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.
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!: The Complete Series (1969-1978) – Warner Bros. – Part of me wants to recommend this because the New Scooby-Doo Movies collection is so great. But with an eighty-two dollar price tag for forty-one episodes and the fact that most of these episodes are available in HD on the excellent Boomerang streaming service, I’m not sure this is a great purchase.
The set does come in a “Mystery Mansion” box and includes a Scooby-Doo encyclopedia and a Scooby Pop keychain, as well as a number of new special features.
Men in Black International (2019) – Sony Pictures – Despite being a fan of both Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth, I didn’t care a bit about seeing this movie. Neither did my family. It’s not that it looked bad, it just didn’t look all that interesting. Did anyone see it? Was it any good?
There are the standard 4K/Blu-ray and Blu-ray/DVD releases, as well as a Best Buy 4K Steelbook with that tiny, hideous alien on the front.
Elvira, Mistress of the Dark (1988) – RLJ Entertainment – I’m a little surprised that Shout Factory isn’t doing a fancy-pants edition, but for eleven bucks I’ll gladly take this one.
Elvira is a national treasure and this film, while absolutely terrible, is a Halloween classic that has been criminally under-released through the years. It’s a goofy, fun flick that deserves to have a bigger following than it does and in a weird way makes a perfect companion for Ernest Scared Stupid.
Ma (2019) – Universal Studios – Octavia Spencer resembles the worst person I have ever met in my life a little too closely for the trailers for Ma to ever totally appeal to me. Her character in the movie doesn’t seem as insane as she was, but still. I don’t think I can handle this one.
Nightmare Cinema (2018) – Cinedigm – I can’t wait to see this horror anthology featuring the work of Joe Dante, David Slade, Ryūhei Kitamura, Mick Garris, and more genre talents. Producer Joe Russo (not the MCU Joe Russo, the See No Evil Joe Russo) has been promoting it on his IG account for a while and everything he has posted looks cool.
Batman: 80th Anniversary 18-Film Collection (1993-2018) – Warner Bros. – I could probably turn this into an entire post on its own, but I’m writing this post prior to Dragon Con because I won’t have time between now and then.
Or, uh, now and… now.
Anyway, here are some mini-reviews for each included title:
Batman Ninja – Far better than I expected. Unique and cool.
Batman: Gotham Knight – I didn’t like most of the stories from this anthology.
Batman: The Return of the Caped Crusaders – Fantastic. Exactly as fun as you think it should be.
Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman – An often overlooked gem from the Animated Series continuity.
Batman: Year One – Truly captured the spirit of the original work.
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 1 & 2 – Also far better than I expected. A great adaptation and Peter Weller is a very interesting Batman.
Batman: Gotham by Gaslight – I thought it was boring. Mrs. Troublemaker liked it.
Batman and Harley Quinn – Embarrassing trash that should be ejected from continuity.
Batman: Bad Blood – Part of the animated continuity that I think of as the “Batman and Son” continuity, and excellent. If you don’t know, not all animated DC films are linked. But the ones that are part of this universe are the best besides the original Animated Series/JLU run.
Batman: The Killing Joke – The latter portion that’s an actual adaptation is very good. Everything leading up to it is garbage.
Batman: Assault on Arkham – This is actually a Suicide Squad movie with Batman in it, but it’s very good.
Batman: Under the Red Hood – To this day one of the best DC animated films. The voice cast is excellent, as is everything else. It’s Bruce Greenwood’s first time as Batman, but not his last.
Superman/Batman: Apocalypse – I’ll be honest and say I don’t really remember this one. I doubt it’s anywhere near as good as JLU’s Darkseid stuff.
Superman/Batman: Public Enemies – Very good. I didn’t want to like it because of the Ed McGuinness influence (he drew the original comic and I am not a fan of his style), but I did.
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm – Easily the best thing in this collection.
Batman vs Robin – The second installment of the “Batman and Son” series. It’s great.
Son of Batman – The first “Son of Batman” movie and one of the best in this set.
So overall I’d say if you don’t own any of these and aren’t subscribed to DC Universe, this is worth your time. There are only a couple of duds and I don’t know that you could buy the rest separately for the price. Mask of the Phantasm was released on Blu-ray less than a year ago and wasn’t exactly a big, wide release even then.
Other Titles Worth Noting
Booksmart, True Detective: The Complete Third Season, Dogtooth
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