Home Again – May’s Blu-Ray Releases

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.

5/28

Blue Velvet (1986) – Criterion – This was the movie that introduced me to the weirdness of David Lynch, though I still think it’s one of his more easily palatable films.

For reasons I don’t recall I was already a fan of Dennis Hopper by the time I saw Blue Velvet, so Frank was the centerpiece of the movie to me. Not the hero, obviously, but the main point of interest. I also got a kick out of recognizing the bits that Anthrax and Mr. Bungle had sampled for songs.

I preordered this the second I heard about it. I don’t buy upgrades often, but this film had a big impact on me so the Criterion treatment is a must-have. Here are the features:

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • New 4K digital restoration, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray, both supervised by director David Lynch
  • Alternate original 2.0 surround sound­track
  • The Lost Footage,fifty-three minutes of deleted scenes and alternate takes assembled by Lynch
  • “Blue Velvet” Revisited,a feature-length meditation on the making of the movie by Peter Braatz, filmed on-set during the production
  • Mysteries of Love,a seventy-minute documentary from 2002 on the making of the film
  • Interview from 2017 with composer Angelo Badalamenti
  • It’s a Strange World: The Filming of “Blue Velvet,”a 2019 documentary featuring interviews with crew members and visits to the shooting locations
  • Lynch reading from Room to Dream,a 2018 book he coauthored with Kristine McKenna
  • PLUS: Excerpts by McKenna from Room to Dream

 

Double Impact (1991) – MVD Visual – Starring Jean-Claude Van Damme as law-abiding martial artist Chad and Jean-Claude Van Damme as petty thief Alex, twins who were separated at birth exactly like Luke and Leia in Star Wars. Instead of the Galactic Empire they have to take on the Hong Kong Triad.

For whatever reason I was resistant to Van Damme movies at first. I loved action flicks, but something about Van Damme’s early movies seemed too corny to me. Eventually I gave in and watched one – Timecop, I think – and really liked it. After that it was open season.

Double Impact is way better than it should be. There are parts that are pretty cringe-inducing, but the star does a great job playing two different roles. And the action is top-notch.

The Uncanny (1977) – Severin Films – Peter Cushing versus cats, who turn out be the secret evil overlords of humanity.

The Alligator People (1959) – Shout Factory – Ugh. Transmutation and body horror creep me out. In this one a newlywed husband disappears only to be found years later after a failed medical treatment has left him as a horrific alligator man.

Greta (2018) – Warner Bros. – Neil Jordan directs Chloë Grace Moretz and Isabelle Huppert in “A riveting nail-biter” about a young woman who befriends a widow. The widow, however, is not what she seems!

I remember hearing some buzz about this last year, but I can’t remember exactly where or why. I think Moretz is a pretty badass actor and she seems to choose her roles carefully, so I want to check this out.

Lords of Chaos (2018) – MVD Visual – This sort-of-biopic about the band Mayhem got a lot of attention in my circles. I don’t know a whole lot about the actual story, but I’m curious. Reactions tended to be that it was very good, but not totally accurate.

Other Titles Worth Noting

Climax, When A Stranger Calls Back, The Day Time Ended

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