Home Again – August’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.

NOTE: There are roughly a billion movies coming out today. May the HD gods have mercy on your wallets.

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Alice, Sweet Alice (1976) – Arrow –  Oh, man is this a creepy movie.

We talk about Jason, Michael, and Freddy all the time when discussing slashers, but nothing is creepier than the look of this flick’s villain. The translucent mask and yellow raincoat absolutely make my skin crawl.

Alice Sweet Alice

Beyond the simple but effective look of the killer, the movie itself is great. I think maybe it’s a bit overlooked due to the religious themes, maybe? Whatever the case, it’s great that Arrow is giving this a nice release and I encourage every horror or slasher fan to check it out.

Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) – Warner Bros. – This movie was excellent. I’m fairly surprised I never wrote a review. I think I was super busy at the time, which is weird because I feel like I haven’t done anything this year.

Anyway, the cast is great, the Pokémon look spectacular, and the story is actually very good. It’s exactly what the title suggests – a noir mystery in the world of Pokémon. And it’s extremely well done. We went and saw it on my birthday and everybody loved it.

This release is a pretty big deal, so of course there are several editions – 4K/Blu-ray, Best Buy exclusive Steelbook, Blu-ray/DVD, Best Buy exclusive Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD, and a standard Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray. I don’t know what the difference is in the last two, but I always recommend the Best Buy version. It’s usually worth it.

Batman: Hush (2019) – Warner Bros. – “Hush” was the story that got me back into comics.

I walked in to Titan Games & Comics in early 2003 and asked what was good as far as superhero comics. They told me that the current storyline in Batman was selling like crazy, so I bought the hardcover that collected the first six (I think) issues.

I LOVED it. It read like a greatest hits of Batman’s history and Jim Lee’s art was beautiful. I bought all of the figures and a couple of t-shirts, too. At the time I never imagined there might be a cartoon someday.

I haven’t revisited the story since reading it all at once after the whole thing had been published, so I don’t know how it has held up, but I am excited for this adaptation. Whatever the quality of the original story might be, I think it’s prime material for adaptation.

WB seems to be giving this a pretty big push with several different releases – 4K/Blu-ray, Blu-ray/DVD, Target exclusive Steelbook (Blu-ray, not 4K; disappointingly), and a 4K/Blu-ray Best Buy exclusive with one of those crappy action figures that don’t go with anything other than the other crappy bundled action figures.

The Curse of La Llorona (2019) – Warner Bros. – We were super excited for this movie about Velma Dinkley taking on a Mexican ghost lady solo, even after watching the same goshdarn trailer for over a year before every horror movie we went to see.

Then, once it came out, we just couldn’t find time to get to the theater. It’s pretty easy to make it out to movies with Phantom, Jr., but R-rated and horror fare take a lot more planning.

We’ll watch this on demand, probably tonight.

What We Left Behind: Looking Back at Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (2018) – Shout Factory – I got really into DS9 over a year ago and then got distracted by something else. When I went back to it, it happened to be on a not-great episode and without the momentum of weeks of watching I just couldn’t power through it. Someday I’ll go back and finish.

The next day I’ll watch this. I’ve heard it’s fantastic, but I’m not watching until I’m done with the show.

LEGO DC: Batman: Family Matters (2019) – Warner Bros. – Your mileage may vary, but I find the LEGO DC home releases to be much better than any of the non­-LEGO Movie LEGO movies. I’m almost as excited for this as I am for Hush.

There are two editions – one with a mini Ultimate Batmobile and one without. They don’t seem to be store exclusives.

Touch of Death (1988) – Raro Video – Lucio Fulci directed this movie – also known as Quando Alice ruppe lo specchio – about a cranky old gigolo who kills women and uses their body parts as decorations and also, of course, as food.

Other Titles Worth Noting

The Front Page, A Foreign Affair, Tolkien, The Gun in Betty Lou’s Handbag, Project Ithaca, Donnybrook, Jack Hunter and the Lost Treasure of Ugarit, American Hangman, Perception

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