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.
Avengers: Endgame (2019) – Disney/Buena Vista – Check out our review here.
Apparently I had a lot of difficulty separating Endgame from Infinity War because that link is the second time I’ve had to correct myself about it (thanks for letting me know, guys).
Obviously there are several different editions available:
Best Buy 4K Steelbook
Target 4K DigiPack
Disney is also releasing newly packaged editions of Iron Man and Thor and their sequels in 4K and Best Buy 4K Steelbooks.
The New Kids Retro VHS Slipcover(1985) – Mill Creek Entertainment – Just trust me here and buy this for eight or nine bucks. You will thank me. I have had my copy preordered for a couple of months.
All I’ll tell you is that it stars Lori Laughlin, James Spader, and Eric Stoltz and was directed by Sean S. Cunningham. Don’t look it up. Just watch it. Right, Wilson?
Galaxy of Terror Steelbook (1981) – Shout Factory – This is one of the many, many Alien rip-offs that was released in the wake of that film’s success. I’ve seen it, but I can’t tell you which one of those rushed-into-production films it is. I’d watch it for free, but I’m not paying twenty bucks for it. Not right before Dragon Con, anyway.
Forbidden World Steelbook (1982) – Shout Factory – This is one of the many, many Alien rip-offs that was released in the wake of that film’s success. I’ve seen it, but I can’t tell you which one of those rushed-into-production films it is. I’d watch it for free, but I’m not paying twenty bucks for it. Not right before Dragon Con, anyway.
Yes, that was the exact same blurb.
Undercover Brother (2002) – Universal Studios – While “like Austin Powers, but with a black guy” was probably the pitch for this movie, I think it’s an underrated gem. It’s pretty much exactly what you expect, but sometimes that’s okay. And in the case of Chris Kattan as Mr. Feather and Robert Trumbull as the literal personification of “The Man”, it delivers more than you might expect.
I think the twenty dollar price tag is aiming a little high, but if you’re patient I bet you can grab it for fifteen or so before too long, and it’s definitely worth adding to your collection for that.
Roxanne Retro VHS Slipcover (1987) – Mill Creek Entertainment – This might not be one of Steve Martin’s most fondly remembered 80s comedies, but I love it. It’s a brilliant update of Cyrano de Bergerac, which of course I had not heard of back in 1987. But it didn’t matter because Martin is Martin and this is one of my favorite performances from Daryl Hannah.
Fierce Creatures (1997) – Universal Studios – Much was made of the fact that this film reunites the cast of the legendary A Fish Called Wanda, which sets expectations rather high. Too high for me.
I wasn’t aware of A Fish Called Wanda from the start because the start was in 1988 and at 12 it wasn’t the kind of movie I was interested in. But by 1997 when Fierce Creatures was released my tastes had, of course, broadened and I was pretty excited.
I won’t say it’s a bad movie because I don’t remember it being bad, but I do remember being disappointed and I haven’t since felt any desire to watch it again. Should I?
Leprechaun: The Complete Movie Collection Metal Box (1993-2014) – Lionsgate Films – I suppose this is the place for me to come out and admit that I think all of these films are terrible.
To be fair, I haven’t seen any past the third one, but I also haven’t heard anything that makes me want to watch any of those. Not even Leprechaun: Origins staring Hornswoggle.
I suppose Lionsgate is wise to release this right before the Halloween season rather than around St. Patrick’s Day. They can probably hook people fiending for their horror fix before Shout Factory and other companies with good horror releases start their seasonal deluge.
Saw: 8-Film Collection Metal Box (2004-2017) – Lionsgate Films – This makes a little more sense to me considering the fact that Chris Rock’s Saw project (and there’s a weird collection of words to type) is underway and they probably want to save 4K releases for when it actually comes out next year.
I like about half of these movies. The first one is good, the second is my favorite, and they get uneven from there. But the retroactive storytelling the creators use is fascinating to me. As I get older I am less interested in seeing horrible, gory things happen to people, but if I look at it as “how did they achieve this effect?” I can still get a kick out of the movies. The first few have aged surprisingly well thanks to mostly practical effects and feel less like a product of the mid-2000s than you’d imagine.
Other Titles Worth Noting
Vice Squad, Blackmail, Murder!, Django the Bastard, The Inland Sea, Moonfleet, True Believer, Endless Love, Open Your Eyes, Radioland Murders, White Line Fever, Another Stakeout
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