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.
There were some weird releases outside of the regular Tuesday this week, so I’m going to cover those, too. Because if you think I’m not mentioning a movie called Slave Girls from Beyond Infinity then you just don’t know me very well.
Slave Girls from Beyond Infinity (1987) – Full Moon Features – Obviously the title is pretty darn compelling, but I didn’t remember this one until I saw it was from Full Moon – always a mark of…. interesting? – and read the description.
It’s The Most Dangerous Game, but in outer space with fierce, bikini-clad babes fighting for their lives against a jerk with a laser crossbow.
Before you laugh at “laser crossbow”, remember the fact that that’s what Chewbacca uses.
I can’t tell you if the movie is actually entertaining because I haven’t seen it in almost thirty years, but I do remember the sets and costumes being cool and at least one great-looking creature.
Broken Flowers (2005) – Kino Lorber – As much as I enjoy Jim Jarmusch’s films, they do slip by me from time to time. That’s the case with Broken Flowers, which I had completely forgotten about until today.
Jarmusch and Bill Murray are already a powerful combination, but this movie boasts an incredible female cast that includes Tilda Swinton, Jessica Lange, Frances Conroy, Sharon Stone, and Julie Delpy. Jeffrey Wright is in the mix, too, so obviously I need to get it together and add this to my collection.
The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) – Warner Bros. – I’m still surprised by how much my family liked this movie. The LEGO movie franchise seemed to be getting a little stagnant and repetitive, so I had low expectations going in. I ended up thinking it was great. Check out my review here.
Unsurprisingly there are a few editions available – 4K, regular and 3D Blu-ray, a Best Buy Steelbook, and a Target exclusive with a LEGO mini-set.
The Prodigy (2019) – MGM – This “evil kid” flick came and went pretty quickly. I heard absolutely nothing about it, which means it probably wasn’t great, but also might be worth a streaming watch when that happens. If these low-key releases are particularly awesome or especially bad you usually hear something about it.
The Man Who Haunted Himself (1970) – Kino Lorber – As you follow this site and this column in particular you’ll notice certain themes or ways of thinking that I have. One of those themes is “I love _____________ but never really looked beyond the thing that _______________ is best known for”. There are a lot of actors and writers that fall into this category.
There’s probably a whole article that could be written about how I came to the internet a little late and have never fully adopted the whole “dig into everything you love until your eyeballs bleed” mentality that a lot of folks have.
Anyway, I love Roger Moore, but never looked too far beyond James Bond, Maverick, and a few of his other roles here and there. I certainly didn’t know he had starred in a horror/thriller with such a fantastic name.
Rhinoceros (1974) – Kino Lorber – What in the blue f**k is even going on here?
Gene Wilder, Zero Mostel, and Karen Black star in this film where some apocalyptic event starts to cause everyone to turn into rhinoceroses.
Somewhere in Time (1980) – Universal Studios – Christopher Reeve is the only reason this sci-fi romance (more the latter than the former) penetrated my awareness back in the day. Thanks to his role as Superman I discovered a number of great movies I wouldn’t have otherwise seen, including this and Deathtrap.
Somewhere in Time is an underrated movie based on the Richard Matheson novel Bid Time Return. If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend checking it out. Reeve is great as always and Jane Seymour is the seminal female romantic lead. Christopher Plummer is great as the foil to Reeve’s character.
I don’t go in for a lot of mushy stuff, but this is a good one.
Illumination Presents: 6 Movie Collection (2010-2017) – Universal Studios – For less than ten bucks apiece you get all three Despicable Me movies, Minions, The Secret Life of Pets, and Sing. If you have a kid and you don’t own these, you should. I know a lot of people dislike the Minions for some reason, but I think they’re great. All six of these movies exceeded my expectations, with Despicable Me and Minions being genuinely great.
These are all being re-released individually as well, in preparation for the theatrical release of The Secret Life of Pets 2 on June 7th.
Her Smell (2019) – Gunpowder & Sky – I am fascinated by this movie. Elisabeth Moss stars as a punk rock legend whose life follows the destructive path you might expect. I’m a big fan of Moss’ work, but the rest of the cast is interesting as well – Amber Heard, Cara Delevingne, Dan Stevens, Virginia Madsen, and Eric Stoltz.
This film projects a unique sense of style and looks to me like it might be something really cool and special. It could also be terrible, but even if it is I bet it’s terrible in the best way. Another interesting factor is that Waxwork Records released the soundtrack as a special vinyl edition, something that they do for very few modern movies.
Other Titles Worth Noting
Forrest Gump 25th Anniversary, Batter Call Saul Season 4, They Shall Not Grow Old, The Nightcomers, Blaze, The Sting, An American Tail, Sex Madness Revealed, Out of Africa, Help, I Shrunk My Parents
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