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.
The Original Christmas Specials Collection (1964-1970) – Universal Studios – All of these classics get rereleased every year in one form or another, usually just with new packaging. This particular set includes the Rankin-Bass specials Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town, Frosty the Snowman, The Little Drummer Boy, and Cricket on the Hearth.
The latter two probably aren’t as beloved as the rest, but they’re still wonderful Rankin-Bass classics and I’m glad people buying the set for the big three will be exposed to those lesser-known specials.
For more on the wonderful world of Rankin-Bass, check out episode 278 of the Needless Things Podcast!
RoboCop (1987) – Arrow – This is one of my all-time favorite movies; the rare perfect film. Arrow’s release is positively loaded with extras, possibly even more so than Criterion’s. If you need RoboCop on Blu-ray, this is the one to get, also available as a limited edition Steelbook.
Check out our RoboCop Needless Commentary!
Dracula (1979) – Shout Factory – Frank Langella (Skeletor), Donald Pleasence (Dr. Loomis), and Laurence Olivier (oft-referenced fancy actor) star in this adaptation of Bram Stoker’s novel. It’s usually referred to as “the one with Frank Langella”. Sylvester McCoy also appears as Walter Myrtle.
Prophecy (1979) – Shout Factory – If you feel like there aren’t enough cautionary environmental parables about killer mutant bears, then this is the movie for you.
Space Adventure Cobra 4K (1982) – Discotek Media – This is literally all I know about Space Adventure Cobra thanks to Matthew Sweet and either Kurt Loder or Martha Quinn:
Young Justice: Outsiders Season 3 (2019) – Warner Bros. – Okay, I’m not gonna lie – Young Justice kind of lost me way back when they did that very first time jump. My son still liked it and we still kept up, but I was never as invested after that.
I was ready to be into it again when the new season was released on DC Universe, but I still have that sort of distant, “This is good, but I don’t really care” feeling.
Mystery Science Theater 3000 Season 12: The Gauntlet (2018) – Shout Factory – Consisting of Mac and Me, Atlantic Rim, Lords of the Deep, The Day Time Ended, Killer Fish, and Ator, the Fighting Eagle, this season was the usual mix of unbelievably bad but entertaining and sort of dull bad.
I’ve watched both of the new seasons twice now and I have to admit that the new crew is great, but I wish they’d slow down and give the jokes time to breathe. At times I felt like the rapid-fire delivery was suffocating me.
Eegah: The Name Written in Blood! (1962) – The Film Detective – Speaking of MST3K, this release includes its appearance on the show from 1993!
A teenage girl driving through the desert is confronted by a huge Neanderthal-like man and she returns to the city to share her story with her explorer father and her boyfriend. When her father doesn’t return from searching for the creature, the girl and her boyfriend head out to the desert to find him and the girl is taken hostage along with her father. It’s up to the efforts of the boyfriend to rescue the father and daughter before the caveman can make the girl his mate.
I’m not familiar with any of the names involved or even with the distributor, but rapey caveman movies are always great for a big laugh!
Gags the Clown (2019) – Music Box Films – Between IT, Terrifier, and other clown-based horror films we’re experiencing a bit of a clown renaissance in cinema. Or a clownaissance, if you will.
This movie is inspired by the infamous clown sightings from a couple of years ago; specifically the ones that took place in Green Bay, Wisconsin. I’m not sure if this is the one that turned out to be promotion for a horror movie or if this is the movie that one was promoting. It’s a mystery wrapped in a riddle wrapped in an enigma.
Other Titles Worth Noting
All About Eve Criterion, Angel Has Fallen, The Pink Panther Cartoon Collection: Volume 6, The Bells of St. Mary’s, Don’t Let Go, Bloodstalkers, Machine Girl, Nutcracker Fantasy
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