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In-home Releases: March 27, 2018

New films and TV shows have been released on DVD, Blu-ray, 4K Ultra, and Digital HD today (March 27, 2018), including new Criterion Collection films. Some of these releases are on single discs while others come in large collections, filled with extras, behind-the-scenes footage, and cloud capabilities. Below you find a listing of those films and TV programs.

Our Picks of the Best DVDs, Blu-rays, 4K Ultras, and Digital HDs Out Today

Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Assault on Precinct 13
Prince of Darkness
Acts of Violence
The Last Movie Star
Batman and Mr. Freeze: SubZero
The Outer Limits: Season 1

Thoughts on This Week’s In-home Releases

Leading off this week’s in-home releases is one of the most divisive films of 2017, Star Wars: The Last Jedi.  The 8th episode in the saga was written and directed by Rian Johnson, and continues the story of Rey training under Luke Skywalker and the First Order chasing down the Resistance under Leia Organa.  Though lauded by critics, it turned out to be very divisive among long-time fans of the series, including myself, who felt that Johnson had gone too far in destroying the mythos and world already developed through 7 films by George Lucas and Lawrence Kasdan.  The film did a complete 180 on who Luke is as a character, going from the eternal optimist who risked everything to save his father because he saw a glimmer of good in him, to nearly murdering his nephew because he saw a “slight” darkness in him.  Complete betrayal of the character.  And the film failed to resolve questions brought up in The Force Awakens (Rey’s parentage, Snoke’s backstory, how Maz Kanata managed to get Anakin Skywalkers lightsaber that was lost in Cloud City, etc).  Also, the film felt to me more like a Marvel film than a true Star Wars film, with a joke a minute and social justice shoved in your face.

Also releasing this week courtesy of Shout! Factory on Steelbook are two cult-classics from director John Carpenter, Assault on Precinct 13 and Prince of Darkness.  Assault on Precinct 13 is one of his earlier films, but showed his trademarks that would come to define him as an auteur (an unstoppable force of pure evil attacking a group held-up in an isolated location, dark humor, excessive violence and gore, the nature of Evil).  The film has a Rio Bravo feel to its structure and characters, and feels more like a western than a horror film.  Prince of Darkness stars the late Donald Pleasence in one of his more underrated roles as a priest of a church who must, with a group of theoretical physicist students and professors (led by Victor Wong), confront an ancient evil that is about to escape into our world.  The film has some very thought-provoking ideas as the representatives of science and faith both work together to try and defeat a common enemy.  There’s some real scary moments in the film, including some chilling use of VHS found-footage to show the Evil in its physical form.

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Kyle Steininger

Born and raised in Chicago, Kyle has loved movies ever since his father took him to the theater to watch Home Alone. Since then, he has developed a passion for films and everything about them from watching endless DVD extras, interviews with cast/crew, and attending screenings of older films when available. Some of his favorite directors include Kubrick, Fellini, Scorsese, Tarantino, Leone, and Nolan.

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