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.
Last week of releases before Thanksgiving and if you like physical media we’ve got a lot to be thankful for this week! Stateside we’ve got a number of excellent releases. If you’re looking for something new I’d recommend Good Time which is one of the best movies of the year. If you’re looking for something a bit older we’ve got Dolores Claiborne, Jabberwocky and The Violent Years. Over in the UK they’re finally getting Black Christmas and the Arrow release of The Thing, which is reportedly amazing. See, plenty to be thankful for!
Jabberwocky (Criterion, Region A)
A young peasant, with no interest in adventure or fortune, is mistaken as the kingdom’s only hope when a horrible monster threatens the countryside.
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (Lionsgate, Region A)
Time-traveling agent Valerian is sent to investigate a galactic empire, along with his partner Laureline.
Dolores Claiborne (Warner Archive, Region A)
Dark secrets, family torments, and two murders swirl around the stoic, hardened figure of Dolores Claiborne, a housekeeper accused of murdering her employer of 22 years.
Good Time (Lionsgate, Region A)
A bank robber finds himself unable to evade those who are looking for him.
The Hitman’s Bodyguard (Lionsgate, Region A)
The world’s top bodyguard gets a new client, a hit man who must testify at the International Court of Justice. They must put their differences aside and work together to make it to the trial on time.
Fritz Lang: The Silent Films (Kino Lorber, Region A)
The complete silent films of German cinema’s supreme stylist. A twelve-disc collection including Metropolis (1927), Die Nibelungen (1924), Spies (1928), Dr. Mabuse the Gambler (1922), Destiny (1921), The Spiders (1919), Woman in the Moon (1929), Four Around the Woman (1921), Harakiri (1919), The Wandering Shadow (1920), The Plague of Florence (1919)
Hangover Square (Kino Lorber, Region A)
A composer who can’t control his creative temperament turns to murder.
The Man from Earth (MVD Visual, Region A)
At his farewell bash in a cabin in the remote woods, Professor John Oldman (David Lee Smith) makes a shocking confession to his fellow scholars: he is actually an immortal who has been living on earth for the past 14,000 years. So begins this thought-provoking sci-fi drama which follows his colleagues as they struggle to figure out whether Oldman is telling the truth or merely deranged. A long-running project of Star Trek and Twilight Zone scribe Jerome Bixby, the film’s screenplay was finally completed on his deathbed in 1998.
The Violent Years (AGFA, Region A)
Paula Parkins is the teenage daughter of wealthy parents whom don’t seem to make time for her, so she looks for thrills as the leader of her all girl gang who steal, rob, and rape young men.
Jungle (Momentum Pictures, Region A)
A group of friends trek into the Bolivian jungle with a fraudulent guide.
The Thing (Arrow, Region B)
A twelve-man research team stationed in Antarctica finds an alien being that has fallen from the sky and has been buried for over 100,000 years.
Eyes of Laura Mars (Indicator, Region B)
New York’s most controversial fashion photographer exhibits a mystifying psychic ability. In her mind’s eye, as if through the lens of her camera, she “witnesses” a series of bizarre murders with terrifying clarity.
Four Film Noir Classics (Arrow, Region B)
The Dark Mirror
A woman suspected of murdering her doctor boyfriend has an identical twin sister. When both twins have an alibi for the night of the murder, a psychiatrist is called in to assist a detective in solving the case. Through a series of tests, he discovers which twin actually committed the crime and in the course of his investigation he falls in love with the normal twin.
Secret Beyond the Door
In this Freudian version of the Bluebeard tale, a young, trust-funded New Yorker goes to Mexico on vacation before marrying an old friend whom she considers a safe choice for a husband. However, there she finds her dream man — a handsome, mysterious stranger who spots her in a crowd. In a matter of days they marry, honeymoon and move to his mansion, to which he has added a wing full of rooms where famous murders took place. She discovers many secrets about the house and her husband, but what she really wants to know is what is in the room her husband always keeps locked. …Secret Beyond the Door
Force of Evil
A crooked lawyer tries to protect his numbers running brother from a ruthless crime boss.
The Big Combo
Far ahead of its time, The Big Combo takes a dark, disturbing look at the battle between Police Lieutenant Diamond (Cornel Wilde), a good and honest cop, Mr. Brown (Richard Conte), a sadistic crime boss and Susan Lowell (Jean Wallace), a cool and beautiful blonde who gets caught in the middle. With the help of the gangster’s ex-girlfriend, Diamond is determined to bring down the cunning gangland kingpin. But the gangster and his henchmen are ruthless. They savagely pummel Diamond and conduct gut-wrenchingly brutal acts of torture that were unusual on screen at the time of the film’s release.
Wolf (Indicator, Region B)
When a mild-mannered, middle-aged book editor (Jack Nicholson) gets bitten by a wolf, it gives him a shot of confidence over younger colleagues, highly tuned senses and a few new lycanthropic appetites. Like a clever New Yorker cartoon, this urbane horror film satirizes middle age in New York’s cutthroat social and business worlds.
Black Christmas (101 Films, Region B)
The few remaining residents of a Canadian sorority house are celebrating the onset of Christmas vacation when a thirteen year-old girl is found dead in the park. Soon, it is discovered that one of the sorority sisters is missing, which triggers a terrifying chain of murders within the house. Director Bob Clark’s (‘Porky’s’, ‘A Christmas Story’) tense, effective film is a precursor to the slasher films that would come a half decade later, but never relies on gore. Olivia Hussy (‘Romeo and Juliet’) stars alongside Margot Kidder and SCTV’s Andrea Martin.
Street Trash (88 Films, Region B)
When a liquor store owner finds a case of “Viper” (a cheap wine) in his cellar, he decides to sell it to the local hobos at one dollar a bottle, unaware of its true properties. The drinks causes its consumers to melt, very messily. Two homeless lads find themselves up against the effects of the toxic brew, as well as going head to head with “Bronson”, a deranged Vietnam veteran with sociopathic tendencies, and the owner of the junkyard they live in…
Animal Factory (Arrow, Region B)
Ron, who’s young, slight, and privileged, is sentenced to prison on marijuana charges. For whatever reason, he brings out paternal feelings in an 18-year prison veteran, Earl Copan, who takes Ron under his wing. The film explores the nature of that relationship, Ron’s part in Earl’s gang, and the way Ron deals with aggressive cons intent on assault and rape. There’s casual racism, too, in the prisoners and the guards, a strike called by Black prisoners, and the nearly omnipresence of hard drugs. Ron’s lawyer is working on getting Ron out quickly, Earl has a shot at parole, and death seems to be waiting in the next cell. Will prison turn Ron into an animal?
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