When I wrote up last week’s Blu-ray Highlights post, I somehow missed the fact that ‘Justin Bieber: Never Say Never‘ was released on Friday the 13th. What an inexcusable oversight! Can you ever forgive me? I sure hope so. Anyway, turning to this week’s new Blu-ray releases, it looks once again like the catalog titles are a lot more interesting than any of the brand new movies.
Including those discs released this past Sunday, here’s the week’s full release slate:
- ‘Beverly Hills Cop‘ (Paramount)
- ‘Children of The Corn V: Fields of Terror / Children of The Corn 666: Isaac’s Return‘ (Echo Bridge – May 15th)
- ‘The Comancheros‘ (20th Century Fox)
- ‘Daydream Nation‘ (Starz/Anchor Bay)
- ‘Deep Red‘ (Blue Underground)
- ‘Diabolique‘ (Criterion)
- ‘Duplex / My Boss’s Daughter‘ (Echo Bridge – May 15th)
- ‘The Five Deadly Venoms‘ (Vivendi)
- ‘From Dusk Till Dawn / From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood‘ (Echo Bridge – May 15th)
- ‘Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers / Halloween: H20‘ (Echo Bridge – May 15th)
- ‘Heaven & Hell: Radio City Music Hall – Live!‘ (Eagle Rock)
- ‘Hellraiser IV: Bloodline / Hellraiser V: Inferno‘ (Echo Bridge – May 15th)
- ‘The Hustler: 50th Anniversary Edition‘ (20th Century Fox)
- ‘IMAX: Search for the Great Sharks‘ (Inception Media)
- ‘IMAX: The Greatest Places‘ (Inception Media Group)
- ‘Jagged Edge‘ (Image)
- ‘Ju-On Black / White‘ (Well Go USA)
- ‘Lockdown‘ (Image)
- ‘The Mechanic‘ (Sony)
- ‘Money Train‘ (Image)
- ‘The Other Woman‘ (MPI)
- ‘Pale Flower‘ (Criterion)
- ‘Pokemon Heroes / Pokemon Destiny Deoxys‘ (Echo Bridge – May 15th)
- ‘Rifftrax Live! House on Haunted Hill‘ (Legend)
- ‘Rifftrax Live! Reefer Madness‘ (Legend)
- ‘The Rite (Single Disc)‘ (New Line Cinema)
- ‘The Rite‘ (New Line Cinema)
- ‘The Roommate‘ (Sony)
- ‘Sons of the City: New York‘ (Image)
- ‘Supercop / Twin Dragons‘ (Echo Bridge – May 15th)
- ‘That’s What I Am‘ (Vivendi)
- ‘Thor: Tales of Asgard‘ (Lionsgate)
- ‘The Twilight Zone: Season 4 (1962)‘ (Image)
- ‘Vanishing on 7th Street‘ (Magnolia)
- ‘The Yards / The Lookout‘ (Echo Bridge – May 15th)
I suppose that the three big day-and-date titles of the week are ‘The Mechanic‘, ‘The Rite‘, and ‘The Roommate‘. All three were box office duds earlier this year. I haven’t seen any of them. Even though the Jason Statham actioner ‘The Mechanic’ is technically a remake of an old Charles Bronson movie, it looks like it should be titled ‘Transporter 4’. Nonetheless, it also looks like it might be kind of fun. It could be decent rental fodder. The other two seem pretty dreadful in all respects and should probably just be ignored.
Among the catalog titles, Oliver Stone’s Oscar-winning ‘Platoon‘ stands out as perhaps the best of the bunch. Despite star Charlie Sheen’s recent “Winning!” antics, I think most people will acknowledge that this is a phenomenal movie with a terrific cast (including a very young Johnny Depp). Unfortunately, advance word has it that MGM’s Blu-ray is sourced from a pretty dated master. (Never mind. Looks like we had an error in our release list. ‘Platoon’ won’t be released until next week. Thanks for the correction, vihdeeohfieuhl.)
Anyway, let’s look at another ’80s star who has fallen from favor in recent years. This week also brings us the Blu-ray debut of Eddie Murphy’s blockbuster ‘Beverly Hills Cop‘. This is a really fun movie. The two sequels are also expected for release sometime later this year. The second entry (directed by Tony Scott) is a worthy follow-up, but the third is best forgotten entirely.
The Criterion Collection offers up two classic foreign suspense films. Henri-George Clouzot’s ‘Diabolique‘ is a straight-up masterpiece. (Let’s pretend that the awful remake with Sharon Stone never happened.) I know very little about the Japanese Yakuza thriller ‘Pale Flower‘, but it sounds interesting.
If you weren’t able to attend any of the ‘Rifftrax Live!‘ movie screenings in the theater, you can now catch up with all the laughs on video as Mike Nelson and company tear ‘House on Haunted Hill’ and the legendary ‘Reefer Madness’ to pieces.
Other titles of note include Dario Argento’s ‘Deep Red‘, the ridiculous but fun erotic thriller ‘Jagged Edge‘, and the Paul Newman classic ‘The Hustler‘.
One note of warning: No matter how much you might want to own ‘From Dusk Till Dawn‘ or any of the ‘Halloween‘ and ‘Hellraiser‘ sequels on Blu-ray, you should stay far away from any discs released by Echo Bridge. The distributor has already earned a notorious reputation for the worst Blu-ray quality of any studio in the business.