Each week here at Bloody Disgusting we like to highlight some of the new Blu-ray releases hitting shelves across the world. Please note that this isn’t every release for the week, just a few of the ones that jumped out at us.
Another pretty minor week of releases here in November. Some good stuff to be sure, like The Force Awakens in 3D and Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams from Criterion, but not a ton of new stuff hitting shelves this week. Aside from the two titles I already mentioned I would suggest David Cronenberg’s Dead Ringers release from Scream Factory has an absolute must.
Cosmos (Kino Lorber, Region A)
Witold just failed his law-school examinations and Fuchs has just quit his job at a Parisian fashion company. Arriving for a few days away at a so-called family guest-house, they are greeted by a series of unsettling omens: a sparrow hanging in the forest, then a piece of wood in the same condition, and finally signs on the ceiling and in the garden. In this guest-house there is also a baleful mouth, that of the maid, and a perfect mouth, that of the young woman of the house with whom Witold falls madly in love. Unfortunately, she has just married an architect of the most respectable sort. But is the young woman equally respectable? The third hanging, that of the cat, is Witold’s doing. Why did he do it? And above all – will the fourth hanging be that of a human?
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens 3D (Disney, Region Free)
After the Battle of Endor, The Empire picks up what’s left and forms The First Order and continues their mission to wipe out the Rebel Alliance, now known as The Resistance.
Dreams (Criterion, Region A)
A collection of tales based upon the actual dreams of director Akira Kurosawa.
Dead Ringers (Scream Factory, Region A)
The Mantle brothers are both doctors – both gynecologists – and identical twins. Mentally however, one of them is more confident than the other, and always manages to seduce the women he meets. When he’s tired of his current partner, she is passed on to the other brother – without her knowing. Everything runs smoothly, until an actress visits their clinic, and the shy brother is the first to fall in love. Will they be able to ‘share’ her ?
Time After Time (Warner Archive, Region A)
H.G. Wells pursues Jack the Ripper to 20th Century San Francisco when the notorious serial murderer uses the writer’s time machine to escape the police.
Man on Fire (Kino Lorber, Region A)
An agent newly retired from the CIA agrees to become an Italian businessman’s bodyguard in this adventure film. Things fall apart though, when terrorists kidnap the Italian’s daughter and the agent must rescue her.
The House on 92nd Street (Kino Lorber, Region A)
A stentorian narrator tells us that the USA was flooded with Nazi spies in 1939-41. One such tries to recruit college grad Bill Dietrich, who becomes a double agent for the FBI. While Bill trains in Hamburg, a street-accident victim proves to have been spying on atom-bomb secrets; conveniently, Dietrich is assigned to the New York spy ring stealing these secrets. Can he track down the mysterious “Christopher” before his ruthless associates unmask and kill him?
Cry of the City (Kino Lorber, Region A)
Two childhood best friends take divergent paths; one becomes a cop, and the other a cop-killer. The killer must grapple with confessing to a murder he did not commit in order to save his girlfriend from being framed for the crime.
Star Trek: The Animated Series (Paramount, Region A)
Boldly continuing where Star Trek: The Original Series left off, these animated adventures chart the progress of Captain Kirk and his crew in a universe unconstrained by “real-life” cinematography! With all characters voiced by their original actors, join Kirk, Spock, Bones and the crew for 22 new adventures: to boldly go where no animation has gone before.
Phenomena – Limited Edition Steelbook (Synapse, Region A)
Poor sleepwalking Jennifer doesn’t fit in at her boarding school and her uncanny ability to control insects isn’t helping her popularity. With the aid of a local Entomologist, can she use her psychic insect skills to find the killer who’s leaving her fellow pupils in bloody pieces?
Boomerang (Kino Lorber, Region A)
The true story of a prosecutor’s fight to prove the innocence of a man accused of a notorious murder.
Howling II: Your Sister is a Werewolf (Arrow, Region B)
A young man whose sister was murdered by werewolves helps an investigator track down a gang of the beasts through the U.S. and Europe.
Outlaw Star: The Complete Series (Anime Ltd, Region B)
This rollicking adventure takes place in the distant future, when interstellar space is divided among Pirates, the Space Forces, and Outlaws, who live by their personal codes. Self-proclaimed Outlaw Gene Starwind is a crack shot, a ferocious brawler, and a dashing ladies’ man. But he suffers from a fear of space rooted in his troubled past. He lives on the two-bit planet Sentinel III with his friend and business partner Jim Hawking, a kid who looks a bit like Duo in Gundam Wing. Jim and Gene are drawn into a web of intrigue by the rebel pirate Hot Ice Hilda.