Posted Sun Jul 24, 2022 at 12:00 PM PDT by D. LaFontaine
As we complete the month of July, how has the month treated you thus far? With all the releases these past few weeks, and the announcements for September, discretionary spending is at a premium, that's for sure.
Welcome to Volume 3 Episode 10 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.
We did warn you about the sheer volume of 4K titles coming this week. Let's get right to it.
Import Monday has one notable title, that is to say if it hasn't been delayed again. From Second Sight Films, The Witch (or The VVitch, double V instead of a W) gets a deluxe looking set. I have always liked the various movie posters for this one, offering them as collector carts is a nice touch. Anxious to see what the included book is about too.
New Release Tuesday has three titles. First, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness from Disney, available in lots of options. We get a standard edition, a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook (minus the fancy stuff that was in last week's Zavvi release), a Target Exclusive Art Edition and a Walmart Exclusive with collectable enamel pin. My advice if you don't care much for the extras each retailer has, just go for the one with the cover art you like the most. Genius!
From Paramount, an action/adventure, The Lost City starring Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum and Brad Pitt.
Kicking off the catalog releases category, Kino has Stanley Kubrick's The Killing and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. The latter is loaded with star power whilst the former offers a chance to see where Kubrick was before he made it big, and our reviewer Dacid says it is a must own release.
From Severin Films, an 80s drama titled Out of the Blue.
From Scream Factory, Species gets a 4K upgrade. (You're welcome everyone. Within 12 hours of my import box set shipping, this one got a 4K announcement).
From LionsGate, a pair of 4K upgrades, Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar and Primal. The only thing these releases are missing are the attractive slipcovers their blu-ray counterparts got, and of course the blu-ray itself (4K Ultra HD Blu-ray + Digital).
Next week is almost a drought, we get a Dario Argento release with two options and the need for a need for a defibrillator.
Did I mention this category is painful to look at too? As of press time, all in we are looking at 87 skus! I do expect to move a dozen or so to next month (Vinegar Syndrome partner labels) once general release links come out. Diving right in, let's list the blu-ray counterparts of the above titles first. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness gets a standard release from Disney (may or may not get a red disc case, could be a retailer exclusive option like other MCU releases), The Lost City comes to us via Paramount, Green Lantern: Beware My Power comes to us via Warner Bros, Kino Lorber's got Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, there's Out of the Blue from Severin Films, and lastly we get Thriller: A Cruel Picture from Vinegar Syndrome.
Trying something new here, clumping all of the TV on disc releases into one section. First from Paramount/CBS, The 4400: The Complete Series. The long awaited Night Gallery: Season Two comes to us via Kino Lorber. That Dirty Black Bag - Season 1 releases via AMC Entertainment.
Anime highlights include BACK ARROW - Part 1, Case Closed: The Fist of Blue Sapphire, Cyber City Oedo 808 [SteelBook], Lupin the 3rd: Prison of the Past, Scar on the Praeter - The Complete Season, Vinland Saga - Complete Collection [Limited Edition] and Violence Jack - Complete OVA Collection.
LionsGate proudly presents Mid-Century this week as their sole title.
The Duke (2020) finally gets a release from Sony Pictures. Probably Covid delays (?)
Severin Films releases The Eurocrypt of Christopher Lee Collection Volume Two. Did you get Volume One?
Honorable mention: Early signs point that Abbott and Costello in Jack and the Beanstalk from ClassicFlix is the definitive version to own. Hopefully we can get a review out for you shortly.
A 4K SteelBook image (Only @ Best Buy) for The Lost Boys has been leaked, and unfortunately for our wallets, yup, another September title!
All three Godfather movies are getting 4K double-dips, this time as SteelBooks. I can dig the painted appearance covers and had I not bought the deluxe set already they would certainly be quite appealing to me. They do appear to not have the bonus features discs though. I will never say never on double-dipping.
Mentioned last week, but now confirmed, Wes Craven's Scream 2 is getting a 4K release. Just like Scream, it appears on track for a SteelBook as well as a standard release.
Criterion Collections October titles have been announced. For 4K (with blu-ray counterpart) look for Lost Highway, for 4K solo, Night of the Living Dead, and for blu-ray titles, Cure, Arsenic and Old Lace, La Llorona and Eve’s Bayou.
Universal Pictures will be releasing a 4K disc of Monty Python's The Meaning of Life, care to guess which month? I think it would be ironic if Paramount released Titanic that month too.
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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