Monday, November 28, 2022

New Physical Media Releases: 3/9/2021

By Casey Lee Clark 

This week is rather light in terms of Blu-ray releases, but there are still some notable titles to discuss!​

​Let’s get to it!


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For 2020 releases, we have the Chinese action thriller “Vanguard” starring Jackie Chan, Yang Yang, and Lun Ai. The film was directed by Stanley Tong. The Blu-ray features a making-of featurette.

​The other 2020 release to highlight this week is the thriller “Rent-A-Pal,” directed by Jon Stevenson and starring Wil Wheaton, Brian Landis Folkins, and Amy Rutledge. It includes three featurettes on the film.

​From the Criterion Collection, this week comes the 1973 Senegalese film “Touki Bouki,” directed by Djibril Diop Mambéty. The film was originally featured in the “Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project” box set previously released by Criterion and will be the first of those films to receive a standalone release. Included on the disc is an introduction by Scorsese, interviews, and a 1968 short film by Mambéty.

​There are two releases from Kino Lorber this week. The first is the 1973 crime drama “The Don Is Dead.” The film was directed by Richard Fleischer and stars Anthony Quinn, Frederic Forrest, Robert Forster, Al Lettieri, and Angel Tompkins. It includes a new audio commentary by critic Sergio Mims. 

This week’s other Kino Lorber release is “The Choirboys” from 1977, directed by Robert Aldrich and starring Charles Durning, Louis Gossett Jr., Perry King, Clyde Kusatsu, and Stephen Macht. The Blu-ray includes a new audio commentary with critics Howard S. Berger and Nathaniel Thompson and a new interview with actor Don Stroud.


​Finally, from Warner Archive this week is “The Great Caruso,” the 1951 fictionalized biopic on Enrico Caruso’s life starring Mario Lanza and Ann Blyth.

​CASEY’S WEEKLY BLU-RAY RECOMMENDATION

This week, I wanted to recommend one of my favorite films that happens to be available on 4K: the cult comedy classic “The Big Lebowski” from the Coen Brothers. This 20th Anniversary Edition includes a 4K disc, standard Blu-ray, and a digital download code (something for everybody!). I don’t need to sell people on the merits of this great film, but the release looks and sounds great. The underrated cinematography and hilarious soundtrack come across gloriously. This release does not include any new special features; however, it does carry over everything from the previous Blu-ray release, which are quite a lot of supplements. From new and archival interviews and featurettes on the making of the film and its legacy to trivia and a look inside actor Jeff Bridges’s on-set photography. If you’re a fan of this film or are into collecting 4K discs, this release should be a no-brainer to purchase. Plus, the plethora of special features will please any fan. 


​​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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