Weekly New Releases – October 30, 2018

This week sees a 4K release of what I consider to be the greatest movie of all time. We also see some independent movies from the left and right wing extremes in the US right now, and how the other side is destroying the country. I was tempted to leave them both out, or to only include the one from the side of the political spectrum I’m on, but those would both leave out the top selling item via Amazon this week.

12 Monkeys
Amazon
  • Blu-Ray: US, CAN
2001: A Space Odyssey
Amazon
  • 4K Ultra HD/Blu-Ray/Digital: US, CAN
Comments A gorgeous movie in 4K? That might be enough to make me buy the player. And the projector. And the audio receiver. And… no, I just don’t have the budget for the upgrade.
An Actor Prepares
Amazon
  • Blu-Ray: US, CAN
  • DVD: US, CAN
After Porn Ends 3
Amazon
  • Blu-Ray: US, CAN
  • DVD: US, CAN
Alpha
Amazon
  • Digital: US
Comments Available on physical media November 13
alt-right: Age of Rage
Amazon
  • Blu-Ray: US, CAN
  • DVD: US, CAN
Bill Murray Stories: Life Lessons Learned from a Mythical Man
Amazon
  • Blu-Ray: US, CAN
  • DVD: US, CAN
Blood Harvest
Amazon
  • Blu-Ray/DVD: US, CAN
Blue Planet Collection
Amazon
  • Blu-Ray: US, CAN
Can’t Hardly Wait
Amazon
  • Blu-Ray: US, CAN
Charmed (1998)
Amazon
  • Season 1 Blu-Ray: US, CAN
Chillers
Amazon
  • Complete Series DVD/Digital: US, CAN
Cry
Amazon
  • DVD: US, CAN
D.O.A. (1988)
Amazon
  • Blu-Ray: US, CAN
  • DVD: US, CAN
Dagashi Kashi 2
Amazon
  • Season 2 Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital: US, CAN
Rightstuf
  • Season 2 Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital: US
Comments Season 2 of the anime about Japanese sweets.
Darkest Minds
Amazon
  • 4K Ultra HD/Blu-Ray/Digital: US, CAN
  • Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital: US, CAN
  • DVD: US, CAN
Death of a Nation
Amazon
  • Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital: US, CAN
  • DVD: US, CAN
Dragnet (1987)
Amazon
  • Blu-Ray: US, CAN
First Love Monster
Amazon
  • Complete Series Blu-Ray/Digital: US, CAN
Rightstuf
  • Complete Series Blu-Ray/Digital: US
Comments Reverse harem romantic comedy.
Found at “Mostly Lost” Volume 2
Amazon
  • DVD: US, CAN
Ghost of Sierra de Cobre
Amazon
  • Blu-Ray: US, CAN
Gold Fever
Amazon
  • MOD DVD: US
GoShogun
Amazon
  • Complete TV Series Blu-Ray: US, CAN
Rightstuf
  • Complete TV Series Blu-Ray: US
Great Mazinger
Amazon
  • Complete Series SDBD: US, CAN
Comments DVD quality image on Blu-Ray capacity disks to keep the disk count and packaging costs down.
Hallelujah the Hills
Amazon
  • Blu-Ray: US, CAN
  • DVD: US, CAN
Harry Potter: A History of Magic
Amazon
  • DVD: US, CAN
Hitorijime My Hero
Amazon
  • Blu-Ray: US, CAN
Rightstuf
  • Blu-Ray: US
Comments BL (Same-sex male) romance anime series.
Incubus
Amazon
  • Blu-Ray/DVD: US, CAN
Last Ride
Amazon
  • MOD DVD: US
MacGyver (1985)
Amazon
  • Season 1 Blu-Ray: US, CAN
Maigret
Amazon
  • Complete Series DVD: US, CAN
Mandy
Amazon
  • Blu-Ray: US, CAN
  • DVD: US, CAN
Matrix trilogy
Amazon
  • Complete trilogy 4K Ultra HD/Blu-Ray/Digital: US, CAN
  • Matrix Revolutions 4K Ultra HD/Blu-Ray/Digital: US, CAN
  • Matrix Reloaded 4K Ultra HD/Blu-Ray/Digital: US, CAN
Meet the Trumps: From Immigrants to President
Amazon
  • DVD: US, CAN
Comments A BBC documentary about Trump’s family history
Murdoch Mysteries
Amazon
  • Christmas Cases Collection DVD: US, CAN
National Lampoon’s Attack of the 5’2″ Woman
Amazon
  • DVD: US, CAN
National Lampoon’s Dad’s Week Off
Amazon
  • DVD: US, CAN
National Lampoon’s The Don’t Analyst
Amazon
  • DVD: US, CAN
No Passport Required
Amazon
  • DVD: US, CAN
Old Ironsides
Amazon
  • Blu-Ray: US, CAN
  • DVD: US, CAN
Osamu Tezuka’s Metropolis
Amazon
  • Steelbook Blu-Ray: US, CAN
Rightstuf
  • Steelbook Blu-Ray: US
Comments This was featured in our Greatest Science Fiction Film Tournament. This is an adaptation of Tezuka’s manga inspired by the film, directed by Rin Taro and with a screenplay by Katsuhiro Otomo.
Out of Time
Amazon
  • Blu-Ray: US, CAN
Parents Terribles
Amazon
  • Blu-Ray: US, CAN
  • DVD: US, CAN
Planet Earth II / Blue Planet II
Amazon
  • 4K Ultra HD: US, CAN
The Princess Bride (Criterion Collection)
Amazon
  • Blu-Ray: US, CAN
  • DVD: US, CAN
Reborn!
Amazon
  • TV Series Volume 2 SDBD: US, CAN
Comments DVD quality image on Blu-Ray capacity disks to keep the disk count and packaging costs down.
Smithsonian: The Obama Years: The Power of Words
Amazon
  • DVD: US, CAN
Space Warrior Baldios
Amazon
  • Blu-Ray: US, CAN
The Spy Who Dumped Me
Amazon
  • Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital: US, CAN
  • DVD: US, CAN
Taboo Tattoo
Amazon
  • Complete Series Blu-Ray/Digital: US, CAN
Rightstuf
  • Complete Series Blu-Ray/Digital: US
Comments Short action anime series based on an ongoing anime.
Teen Titans Go! To the Movies
Amazon
  • Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital: US, CAN
Testament of Sister New Devil Burst
Amazon
  • Limited Edition Season Two Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital: US, CAN
  • Season Two Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital: US, CAN
Rightstuf
  • Limited Edition Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital: US
  • Season Two Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital: US
Comments Season 2 of the fanservice heavy anime series, with a fabric poster (with risque art), and an artbook (which contains risque art).
Thunder Road
Amazon
  • DVD: US, CAN
Valley Girl
Amazon
  • Blu-Ray: US, CAN
Wallflower
Amazon
  • MOD DVD: US
Wasp Woman
Amazon
  • Blu-Ray: US, CAN

Finally, the picks of the week. Alex says, “I’ve heard a lot of really good things about Mandy, and I missed it in theaters, so that’s going on my To Watch List.” Blaine says, “if you have 4K capability, you owe it to yourself to get 2001: A Space Odyssey in that format. If you don’t, upgrade the copy of The Princess Bride that you probably already have to the Criterion Collection edition.”

10 replies on “Weekly New Releases – October 30, 2018”

  1. AveryRegier says:

    Its hard for me to agree with the adoration of 2001, when I can never make it through it without falling asleep. Of course, same can be said for ST:TMP.

    • Jethro says:

      2001 is… probably not for everyone, especially in this Day and Age. But it is still a classic, and one of the best hard science fiction stories of all time.

      At the very least, everyone should read the book (;

      Also, have you seen the director’s cut of ST:TMP? It’s a lot less “wooo look at the space cloud!!!”

      • AveryRegier says:

        Yes, I read all the books, and yes, at least once in my life I made it through without sleeping. The directors cut is better but its still has a lot of the space clouds. But even with fewer space clouds, it just drags overall.

  2. After Porn Ends 3?!

    Oh, after that intro about politics I thought this was going to be the third in a series of movies about how great/horrible the world would be once porn wasn’t being made anymore. Apparently, it’s the third installment of a documentary about porn stars following porn stars. Now I get why it would be popular enough for three of them.

    Incubus is not the Esperanto film starring William Shatner. I used to have that on VHS.

    • You mean this Esperanto film starring William Shatner? I still have it on DVD, and was holding it when I had my photo taken with Mr. Shatner last year.

      • Awesome! I’d ask if he commented on it, but I doubt there was time if your photos were anything like the ones we had taken.

        • No comments from him, no. He spent most of the time (about 4 of the 5 seconds) staring at the camera smiling, said “thanks for coming,” and that was almost it. It was when I was on the way out and answered another fan’s question about which DVD I brought that his head snapped in my direction to take another look, but by then the next group was posed and he had to look back at the camera. I got the impression there would have been a short conversation had we gotten the autograph instead of a photo.

  3. Jethro says:

    I will say that 2001 on Blu-Ray is beautiful. I’m kinda tempted to get the 4K version. I think I need to make some friends who can sit through that with me, though.

    I don’t know if I can justify another copy of The Princess Bride. It’s one of my Top 3 Favourites, and I think it’s one of the most perfect movies ever made (and the more I learn about the behinds the scenes stuff, the more I feel that way — speaking of which, I highly recommend Cary Elwes’ diary As You Wish). But I don’t know that I need to buy it again.

    Also read the book if you haven’t.

    • If you like learning about it, the Criterion Collection edition may be the one for you. They aren’t just about the transfer, which is always great, but also about the bonus features. I don’t think I have a single Criterion film where the bonus features are less than double the length of the original film.

      • Jethro says:

        I know — but a lot of that stuff is available from other sources and/or is covered elsewhere (a lot of those documentaries end up being three or four people telling the same story). I don’t feel that I need to know *everything* about a movie — I already have enough trivia for my nerdly requirements (;

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