If you spent all your money last week replacing half of your Disney movie collection, the good news is that that week’s new Blu-ray and Ultra HD titles will probably not seem nearly as appealing. As always, however, you might find something interesting if you dig into them.
New Releases (Blu-ray)
X-Men: Dark Phoenix – In what was supposed to be the big last hurrah before all the characters revert to Marvel and get rebooted for the MCU, Fox’s X-Men franchise flamed out with its final installment, which sees Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner playing out the same storyline that had already been covered (poorly) in X-Men: The Last Stand. Reviews were scathing and the movie was a box office bomb. Originally released to theaters as just Dark Phoenix, the film has officially been retitled to add the X-Men branding in the hopes that may help it to move more copies.
Bodied – With a title that could easily be confused for a horror flick, Eminem serves as producer on a satirical comedy-drama about a white college kid who stumbles into success as a battle rapper and has to face up to accusations of cultural appropriation. The film was very well received at festivals and won the Midnight Madness award at last year’s TIFF, coming in ahead of The Disaster Artist and Brawl in Cell Block 99.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix lands on Ultra HD with a SteelBook at Best Buy or a Target exclusive that has unique cover art and a poster.
All four of the Tim Burton and Joel Schumacher Batman movies from 1989-1997 were already released in 4k individually back in June. You’d think that a box set bundling them together into one package would have been a natural idea to release at the same time, but Warner chose instead to withhold that until now for reasons unknown. I imagine that most fans were probably happy to get the Burton movies separately and will have little interest in this, except for SteelBook collectors, who are forced to buy them all.
The Criterion Collection has a curious mixture of high culture and low this week with competing releases of Ernst Lubitsch’s 1946 comedy of manners Cluny Brown and John Waters’ 1981 cult trashterpiece Polyester. Those should make an interesting double feature. The cover art on the latter is kind of amazing.
Remarkably, Peter O’Toole never won an Oscar in competition, despite being nominated for Best Actor eight times. His seventh of those came for playing a washed-up former matinee idol in the Errol Flynn mold in Richard Benjamin’s 1982 comedy My Favorite Year, now available from the Warner Archive.
Apparently, killing two people in Northern Ireland didn’t have many negative repercussions for Matthew Broderick’s career as a comedic movie star. Just seven months later, he starred in Mike Nichols’ 1988 adaptation of Neil Simon’s lighthearted Biloxi Blues, which was a box office hit. The Blu-ray comes from the Shout Select line.
Paramount is reissuing the hilarious 1999 sci-fi spoof Galaxy Quest in a new SteelBook, but it appears to be the same old Blu-ray disc from 2009. The movie could benefit from a remaster.
Twilight Time has another small slate of limited editions this month. The label’s two new titles are Otto Preminger’s 1949 noir thriller Whirlpool and the 1955 Clark Gable Western The Tall Men.
Twilight Time previously released a double feature of the James Garner Western comedies Support Your Local Sheriff and Support Your Local Gunfighter back in 2015. The titles now shift to Kino, which means that those who balked at Twilight Time’s pricing will have to pay even more to buy the movies separately.
One controversial filmmaker takes on another in 2014’s Pasolini. Willem Dafoe stars in a bio-pic about Pier Paolo Pasolini, the man who made the notorious Salò, directed by Abel Ferrara, the man who made Bad Lieutenant.
Mill Creek rolls out a couple more classics from sleaze auteur Andy Sidaris: 1990’s Guns and 1991’s Do or Die. In contrast to some of his earlier works, these actually attracted some big-name talent, namely Erik Estrada and Pat Morita.
On nearly the same level of prestige is the 2002 movie reboot of I-Spy starring Eddie Murphy and Owen Wilson.
MVD has taken over distribution for the Edward Norton magician drama The Illusionist and Sidney Lumet’s courtroom dramedy Find Me Guilty starring Vin Diesel (both from 2006).
Arrow Video asks Who Saw Her Die? with its latest giallo acquisition. The 1972 thriller stars one-time James Bond actor George Lazenby.
The third season of Lethal Weapon was the first with new star Seann William Scott replacing Clayne Crawford. It’s also the show’s last, as Fox has canceled it.
On the other hand, Supergirl is still going strong after four seasons.
The Warner Archive brings out a third volume of classic Popeye the Sailor cartoons from the 1940s.
Paramount drops a lot more South Park in two box sets, comprising Seasons 11-15 and 16-20.
In case you’re a fan and don’t already own them, BBC offers a bundle for all the David Tennant seasons of Doctor Who.
I’m not a huge John Waters aficionado, but Polyester will go on my wish list, as will Cluny Brown and My Favorite Year.
Does anything get you hot and bothered this week?