The dinosaur franchise originally started by Steven Spielberg continues to stomp all over the worldwide box office. Will its reign of terror last forever, or will it eventually go extinct?
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom – Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are back in a follow-up to 2015’s box office behemoth Jurassic World. The twist this time is that they return to the island to save the dinos from a volcanic apocalypse. Growing fan dissatisfaction with the last movie couldn’t stop this one from gobbling up another $1.3 billion of its own. Not even the lousy trailers or awful reviews could slow it down. Audiences really just love watching dinosaurs on the big screen. Did anyone actually like the movie, though? Nobody I’ve met. Personally, I lost interest in this franchise about halfway through watching The Lost World. If you’re still on board, Fallen Kingdom is available in a plethora of options, including 2D, 3D, Ultra HD, an ugly SteelBook at Best Buy, and another packaging exclusive at Target. It’s also part of a 5-Movie Collection for the entire franchise, in case you didn’t already buy the 25th Anniversary 4-Movie Collection earlier this year.
That’s pretty much it for new releases of note this week. In fact, Fallen Kindgom and the 5-movie set are the only titles being released on UHD. The SteelBook for the latter is a truly hideous monstrosity.
The Criterion Collection serves up the classic screwball comedy My Man Godfrey, with William Powell and Carole Lombard.
Nearly as esteemed in its cinematic reputation is the beloved naval farce Cabin Boy, starring Sir Christopher Elliott. Kino was graced the opportunity to bestow this legendary picture with a Special Edition befitting its legacy.
This year’s remake of the prison drama Papillon didn’t find much of an audience. (Were you even aware of it?) Nevertheless, it inspired Warner Bros. to reissue the original film with Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman as part of the Warner Archive label. I’m not sure whether the disc itself actually differs at all from the copy released in 2011 or if it’s just the same thing in new packaging.
Also coming out of the Warner Archive is Looker, Michael Crichton’s 1981 sci-fi thriller about TV advertising, professional modeling, cosmetic surgery, and early Computer Graphic Imagery. I haven’t seen this in years, but I don’t recall it being very good.
Shout! Factory has licensed Oliver Stone’s Oscar-winner Platoon for a Special Edition SteelBook that promises a new director-approved video transfer and a bunch of bonus features.
New limited editions from Twilight Time include John Ford’s 1958 political drama The Last Hurrah, the Gregory Peck Western The Bravados (also 1958), the 1977 adaptation of the Sidney Sheldon melodrama The Other Side of Midnight, and John Boorman’s 2004 Apartheid drama In My Country.
Well Go USA breaks out standalone editions of Phantasm III and Phantasm IV from last year’s franchise collection box set.
The latest giallo offering from Arrow Video is 1977’s The Pyjama Case Girl. Meanwhile, its Arrow Academy label resurrects Peter Fonda’s long-neglected directorial debut, the 1971 Western The Hired Hand.
The TV scene is really buzzing this week. Notable releases include the second season of Fox’s Lethal Weapon (the last with Clayne Crawford), the third season of Supergirl, the seventh season of American Horror Story (“Cult”), the eleventh season of X Files, the Murdoch Mysteries: Home for the Holidays Christmas special, HBO’s Fahrenheit 451 remake (which is not very good, sadly), and Hulu’s 9/11 miniseries The Looming Tower.
My Man Godfrey will be on my list for the next Criterion sale. I’d also like to pick up the Platoon SE to replace my old Blu-ray.
The latest season of The X Files really only had two truly good episodes, but they’re both really great and may actually be enough to justify owning the whole set. However, I said something similar about Season 10 and that one’s still not on my shelf yet. I’m not in a hurry for this either, I guess.
I also have some interest in The Bravados and The Hired Hand, but they’ll probably sit on my wish list for a while.
What’s your take on the week?