Home Again – July’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.

Be sure to joint the Needless Things Irregulars at Atlanta Comic Con this Sunday!


Silent Hill (2006) – Shout Factory – While I think that the sequel is a far better movie, I do think that this one is underappreciated. It’s spooky and weird and feels a little truer to the source material than the era-adjacent Resident Evil flicks. Which I LOVE, but come on.

I won’t be paying full price for this, but as soon as Shout Factory has one of their crazy sales it’ll be coming home.

Mothra Steelbook (1961) – Mill Creek Entertainment – Oh, baby. Mill Creek is playing with the big boys now. I don’t know if this is their first Steelbook release, but it’s certainly one that makes a statement in the market. Kaiju fans will take note of this.

So far I’ve been quite pleased with the Mill Creek releases I’ve picked up. Features-wise they’re exactly what you’d expect an eight dollar release to be, but as far as the audio and picture quality, they’re great. For fourteen bucks, this release with both the Japanese and American edits of the film should be in your collection.

This Island Earth (1955) – Shout Factory – Yeah, yeah – we all know This Island Earth from the admittedly awesome Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie. But this is a sci-fi classic that deserves to be seen without the voiceovers. The score is incredible, the visuals are fun, and Rex Reason and Faith Domergue are the classic science fiction protagonists.

There’s a reason the MST3K crew chose this for the film version of their antics – it’s the classic sci-fi movie everyone thinks of when they think classic sci-fi, even if they don’t realize it.

Pet Sematary (2019) – Paramount Pictures – I thought it was great. Check out my review for more.

This has the standard 4K/Blu-ray/DVD releases, as well as a snazzy-looking Best Buy Steelbook.

Gotham: The Complete Series (2014-2019) – Warner Bros. – I can’t believe we only had five short years to spend with the remarkable citizens of FOX’s Gotham. It feels like so much longer, yet at the same time so much less.

The first season stumbled around a bit while the show tried to figure out what, exactly, it was. But after that it gave in to its most peculiar and insane urges and, as result, transformed into one of the most consistently entertaining shows in the history of television. If you can sit back, relax, forget everything you know about the history of Batman, and just accept that you need the power of bonkers madness in your life, Gotham will sing you a sweet, sweet song.

Waterworld 4K Best Buy Exclusive Steelbook (1995) – Universal Studios – Despite the fact that Kevin Costner is my least favorite “actor” of all time, despite the fact that every character in the movie is some degree of despicable, asshole, or just unlikeable I can’t find it within myself to totally hate Waterworld. The sheer balls it took to make this movie demand respect.

I like the concept. It’s visually incredible – probably well worth checking out in 4K. And Dennis Hopper’s performance is… well, it’s Dennis Hopper. This is not a movie I wish to own, but I sure do want to see this transfer.

The Annihilators (1985) – Kino Lorber – In 1985 a man has to recruit his buddies from Vietnam to clean up the scum in his neighborhood. I feel like I’ve seen this, but apparently I need a refresher.

Tuff turf (1985) – Kino Lorber – James Spader versus the street gangs of Los Angeles!

Savage Beach (1989) – Mill Creek Entertainment– From legendary director Andy Sidaris, this gripping drama follows two highly qualified drug enforcement agents on a journey full of action, adventure, guns, and titties!

If you don’t buy this movie, you have weak DNA that will produce small, dried-up babies.

Picasso Trigger (1988) – Mill Creek Entertainment – From legendary director Andy Sidaris, Picasso Trigger follows the adventures of double agent Picasso Trigger, who is double-crossed by an enemy of the agency he works for, The Agency! Guns, action, and titties ensue!

If you don’t buy this movie, your mom probably doesn’t love you.

Other Titles Worth Noting

The Tough Ones, Alphaville, Bronco Billy, Dead of Night, Thunder Bay, Lonesome Dove, The Magicinas Season Four

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