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.
Bumblebee (2018) – Paramount Pictures – If it wrong that I can’t see the title of this movie without thinking of that douchey chorus guy from American Pie practicing?
I’m sure most of you have no idea what I’m talking about.
This movie is absolutely fantastic. Check out my review here.
Surprisingly there are only a couple of variations listed – the standard 4K/Blu-ray and Blu-ray DVD, and a Best Buy exclusive 4K Steelbook. Target and Walmart do not seem to be getting their own exclusives.
The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot (2018) – RLJ Entertainment – This has been on my list since I first heard about it for obvious reasons, but then some word of mouth about it being really slow (but still good) pushed it down the list a bit. I will absolutely watch it at some point, but it’s not the priority it was at first.
Hellboy Animated 4K/Blu-ray (2007) – Lionsgate Films – Mike Mignola was kind of weird years ago when I asked him if there would be any more of these. His answer was the sort of definitive “NO” that makes you wonder what happened.
Whatever the case, I think these are the best Hellboy adaptations I’ve seen. This set consists of two feature-length animated films and they’re both great.
Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase (2019) – Warner Bros. – It’s surprising to see that this is a straight-to-home release. I don’t know a heck of a lot about it other than it stars Sophia Lillis from IT and that it’s not the only Nancy Drew thing going on right now, but you’d think her star power alone would have been enough to give it at least a small theatrical release.
Oh. Never mind. It did get a release. In March. Fastest turnaround ever!
Apparently it got decent reviews, but I guess Warner Bros. intended to put more emphasis on the digital market. It has a terrible poster.
Robot Ninja (1989) – Tempe Digital – You know how sometimes there are things that you have never heard of that seem to be getting a weirdly intensive update or special edition? Where the verbiage makes it sound like the return of a long-lost classic like the theatrical cuts of Star Wars, but instead it’s something like, I dunno, Robot Ninja?
I’m not saying that this movie is bad or unworthy of attention, but here’s the blurb:
“Late one night, frustrated comic book artist Leonard Miller witnesses the brutal rape and murder of a young couple at the hands of ruthless small-town thugs. Seeking vigilante justice, Miller decides to become his most famous character, stalking the night intent on spilling the blood of any criminal who stands in his way! Painstakingly restored from a 2K film scan of the original 16mm A/B roll cut negative with a dynamic new 5.1 surround sound mix, this VHS-era classic returns in a streaming-exclusive 16:9 widescreen presentation for the first time ever. Written, produced, and directed by J.R. Bookwalter (“The Dead Next Door,” “Ozone”), “Robot Ninja” slashes, stabs, guts, pokes, and jabs its way to a climactic finale, putting a unique imprint on the superhero genre.”
Now, maybe I’m a dum-dum or out of the loop or something, but I was front and center in the VHS era and I do not remember Robot Ninja. That being said, I definitely want to see Robot Ninja, of which there are two cuts in this highly anticipated release.
Doctor Who: The Macra Terror (1967) – BBC – This is one of the famously “lost” stories from the original run of Doctor Who. The BBC has the audio, but thanks to the idiotic practice of recording over aired programs the original masters are long gone.
In these situations the BBC provides visuals via some bare bones animation. I’ve watched a couple of the animated restorations that the BBC has released and I’ll call them “just good enough”. The quality is probably a couple of steps down from Archer. It’s not necessarily fun to watch, but it is more rewarding than just listening to the audio.
Sure – the BBC could have done something really amazing like hiring one of the animation studios that contributed to Love Robots + Death. But they didn’t.
Other Titles Worth Noting
The Mule, Vice, An Innocent Man, No Alternative, Picnic at Hanging Rock (Criterion)
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