Saturday, May 18, 2024

New Physical Media Releases: 3/2/2021

By Casey Lee Clark 

This week in Blu-ray releases, the priority is 2020 films. From sci-fi action to horror to documentary, a wide range of 2020 films are coming to Blu-ray. Plus, a 2000s teen comedy and some classic 40s pictures!

​Let’s get to it!


The newest Paul W.S. Anderson film, “Monster Hunter,” comes to Blu-ray and 4K this week. The film stars Milla Jovovich, Ron Perlman, Meagan Good, Tony Jaa, and Diego Boneta. Both the Blu-ray and 4K include deleted scenes and three featurettes. 

Another 2020 film being released this week on Blu-ray is the thriller “Fatale,” directed by Deon Taylor and starring Hilary Swank, Mike Colter, and Michael Ealy. It includes an alternate ending, an audio commentary track with Taylor and Producer Roxanne Avent Taylor, and three featurettes.

​One release I wanted to spotlight this week is “
Zappa,” the music documentary on musician Frank Zappa’s life and work, which comes to Blu-ray this week following its critically-acclaimed festival run. The film is directed by Alex Winter, the actor and director turned documentarian most notably known as one half of the iconic “Bill & Ted” duo.

​Coming from Universal this week is the romantic tear-jerker, “All My Life,” starring 
Jessica Rothe, Harry Shum Jr., Kyle Allen, Chrissie Fit, and Jay Pharoah. Based on a true story, this is one that features lovable chemistry between its two leads which is sure to get you all weepy and emotional by the end.

​The Shudder original comedy horror “Scare Me” is receiving a Blu-ray release this week. The film is directed by Josh Ruben and stars Ruben along with Aya Cash, Rebecca Drysdale, and Chris Redd.

​Finally, of the 2020 films comes the newest adaptation of “Pinocchio” directed by Matteo Garrone. The film stars Roberto Benigni returning to the property, this time as Geppetto. The film is notable for being on the Make-Up & Hairstyling shortlist for this year’s Oscars for its impressive and elaborate make-up and prosthetics work.

There is a 15th Anniversary release of the 2006 teen comedy “She’s the Man” coming to Blu-ray this week. The film was directed by Andy Fickman and stars Amanda Bynes and Channing Tatum. The disc includes archival extras, deleted scenes, and two commentaries.

​Finally, Kino Lorber is releasing three classic Bob Hope films on Blu-ray this week: “Caught in the Draft” and “Nothing But the Truth,” both from 1941, and “My Favorite Blonde,” from 1942. Each film is newly remastered and includes new and archival extras, such as commentaries and theatrical trailers.


​This week, I wanted to highlight a release I received as a Christmas present and one that I watched recently and was absolutely blown away. In late 2020, the “Alfred Hitchcock Classics Collection” box set was released on 4K (along with standard Blu-ray discs included). It was at the top of my wishlist as it contains my three favorites of his films (“Rear Window,” “Vertigo,” and “Psycho”), as well as “The Birds,” an iconic film that I am mixed on but is still a must-see. I adore this set’s packaging, featuring a hard slipcover over a booklet-style digipak housing all the films and featuring era-specific artwork. My one complaint about the packaging is that the discs are a little difficult to remove, so you have to be careful and know what you’re getting into. 

Full disclosure, I have not watched all of the films in the set on these discs, though as I said, I have seen all of them previously. However, this week I watched “Vertigo” and was absolutely gob-smacked at how incredible it looked. Obviously, I was already aware of this film’s beautiful cinematography, but the newest restoration in this set is truly spectacular, with some shots feeling brand new. The red and green color palette leaps off the screen, while the gorgeous San Francisco exteriors feel like photographs come to life. If every film in this set is treated this well as far as restorations, this set is a must-own. There are also tons of special features included for each film, so if you are a fan of classic film and Hitchcock, this set comes highly recommended by me.

​Are there any releases you will be picking up this week? Let us know in the comments section below or on our Twitter account.

You can follow Casey and hear more of her thoughts on the Oscars and Film on Twitter at @CaseyLeeClark

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