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.
Cruising (1980) – Arrow – Director and co-writer (with Gerald Walker) William Friedkin directs Al Pacino in a stark, harsh film about a serial killer stalking gay men in the 70s New York club scene. Paul Sorvino, Karen Allen, and Richard Cox are also featured.
I saw this years ago when I was big into crime flicks. I remember finding it extremely unsettling at the time, partly because the settings depicted seemed so sordid and dark. I’m very interested in seeing it again with more perspective. And any opportunity to see young Pacino should be taken.
There was a lot of controversy surrounding Cruising at the time of its release. It was perceived as being anti-gay, or at the very least projecting a very negative image of gay lifestyles. Everyone involved in the filming insisted that they were dramatizing a sole aspect of the gay community and had no intentions toward casting a negative light on homosexuals.
I can’t really speak to any of that until I see the movie again, but I thought it warranted a mention.
The Witches (1990) – Warner Bros. – The book that this movie was based upon was a favorite of mine, but I don’t think the movie quite hit for me. You’d think the involvement of Jim Hanson and Anjelica Huston would make for a fantastic film, but I recall being dissatisfied. I know it ends differently from the book, but I can’t imagine that alone would bother me too much.
Brightburn (2019) – Sony Pictures – As you may have gathered from the last few Home Again articles, me and the missus haven’t made it out to the movies much in the last few months. This “Superman, but evil” flick interests both of us, despite reports that that’s the beginning and end of the premise, with little else to offer.
The Horror of Frankenstein (1970) – Shot Factory – Definitely not my favorite Hammer film, and pretty much only notable for the presence of David Prowse and Kate O’Mara, who would go on to play the Rani on Doctor Who.
Billy the Kid Versus Dracula (1966) – Kino Lorber – What? No – not weird. Not weird at all.
Okay, yes. This concept is super weird. I haven’t had occasion to watch this one. Anybody want to recommend it?
The Hustle (2019) – Universal Studios – While it wasn’t marketed as such, this is a gender-swapped remake of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. I’d imagine the failure of the Ghostbusters reboot (which I personally liked a lot) encouraged the filmmakers to back off of promoting this the same way. I want to see it. The trailer didn’t look very good but Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson make for a compelling duo and if you look a little deeper into the credits you’ll find Tim Blake Nelson, who’s an acting and comedy treasure.
I Trapped the Devil (2019) – Shout Factory – It’s always odd to me when Shout Factory is releasing a modern film.
I heard of this, but had completely forgotten about it. It sounds like it could be a worthy addition to the list of Christmas horror films, as it’s about a man who thinks he has the devil trapped in his basement when his family arrives for the holidays.
Other Titles Worth Noting
The Harder They Come, 4D Man, The Buster Keaton Collection Volume 3, Dinosaurus, LEGO DC: Batman: Family Matters (delayed from last week), The Brink, Babylon, Wild in the Country
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