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.
It’s that time of year, Phantomaniacs – when all of the big companies get in on the spooky act that our favorites like Shout Factory and Arrow maintain all year long! Halloweeny Blu-rays and 4Ks should be coming out a furious pace for the next few weeks, so be sure to check in every single Tuesday to see what’s coming!
The Shining 4K (1980) – Warner Bros. – What a way to kick off the spooky season!
I’ve heard great things about this new 4K transfer and as a matter of fact, by the time you read this I will have seen it on the big screen! AMC theaters – my theater chain of choice – hosted a one-night-only screening last Thursday and I’m going/was there (I’m writing this on Thursday).
Kubrick’s masterpiece is one of the greatest horror movies of all time; easily in my top five. It might be a lousy adaptation, but it’s a phenomenal film. For more on the various versions of The Shining, check out episode 126 of the Needless Things Podcast!
This has a standard 4K/Blu-ray release and a Best Buy Steelbook with a neat-o cover, as seen at the top of this post.
UPDATE: Apparently there are limited theatrical screenings tonight, as well!
The Addams Family/Addams Family Values (1991-1993) – Paramount Pictures – These aren’t the fancy-pants special editions that these movies deserve, but they are solid Blu-ray releases, especially for thirteen bucks. If you don’t own these excellent movies, get on it!
Boht movies are also available as solo releases.
Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019) – Sony Pictures – As great as Tom Holland is, up until this movie I hadn’t really cared for how Spider-Man was being portrayed in the MCU. He didn’t feel like Spidey; he felt like Iron Kid.
Far from Home didn’t change that for me, but it did tell the story in such a way that I’m now pretty excited about Peter Parker potentially being Iron Kid. Especially after Into the Spider-Verse gave me everything I wanted from a Spider-Man movie.
Of course, now Disney and Sony are butting heads and we have no idea where this Peter or May or Night Monkey stand, but that’s the future. The present is that not only did I love this movie, but it actually succeeded in making me retroactively appreciate Peter’s prior appearances in the MCU. And changing my mind about something is no small feat.
Since this is Sony and not Disney there’s no Steelbook release, but Walmart will have an exclusive set that includes a Night Monkey action figure. It’s not a great figure, but to the best of my knowledge it’s the only one that’s officially called “Night Monkey”. So that’s something.
Oh, there’s also a Target edition that includes Peter’s travel journal, which is probably neat but will take up more room on your shelf.
Gremlins 4K (1984) – Warner Bros. – Unlike The Shining, I haven’t heard anything about this 4K transfer. But Gremlins is an incredible movie that holds up to this day and you should own it. Granted, it’s a Christmas movie and not a Halloween movie, but if you want the awesome Best Buy Steelbook you had better get on it.
Chernobyl (2019) – HBO – Mrs. Troublemaker watched this miniseries and thought it was very good. From what I understand it’s presented in a manner very reminiscent of a horror movie, except it all really happened, which made it a bit too real for me.
Wanted: Dead or Alive (1986) – Kino Lorber – I haven’t seen this Rutger Hauer flick since I was a kid, but I thought it was awesome back then. I thought every Rutger Hauer movie was awesome.
Back then I didn’t know anything about the old Steve McQueen show that this movie descended from, but now I’m interested in all of it. To be honest I’m a little surprised this is from Kino and not Mill Creek. Whatever the case, I’m gonna revisit it.
Doom Patrol: The Complete First Season (2019) – Warner Bros. – True Confession time:
We watched the first four or five episodes and the show kind of lost us.
I’ve heard nothing but good about the rest of the season from literally everyone I know who watched it, but me and the missus both agree that it seemed to get kind of muddled around those episodes. We’ve still got DC Universe and I intend to keep in in whatever iteration it ends up after the launch of HBO NOW, so we’ll go back. But right now there’s too much other interesting stuff to follow. I’m a whole season behind on Agents of SHIELD and Legion.
ffolkes (1980) – Kino Lorber – Also known as North Sea Hijack, Assault Force, and my personal favorite Sprengkommando Atlantik, this movie is absolutely one thousand percent AWESOME.
Starring Roger Moore as the titular Rufus Excalibur ffolkes (and if you need more reason than that name to watch this movie then I really don’t think we could be friends), a badass counter-terrorism consultant, this movie is an action-packed ensemble piece. It co-stars James Mason and Michael Parks and features Anthony Perkins as the villain!
The House of Hitchcock Collection (1942-1976) – Universal Studios – This set includes Saboteur, Shadow of a Doubt, Rope, Rear Window, The Trouble with Henry, The Man Who Knew Too Much, Vertigo, North by Northwest, Psycho, The Birds, Marnie, Torn Curtain, Topaz, Frenzy, and Family Plot.
In short, this is a way to get fifteen Alfred Hitchcock films for only about ninety bucks. They’re all previously released discs, but if you’re missing more than, say, four of these films this set might be worth your dollars. It also includes 7 episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents, 3 episodes of The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, documentaries, audio commentaries from film experts, and tons of neat physical items like the blueprints of the Psycho house, movie poster art cards, and more.
This seems like a very cool set for a great price.
The Death and Return of Superman: The Complete Film Collection 4K Giftset (2007-2019) – Warner Bros. – I didn’t like this recent pair of Superman animated features as much as most people seemed to, but I do agree that they’re far better than Superman: Doomsday, which is also included in this set.
Itsy Bitsy (2019) – Shout Factory – This movie stars Bruce Davison and Denise Crosby and I’m pretty sure everything that’s going through your head right now is accurate. Except the spider is giant and not, in fact, itsy bitsy.
DOOM: Annihilation (2019) – Universal Studios – This second attempt at adapting the video game doesn’t star the Rock or Karl Urban and wasn’t allowed anywhere near movie theaters. It might be great, but I won’t know until I can watch it for free. All I know right now is that the cover looks like ass:
The Toys That Made Us: Seasons 1 &2 (2017-2018) – Screen Media – This is an excellent documentary series about one of the great passions of my life – toys. The set includes tons of extra content that wasn’t included when it aired on Netflix.
I will absolutely be buying this – it’s only $26.99 for both seasons – but I will do so with a bit of guilt, because apparently the showrunner dicked Matt Cardona (WWE Superstar Zack Ryder) over pretty hard while producing the upcoming third season episode about wrestling toys.
Whatever you might think about Broski, he is one of the top experts on wrestling toys in the world and absolutely the most knowledgeable actual worker. The story is that an entire day was spent on interviewing Cardona and filming his collection, then communication stopped entirely. At this point he doesn’t even know if he’s in the show or not, while other, significantly less knowledgeable but perhaps higher profile talents appear to have roles.
I know some people find Cardona a little abrasive and perhaps obnoxious, but it sounds like he’s gotten a raw deal here and, regardless of his personality, he’s an expert and a professional. I’ll be curious to see how this all shakes out and I hope that there’s some kind of resolution because I love The Toys that Made Us and, of course, the Major Wrestling Figure Podcast.
Peanuts: 70th Anniversary Holiday Collection (A lot of years) – Warner Bros. – I hate to say it because I grew up loving the Peanuts gang, but these release always seem way overpriced to me. This is priced at eighty-four bucks, almost as much as that Hitchcock set!
There are ten specials included, some of which are classic, some of which are fun, and some that I don’t even remember – It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown; A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving; A Charlie Brown Christmas; It’s Magic, Charlie Brown; Charlie Brown’s All-Stars; The Mayflower Voyagers; Play it Again, Charlie Brown; It’s Christmastime Again, Charlie Brown; and It’s Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown.
I think that forty bucks might be reasonable for this set.
Blood Scarab (2008) – Leomark Studios – Directed by genre screenwriter Donald F. Glut, this movie rolls Elizabeth Bathory, Dracula, and various mummy stories into one big sexploitation film. If you need a sense of what this might be, here are some other Glut classics – The Erotic Rites of Countess Dracula, The Mummy’s Kiss, Countess Dracula’s Orgy of Blood, and of course the follow-up to the blockbuster The Mummy’s Kiss, The Mummy’s Kiss: 2nd Dynasty.
If the name Donald F. Glut seems familiar, it’s because you’ve seen it in the credits of DuckTales, Challenge of the GoBots, Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends, and many other beloved 80s cartoons that did not involve orgies.
Tales of Frankenstein (2018) – Leomark Studios – Phantomaniacs, we are truly experiencing a glut of Glut!
Believe it or not, in addition to writing about anthropomorphic Disney ducks and lesbian vampires, Donald F. Glut has created some Frankenstein stories!
Based upon short stories from his book Tales of Frankenstein: My Creation, My Beloved, this anthology features the talents of Buddy Daniels Friedman, Jim Tavaré, Justin Hoffmeister, TJ Storm, Jerry Lacy, and Len Wein.
Yep – that Len Wein.
Other Titles Worth Noting
Pan’s Labyrinth 4K, Zombieland 4K, The Prey (originally noted last week), Framing John DeLorean, Driven
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