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.
Not a lot of stuff out this week, but some good stuff for sure. Fantastic Planet from Criterion Collection is a wonderful release and the standout for the week for me. Maybe you prefer film noir to weird animation, in that case Kino Lorber has you set with a number of quality releases. Get to Blu-ray shopping!
Nikkatsu Diamond Guys: Volume 2 (Arrow, Region A)
TOKYO MIGHTY GUY
In Saito’s Tokyo Mighty Guy, mega star Akira Kobayashi stars as Jiro in the rambunctious tale of a chef who opens a restaurant in the busy Ginza district. His culinary skills and dashing good looks bring in the women as well as unwanted trouble, while an explosive political scandal builds around his girlfriend’s business…
Next, Jo Shishido (Massacre Gun, Retaliation), one of the most popular Diamond Guys in the West, stars in Danger Pays, a crime caper from Ko Nakahira about counterfeiting. When one billion yen goes AWOL, “Joe the Ace” (Shishido) spies an opportunity to get rich quick, but things soon go wrong as it turns out he isn’t the only one who’ll stop at nothing to get his hands on the missing cash…
Finally, Shishido stars once again in Noguchi’s screwball classic Murder Unincorporated. When the mysterious “Joe of Spades” executes one of the bosses of a powerful syndicate, his colleagues, fearing for their own lives, call on the services of assassin agency Murder Unincorporated to take care of the problem. This unique entry showcases some of the most peculiar killing tactics to ever hit Japanese cinema! Presented on DVD and Blu-ray for the first time in the West, these thrilling genre films feature some of Nikkatsu’s leading talent at the top of their game.
99 River Street (Kino Lorber, Region A)
An former boxer, turned cab driver, has to hide from the police, when his badgering wife is murdered by the jewel thief she was having an affair with.
The Wave (Magnolia, Region A)
Nestled in Norway’s Sunnmøre region, Geiranger is one of the most spectacular tourist draws on the planet. With the mountain Åkerneset overlooking the village — and constantly threatening to collapse into the fjord — it is also a place where cataclysm could strike at any moment. After putting in several years at Geiranger’s warning centre, geologist Kristian (Kristoffer Joner) is moving on to a prestigious gig with an oil company. But the very day he’s about to drive his family to their new life in the city, Kristian senses something isn’t right. The substrata are shifting. No one wants to believe that this could be the big one, especially with tourist season at its peak, but when that mountain begins to crumble, every soul in Geiranger has ten minutes to get to high ground before a tsunami hits, consuming everything in its path.
Midnight Special (Warner Bros, Region A)
A father and son go on the run after the dad learns his child possesses special powers.
Fantastic Planet (Criterion Collection, Region A)
On planet Ygam, the Draags (an alien race of blue giants) keep the human-like Oms as domesticated. An Om called Terr manages to escape enslavement from a Draag learning device used to educate the savage Oms — and begins to organise an Om revolt.
The Crush (Scream Factory, Region A)
The “fatal attraction” story of a young girl (Alicia Silverstone) and her escalating and dangerous infatuation with a handsome young journalist (Cary Elwes) who rents her parents’ guest house. Ultimately, the journalist finds himself in a desperate fight as the girl’s fixation on him turns into a furious pursuit, and finally, a terrifying plan of revenge.
Rollercoaster (Shout Factory, Region A)
The plot is about a guile young terrorist who is able to blackmail a series of companies by placing home-made radio controlled bombs within the central attraction of amusement parks; roller coasters.
Hidden Fear (Kino Lorber, Region A)
When his sister is arrested in Denmark for murder, American cop Mike Brent aids Danish police with the case and stumbles upon a currency counterfeiting ring.
Stagecoach (Olive Films, Region A)
Apache Indian Chief Geronimo and his war party are on a savage rampage across the countryside, prepared to massacre all who cross their path. Nine diverse travelers must journey over the dangerous terrain and their only hope is the stagecoach.
Shield for Murder (Kino Lorber, Region A)
When a brutal police detective Lt. murders a bookmaker’s runner for $25,000 in cash, a deaf mute sees him do it, and now he finds he must kill again to try and cover his tracks.
Appointment with Crime (Olive Films, Region A)
An ex-con, released after imprisonment for a jewel theft, swears vengeance on his former accomplices and devises an intricate plan to steal their fortune.
The Forest (Icon Home Entertainment, Region B)
An unexplained horror occurs in a Japanese forest.
Cape Fear (Fabulous Films, Region B)
Small-town lawyer Sam Bowden’s life becomes torturous when Max Cady re-enters his life. Cady went to jail for 8 years after Bowden testified that Cady attacked a young woman. Now that Cady has been released, he begins to terrorize Bowden and his family, particularly targeting Bowden’s daughter, Nancy. Initially, Cady uses his newfound knowledge of the law (learned in prison) to annoy the Bowdens, then poisons the family dog… Who’s next ?
Doomwatch (Screenbound Pictures, Region B)
The mysterious island village of Balfe is experiencing unexplainable phenomena…from grossly oversized sea life to half-buried bodies in the dark woods to strange Neanderthal-like men suffering from a rare disfiguring disease. Is this town afflicted by radioactive waste contaminating their water? Is there a vengeful mutant monster lurking in the woods? Or worse, are the townsfolk being punished by an act of God for their past sins? It is up to Dr. Del Shaw and the dedicated scientists at Doomwatch headquarters to discover the cause of these horrific mutations. Infuriating local villagers who cling to their secluded island’s survival, Dr. Shaw (Ian Bannen) and local school teacher Victoria Brown (Judy Geeson) risk their lives to uncover the truth behind the strange happenings, no matter how frightening or dangerous it may be. Based on the British television series of the same name, DOOMWATCH is a haunting telltale film that just might be hazardous to your health!
Mutant X: The Complete Collection (Revelation Films, Region B)
A fugitive geneticist and four of his “creations” search for others of their kind while attempting to stay a step ahead of a morally ambiguous government agent.
Enemy Mine (Eureka, Region B)
A soldier from Earth crash-lands on an alien world after sustaining battle damage. Eventually he encounters another survivor, but from the enemy species he was fighting; they band together to survive on this hostile world.