Weekly New Releases – August 28, 2018

18if
Amazon
  • Complete Series Blu-Ray/DVD: US, CAN
Rightstuf
  • Complete Series Blu-Ray/DVD: US
Comments Anime series based on a mobile game where you have to dive in to the psyche of comatose people (the work uses “KLS/Sleeping Beauty Syndrome” but the symptoms don’t match), to break them out of their state.
Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man
Amazon
  • Blu-Ray: US, CAN
Akio Jissoji: The Buddhist Trilogy
Amazon
  • Blu-Ray: US, CAN
Comments Includes This Transient Life, Mandala, and Poem
Alex and Emma
Amazon
  • MOD DVD: US
All Purpose Cat Girl Nuku Nuku
Amazon
  • Complete Collection SDBD: US, CAN
Rightstuf
  • Complete Collection SDBD: US
Comments SDBD titles are on Blu-Ray disks with DVD quality encoding to reduce the disk count and packaging costs. Do not expect Blu-Ray quality. Alex: I’ve noticed a few reports that there is sometimes a video quality improvement based on earlier DVD releases, but that’s probably more related to Discotek media’s authoring process. Contains all 12 episodes of the TV series, and both OVAs (Nuku-Nuku and Nuku-Nuku DASH!). The whole franchise is based around the concept of a mad scientist putting the brain of his son’s mortally injured pet cat into the body of a combat cyborg modeled after a teenage girl.
American Animals
Amazon
  • Blu-Ray: US, CAN
  • DVD: US, CAN
American Circumcision
Amazon
  • Blu-Ray: US, CAN
  • DVD: US, CAN
Ancient Aliens
Amazon
  • Season 10 DVD: US, CAN
Angel Cop
Amazon
  • Complete OVA Series Blu-Ray: US, CAN
  • Complete OVA Series DVD: US, CAN
Rightstuf
  • Complete OVA Series Blu-Ray: US
  • Complete OVA Series DVD: US
Comments Available on DVD September 25, available on Blu-Ray August 28. Alex: Part of Daryl Surat’s “Manga Video Holy Trinity of Suck” – an attempt to cash in on the success of Ghost in the Shell which goes weirdly anti-semetic in the last couple minutes of the second-to-last episode, and where the last episode never received a US release until this release from Discotek media.
Aura Battler Dunbine
Amazon
  • Blu-Ray: US, CAN
Rightstuf
  • Blu-Ray: US
Comments Alex: Fantasy mecha anime series from Yoshiyuki Tomino – part of his “Byston Well” universe, and universally considered to be the only work set in the universe worth watching.
Autumn in New York
Amazon
  • Blu-Ray: US, CAN
Beast Fighter: The Apocalypse
Amazon
  • Complete TV Series DVD: US, CAN
Rightstuf
  • Complete TV Series DVD: US
Comments From the director of the absolutly bonkers Demon Lord Dante.
Blast
Amazon
  • Blu-Ray: US, CAN
Comments Starring Linden Ashby, shortly after Mortal Kombat
Book Club
Amazon
  • Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital: US, CAN
  • DVD: US, CAN
Bound (Olive Signature Collection)
Amazon
  • Blu-Ray: US, CAN
Brainscan
Amazon
  • Blu-Ray: US, CAN
Bram Stoker’s Shadowbuilder
Amazon
  • Blu-Ray: US, CAN
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Amazon
  • Season 5 DVD: US, CAN
Cardcaptor Sakura Movie 2: The Sealed Card
Amazon
  • DVD: US, CAN
Rightstuf
  • DVD: US
Chicago Fire
Amazon
  • Season Six DVD: US, CAN
Child’s Play franchise
Amazon
  • Bride of Chucky Blu-Ray: US, CAN
  • Child’s Play 2 Blu-Ray: US, CAN
  • Child’s Play 3 Blu-Ray: US, CAN
  • Seed of Chucky Blu-Ray: US, CAN
Code Geass
Amazon
  • Complete Series Blu-Ray: US, CAN
Rightstuf
  • Complete Series Blu-Ray: US
Comments Contains seasons 1 & 2.
Convenience Store Boy Friends
Amazon
  • Complete Series Blu-Ray/DVD: US, CAN
Rightstuf
  • Complete Series Blu-Ray/DVD: US
Comments Romance anime co-produced by Japanese convience-store chain Lawson’s.
Country
Amazon
  • Blu-Ray: US, CAN
  • DVD: US, CAN
Creature From the Black Lagoon
Amazon
  • Complete Legacy Collection Blu-Ray: US, CAN
Comments Includes Creature From the Black Lagoon, Revenge of the Creature, and The Creature Walks Among Us.
Criminal Minds
Amazon
  • Season 13 DVD: US, CAN
Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders
Amazon
  • DVD: US, CAN
Comments Starring Jane Seymour
DC Animated Movies: Freedom Fighters: The Ray
Amazon
  • Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital: US, CAN
Devilman
Amazon
  • Complete OVA Series Blu-Ray: US, CAN
  • Complete OVA Series DVD: US, CAN
Rightstuf
  • Complete OVA Series Blu-Ray: US
  • Complete OVA Series DVD: US
Comments This is the OVA from the late ’80s-early ’90s, not last year’s Devilman: Crybaby, as produced by Netflix. Available on DVD September 25, available on Blu-Ray August 28.
Eternal Alice
Amazon
  • Complete TV Series DVD: US, CAN
Rightstuf
  • Complete TV Series DVD: US
Comments Alex: Magical Girl anime I’m not completely sure on the premise of.
The Flash
Amazon
  • Season 4 Blu-Ray/Digital: US, CAN
  • Season 4 DVD: US, CAN
GameChangers: Dreams of BlizzCon
Amazon
  • Blu-Ray: US, CAN
  • DVD: US, CAN
Comments Documentary about the comeptitive Starcraft II scene.
Garfield’s Halloween Adventure
Amazon
  • DVD: US, CAN
Comments Blaine: This was a staple of my childhood, and one of the rare holiday specials that I would watch at any time of year, whether it was a holiday or not.
Helter Skelter
Amazon
  • MOD DVD: US
Comments About the Manson Family murders
High Chaparral
Amazon
  • Season One DVD: US, CAN
Hoops Africa: Ubuntu Matters
Amazon
  • Blu-Ray: US, CAN
  • DVD: US, CAN
Comments Blaine: This caught my eye because of the Linux connection. I know nothing about this film.
Howie Mandel’s Animals Doing Amazing Things
Amazon
  • DVD: US, CAN
The Invisible Man
Amazon
  • Complete Legacy Collection Blu-Ray: US, CAN
Comments Includes The Invisible Man, The Invisible Man Returns, The Invisible Woman, Invisible Agent, The Invisible Man’s Revenge, and Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man.
Julius Caesar
Amazon
  • DVD: US, CAN
Comments Charlton Heston does Shakespeare
Keepin’ It Nick
Amazon
  • DVD: US, CAN
Comments Assorted episode of Nickelodeon shows.
Knights and Magic
Amazon
  • Complete Series Blu-Ray/DVD: US, CAN
Rightstuf
  • Complete Series Blu-Ray/DVD: US
Comments Alex: Another fantasy mecha anime – this one more recent, and also in the “Isekei” genre – with the protagonist being transported to another world where people engage in magical mecha fights, and he uses his skill in engineering and programming to become a mecha designer and pilot.
Last Laugh
Amazon
  • DVD: US, CAN
LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: Aquaman: Rage of Atlantis
Amazon
  • DVD: US, CAN
Lucifer
Amazon
  • Complete Season 3 Blu-Ray: US, CAN
  • Complete Season 3 DVD: US, CAN
Memories of Underdevelopment (Criterion Collection)
Amazon
  • Blu-Ray: US, CAN
  • DVD: US, CAN
Merrily We Live
Amazon
  • Blu-Ray: US, CAN
Mind Game
Amazon
  • Blu-Ray/DVD: US, CAN
Comments From director Masami Uwasa – who also directed The Tatami Galaxy, The Night is Short, Walk On Girl (which is still in theaters), and Devilman Crybaby.
My First Girlfriend is a Gal
Amazon
  • Complete Series Blu-Ray: US, CAN
  • Limited Edition Complete Series Blu-Ray: US, CAN
Rightstuf
  • Complete Series Blu-Ray: US
  • Limited Edition Complete Series Blu-Ray: US
Comments Anime series about a nerdy gay dating a kogal (basically a fashionable girl). Very fanservice heavy. The Limited Edition comes in a chipboard box with 4 risque lenticular art-cards, and an artbook.
The Naked and the Dead (1958)
Amazon
  • MOD Blu-Ray: US
Naruto Shippuden
Amazon
  • Uncut Set 35 DVD: US, CAN
Rightstuf
  • Uncut Set 35 DVD: US
NCIS: Los Angeles
Amazon
  • Season 9 DVD: US, CAN
No Game No Life Zero
Amazon
  • Blu-Ray: US, CAN
  • DVD: US, CAN
Rightstuf
  • Blu-Ray: US
  • DVD: US
Comments Film prequel to the anime No Game No Life, set 6000 years in the past of the anime’s setting.
Once Upon a Time
Amazon
  • Seventh and Final Season Blu-Ray: US, CAN
  • Seventh and Final Season DVD: US, CAN
Paterno
Amazon
  • DVD: US, CAN
Psycho franchise
Amazon
  • Psycho II Blu-Ray: US, CAN
  • Psycho III Blu-Ray: US, CAN
  • Psycho IV: The Beginning Blu-Ray: US, CAN
Psycho-Pass
Amazon
  • Season One Blu-Ray: US, CAN
Rightstuf
  • Season One Blu-Ray: US
Rich and Famous
Amazon
  • MOD DVD: US
Rise of the Superheroes
Amazon
  • DVD: US, CAN
S.M.A.R.T. Chase
Amazon
  • Digital: US
Comments Starring Orlando Bloom
S.W.A.T. (2017)
Amazon
  • Season One DVD: US, CAN
Scandal
Amazon
  • Seasons 6 and 7 DVD: US, CAN
Tag
Amazon
  • Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital: US, CAN
Thousand Acres
Amazon
  • Blu-Ray: US, CAN
  • DVD: US, CAN
Tom and Jerry Double Feature
Amazon
  • DVD: US, CAN
Comments Includes Robin Hood and his Merry Mouse and Meet Sherlock Holmes
Tucker: The Man and His Dream
Amazon
  • 30th Anniversary Blu-Ray/Digital: US, CAN
Universal Classic Monsters
Amazon
  • Complete 30 Film Collection Blu-Ray: US, CAN
Comments Includes all of the Dracula, Frankenstein, Wolf Man, Mummy, Invisible Man, and Gillman/Creature from the Black Lagoon movies from the 1930s to the 1950s.
Upgrade
Amazon
  • Blu-Ray/Digital: US, CAN
  • DVD: US, CAN
Visions of Escaflowne
Amazon
  • Complete Series Blu-Ray: US, CAN
Rightstuf
  • Complete Series Blu-Ray: US
Comments This is just the TV series, re-mastered with the new dub, as opposed to the earlier boxed set release which also includes the film.
With a Kiss When I Die
Amazon
  • Blu-Ray: US, CAN
  • DVD: US, CAN
WWE: 30 Years of SummerSlam
Amazon
  • Blu-Ray: US, CAN
Zatoichi: Darkness Is His Ally
Amazon
  • Blu-Ray: US, CAN

Finally, the picks of the week. Blaine says, “If you have the cash for the set (which is not overpriced; it’s $5/movie on Blu-Ray), then I’d definitely go with the Universal Classic Monsters Blu-Ray collection.” Alex says, “Finances permitting, I would absolutely pick up the Universal Classic Monsters collection.”

5 replies on “Weekly New Releases – August 28, 2018”

  1. Brian says:

    Tag looks like fun so I’ll probably watch it.

    Heston’s Julius Caesar saved Shakespeare for me. Up to that point, my only experience was Romeo & Juliet (like most American Freshmen). That was awful. Julius Caesar was much more interesting. I think we do a disservice to our youth by forcing bad “classics” on them instead of the good stuff. Hell, to introduce kids to Shakespeare, I usually roll out Kenneth Brannagh’s Much Ado About Nothing (or the equally good Joss Whedon version).

    And lastly, there are thirteen seasons of Ancient Aliens? Suddenly our current political predicament and American’s complete lack of knowledge about history makes sense. It’s frightening, but it makes sense.

    • I prefer the version of Julius Caesar with Marlon Brando as Marc Antony myself.

    • JD DeLuzio says:

      That’s just what the aliens want you to think.

    • Tag was amusing enough, but I was more in it for Jeremy Renner’s characters break down of each scene. Otherwise, you’re getting pretty much what you expect to get. It was a great thing to put on in the background while I played video games.

      Anyone else see Upgrade? It wasn’t bad, and the ending was just unique enough to make it worth the watch. I was also playing video games while I watched it, so I want to rewatch it to pay a bit better attention, but I doubt it would be worth a second watch otherwise.

      • Brian says:

        Not yet, but you’re not the first person I’ve heard mentioning Upgrade in a (semi) positive light. I’ll put it on the to-watch pile.

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