September 27, 2022
The week of Sept. 27 finds the Blu-ray and DVD debuts for Thor: Love and Thunder and Rob Zombie’s The Munsters, while Bullet Train becomes available through digital retailers.
Disney-owned Marvel Studios’ Thor: Love and Thunder arrives on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc Sept. 27. The film from director Taika Waititi is the fourth solo “Thor” movie and the 29th Marvel Cinematic Universe film. Thor: Love and Thunder finds the God of Thunder (Chris Hemsworth) on a journey unlike anything he’s ever faced — one of self-discovery. But his efforts are interrupted by a galactic killer known as Gorr the God Butcher (Christian Bale), who seeks the extinction of the gods. To combat the threat, Thor enlists the help of King Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), Korg (Taika Waititi) and ex-girlfriend Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), who — to Thor’s surprise — inexplicably wields his magical hammer, Mjolnir, as the Mighty Thor. Together, they embark upon a harrowing cosmic adventure to uncover the mystery of the God Butcher’s vengeance and stop him before it’s too late. The movie generated more than $760 million at the global box office, including $343 million in North America. Read a review here.
Universal Pictures Home Entertainment releases director Rob Zombie’s The Munsters on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and for digital purchase Sept. 27. Produced by Universal 1440 Entertainment, the direct-to-video arm of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, the film is based on the 1960s TV series of the same name, and provides an origin story of the monster family. The comedy focuses on the courtship between Lily (Sheri Moon Zombie), a 150-year-old lovelorn vampire, and Herman (Jeff Daniel Phillips), a seven-foot-tall green experiment with a heart of gold. However, her father The Count (Daniel Roebuck) has other plans for her future, and they don’t involve her bumbling new beau. The cast also includes Richard Brake, Jorge Garcia, Sylvester McCoy, Catherine Schell, Cassandra Peterson and Tomas Boykin, with special appearances from original “Munsters” cast members Butch Patrick and Pat Priest. Blu-ray and DVD extras include a commentary with Zombie, and the hour-long behind-the-scenes featurette “The Munsters: Return To Mockingbird Lane.”
Lionsgate releases the action film Bullet Proof on Blu-ray and DVD Sept. 27. In the film directed by James C. Clayton, Vinnie Jones (Snatch) plays Temple, a sadistic mob boss. After stealing millions in cash from Temple’s drug-dealing hideout, the thief finds a stowaway in his getaway car — Temple’s pregnant wife Mia. Desperate to reclaim his cash — and his unborn son — Temple sends out a squad of hit men and bounty hunters to bring in Mia and the thief.
Season one of the drama series “Mayor of Kingstown” arrives on Blu-ray and DVD Sept. 27 from Paramount Home Entertainment. Starring Jeremy Renner and hailing from “Yellowstone” co-creator and Academy Award nominee Taylor Sheridan and Hugh Dillon, the series follows the McLusky family, power brokers in Kingstown, Mich., where the business of incarceration is the only thriving industry. Tackling themes of systemic racism, corruption and inequality, the series provides a stark look at their attempt to bring order and justice to a town that has neither. In addition to Renner, the first season stars Academy Award winner Dianne Wiest, Emmy Award winner Kyle Chandler, Hugh Dillon, Taylor Handley, Emma Laird, Tobi Bamtefa, Derek Webster, Hamish Allan-Headley, Pha’rez Lass and Aidan Gillen.
Shout! Factory and Eleven Sept. 27 release The House of the Lost on the Cape, an anime feature based on the award-winning Japanese novel by Sachiko Kashiwaba, as a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack as well as a digital download. Directed by Shinya Kawatsura (Non Non Biyori, Kokoro Connect), The House of the Lost on the Cape follows 17-year-old runaway Yui and 8-year-old Hiyori, who lost her family and her voice. They have no place to go when they run into Kiwa, a strange old lady. She offers them a place to stay in a slightly banged-up old house overlooking the sea. Despite joining Kiwa on a whim, the two girls find comfort in Mayoiga, a legendary house, said to look after lost travelers, and the warm hospitality of Kiwa. Both girls’ damaged hearts begin to heal little by little. Available for the first time in North America, the film will include bonus features such as a special Q&A with director Shinya Kawatsura at the Annecy Festival, and Yui and Kiwa’s secret recipes. The House of the Lost on the Cape won Best Animation Film at the 76th annual Mainichi Film Awards and was an Official Selection in feature film competition at the prestigious 2022 Annecy International Animation Film Festival.
The documentary Cinematographer will be released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc Sept. 27 from MVD Entertainment Group and Lightyear Entertainment. A look at the art of filmmaking, the documentary include stories and clips from the making of some of the greatest films of the 1970s and 1980s. The film focuses on several men who made a huge impact on a craft that’s vital to the making of any film. Featuring actors Donald M. Morgan, Jack Green and Owen Roizman, the film is directed by Dan Asma.
The sports documentary The Jackie Stiles Story will be released on DVD Sept. 27 from Virgil Films. The documentary chronicles the career of Jackie Stiles, the greatest basketball player you’ve probably never heard of. It’s the story of a 5-foot-eight-inch girl from a small Kansas town, population 600, who became a basketball legend in the Midwest. Against all odds, Jackie became the all-time leading scorer in NCAA history, a record she held for 16 years. This feat was accomplished through hard work and unwavering determination. Her coaches and teammates agree that Jackie’s work ethic will probably never be matched.
The Spanish queer giallo comedy Cut! will be released on DVD and digital Sept. 27 from Ariztical Entertainment. In the feature, Marcos, a rather unsuccessful film director, is immersed in the shooting of his new film, when a series of terrible murders starts to happen in Barcelona, and all of them seem to be traced back to him. Vampirized by cinema, and despite being hated for his films, Marcos needs to keep making them in order to live. The film stars La Prohibida, Marc Ferrer, Marga Sarda, Maria Sola, Saya Solana, Alvaro Lucas Estada, Gregorio Sanz, Paco Serrano and Samantha Hudson.
The actioner Bullet Train will be released on digital Sept. 27 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. In Bullet Train, Brad Pitt stars as Ladybug, an unlucky assassin determined to do his job peacefully after one too many gigs gone off the rails. Fate, however, may have other plans, as Ladybug’s latest mission puts him on a collision course with lethal adversaries from around the globe — all with connected, yet conflicting, objectives — on the world’s fastest train. The thrill-ride through modern-day Japan comes from David Leitch, the director of Deadpool 2. The film also stars Joey King, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Brian Tyree Henry, Andrew Koji, Hiroyuki Sanada, Michael Shannon, Benito A Martínez Ocasio and Sandra Bullock. It arrives on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray Disc and DVD Oct. 18
The thriller Fall arrives on digital Sept. 27 from Lionsgate. Written and directed by Scott Mann (Heist, The Tournament), the height-induced nightmare follows two best friends as they ascend a 2,000 foot tower and end up stranded. In the film, for best friends Becky (Grace Caroline Currey, Shazam, Annabelle: Creation) and Hunter (Virginia Gardner, Marvel’s “Runaways,” Project Almanac, Halloween), life is all about conquering fears and pushing limits. But after they climb 2,000 feet to the top of a remote, abandoned radio tower, they find themselves stranded with no way down. Now Becky and Hunter’s expert climbing skills will be put to the ultimate test as they desperately fight to survive the elements, a lack of supplies, and vertigo-inducing heights in this thriller from the producers of 47 Meters Down. The film co-stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Watchmen, Rampage, “The Walking Dead”). It arrives on Blu-ray and DVD Oct. 18.
The supernatural drama romance The In Between will be released on digital Sept. 27 from Paramount Home Entertainment. Joey King (The Kissing Booth) stars in this film based on the heartbreaking novel. Tessa is a teenage girl with a love for old movies and film photography but doesn’t believe she deserves her own love story. Skylar (Kyle Allen, West Side Story) is a senior from a neighboring town who’s a true romantic. Despite their differences, their chance encounter at a matinee showing of a classic French film opens her heart. But tragedy strikes all too soon, and a car accident takes Skylar’s life. As Tessa searches for answers in the aftermath of the accident, she soon finds signs that Skylar might be attempting to reconnect with her — from an afterworld known as “the in between.” With the help of her best friend and a newfound open mind, Tessa attempts to make contact and prove that love never dies. Directed by Arie Posin, the film also stars Kim Dickens, John Ortiz Celeste O’Connor, April Parker and Donna Biscoe.
The supernatural sci-fi thriller Control will be available via on demand and for digital purchase starting Sept. 27 from Saban Films. Directed by James Mark, the film stars Sara Mitich, George Tchortov and Evie Loiselle. In the film, a mother locked inside a stark room is tasked by an unknown voice to complete increasingly difficult challenges if she wants to save her daughter’s life. As the frequency and intensity of the tasks threaten to overwhelm her, she must piece together half-remembered chapters of her life before imprisonment if she wants to secure her freedom, rescue her child, and escape a waking nightmare.
The horror film Haunted Trail will be released through digital retailers Sept. 27 from Level 33 Entertainment. In the film, directed by Robin Givens and Raven Magwood, a group of college friends visit a local haunted trail. After many screams and a few nervous laughs, an actual killer approaches the group. Scared out of their minds, the friends run through the trail, trying their best to get to the end without being killed. After much of the group is slaughtered, the remaining friends make a horrific discovery about who the killer really is. The film stars comedians Desi Banks and Reggie Couz, along with Marquise C. Brown, Brook Sill, Magwood, Matt William Knowles, Anna Perdun and Grace Perdun.
Two epic 1950s science-fiction thrillers, The War of the Worlds and When Worlds Collide, arrive as a Paramount Presents double feature on Sept. 27. The release marks the 4K Ultra HD disc debut for The War of the Worlds and the first Blu-ray Disc appearance of When Worlds Collide. The 1953 adaptation of H.G. Wells’ novel The War of the Worlds was nominated for three Academy Awards and won for Best Special Effects. The Technicolor classic has been fully remastered in 4K Ultra HD. The disc also includes access to a digital copy of the film, the notorious 1938 radio broadcast of War of the Worlds narrated by Orson Welles, and other bonus content, including audio commentaries by film director Joe Dante, film historian Bob Burns, and author Bill Warren; documentaries on the making of the film and H.G. Wells; and the original theatrical trailer. When Worlds Collide (1951) was nominated for two Academy Awards and won for Best Special Effects. Like The War of the Worlds, it was produced by George Pal, a Hungarian-American animator, director and producer who was a leading figure in sci-fi filmmaking. Also making its Blu-ray Disc debut, the Paramount Presents edition of When Worlds Collide includes access to a digital copy of the film, as well as the original theatrical trailer.
The 1988 MGM drama The Chocolate War will be released on Blu-ray Disc Sept. 27 as part of MVD Entertainment Group’s MVD Rewind Collection. Based on Robert Cormier’s controversial novel — once the most widely banned book in America — this allegory of abusive power is set in a Catholic boy’s school where a chocolate sale becomes a war over conformity. Jerry (Ilan Mitchell-Smith, Weird Science) is a student who refuses to take part, undercutting ambitious school administrator Brother Leon (John Glover, Scrooged). Leon secretly enlists Archie (Wallace Langham credited as Wally Ward, Ford v. Ferrari) — the sadistic mastermind of the school’s resident gang — to force Jerry into line. But motives and results are far more complex than they first seem. The Chocolate War — featuring a 1980s soundtrack with music by Peter Gabriel, Kate Bush, Joan Armatrading and Yaz — also stars Adam Baldwin (Full Metal Jacket) Doug Hutchison (The Green Mile) Jenny Wright (St. Elmo’s Fire) and Bud Cort (Harold and Maude).
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment releases I Know What You Did Last Summer on 4K Ultra HD Sept. 27 for its 25th anniversary. Jennifer Love Hewitt and Sarah Michelle Gellar star with Freddie Prinze Jr., Ryan Phillippe and Johnny Galecki in this horror tale of teenage suspense. After an accident on a winding road, four teens make the fatal mistake of dumping their victim’s body into the sea. Exactly one year later, the four friends’ deadly secret resurfaces as they’re stalked by a hook-handed figure. The 4K Ultra HD disc includes the feature scanned from the original camera negative and presented with Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos audio plus original 5.1. Bonus features on the 4K disc include six deleted scenes plus an alternate ending, “My Own Summer: An Interview with Director Jim Gillespie,” and “He Knows What You Did: An Interview with Muse Watson.” The Blu-ray Disc includes the feature presented in HD and Dolby TrueHD 5.1 audio. Bonus features on Blu-ray include filmmaker commentary, the director’s short film “Joyride” with optional commentary, the “Now I Know What You Did Last Summer” featurette, the music video “Hush” performed by Kula Shaker, and the theatrical trailer.
The 1932 Joan Crawford drama Rain, celebrating its 90th anniversary, will be released on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Sept. 27 from VCI Entertainment and MVD Entertainment Group. The release features a new 4K restoration produced from the original, uncut 94-minute version. Rain — a classic that caused controversy when first released — portrays W. Somerset Maugham’s powerful story of Sadie Thompson and is perhaps the most celebrated version. It vividly captures the lives of several very different human beings, thrown together on Pago Pago during a fierce monsoon. Crawford is the cynical prostitute, and Walter Huston is the minister who tries to reform her. Special features include a commentary track by Mick LaSalle, writer for the San Francisco Chronicle and noted film historian; a commentary track by Richard Barrios, writer, historian and commentator; a liner note booklet written by Marc Wannamaker, writer and film historian; the original theatrical trailer; a poster and photo gallery; a period appropriate Betty Boop cartoon and newsreel; and the alternate 76-minute “cut version” of the 1938 Atlantic Reissue for comparison.
The horror film Sator and the Hungarian cult film Liza The Fox Fairy are headed to Blu-ray Disc Sept. 27 from Cauldron Films and MVD Entertainment Group.
In Sator, secluded in a desolate forest, home to little more than the decaying remnants of the past, a broken family is further torn apart by a mysterious death. Adam (Gabriel Nicholson), guided by a pervasive sense of dread, hunts for answers only to learn that they are not alone; an insidious presence by the name of Sator has been observing his family, subtly influencing all of them for years in an attempt to claim them. Shot in the Santa Cruz mountains and drawing from a grandmother’s real life belief in a protective spirit that spoke to her, Sator quietly unspools a story of isolation and dread that fits firmly into the recent wave of unsettling arthouse horror. Special features include a behind-the-scenes featurette and director’s commentary.
In Liza the Fox Fairy, Liza is a lonely nurse whose only company is the ghost of a long-dead Japanese pop-star. Out of jealousy, he turns her into a Fox Fairy and now everyone that is attracted to Liza dies a horrible death. In order to finally find true love, Liza must overcome the curse and defeat the jealousy of her suave, supernatural suitor. Although the film was released in 2015 and played the U.S. festival circuit, Liza has been unavailable on Blu-ray worldwide until now. Special features include behind-the-scenes interviews, storyboards, a music video, a trailer and an audio essay by Kat Ellinger.
Three collections of classic films — the William Castle Adventures Collection, the Samuel Fuller Collection and the Hammer Films 12-Movie Collection — are being released on DVD Sept. 27 from Mill Creek Entertainment and Distribution Solutions.
The William Castle Adventures Collection includes four 1950s titles from director William Castle: Serpent of the Nile (1953), about the romance of Antony and Cleopatra; Charge of the Lancers (1954), set during the Crimean war and starring Paulette Goddard; The Iron Glove (1954), a story about the English throne starring Robert Stack; and The Saracen Blade (1954), set in 15th century Italy and starring Ricardo Montalban.
The Samuel Fuller Collection includes Power of the Press (1943), about the murder of a newspaper publisher during World War II (written by Fuller); Scandal Sheet (1952), about a murderous newspaper editor (based on a novel by Fuller); The Crimson Kimono (1959), about two detectives seeking a stripper’s killer in the Japanese quarter of Los Angeles (written and directed by Fuller); and Underworld U.S.A. (1961), about a teenager who vows revenge against the mobsters that murdered his father (written and directed by Fuller).
The Hammer 12-Film Collection includes a dozen classic horror films: The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958), The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll (1960), The Gorgon (1964), The Snorkel (1958), Never Take Candy From a Stranger (1960), The Old Dark House (1963), Scream of Fear (1961), Stop Me Before I Kill! (1961), Die! Die! My Darling (1965), The Stranglers of Bombay (1960), The Terror of the Tongs (1961) and The Pirates of Blood River (1962).