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.
Alita: Battle Angel (2019) – 20th Century Fox – I loved this movie. It was exciting and different and felt like an experience that deserved to be had in a movie theater. That being said, I can’t wait to have a copy at home to watch any time I want. I feel like I’ve been waiting forever for it to come out, but now that Alita is here it’s available as a 4K/Blu-ray, two Target exclusives – with a USB charging wristband – in 4K and Blu-ray 3D, and a Best Buy exclusive Steelbook.
There’s also an Amazon exclusive that has a couple of prints and a certificate signed by James Cameron, Robert Rodriguez, and Jon Landau for two hundred dollars. I love this movie, but not that much.
Check out our Alita: Battle Angel episode of the Needless Things Podcast!
Weird Science (1985) – Arrow – I’m sorry. So very sorry. But I tried to watch Weird Science last year and I couldn’t make myself do it.
It’s not because of the sophomoric humor – I love that stuff. It’s not because of the hypersexualized female character – I remember the 80s and I’m intelligent enough to not hold that era to modern standards. It’s because the movie is dumb and, aside from Bill Paxton, very poorly acted. It’s not good. It’s not just not good, it’s actively bad.
Still, I have to admit that this is an 80s classic and a John Hughes film, so it warrants fancy, new editions. Arrow has a standard Blu-ray release as well as a fancy Steelbook.
Do the Right Thing (1989) – Criterion – I probably saw this the year after it hit theaters, on cable probably. I can’t claim that I recognized it as the cultural milestone it is today and I won’t say that Spike Lee’s style and vision changed my life forever. I was fourteen and to me Do the Right Thing was just another movie. A cool and slightly odd movie, but not anything that seemed particularly special.
Looking back, what’s special about this movie to me is that it essentially ushered in the 90s and a time where my cultural awareness would shift in significant ways. Film and music changed because of this Spike Lee joint and I changed because of that.
1984 (1984) – Criterion – I have never watched this movie.
It sounds so depressing to me and heavy dystopian material has never had much appeal. I know I need to watch it and I’m sure this release from Criterion is the best way to do so.
Hellboy (2019) – Lionsgate Films – I have no intention of ever watching this movie.
I think David Harbour is great and I adore Ian McShane and Milla Jovovich. I also like Daniel Dae Kim. But everything about this reboot looked like a dumpster fire. After hearing that it was going to be a darker, more intimate tale of the supernatural designed to hew more closely to Mignola’s comic book stories, that first trailer was like getting a face full of diarrhea. Hot, snazzy diarrhea set to pop music.
If you’re interested you can pick this up as a Blu-ray/DVD or 4K/Blu-ray or grab Target’s exclusive Steelbook.
The Universal Horror Collection Volume 2 (1933-1943) – Shout Factory – This set includes Murders in the Zoo, The Mad Ghoul, The Mad Doctor of Market Street, and The Strange Case of Doctor Rx. I haven’t heard of any of them, but I’m sure they’re swell.
Pacific Heights (1990) – Sony Pictures – Hot off of the unprecedented blockbuster success of 1989’s Batman, Michael Keaton decided to portray one of the creepiest villains in cinematic history.
If you haven’t seen it, Pacific Heights is a total creep-out thrill ride and Keaton is an effing nightmare as a tenant terrorizing landlords Melanie Griffith and Matthew Modine. I’ve mentioned the late 80s/early 90s thrillers that replaced horror for a while, and this is one of the best.
Note: This is one of those Sony reissues, so be patient in finding it. I have yet to receive or find one of these on the release date. For some reason it usually takes a couple of weeks.
The Loveless (1981) – Arrow – Kathryn Bigelow co-wrote and co-directed this Willem Dafoe vehicle with Monty Montgomery. I’ve never seen it, but I want to.
Missing Link (2019) – 20th Century Fox – I wouldn’t say I’m missing it!
Just kidding! We just didn’t manage to catch this one in theaters. I probably would’ve made more effort, but that song they used in the trailer really set my teeth on edge. I can’t remember which folksy, twee tune it was and I’m not going to try because I don’t want it stuck in my head.
Critters Attack! (2019) – Warner Bros. – I feel like there are a lot of Critters projects out there right now and I can’t keep track of them. I think I heard there was one on Netflix and it was terrible. Is this it? I dunno.
Death Takes A Holiday (1934) – Kino Lorber – An oft-referenced film, Death Takes A Holiday stars Fredric March as the titular grim reaper, who falls in love with a woman while on vacation.
Troop Beverly Hills (1989) – Sony Pictures – I saw this in the theater with my mom. I don’t think I particularly wanted to see it, but she took me to see basically everything back in the day, so I went along. And I had a great time.
This is the movie where I recognized Shelley Long’s comic genius. I still wouldn’t warm up to Dianne on Cheers for a few years, but Long is so amazing as a hapless Beverly Hills housewife that this was the start of her winning me over.
Other Titles Worth Noting
The Doors 4K, Assimilate, The Book of Birdie
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