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.

8/27

Apocalypse Now Final Cut 4K 40th Anniversary Edition (1979) – Lionsgate Films –  This is a legendary film that hews very close to being a horror movie. If you haven’t seen it because you don’t believe the hype, check it out ASAP. I went years too long before finally caving in and checking it out because I had incorrect assumptions.

Stand By Me 4K (1986) – Sony Pictures – By the time I saw Stand By Me I was already a Stephen King fan. Somehow or other I was aware that the movie was based on a King story, so I had certain expectations going in (since I had not yet actually read The Body).

The lack of monsters, gore, or supernatural evil from beyond disappointed me, and that has forever tainted my enjoyment of this excellent film, even though I intellectually know that it is an excellent film. I think it’s time for Mature Dave to revisit this one.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) – Warner Bros. – This movie was absolutely fantastic and delivered everything I wanted. I can’t believe I didn’t review it, but Beth did.

This is available in a number of editions – 4K/Blu-ray, Blu-ray/DVD, Best Buy 4K Steelbook (which I like less than the standard cover), 3D Blu-ray, and a Best Buy exclusive 3D Blu-ray.

V: The Original Mini-Series (1983) – Warner Bros. – We could debate the correct spelling of “miniseries” all day long, but instead I’ll point out that V absolutely terrified me when I was a kid and I didn’t even know Freddy Krueger was in it (because Robert Englund wasn’t Freddy Kruger yet).

I think you have to watch this with a certain amount of nostalgia to truly enjoy it, but to me it still holds up narratively, if not entirely pacing- and acting-wise. To be able to get the whole thing for under twenty bucks in glorious high definition is great.

Rocketman (2019) – Paramount Pictures – This didn’t seem to be as lauded as Bohemian Rhapsody, but to me it looked like a more interesting movie. And it wasn’t directed by an alleged pedophile.

I knew I wouldn’t make it to theaters to see this Elton John biopic, but I am brining it home today. It’s available in 4K/Blu-ray, Blu-ray/DVD, and a Best Buy exclusive 4K Steelbook.

Hell Comes to Frogtown (1987) – Vinegar Syndrome – Every Rowdy Roddy Piper movie is a classic. Period. Even one about mutant frog people molesting humans.

I must’ve watched Hell Comes to Frogtown a hundred times when I was younger. It was always on USA. Sometimes as part of Up All Night, sometimes just randomly at 2 AM. At the time it was seen as a low budget schlock-fest, but compared to some stuff that comes out today it seems like a masterpiece.

It’s worth noting that Sandahl Bergman – who played Valeria in Conan the Barbarian – plays a supporting role as Spangle.

The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) – Universal Studios – I liked this sequel a lot more than I did the first one. I mean, I don’t ever need to see it again or anything, but it was fine to see once in the theater. It’s available as a 4K/Blu-ray, Blu-ray/DVD, and Best Buy Steelbook.

John Wick: Chapter 3 (2019) – Lionsgate Films – I didn’t see either of the previous Wick films in theaters, and I maintained that track record with this one. I don’t know why. I loved the other ones and even preordered Mezco’s pricey exclusive Wick One:12 figure. This just hasn’t been a great year for getting out to the movies.

Anyway, it’s worth noting that this isn’t supposed to come out until September 10th, but that Best Buy has a Mini Steelbook releasing today. Sometimes Blu-ray.com does get wires crossed, so I’m betting we’ve actually got a couple of weeks before this hits.

The Wax Mask (1997) – Severin Films – Upon seeing the excellent cover for this release:

Wax Mask

I wondered what the heck this was and how I hadn’t heard of a 1997 horror movie that warranted a regular release and a fancy black case release.

I still don’t know how I missed it, but its noteworthiness comes from the fact that both Dario Argento and Lucio Fulci have writing credits. Here’s the plot:

Paris, 1900: a couple are horribly murdered by a masked man with a metal claw who rips their hearts out. The sole survivor and witness to the massacre is a young girl. Twelve years later in Rome a new wax museum is opened, whose main attractions are lifelike recreations of gruesome murder scenes. A young man bets that he will spend the night in the museum but is found dead the morning after. Soon, people start disappearing from the streets of Rome and the wax museum halls begin filling with new figures…

It sounds good and I’m interested, but these twenty-five dollar boutique releases aren’t the way to discover whether or not I like a movie.

The Banana Splits Movie (2019) – Warner Bros. – This is bizarre, but not really in any good ways.

First of all, it seems to be a pretty clear cash-in on the success of Five Nights at Freddy’s; but under the guise of legitimacy that a familiar property brings.

Second, even though I don’t have any attachment to the original show and quite frankly it creeps me out anyway, I don’t really care for the concept of making an actual existing kid-oriented IP into a horror movie. Regardless of how creepy it was in the first place.

Now, as to whether or not this is any good; I have no idea. If I remove the above concerns I can admit that it’s a compelling concept, but I just don’t see myself devoting any time to watching it. If you guys do, let me know how it is.

Let My Puppets Come (1976) – Vinegar Syndrome – Okay, so it was a little weird to me that I had never heard of The Wax Mask, but it’s completely unbelievable that I have never heard of what appears to be a movie about people making a puppet porno. I can’t look too deeply into this while I’m at work, but I will certainly be asking Mr. Beau Brown about it.

Sleepy Hollow FYE Exclusive Steelbook (1999) – Paramount Pictures – I’d have to give it a little more thought to know for sure, but I believe this might have been Tim Burton’s last movie before people started saying his name with reservations. It’s a fantastic film that I do not currently own on Blu-ray, so I might be heading to FYE to grab this release.

The Exorcist Best Buy Exclusive Steelbook (1973) – Warner Bros. – This is rightfully acknowledged as one of the greatest horror films of all time. We already own a Blu-ray, so I’ll be waiting for a 4K release. But I’ll get it whenever WB gets around to it.

The Goonies 25th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition Best Buy Exclusive Steelbook (1985) – Warner Bros. – It’s The Goonies – a movie that is beloved and held sacred by most of an entire generation. I think it’s slightly overrated, but there’s no denying that it’s fun and is absolutely the template for a slew of movies and TV shows that would follow for the next few decades.

Of course, if you do the math you’ll notice that the 25th anniversary of 1985 happened nine years ago and you’ll realize that this is simply a reissue of an older release; but with a fancy new Steelbook. Still, if you don’t already own it, fifteen bucks isn’t bad for this version.

Beetlejuice Best Buy Exclusive Steelbook (1988) – Warner Bros. – I personally don’t care for the art on this one (and we have an older Steelbook release already), but these Best Buy releases are always a great way to grab titles you might not own in Hi Def.

Salem’s Lot Best Buy Exclusive Steelbook (1988) – Warner Bros. – I personally don’t care for the art on this one (and we have an older Steelbook release already), but these Best Buy releases are always a great way to grab titles you might not own in Hi Def.

Yep. Same blurb as the above entry. I guess Warner has decided to just reissue these with different art from time to time.

Other Titles Worth Noting

Flesh Gordon, Day of the Outlaw, 9 Lives of a Wet Pussy, The Leech Woman, The Last Black Man in San Francisco, Fear in the Night, Insomnia Criterion Collection, Into the Badlands: The Complete Third Season, The People vs. Larry Flynt, The Jerk, Cat’s Eye

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