by Bryan Theiss
As we told you last week, we’ve been filling in some titles we previously missed on Blu-Ray. So we wanted to let our Blu-Ray customers know that we put out another 30+ titles today (including a ton of Shout Factory special editions). Here are all the new titles with brief descriptions and highlights. Remember, you can rent them by mail!
AFTER THE WEDDING (2019)
Julianne Moore, Michelle Williams, Billy Crudup and Abby Quinn star in this remake of the 2006 Danish-Swedish drama. From the director of The Myth of Fingerprints.
Russian sci-fi allegory about a huge extra-terrestrial spaceship crashing in the middle of Moscow.
BACKBEAT (1994) (SHOUT SELECT)
Shout Select’s special edition of the movie about the pre-fame Beatles includes many new interviews and featurettes, casting sessions, a conversation with the real Astrid Kirchherr (played by Sheryl Lee in the movie) and a commentary with the director and some of the cast.
BATMAN VS TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES (2019)
I can personally vouch for this fun animated feature about an unlikely crossover of comic book universes. It’s nothing complicated – Shredder comes to Gotham City, and the turtles follow, so they run into Batman (who is pretty much the straight man). I enjoyed it as a Batman fan and I think it’s the first time I found the Ninja Turtles genuinely funny. Note: Kyle Mooney from Saturday Night Live and Brigsby Bear plays Michelangelo. (He’s a party dude.) Extras include a featurette about the different fighting styles used in the action scenes.
BORN IN EAST L.A. (1987) (SHOUT SELECT)
The new collector’s edition of the immigration comedy starring, written and directed by Cheech Marin includes his commentary (with historian Marc Edward Heuck), interviews with cast members and an extended TV cut.
BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS (1986) (SHOUT SELECT)
New edition of Neil Simon’s semi-autobiographical comedy about growing up in Brooklyn, starring Jonathan Silverman.
DOOM: ANNIHILATION (2019)
The recent made-for-video take on the pioneering big-guns-vs.-demons-on-Mars video game.
ENDEAVOUR: SERIES 6 (2012)
Four new mysteries in the popular Masterpiece series. These take place in 1969 and feature a new mustache.
FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL (1994) (SHOUT SELECT)
The 25th anniversary edition has a new 4K scan from the original camera negative, a new interview with the director of photography, and lots of archival features including director commentary, documentaries and deleted scenes.
GOOD BOYS (2019)
Jacob Tremblay, the kid from Room, stars in the raunchy Seth-Rogen-produced comedy described as Superbad starring sixth graders. Written and directed by writers from The Office. Includes 12 deleted scenes, an alternate ending and director commentary.
THE GUILTY (2018)
Excellent, minimalistic Danish thriller that takes place entirely in a police call center when a disgraced officer gets a call from a kidnapped woman. A favorite of William Friedkin, it has a 98% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes and has already been optioned by Jake Gyllenhaal for an American remake. For whatever that’s worth.
HOTEL MUMBAI (2018)
Dev Patel and Armie Hammer star in the Australian-Indian-American co-production about the 2008 attacks at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel.
A former criminal (Juan Pablo Raba from Narcos) tries to move on with his life, but a prison warden is after him for an old crime. The cast includes Laurence Fishburne, Esai Morales, Edward James Olmos and John Heard.
20th anniversary edition of the dark teen comedy includes a new commentary with director Darren Stein and stars Rebecca Gayheart, Julie Benz and Judy Greer, plus an older commentary with just Stein.
JEFFREY (1995) (SHOUT SELECT)
Adapted by writer Paul Rudnick (Addams Family Values) from his hit off-Broadway play, Esquire put Jeffrey at #21 on their 50 Best LGBTQ Movies Ever Made list. Shout’s special edition includes new interviews and a commentary by star Stephen Weber.
Regina Hall, Issa Rae and Marsai Martin star in this modern riff on Big about a mean boss who gets turned into a child. From director Tina Gordon (Peeples).
Documentary about the first all-women crew competing in an around-the-world sailboat race in 1989 and 1990.
MAMMA MIA! THE MOVIE (2008)
The 10th anniversary edition of the popular Abba-sploitation movie includes singalong features, deleted scenes, outtakes, music videos, anatomy of a musical number, etc.
NANCY DREW AND THE HIDDEN STAIRCASE (2019)
Cult director and actor Katt Shea (Stripped To Kill, Poison Ivy, The Rage: Carrie 2) returns behind the camera for a contemporary Nancy Drew mystery starring Sophia Lillis from It and Gretel & Hansel.
NIGHTFLYERS: SEASON 1 (2018)
Scientists in 2093 on a mission to make first contact with alien life forms are terrorized by a mysterious entity on their ship. Based on a novella and series of short stories by Game of Thrones creator George R. R. Martin.
NOBODY’S FOOL (2018)
Recently paroled Tiffany Haddish helps her straight-laced sister Tika Sumpter deal with a man who might be catfishing her in this romantic comedy from writer/director Tyler Perry. Also starring Whoopi Goldberg.
THE SEDUCTION (1982)
Morgan Fairchild is stalked by psychotic photographer Andrew Stevens in this ‘80s thriller from the writer/director of Tourist Trap. Shout Factory’s special edition includes director/producer commentary and almost 90 minutes of featurettes.
SINATRA IN PALM SPRINGS (2018)
This documentary “explores Frank Sinatra’s deep attachment to Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley, his primary home for almost 50 years. The film captures the spirit of the Sinatra era and pays tribute to the unique lifestyle of Sinatra’s Palm Springs and Rancho Mirage.”
Gory supernatural slasher film about a series of murders centering around a house where a witch was once executed. Scream Factory’s disc features new director and star interviews and a new 2K scan from the original film elements.
THEN CAME YOU (2018)
“A hypochondriac working as an airport baggage handler is forced to confront his fears when a British teenager with a terminal illness enlists him to help her carry out her eccentric bucket list.” Starring Asa Butterfield, Maisie Williams, Ken Jeong, David Koechner and Tituss Burgess.
THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS (2018)
Popular documentary about 19-year-old strangers who discover they are identical triplets and set out to learn why they were separated.
TO WONG FOO, THANKS FOR EVERYTHING, JULIE NEWMAR (1995) (SHOUT SELECT)
The Patrick Swayze/Wesley Snipes/John Leguizamo drag queen dreamed gets a special edition with a new making-of documentary and deleted scenes.
VALENTINE: THE DARK AVENGER (2017)
A man recruits a young waitress to star in a movie, but he’s actually training her to be a masked vigilante in this Indonesian super hero movie.
VERY BAD THINGS (1998) (SHOUT SELECT)
New special edition of the dark comedy starring Jon Favreau, Cameron Diaz and Christian Slater that marked the directorial debut of Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights, Lone Survivor, Battleship). Includes new film critic commentary and cast interviews.
VICTORIA: SEASON 3 (2016)
Another series of the historical drama about Queen Victoria, as seen on PBS Masterpiece.
WHEN A STRANGER CALLS BACK (1993)
Scream Factory presents the cult thriller sequel with a new 2K scan from the original film elements and a choice of two aspect ratios (television or theatrical). Includes new interviews with director Fred Walton, stars Carol Kane and Jill Schoelen, and Walton’s original short film The Sitter.
WHERE’S MY ROY COHN? (2019)
Well-reviewed documentary about the infamously unscrupulous lawyer who helped Joseph McCarthy conduct witch hunts for alleged communists and homosexuals and mentored Donald Trump before being disbarred for forcing a client to put him in his will. From the director of Valentino: The Last Emperor and Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood.
That’s it for today, but we’ll have some new releases on Tuesday.