Hot on the heels of news that Spider-Man will remain part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe after all, the character’s latest solo adventure arrives on Blu-ray and Ultra HD to collect all your spare dollars. How fortuitous! If I were a more suspicious man, I might wonder if these things were deliberately timed to coincide with each other.
New Releases (Blu-ray)
Spider-Man: Far from Home – The amazing web-slinger remains an extremely valuable property for Sony. The second outing with new star Tom Holland was even bigger than the first, eclipsing Skyfall as the studio’s highest-grossing movie to date. The film also officially marked the end of Phase 3 for the MCU. One can understand why both Sony and Marvel would be eager to continue their collaboration, but can also understand why each would fight for a larger slice of the pie. In this entry, Peter Parker takes a European vacation hoping for a break from his superheroics, but ultimately has to team up with a new ally named Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) to save the world again. But could Mysterio’s name suggest that he might be a little… mysterious? Sony brings the movie to disc in a bevy of options, including a Target exclusive with a copy of Peter Parker’s notebook, or a hideous 4k SteeBook at Best Buy. For 3D, you’ll have to order from overseas and wait until November 11th.
Framing John DeLorean – The rise and spectacular fall of the automaker behind the iconic Back to the Future car is told in an unusual movie that’s part documentary and part bio-pic. Alec Baldwin plays the man in re-enacted vignettes interspersed between archival footage and talking-head interviews. Critics were a little perplexed by the endeavor but mostly supportive.
Driven – Lee Pace also stars as John DeLorean in a competing bio-pic project. This one is framed as a comedy and features supporting roles for Jason Sudeikis and Judy Greer. Reviews were mixed and the movie stalled out after weak performance at festivals. It’s effectively going direct-to-video.
Spider-Man: Far from Home swings onto the Ultra HD format, along with new 4k upgrades for his Marvel companions Ant-Man, Doctor Strange, and the Guardians of the Galaxy. All of these have SteelBooks at Best Buy. As mentioned, the Spider-Man SteelBook artwork is a horrible eyesore.
Not to be left completely behind, DC edits the animated The Death of Superman and Reign of the Supermen into a single consolidated feature called The Death and Return of Superman. Meanwhile, the DC 7-Film Collection box set bundles together the studio’s live-action movies from Man of Steel through Shazam!.
The biggest catalog upgrade of the week is Disney’s mega-blockbuster Frozen, which also gets a Best Buy SteelBook. Other titles to revisit in 4k include The Shining, Gremlins, Pan’s Labyrinth, Zombieland, and the IMAX documentary Wonders of the Sea.
That DC 7-Film Collection box set also has a corresponding release on regular Blu-ray.
Bradley Cooper’s 2018 remake of A Star Is Born already had a SteelBook exclusive at Best Buy when it was released on disc back in February of this year. Amazon now has a very confusing listing labeled as “Star Is Born, A (2 Disc StlBk) (BD)” with artwork showing a 4k Ultra HD release from the UK. I’m not sure what this really is, or if it even exists at all. Until this gets cleared up, I’ll assume it’s the previous SteelBook expanded to general retail.
Universal’s 15-film The House of Hitchcock box set would seem more impressive if it amounted to anything more than another repackage of a collection previously issued a couple times already, at least one of which is still available for less money. To justify the triple-dip and price hike, this one has an elaborate package designed to look like the famed Psycho house.
With an animated reboot coming soon, Paramount reissues Barry Sonnenfeld’s 1991 live-action adaptation of The Addams Family, and brings its 1993 sequel Addams Family Values to Blu-ray for what I believe is the first time. You can buy them either individually or in a double feature.
Kino remembers the late Rutger Hauer with a remastered edition of his 1986 action flick Wanted: Dead or Alive.
Also on Kino’s docket is the strangely-titled 1980 naval adventure drama ffolkes (sometimes known as North Sea Hijack or Assault Force). The film was a commercial disappointment despite starring Roger Moore right at the height of his James Bond fame, but found fans through TV airings over the years.
The 1984 slasher The Prey is the latest piece of schlock to get a prestige Limited Edition from Arrow Video.
Fresh off its ten Emmy award wins, HBO brings the harrowing Chernobyl miniseries to disc.
DC Comics fans who don’t (or won’t) subscribe to the DC Universe streaming service now get a chance to check out the first season of Doom Patrol.
The first two seasons of the Netflix docuseries The Toys That Made Us also make their way onto physical media.
Finally, the Peanuts: 70th Anniversary Holiday Collection bundles nine classic TV specials into a box that looks like Snoopy’s dog house.
I’d normally be inclined to purchase the Spider-Man: Far from Home UHD SteelBook, but I’m so put off by the ugly art that I canceled my preorder. I really don’t want that abomination on my shelf. Marvel movies all inevitably get reissued in different SteelBooks over time, and I’m willing to sit this one out until something more attractive comes along.
I’m also not especially fond of the SteelBook for The Shining. However, I may buy the standard Ultra HD copy for that movie.
Framing John DeLorean seems like it’ll make a fine watch on Netflix someday. I also have a passive interest in ffolkes.
What discs will you bring home this week?