Posted Sun Aug 14, 2022 at 12:00 PM PDT by D. LaFontaine
Falling behind on movie viewing? Buying titles at a faster pace than watching them, the struggle is real. From limited editions to just wanting to make sure I get a slip cover, those are just a couple of factors at play. When did you fall behind and why?
Welcome to Volume 3 Episode 13 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc this week, as well as a look at announcements from last week.
Kicking off the new releases category, <insert studio name> did it again, they announced a major release with a street date less than ten days out. In this case, Universal announced Jurassic World: Dominion on the 9th, with a street date of the 16th. Retailers received copies this past week and all over the net people were posting photos. This film is supposed to be the 'conclusion' of the Jurassic era, I guess til they make another one. Options are not as wide as expected. With just the standard 4K, the 4K SteelBook, the 6 movie collection and the 6 movie limited edition collection, which includes a Velociraptor statue, I was sort of hoping for a 6 movie SteelBook collection with cover arts similar to the single SteelBook we get this week. Call me shocked to NOT see any retailer exclusives here.
On to Catalog titles. OK, Scream Factory has a big week this week with a handful of titles and options. Chucky slashes his way to 4K with Child's Play, available as a standard edition and as a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook, Child's Play 2 and Child's Play 3.
Sony releases Heavy Metal to a standard 4K edition, minus the blu-ray of Heavy Metal 2000.
Mentioned a few weeks ago, apparently delayed with no notice, Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar is on track for Tuesday release. No slipcovers thus far on any of the 4K upgrade releases from them, but it we have double dipped, using the previous cover is tempting.
Next week, two lycanthropic options, some of Stallone's greatest, 'Baby' gets a doubple-dip, Kubrick and some martial arts.
A slow(ish) week for blu-ray releases. But before we go over the highlights, let's list any blu-ray counterparts first. Jurassic World: Dominion gets a standard release, as does the 6 movie collection, and just like the 4K, no retailer exclusive options.
Paramount Pictures has a little bit of comedy from their catalog this week, including a couple of titles that were pushed back without notice. Titles include The Back-Up Plan (reissue), Coneheads, Last Vegas (reissue), South Park: The Complete Twenty-Fourth Season, Stalag 17 (reissue), What Women Want and What's Eating Gilbert Grape.
Sony Pictures is also getting in to the comedy game as well this week, Denise Calls Up comes via their 'Sony Pictures Classics' label. Hardly a comedy, Sniper: Rogue Mission also debuts to disc this week.
Another short notice title from Universal, the horror/thriller The Black Phone comes to blu-ray, with no 4K option. Sorry, going to ask, does Blumhouse have something against 4K disc? I realize The Purge franchise has 4K discs, but so many missed opportunities here with other titles.
Honorable mention: Mostly because it seems like a heavy comedy week, Code Red is offering Don't Tell Her It's Me (The Boyfriend School) with Steve Guttenberg, Jami Gertz, Shelley Long. And from Kino Lorber, They Went That-A-Way & That-A-Way with Tim Conway.
Sony has announced that Columbia Classics 4K Ultra HD Collection: Volume 3 will be coming in Septe.... just kidding, initial listings showed September 20th but the official announcement states October 25th. Check out the specs, it's another killer set. All 6 films appear to have Dolby Vision and most of them also have new Atmos mixes.
Arrow Video has announced Shawscope Volume Two for a November 22nd street date.
Kino Lorber has announced Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema XII, Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema XIII, Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema XIV and Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema XV. Final details and order link for Dressed to Kill 4K is also available now.
Warner Bros has announced Sweet Tooth: The Complete First Season for blu-ray on October 11th and Mortal Kombat Legends: Snow Blind to 4K and blu-ray on the 11th as well. From what I can read about Mortal Kombat, this film is the conclusion to the series.
Which titles are you buying this week? Which ones are on your wishlist, be it to buy as an impulse buy or to wait for the right price?
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