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.
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) – Universal Studios – We enjoyed the first two Dragon movies quite a bit, but we were fatigued with this one before it even came out because Universal seemed to start promoting it around a year out and the trailers were inescapable. It felt like an old, worn-out movie before it was even released.
I’m sure it’s good and we’ll definitely watch it at some point, but we need distance from the promotional madness.
Earthquake (1974) – Shout Factory – A good, old-fashioned disaster flick starring Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner, George Kennedy, Lorne Greene, Richard Roundtree, and Geneviève Bujold. In the way back when I saw this countless times on TBS or USA. Fortunately for people like me, this version includes the theatrical cut and the TV version with over 35 minutes of added footage!
Black Moon Rising (1986) – Kino Lorber – For whatever reason these companies releasing older films seem to be playing a game of “One Degree of John Carpenter and Tommy Lee Jones” lately. Last week we had Mill Creek’s release of Eyes of Laura Mars and this week we have Black Mon Rising, where Carpenter again has a writing credit but Jones is the lead.
The movie itself sounds awesome – a thief is hired by the FBI to steal a data tape, but gets caught and has to hide the tape in a futuristic super car called the Black Moon.
Now, if you’re not sitting down, you should, because here’s the rest of the cast: Bubba Smith (from Police Academy 1-6), Linda Hamilton, Robert Vaughn, and Lee Ving, front man of the punk band Fear. I have to see this.
The Hunted (1995) – Shout Factory – There is a group of people in this world who saw Highlander and found Christopher Lambert to be so unbelievably badass and awesome that we… er, they, watched every movie he was ever in and thought all of them were better than they really were just because Christopher Lambert was in them.
The Hunted is, of course, actually awesome. It’s Christopher Lambert fighting a “cult of bloodthirsty ninjas” and it’s directed by J.F. Lawton, who has possibly the most amazing list of credits in the history of Hollywood.
Shaft Triple Feature (1971-1973) – Warner Bros. – These are simply reissues, but they’re good ones. If you don’t own these, this is the way to get them. Each of the three movies is also being released separately. Shaft in Africa is my favorite.
Von Richthofen and Brown (1971) – Kino Lorber – Don’t ask me how or why, but I ended up in a Red Baron hole on the internet a few weeks ago. You know how it goes.
Just in the nick of time, here comes a movie about the guy directed by Roger Corman and starring none other than Diabolik himself, John Phillip Law!
Warlock (1959) – Twilight Time – I can’t remember where I heard about this movie – possibly on Maron’s podcast because that’s where I hear about most older movies – but I know I wanted to see it. It stars Richard Widmark, Henry Fonda, and Anthony Quinn. Here’s the blurb:
The town of Warlock is plagued by a gang of thugs, leading the inhabitants to hire Clay Blaisdell, a famous gunman, to act as marshal. When Blaisdell appears, he is accompanied by his friend Tom Morgan, a club-footed gambler who is unusually protective of Blaisdell’s life and reputation. However, Johnny Gannon, one of the thugs who has reformed, volunteered to accept the post of official sheriff in rivalry to Blaisdell; and a woman arrives in town accusing Blaisdell and Morgan of having murdered her fiance. The stage is set for a complex set of moral and personal conflicts.
I believe this is the first Twilight Time release I’ve mentioned in this column. I’m not familiar with them, but the release page for Warlock is fairly nice. At thirty bucks I don’t think I’m going to jump on this one, but I will be keeping an eye out for it at a lower price.
She-Devils on Wheels (1968) – Arrow – Our old pal Herschell Gordon Lewis is at it again with a gonzo flick about a wild gang of out of control biker women!
Intolerable Cruelty (2003) – Universal Studios – I don’t know why this often overlooked Coen brothers movie is being released on a Friday rather than the traditional Tuesday, but if you haven’t seen it you should. George Clooney and Catherine Zeta-Jones both have hot chemistry with pretty much everyone they share the screen with, so putting the two of them together is dazzling.
The movie isn’t the Coen’s best, but a middling Coen brothers film is better than 90% of what comes out of Hollywood.
Other Titles Worth Noting
Crank 4K, Bitter Moon, The Seduction, Nixon, Bandolero!, Midas Run, Morituri
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