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.
Aquaman (2018) – Warner Bros. – DUDE. This movie was so much ridiculous fun. I can’t wait to watch it again.
There are, of course, many editions available – 4K/Blu-ray, Blu-ray/DVD, Best Buy Exclusive Blu-ray Steelbook (with some truly appalling art), Best Buy Exclusive 3D/Blu-ray/DVD/other stuff, 3D/Blu-ray, Amazon Exclusive 3D/Blu-ray, Target Exclusive DigiBook, and probably a Walmart Exclusive that I missed among the dozens of different versions.
I’ll probably get the Target Digibook.
The Street Fighter Collection (1974) – Shout Factory – This three film series stars martial arts legend Sonny Chiba and was made famous by Tony Scott’s True Romance (via Quentin Tarantino’s script and Cristian Slater’s dialogue). You could probably argue that these movies were known before that, but only to a small percentage of the American audience.
Despite my love of all things Tarantino and True Romance in particular, I have never watched any of these. I’ve gone through martial arts phases a couple of times in my life, but it never seems to stick. Still, I feel like I owe at least The Street Fighter a look, so if I can catch it streaming, I’ll check it out.
For a Few Dollars More (1965) – Kino Lorber – I promise I’m not just being contrary when I say that this is my favorite of the so-called “Man With No Name” trilogy. I love all three films, but this one is shorter than The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly and has better pacing than A Fistful of Dollars. Those two are still incredible, but this one, to me, is the most accessible.
But really, all three are must-owns.
Pet Sematary 30th Anniversary Edition (1989) – Paramount Pictures – You guys know I love you, right? And that I would never, ever do anything to hurt or upset you? Right?
Keep that in mind because I’m about to tell you that there are exactly two great things about this movie – Zelda and Fred Gwynne.
The acting is bad, the directing is bad, the music is bad. It’s mostly bad. The makeup and the atmosphere are good and I can’t deny that there are some memorable shocks The makeup and the atmosphere are good and I can’t deny that there are some memorable shocks, but in my opinion this movie hasn’t aged well and is a tough watch. I was more than happy to hear a remake was happening.
I’m sorry, guys. I still love you.
There are a bunch of editions coming out for this one, too, and most of them do have some pretty nifty artwork.
PS – The Ramones’ song from the movie isn’t very good, either.
The Body Snatcher (1945) – Shout Factory – This sounds awesome.
Boris Karloff stars as a cab driver who supplies a professor with fresh cadavers for his classroom. But when he runs into supply issues, he decides to start straight-up killing people! Bela Lugosi is in it, too, but in a seemingly smaller role.
I need to see this.
The Suckling (1990) – Vinegar Syndrome –
“A woman goes to a back alley abortion clinic, only to have her aborted fetus attack her, her boyfriend, and everyone else at the clinic.”
Because of course it does.
Stan and Ollie (2018) – Sony Pictures – This wasn’t something I had to see in the theater, but it’s high up on the list of stuff I’m excited to see. I’ve heard nothing but great things about Reilly, Coogan, and the movie itself. This might be one I just buy sight unseen.
Warning Sign (1985) – Shout Factory – Oh, man – this one screams Commander USA’s Groovie Movies. Sam Waterston, Kathleen Quinlan, Yaphet Kotto, and Richard Dysart in a flick about being trapped in a laboratory with a biological hazard.
I just preordered it.
Road to Morocco (1942) – Kino Lorber – I can’t claim that these old Bing Crosby and Bob Hope movies are anything I seek out, but when I catch them on TV I watch them and I love them. They’re ridiculously fun and those two have amazing chemistry.
Road to Singapore, Road to Utopia, and Road to Zanzibar are also available today.
Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) – 20th Century Fox – I heard co-star Richard E. Grant talk about this on Maron’s podcast and it sounds great. Melissa McCarthy – who is awesome when she is given good roles – plays Lee Israel, who I had not previously heard of but who you should look up because it’s a crazy story.
Or just watch the movie.
Kingdom of the Spiders (1977) – Code Red – Speaking of Commander USA, I believe I first saw this classic on his Sunday afternoon program. I loathe spiders and do not generally engage in any spider-related activities that don’t involve Friendly Neighborhood types, but William Shatner is incredible in this film. Plus, this was the first movie I ever saw that had a downer ending. I’ll never forget that final shot and sitting there in disbelief that the movie had just ended that way.
My Hero Academia: Two Heroes (2018) – FUNimation Entertainment – I don’t know anything about this, but our pal Ryan Cadaver loves it, so it’s probably pretty good. He even has a shirt.
Kittie: Live at the London Music Hall (2017) – Independent Release – Say what you will, I think Kittie are a kickass metal band. If you haven’t listened to anything past Spit then you really don’t know. I enjoyed their recent documentary Origins/Evolutions about the history of the band and I preordered this as soon as it became available. They’re one of those bands that I’ve followed from the start but have managed to miss every time they’ve been in Georgia, so I’ll be happy to see them live.
Other Titles Worth Noting
Multiplicity, In the Cold of the Night, Dominique, Blood Hunger: The Films of José Larraz, The Iceman Cometh, Nemesis 2/Nemesis 3/Nemesis 4, White Nights, The Squeeze, Life After Flash, The Children (1980), Star Fleet X-Bomber: The Complete Series, and reissues of all of the current seasons of Game of Thrones
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