In-home Releases: July 3, 2018
New films and TV shows have been released on DVD, Blu-ray, 4K Ultra, and Digital HD today (July 3, 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
Thoughts on This Week’s In-home Releases
Leading off my pick for the number one film released on home video for the week is 2018’s Beirut. Directed by Brad Anderson, this period thriller is about two CIA operatives (Jon Hamm and Rosamund Pike) who must send a former U.S. diplomat to negotiate for the life of a friend he left behind. Rosamund Pike has had an impressive stretch of films in recent years and ones that I have personally enjoyed (Gone Girl, Hostiles, A United Kingdom) and she continues to select quality scripts. The film was well received by critics, but it failed to leave an impression with audiences at the theater, grossing a paltry $6.7 million worldwide. I have yet too see Beirut, but since Pike is in it, it is definitely worth a look.
Also releasing this week is one of 2018’s earliest comedy’s, Blockers. Starring Leslie Mann and John Cena, the film has a very simple premise; three parents try to stop their daughters from losing their virginity on prom night. The film had a very impressive marketing campaign, and good word-of-mouth propelled the movie to $93 million worldwide against a $21 million budget. Wrestler-turned-actor John Cena has really found a nice niche for himself in absurdist comedy’s of late, including his breakout performance in Trainwreck.
An older movie getting a special edition from Arrow Films is Wes Craven’s directorial debut, 1972’s The Last House On The Left. The film was derided by most critics upon release, but has since been reevaluated and is now considered a horror staple of the 70’s. While not Wes Craven’s best film in my opinion (that belongs to Scream), The Last House On The Left does have ample exploitation shock value and has nice commentary on male-female power dynamics.
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