could’ve done without the whole “Feed the Birds” segment and once the movie starts winding down it becomes kind of a bummer, but I still loved it.
I was never against a sequel and you should know by now that I’m not that guy, but I wasn’t particularly interested in seeing it. Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda may be the most super people on the planet, but they are not Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke. Beyond that I just couldn’t imagine a modern movie recapturing the very specific look of the original.
Having said all of that, I will absolutely be watching this on demand ASAP.
As for the physical media you can purchase today, there are plenty of options – 4K/Blu-ray, Best Buy Exclusive 4K Steelbook, Best Buy Exclusive Blu-ray Steelbook, Blu-ray/DVD, and a Target Exclusive 4k/Blu-ray w/ gallery book. I find it hard to believe that there’s no Walmart Exclusive, but there isn’t one listed. Good for Disney if they’re shutting that trash palace out.
Strip Nude for Your Killer (1975) – Arrow – Long, long ago I think this was a rental from the local mom and pop video shop, no doubt thanks to the “Strip Nude” portion of the title. I don’t specifically remember the movie, just that it was pretty slow but also kind of shocking. At the time.
With a title like that, I definitely want to revisit the film and see how I feel about it now. Revenge for a botched abortion is pretty dark subject matter and I think it took me off guard a bit back in the day.
Born in East L.A. (1987) – Shout Factory – Aside from a brief glimpse of The Corsican Brothers this was my first exposure to Cheech Marin. I caught it on cable plenty of times and in retrospect it’s a far superior comedy to The Corsican Brothers or most of the Cheech & Chong movies. I know that might be a controversial take, but I stand by it.
Doctor Who: Tom Baker – Complete Season Seven (1980-1981) – BBC – Pardon my French, but the BBC have absolutely lost their fucking minds as to how they’re numbering Doctor Who.
I think they’re trying to make it easier by numbering seasons going by each individual Doctor, but it annoys the heck out of me. This is season 18 of the original run and as far as I’m concerned we should still be numbering seasons from the 1963 beginning because it is all one continuity.
This set collects what is, indeed, Tom Baker’s seventh – and final – season on Doctor Who. I find it odd that the BBBC is releasing this now because they have not yet released Baker’s second through sixth seasons.
This final run of stories include some great stuff – The Leisure Hive, Meglos, Full Circle, State of Decay, Warriors’ Gate, and the excellent The Keeper of Traken and Logopolis. If you, unlike me, don’t already own these stories, this set is a bargain at sixty bucks. You couldn’t have gotten half of them for that price until now.
I have yet to see any classic Doctor Who on Blu-ray. I can’t imagine it’s a necessary upgrade, or even a desired one, as HD might reveal even more warts than DVD, but it’s a fair price for this collection of stories.
The Minion (1998) – Kino Lorber – This plot – a modern day Templar is sent to battle a servant of the Antichrist – sounds like it might have been better served being released a decade earlier. I feel like 1998 was a little late for such a thing and that there’s a good chance the subject matter isn’t as fun as an 80s flick would have made it. The fact that I’ve never even heard of a Dolph Lundgren movie called The Minion suggests that something went wrong here.
Whatever the case, I do want to check this out. Just not as a sight unseen purchase. I’ve added it to my ever-growing list of “look for this on demand” movies.
The Final Wish (2019) – NVG – I mention this only because Lin Shaye and Tony Todd are in it. It’s about a son who goes home after his father’s death to help his mother, only to discover something MYSTERIOUS.
Herbert West: Re-Animator (2017) – Indie Rights – You’ve gotta have some set of balls on you to try to do another Re-Animator that has nothing to do with Stuart Gordon and Jeffrey Combs. I’m not saying you shouldn’t, but you had better have something special in store if you’re going to film a different adaptation of Lovecraft’s story.
This version does. It’s Italian. That alone piques my interest.
Other Titles Worth Noting
Losin’ It, Cleopatra Jones, The Witches (1966), Spiders Triple Feature, Big Kill, The Iceman, Accident, The Big Fix, Crone Wood
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