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.
John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum (2019) – Lionsgate Films – Okay, after some confusion this is for-real coming out today. It’s available in 4K/Blu-ray, Blu-ray/DVD, Best Buy 4K Steelbook, Target Blu-ray Steelbook, and finally a Walmart 4K/Blu-ray w/Adjudicator coin.
Aladdin 4K (1992) – Disney/Buena Vista – Aladdin is one of my favorite animated Disney films; possibly my favorite depending on what day you ask me. This 4K treatment is a must-have.
Disney is also issuing standard Blu-ray editions, as well as a Best Buy 4K Steelbook and a Target 4K DigiBook. I like the Target DigiBooks quite a bit and would probably choose them over Best Buy’s Steelbooks if I had unlimited space. They’re always well done and filled with cool content you won’t see anywhere else. But they’re also usually about twice as thick as a standard 4K/Blu-ray.
The Three Flavors Cornetto Trilogy (2004-2013) – Universal Studios – For thirty-five bucks you owe it to yourself to grab these three masterpieces in the best possible quality. My copies of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz are DVDs and I don’t even own The World’s End because I had to see it a couple of times before I really liked it. It’s still my least favorite of the three, but that’s like saying sausage pizza isn’t as good as pepperoni.
The Jetsons: The Complete Original Series (1962-1963) – Warner Bros. – It’s wild to realize that these seemingly eternal cartoons that we grew up with had such brief runs. The Jetsons original run only lasted from September of 1962 to March of 1963 and consisted of 24 episodes. That’s it.
This Warner Archives release collects those episodes, sourced from a new 2K scan and in the original 4:3 aspect ratio. I own several Warner Archives releases and they’re excellent, so if you’re a fan of George, Jane, Judy, and Elroy I recommend you grab this set. For less than a buck an episode it will be well worth your money.
Pixar 4K Madness (2003-2016) – Disney/Buena Vista – Because both Aladdins weren’t enough, Disney is releasing a veritable barrage of 4K/Best Buy 4k Steelbooks – Ratatouille, Finding Nemo, Finding Dory, Inside Out, Cars, Brave, The Good Dinosaur, and (blech) Cars 2.
Aladdin (2019) – Disney/Buena Vista – Me and the missus wanted to see this in the theater, but Phantom, Jr. was less than enthused. It’s been a pretty hectic year so we skipped it. I can’t say I’ll buy it sight unseen, but I’m still excited for this one.
It’s available in every format you’d expect – 4K/Blu-ray, Blu-ray/DVD, Best Buy 4K Steelbook, and Target 4K DigiBook.
The Dead Don’t Die (2019) – Universal Studios – This, on the other hand, I was alone in wanting to see. Jim Jarmusch isn’t necessarily a big draw in the Troublemaker household. I was fine with not seeing it in the theater, as I think the only Jarmusch film I experienced that way was Ghost Dog. And as much as I love Jarmusch’s style, I like having a pause button for his films.
This is a buy for me. I haven’t heard a thing about it, but my assumption is that the stellar cast drew in an audience that found the movie to be slow and slightly confusing.
Scars of Dracula (1970) – Shout Factory – I haven’t been keeping up with Shout Factory nearly as well as I was last year. I think it’s because toys have been eating up a lot of Blu-ray money. It might be time to make some cuts.
Actually, I’ve already made cuts. I sold all of my War for Cybertron: Siege Transformers because I just can’t keep up with a whole other thing. They were great, but there’s too much other stuff I like more.
Anyway, I don’t think I’ve actually seen this Christopher Lee Dracula movie, which seems crazy, but I do not remember Patrick Troughton as Dracula’s manservant, Klove. I only remember the Phillip Latham version from Dracula: Prince of Darkness (which I highly recommend). Even without Troughton I should’ve had this preordered and in hand by now thanks to Shout’s wacky “you get it roughly two weeks early” policy.
Blood from the Mummy’s Tomb (1971) – Shout Factory – This is only my opinion, but Hammer’s Mummy movies are far superior to Universal’s. They absolutely terrified me when I was a kid and are – Christopher Lee aside – among my earliest memories of being enchanted by horror.
This one features Valerie Leon as Queen Tera and you should Google that now and immediately order this movie.
King Kong vs. Godzilla FYE Steelbook (1962) – Universal Studios – FYE is starting to build up their own notable collection of Steelbook exclusives. They’re not anywhere near rivaling Best Buy, but they’re grabbing cult classics that will definitely get some attention from genre fans like myself.
Like we don’t already go to FYE to check their toy shelves every couple of weeks.
Howard the Duck FYE Steelbook (1986) – Universal Studios – Sometimes a movie is unfairly maligned, and with a little perspective and managing of expectations, we grow to appreciate what it was trying to do and its place in cinematic history.
Howard the Duck is not one of those movies. It is fully deserving of your disdain.
Having said that, I’m pretty sure I know what Wilson is getting me for Christmas.
Other Titles Worth Noting
Circus of Horrors, Supernatural: The Complete 14th Season, Mirage (1965), Paranormal Activity 6-Movie Set, Reap the Wild Wind, The Juniper Tree, Killer Crocodile, Killer Crocodile 2, various editions of The Santa Clause movies, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, A Charlie Brown Christmas
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