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US Blu-ray and DVD releases: Venom, The Equalizer 2, The Predator, Peppermint, Colette, Sharp Objects and lots more


Venom – Who knew that Venom was destined to be such a monster (no pun intended) hit? Certainly not me. A character who is far from a household name, an absence of Spider-Man, and a trailer that was — quite frankly — underwhelming, and I thought this one was destined to go the way of the Fantastic Four reboot. (And if you’re asking “What Fantastic Four reboot?” well… that’s exactly my point.) But the film clicked with audiences, and in a way I can see why. It’s extremely reminiscent of superhero films from the early 2000s, in the pre-Iron Man era. The CGI is shiny and over-the-top, the film doesn’t have an ounce of subtlety in its body, and it certainly doesn’t feel like a Marvel movie. And for those of you who don’t follow movie studio politics, it isn’t a Marvel movie proper, instead made by Sony. But overall I liked it, even if it isn’t really a great film. It’s entertaining enough and it’s an easy way to kill two hours. Venom comes to home video on 4K Ultra HD (as well as Blu-ray and DVD) and it looks and sounds fantastic, with vibrant colors, razor-sharp image clarity, and deep, rich blacks. The surround soundtrack is extremely active and really helps bring the film to life.

The Equalizer 2 – Denzel Washington returns as John McCall in the first sequel of his career, reteaming with director Antoine Fuqua (who directed the first Equalizer as well as Training Day.) This time around, the film focuses less on McCall as the “helping ordinary people in trouble” guy and instead gets involved in a murder case involving his old military colleagues. So the film takes a different feel and turns McCall into something of a super secret agent, but while it might have gotten away from the genesis of the first film (and the TV show it’s based upon), it’s still extremely enjoyable. I’d say it’s right on par with the first film, if not maybe even just a tad bit better. There’s enough of McCall helping regular people to keep the film grounded, and the action scenes are pretty exciting. A worthy follow-up.

The Predator – I’m one of the biggest Predator franchise fans on the planet. I’ve seen the original film more times than I can count, I love Predator 2 and Predators, and I even like the Aliens Vs. Predator films, which are pretty universally disliked. So here I get a new Predator movie after years of waiting, and it’s written and directed by Shane Black, an absolutely fantastic filmmaker? Sign me up! Unfortunately, something went wrong along the way. I don’t know if Black is trying to parody the Predator franchise or he just doesn’t get it, but this film really didn’t work for me. The humor is half-baked and silly, the action scenes are solid but relatively unspectacular, and the whole film just never works. This one was one of my biggest disappointments of the year. The Predator comes to home video on 4K Ultra HD (as well as Blu-ray and DVD) and at least in this regard, it’s a great presentation. The film boasts deep colors and terrific shadow delineation, which is helpful as large parts of the film take place at night.

The House With A Clock In Its Walls – While this film looks a lot like it could be yet another Goosebumps sequel, it’s actually based on a different book entirely. But the most surprising thing about this movie isn’t that it’s a lot of fun, it’s that it’s a PG-rated family film that was directed by Eli Roth. yes, the same Eli Roth who gave us the Hostel movies and Cabin Fever, some of the more disturbing horror flicks of the last 20 years. But while his content in the past has been grown-up, his filmmaking sensibilities translate well to the family medium, delivering an exciting and fun magic-filled adventure. Go figure! The House With A Clock in Its Walls comes to home video on 4K Ultra HD (as well as Blu-ray and DVD) and it is presented extremely well. The color saturation is the bright spot, with lifelike and vivid colors and a sheen look that brings the film to life. The surround soundtrack is also very active, giving your speakers a real workout.

Peppermint – Here’s an idea straight out of Marketing 101. Let’s say you’re going to make a movie, and this movie is basically a complete and utter rip-off of The Punisher, only instead of a man starting a vigilante war on crime after the death of his loved ones, it’s a woman. Okay, so you’ve got the concept, now all you need is a name. Ooh, I’ve got it!! How about Peppermint? It’s a completely stupid and nonsensical name and has only the barest tangent of a relation to anything in the movie, and it completely takes what could be a serious action film and makes it sound, well, silly. And while reviews were pretty scathing, I actually don’t think Peppermint is a terrible movie. It’s not a great movie by any stretch, but it really is just a female version of the Punisher, and so if you like that character and his films/TV show/comic books, you’ll probably enjoy this flick to some degree. But if you wanna know why it bombed at the box office, look no further than its name.

A Simple Favor – Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively, two of the best young actresses working today, team up in this sly thriller about a blogger who tries to solve the disappearance of her rich friend from a small town. To say more would be to take the fun away from the proceedings, but suffice it to say that this is quite an engaging film. Which surprised me a little bit, because it’s directed by Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, The Heat, Spy), one of my least favorite directors. But he seems to have tried to take a new approach with this film, eschewing the lowest-common-denominator humor and Melissa McCarthy appearance for a sharp script, excellent performances, and high fashion. I approve! A Simple Favor comes to home video on 4K Ultra HD (as well as Blu-ray and DVD) and it’s a great presentation. The vibrant colors bring the films numerous outfits to life, and while the film isn’t a visual tour-de-force, it still looks great in the premium HD format.

Assassination Nation – I hate to use other critics’ quotes to describe a movie, but there really is no other way to describe Assassination Nation than as “Mean Girls meets The Purge,” which is exactly how it’s described on the cover. Me, I’d actually update that to say, “Mean Girls meets The Purge meets Spring Breakers,” because that’s a little more accurate. Basically, a small town goes completely crazy after half the town’s phones and computers are hacked and released to the public, and insane violence ensues. The film is hyper-edited, Uber-flashy, and filled with modern lingo that makes something like Juno look downright archaic. The young cast is quite good, and supporting performances by Joel McHale and Fear the Walking Dead’s Colman Domingo give the film some gravitas. But here’s the thing: I honestly can’t decide if I like the film or not. It has good parts and bad parts, and it was certainly never boring. But is it good? Bad? I’m really not sure.

Sharp Objects – Amy Adams and Patricia Clarkson star in this limited series from HBO that adapts the hit novel by Gillian Flynn (who also wrote Gone Girl.) Now, I love me some Amy Adams, and I’ve been a pretty big fan of most of Flynn’s books so far (she’s only written a few), but this adaptation left me cold. It’s extremely slow-moving, mercurial, and at times a bit confusing. It’s shot so that it looks like a film, and there’s no denying the quality of the production or the performances, but honestly I think it would have been better suited as a movie rather than a six-episode series.

Colette – Keira Knightley stars in this film based on a true story about Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, a real-life woman at the turn of the century who ghostwrote a novel for her wealthy husband that went on to become a huge hit, sparking societal change and progress for women. Now, this is an important story and I’m glad it’s being told, as it’s not one I was familiar with. And while Colette is a competent film, it isn’t a terribly engaging one. Make no mistake, Keira Knightley is absolutely terrific in the lead role, and the film has some moving moments, but it also has periods where things slow to a crawl, and I’ve never been overly fond of period pieces, either. It’s a decent film, but it’s nothing gangbusters, even if the story is an important one.

StarmanStarman has always stood out as something of an anomaly among John Carpenter’s films. Known mostly for horror and action films like Halloween, The Thing, and Escape From New York, Carpenter took a left turn in the early 1980s with this romantic sci-fi road trip comedy thriller. And while that’s a lot of genres mashed into one film, that’s part of what I love about it. Jeff Bridges is outstanding as an alien who takes on the form of Karen Allen’s late husband, and the film works as both an E.T.-like tale of an alien being hunted and a romance between a man and a woman from (literally) different worlds. While the film has even released on home video before, this new Collector’s Edition Blu-ray from Shout Factory is a must-have for fans of the film, as it comes loaded with extra features including a documentary and a commentary that both feature Bridges and Carpenter. Do yourself a favor and grab this one!

Farenheit 11/9 – Michael Moore’s latest film looks at how exactly Donald Trump got elected president of the country, as well as some of the immoral activities surrounding his election. Rather than focus on popular talking points like the number of lies he tells every day or the various immoral policies he’s tried to put into action, the film looks at things like the Flint, Michigan water crisis, how Trump even got on the path to the presidency in the first place, how the democratic party sabotaged Bernie Sanders, and much more. As usual with Michael Moore’s films, it’s extremely watchable, filled with the right mix of sobering facts and snarky, humorous ways of looking at those facts. As with most politically-based films, Trump supporters will ignore it or disparage it as lies, while Trump haters will proclaim it as the gospel truth. The real truth lies somewhere in between, but it’s still an awfully interesting and entertaining movie.

The Jerk: 40th Anniversary Edition – “It’s the cans! He hates these cans! Everybody stay away from the cans!” While I’ve always had slightly mixed feelings about The Jerk, I still think the gas station/cans scene is one of the funniest scenes in any movie comedy ever. I like the rest of the movie, too, but it’s one of those films that I think people hold up as a comedy masterpiece whereas I see it more as a pretty funny film with some really funny parts. But I do love Steve Martin, and I think it is a good enough film to justify this new 40th Anniversary Edition from Shout Factory, which comes with a number of extra features, including a new interview with Steve Martin. Fun!

Yellowstone: Season 1 – I’m a huge fan of Kevin Costner, and even though he isn’t the box office star he once was, I actually think he’s moved into a more interesting phase of his career, one where he’s become such a value-added player that he instantly makes every project he’s in better. Which is what makes Yellowstone such a disappointment for me. It’s his first starring role on a TV series, and as much as I hate to say it, I don’t like the show at all. It’s a dour, overly serious show that deals with money and politics in the ranch lands of Montana. All of which would be fine, even if it’s not the kind of thing I usually watch, if it wasn’t all so dreadfully boring. Costner is terrific, naturally, and the supporting cast all give good performances, but I couldn’t get into this show at all. What a shame.

The Shield: The Complete Series – This gorgeous new box set from Mill Creek sees the home video company breaking out of their budget-release strategy. This new premium collection contains all 88 episodes on Blu-ray for the first time in one set, and it also comes loaded with extra features. But here’s the best part for fans: not only does it include all the original extra features from the previously released DVD season sets (such as commentaries, featurettes, deleted scenes, and more) it also comes with a whole host of new extra features produced this year, such as a cast and crew reunion, a retrospective documentary, a technological look at how the series was restored for Blu-ray, and more. Mill Creek has been specializing mostly in low-cost re-releases of cult and popular TV shows and movies, and with this set, they’ve moved up a notch into producing some really great collections that fans will be salivating over.

Schindler’s List: 25th Anniversary Edition – Steven Spielberg’s classic Holocaust drama turns 25 this year, and it is being re-released to celebrate, this time with a 4K Ultra HD version for the first time. It’s hard to deny just what an amazing movie this is, with its outstanding performances across the board, a deeply moving story, and that stark black and white (and occasionally red) cinematography. All of which are showcased brilliantly in 4K Ultra HD, which gives us deep, rich black levels, extreme clarity, and a soundtrack that is immersive but not gimmicky. There are also some new extra features, including an excellent 25th Anniversary retrospective documentary. Obviously, this one is a must-have.

Also Available on Home Video This Week:

  • Silent Night, Deadly Night 2 – This all-new Blu-ray collector’s edition comes from Shout Factory’s Scream Factory imprint, and like the first film’s Blu-ray release last year, it’s everything a fan of slasher films could want. This sequel to the 1984 cult classic is a bit of a tonal mish-mash, as apparently it was heavily re-edited prior to its release, giving it an odd feel that is part-sequel and part, well, not quite sequel. And while it’s not as good as the first one, it’s dark and (sometimes unintentionally) funny and is a nice flashback to ‘80s slasher flicks. This Blu-ray edition is loaded with new extra features, s fans should enjoy it quite a bit.
  • Monster Party – There’s a lot I like about Monster Party, a film in which a trio of thieves crashes the wrong dinner party, one hosted by a group of “recovering” serial killers. It’s a fun concept, the cast is great (Julian McMahon, Erin Moriarity, Robin Tunney, and Lance Reddick, among others), and there’s a fun thrill that runs throughout it all. I wish, however, that when the you-know-what hit the fan, however, the filmmakers didn’t feel the need to go so over the top with the gorier aspects of things. Part of what made a film like Don’t Breathe (which had a similar premise if a very different execution) work so well was that it didn’t need to go off the rails to be scary. Monster Party seems to feel like it needs to. Which isn’t to say I didn’t enjoy the film, because I did, I just think sometimes less is more.
  • Dracula: Prince of Darkness – Shout Factory releases a Blu-ray edition of this second outing for Christopher Lee as the world’s most famous vampire, amid a slew of other releases that see Lee as the Prince of Darkness (see the Warner Archive at the end of this column for more.) This time around, we see the Count resurrected (as he was killed at the end of the first film) to once again drink the blood of unsuspecting victims at his castle. The story is relatively basic, but it’s that Hammer Films aesthetic and the great performance by Christopher Lee that makes the film worth watching. This new Collector’s Edition Blu-ray comes with a nice selection of new extra features as well, making it a dream come true for fans.
  • Forty Guns – The Criterion Collection enshrines this Barbra Stanwyck-led western into their halls, and it’s easy to see why. While I don’t always go for westerns, this one is outstanding. Stanwyck plays a powerful woman who controls the town, while Barry Sullivan and Gene Barry play tough-as-nails brothers who come in to clean up the town and find love. (there’s a third, much younger brother as well.) The film was written, directed, and produced by Stanley Fuller, who does some wonderful things with the film, including the longest tracking shot ever filmed up to that point in the opening minutes of the film. It’s a sublime work with a solid story, a great cast, and amazing cinematography. This Criterion version has been restored and remastered for its Blu-ray release, and it includes a few nice extra features as well.
  • My Neighbor Totoro: Limited Edition – I’ve documented plenty of times before how I’m not a huge fan of Studio Ghibli films, so I don’t really need to go into it again here. I will say that I find My Neighbor Totoro to be one of the better entries from their output, so that’s a plus. Now, just in time for the holidays, we have a new Limited Edition Gift Set version of My Neighbor Totoro, which is perfect for fans of the film. It includes the movie on Blu-ray with all the extra features from the previous release, but it comes in bigger-than-the-standard-case package that includes a collectible book and a copy of the film’s soundtrack on CD. It’s not something I personally am excited about, but fans of Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli will really enjoy this one.
  • Instinct: Season One – The always-excellent Alan Cumming stars in this new TV series from the king of all procedurals, CBS. This new show is based on James Patterson’s novel Murder Games, and it follows an author named Dylan Reinhart who is recruited by a police detective from his old life to help catch a serial killer who’s using Reinhart’s book as a road map of killings. The show has good and bad aspects. First of all, Cumming is terrific, and the fact that he plays an openly gay character in a procedural (which I believe makes the first time that’s happened in a lead role capacity) is terrific. On the other side of things, there is no denying that every CBS procedural feels exactly like a CBS procedural, which gives it a homogenized feel, despite Cumming’s best efforts. Solid, but unspectacular.
  • Our Cartoon President: Season One – This Showtime cartoon series is based on a recurring segment from Stephen Colbert’s late night show, which has now been turned into a series on Showtime. I dunno, I think for me I would have been happy having it remain a smaller segment than a full series show, as I don’t know that it works in the longer format. There are occasional moments of humor, and the subject matter is ripe for satire, but it doesn’t always fire on all cylinders. This DVD collection collects all 17 episodes from the first season and I will say that the show gets better as it goes along, so now there’s an easy way to catch up for people who don’t get Showtime.
  • We The Marines – This is the latest IMAX movie to get the 4K Ultra HD release from Shout Factory, although this one is a little different from most IMAX movies. I’d say 99% of IMAX films tend t break down into one of four categories: nature, travel, space, our technology. But this one is an in-depth look at the Marines: the men, the machines, and the weapons. Narrated by Gene Hackman (himself a former marine), the film must have looked spectacular on the big screen. Even on the smaller screen, the 4K resolution and vibrant colors (plus the surround soundtrack) make it feel like there’s a squad of marines right in your living room. Very cool.
  • Journey to the South Pacific & A Beautiful Planet – Speaking of IMAX movies, Mill Creek has two of their own out this week, both also in the 4K Ultra HD format. These two fit squarely into two of the categories I mentioned above: travel/nature and space. Journey to the South Pacific introduces us to the people and aquatic wildlife of the South Pacific Ocean, and as you can imagine, the imagery is absolutely stunning. A Beautiful Planet is even more stunning, filling our screens with images of earth taken from outer space, which is not something we see very often. Both films look amazing to begin with, and then you put them in 4K Ultra HD and with the vivid colors and crystal clear imagery, it’s really an incredible experience.
  • Unbroken: Path to Redemption – So… this is kind of a first. You might remember a few years ago there was a movie released at Christmastime called Unbroken. It was directed by Angelina Jolie and told the true life story of World War II soldier, POW, and survivor Louis Zamperini. Well, what makes this a first is that it’s a sequel that not only changes cast and crew, but also the entire theme of the film. This time around, Unbroken: Path to Redemption is a faith-based movie. I’ve never seen a mainstream theatrical release get a faith-based sequel before. The film follows Louis and the depression and despair he suffered after World War II, and how god and Billy Graham helped him come out of it. I guess it’s a fine film; I don’t really watch Christian movies much, but if you’re into them, it’s a solid enough story.
  • Await Further Instructions – What do you do when you wake up on Christmas to discover your house is covered with a weird black substance and the only communication with the outside world is a TV signal instructing you to remain indoors and await further instructions? Well, I don’t know about you, but I can say that the family in this movie doesn’t necessarily handle it in the best way possible. This is an interesting film; sort of a horror/sci-fi/thriller/body horror mash-up. The concept is great and while the second half of the film doesn’t necessarily live up to the promise of the first half, it’s a pretty entertaining ride throughout.
  • Snowflake – The marketing message for this film really wants you to understand that it’s, “part Quentin Tarantino, part Coen Brothers.” Well, that’s not entirely accurate. What you have here in this German sci-fi action dystopia thriller oddball of a movie is a film that’s made by people who are very clearly inspired by Tarantino and the Coen Brothers. But that’s a very different thing from really feeling like a film made by those experienced directors. Not to say that Snowflake is bad, it’s just not necessarily what the marketing message would have you think. If you’re looking for an over-the-top revenge filled adventure with some weird twists and turns (and a dose of Tarantino/Coen inspiration), Snowflake might be for you.
  • Digimon Adventure Tri: 6-Film Collection – The Digimon Tri movie series has been dutifully released on home video two or three times a year for the past couple of years. Now, I’m not terribly into Digimon; If you had asked me any time in the last 20 years, I would have told you that Digimon probably died out back in the 90s in the wake of the original Pokemon/Dragonball Z craze. Turns out that, Like both Dragonball and Pokemon, it’s still going strong. This latest release is a collection of all six films in the series, which are surprisingly in-depth, complex movies. These aren’t just little kids’ films anymore; they have real characters and storylines and some pretty incredible animation. In this set you get all six films plus bonus features in one nice, slim collection.
  • Gamechangers: Dreams of Blizzcon – There are a lot of people who write off “eSports,” or professional video game playing, as something that’s just a waste of time, or utterly silly. Well, for those folks, Gamechangers is a film that might be worth watching. This documentary follows two of the world’s best Starcraft II players as they try to compete in the high-stakes world of competitive video game playing. Sure, to some people it may sound silly, but to these guys, this is serious business, with money to be made. I don’t follow the world of eSports, but I found this documentary to be extremely interesting, showing me a side of video games I know very little about.
  • Who We Are Now – For a small indie drama, Who We Are Now has assembled a pretty stellar cast, including Julianne Nicholson, Jimmy Smits, Emma Roberts, Zachary Quinto, and Jason Biggs. The film follows a woman who is recently released from jail and fighting for custody of her young son, and as you can imagine, things aren’t exactly easy. The cast is excellent across the board, with Julianne Nicholson turning in an especially nuanced performance. While the movie does have some scenes that feel too long — I think a tighter edit would have helped more — it’s a pretty solid drama if you’re in the mood for something a little on the heavier side.
  • Topper Takes a Trip – I’m a big fan of the original Topper movie, the 1937 film starring Cary Grant and Constance Bennett as ghosts and Roland Young as the titular character whom they haunt/help. This 1938 sequel is the second in the series (a third movie was released in 1941 and just came out on Blu-ray last month). This time around, Cary Grant doesn’t return, but Constance Bennet and Roland Young reprise their roles as. This time around, Topper’s marriage is once again in jeopardy and ghost Marion (and her ghosty dog Skippy) try to help the couple reunite. While the film isn’t as enjoyable as the original, it was fun to go back and revisit this series once again.
  • Saving Brinton – This film is a documentary, but what is it about? Yes, it has to do with some of the earliest films ever made as well as George Melies, one of the first filmmakers. But it also has to do with small town life, preserving history, and uncovering the life of a man who most people have never heard of. It’s a genre-defying movie, but that’s part of what makes it so good. Plus, as a special bonus, there’s a second disc with almost two hours of preserved films from the earliest days of filmmaking, including two short films by Melies that were thought long lost. A must-watch for fans of Hollywood history.
  • Pick of the Litter – This excellent documentary follows a group of dogs as they go from being puppies to service dogs for the blind. Over the course of two years, we see the rigorous training that Patriot, Potomac, Primrose, Poppet, and Phil go through to become service dogs, and it’s booth adorable, impressive, and heartening. Service dogs are amazing animals, but you don’t often think about how they become so well-trained. This terrific film ensures you’ll see them in a new light from now on.
  • Mantovani: The King Of Strings – I have, of course, heard of Mantovani, but I didn’t realize just how successful he was, having sold some 70 million records over two decades from the 1950s to the 1970s. This feature-length documentary tells the story of the life and music of the orchestra leader, and while he’s not someone I’d go out of my way to watch a film about, I would imagine fans of his would get a lot out of it.
  • An Afghan Love Story – This may sound like a hopeful romantic film, but if you know anything about the status of women in certain middle east countries, you might guess that it isn’t just a fairy tale romance. Instead, this film — which won a screenwriting award at the Sundance Film Festival — is a much more realistic look at what happens when an Afghan woman becomes pregnant and isn’t sure the father of the child is going to marry her, and the effect that has on her traditional family. It’s a powerful film, and if you don’t mind subtitles it’s worth the watch.
  • Coby – This isn’t the first film to follow a transgendered person as they transition, but with its setting in the midwest — a part of the country where I imagine transitioning is even more difficult than in more metropolitan areas — Coby certainly does have its own feel. The film follows a young woman who transitions into a guy named Coby, and it has a deep ripple effect on his family. I like that, while there’s a lot of struggle in the film, it tries to leave you feeling positive and hopeful.
  • PBS: Neanderthal, Sacred, Transplanting Hope – Three new PBS specials debut this week. First up is the excellent Neanderthal, which gives ups the most in-depth look at Neanderthals I’ve seen yet. It goes so far as to enlist motion-capture legend Andy Serkis (Gollum, King Kong) to help recreate what Neanderthals really looked and moved like. Fascinating stuff. Next up is Sacred, which is a terrific look at religion and spirituality from all over the globe. The filmmakers hired teams in 25 different countries around the world to capture spiritual rituals, and the result is a really interesting look at just how different and yet the same many cultures really are. Finally, Transplanting Hope is a science-based documentary about organ transplants; not so much how they’re done, but more about the people who need them, the incredibly long list to get one, and the people who are working to reduce the organ shortage.
  • Charlie Steel, The Comedians, Revenge – IndiePix continues its new collection this week called the Retro Afrika Collection. This line is designed to bring to light little seen films of all genres from South Africa from the 70s to the 90s. This second batch of three films in the line are Charlie Steel (a detective movie about an abducted girl being held for ransom), The Comedians (a cautionary tale about greed with a magic ring), and Revenge (a classic revenge thriller/drama about a man out to get his wife’s killers). Now, these films are all presented in their original Zulu language with English subtitles. They’re all also fairly short, running about an hour-plus each. Like the first batch of films released in October, It’s an interesting watching experience. Personally, I think I enjoyed these three films better than the first batch of releases, especially Revenge, which is the strongest film in the line so far.
  • WB Archive: The Thing From Another World, Horror of Dracula, The Satanic Rites of Dracula, Tarzan’s Greatest Adventure, Dark of the Sun – The Warner archive’s print-on-demand service has a slew of noteworthy new titles out, all of which are available here or online retailers where DVDs and Blu-rays are sold. First up, we have a movie I’ve been waiting for for a long time: The Thing From Another World, which makes its Blu-ray debut. This 1951 classic produced by Howard Hawks and starring James Arness was the basis for John Carpenter’s 1982 remake The Thing, one of my favorite films of all time. While it’s a very different movie, it’s still neat to see the original version and I enjoyed it quite a bit. Next up is Horror of Dracula, the first Hammer Horror film in a series starring Christopher Lee as the infamous vampire and Peter Cushing as his nemesis Van Helsing. This is a quintessential Dracula story, probably as good (or nearly so) as the Bela Lugosi classic, and I’m thrilled that it’s finally available on Blu-ray. That’s followed up by The Satanic Rites of Dracula on Blu-ray, the fourth film in the series. This one takes a decidedly 1970s bent, mixing in satanists, a super plague, spies, and more. It’s campy, but it’s fun. Tarzan’s Greatest Adventure is next, marking the Blu-ray debut of the only Tarzan film to my knowledge to Star Sean Connery. Okay, he plays a bad guy and not Tarzan, but it’s still pretty cool to see him here. Gordon Scott plays the King of the Jungle, and while it’s not the best Tarzan film, it is a fun watch, especially with Connery involved. Finally, Dark of the Sun (debuting on Blu-ray) is a really cool 1970s action thriller which I had never seen before. In it, we see Rod Taylor, Jim Brown and Yvette Mimieux as mercenaries (well, not Mimieux) on a train going across the Congo, freeing rebels and stealing/saving diamonds. It’s got tons of action, and it combines the best of 60s and 70s filmmaking. This is a really great batch of releases from the WB Archive.

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