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.
Happy Death Day 2U (2019) – Universal Studios – If you never watched the first one because you assumed it was going to be another dumb horror movie about college kids being dumb, go back and check it out. Happy Death Day is a unique and noteworthy entry into the horror genre thanks to smart writing and direction and an incredible performance by its lead, Jessica Rothe.
Me and the missus both absolutely loved it and it’s unusual for us to feel just as strongly about the same thing. We never found the time to see this sequel in the theater, but it’s an instant buy now that it’s on Blu-ray.
House of Games (1987) – Criterion – I know that David Mamet is a big, respected name in writing. I’m pretty sure he’s written plays and movies and possibly a book about writing. I’m just too much of an uncultured swine to be able to name anything off the top of my head.
Putting that aside, a 1987 flick starring Joe Mantegna, Lindsay Crouse, and JT Walsh doing shadowy things in a shadowy underworld sounds fun.
Fighting with My Family (2019) – Universal Studios – Finally! This movie has come… to Blu-ray!
Never mind that this is a movie about the frontrunner of WWE’s women’s revolution, Paige. That alone would make it interesting, but the fact that Paige’s parents, Sweet Saraya and Ricky Knight, are played by Lena Headey and Nick Frost make it a must-see. Plus Stephen Merchant directed it, which I find fascinating.
Despite generally excellent reviews it had a “blink and you’ll miss it” theatrical run, so I’m looking forward to seeing this bizarre gem. It’s a buy for me.
Eyes of Laura Mars (1978) – Mill Creek Entertainment – I bet you’re wondering why I’m mentioning some 70s flick about a psychic fashion photographer.
HA! Just kidding. I’m sure none of you are wondering that because I bet, like me, you’ve never heard of this movie before today.
I’m making note of Eyes of Laura Mars because it was directed by Irvin Kershner and written by John Carpenter and David Z. Goodman. And it stars Faye Dunaway, Tommy Lee Jones, Brad Dourif, Rene Auberjonois, and Raul Juliá. That’s a pretty crazy list of names and for nine bucks I’m checking it out.
I think we’re at the point where we’re going to have to admit that Mill Creek is a serious up-and-comer in the genre reissuing business. I wouldn’t be surprised to see some nice special editions of some kind coming from them soon. Like, nicer than their neat retro VHS slipcovers.
King Kong 4K (2005) – Universal Studios – People seem to have turned on this version in recent years and I do not understand why. I think it’s a beautiful masterpiece and every bit of Peter Jackson’s passion for the project comes through on the screen. As you guys know, I don’t normally highlight 4K releases here, but I absolutely want to see this epic in the best possible resolution.
Link (1986) – Kino Lorber – More monkey business!
Elisabeth Shue and Terence Stamp fight an evil genius orangutan! How the heck could you not watch this? It’s like General Zod and Jennifer Parker teaming up to battle an evil version of Clyde from Every Which Way But Loose. AMAZING.
The Devil’s Nightmare (1971) – Mondo Macabro – Seven tourists miss their ride and end up staying in a secluded castle with a succubus who proceeds to murder them according to – guess what – a deadly sin!
The sexy cover would have guaranteed a rental back in the Blockbuster days:
The Chosen/Holocaust 2000 (1977) – Shout Factory – Kirk Douglas stars as a nuclear plant executive who learns that his son is the Antichrist and plans to use nuclear power to wipe out mankind.
Sort of like Superman IV.
Wakaliwood Supa Action Volume 1: Who Killed Captain Alex? + Bad Black (???) – AGFA – I cannot in good faith recommend that you buy this set, but I highly recommend that you check out the trailers for these movies on YouTube.
Other Titles Worth Noting
Funny Games Criterion, Cold Pursuit, The Landlord (1970), The Bedroom Window, Yakuza Law, Valentine, Masked Mutilator, Mortuary, WWE: WrestleMania 35
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