In terms of volume, this may seem like another slow week in April for new Blu-ray releases. Fortunately, a major new hit movie and some more cult flicks are here to spice things up.
I’m sure that Quentin Tarantino’s Blaxploitation Western mash-up ‘Django Unchained‘ will be many people’s most exciting title of the week. The film was the director’s biggest box office hit yet, and scored him a second Best Screenplay Oscar, as well as another trophy for supporting actor Christoph Waltz. I didn’t make the trek out to see this in theaters and have been waiting for Blu-ray. I have a feeling that its two-and-three-quarter hours are better suited to watching at home than in an uncomfortable commercial movie theater.
A prime contender for the prize of worst movie title ever is ‘The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia‘, which, as far as I know, has no scenes at all that take place in Connecticut and has absolutely nothing to do with the first ‘Haunting in…’ movie. Why didn’t they just call this ‘The Haunting in Georgia’? For that matter, was the previous movie really enough of a hit that it needed to be franchised?
This week, the Criterion Collection inducts the utterly surreal and endlessly quotable 1984 dark comedy ‘Repo Man‘. This is one of only two Alex Cox movies that I’ve ever enjoyed (the other being ‘Sid and Nancy’). Don’t make the mistake of trying to watch the much-belated sequel, ‘Repo Chick’, a movie I’m fairly certain Criterion will never touch.
A note of warning about the double-bill of Jackie Chan’s first two ‘Police Story‘ movies: Early word has it that Shout! Factory has ported the video transfers from previously-released Blu-ray editions in Hong Kong that were merely upconverted from standard definition and look terrible. That’s a real shame, because the movies are a lot of fun.
In other developments, Twilight Time brings us a limited edition of the Sam Peckinpah Western ‘Major Dundee‘, while Kino Lorber unwraps Mario Bava’s giallo shocker ‘A Bay of Blood‘ (a.k.a. ‘Twitch of the Death Nerve’).
Even though I wasn’t quite as enthusiastic about ‘Inglourious Basterds’ as most fans, I have enough faith in Quentin Tarantino that I’ve preordered the Target exclusive SteelBook of ‘Django Unchained’. The Criterion edition of ‘Repo Man’ is also a must-buy for me. What will you spend some money on this week?