Well if you are like me, the extreme heat is driving you indoors to watch more movies! We kick off this last week in August with In the Heights. Usnavi (Anthony Ramos) is a bodega owner in the neighborhood of Washington Heights, on the northern tip of Manhattan. He takes care of his neighbors, pines for a local girl and dreams of winning the lottery and escaping to his native Dominican Republic to start a better life. But as Usnavi and the rest of the inhabitants of Washington Heights learn, sometimes you have to learn to appreciate what you have and where you live.

I am a fan of musicals generally speaking. I love the classics like Singin’ in the Rain and An American in Paris, favorites like West Side Story, The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. And I love modern musicals like The Greatest Showman and Rock of Ages. The one thing that a musical has to have for me is a sense of joy and optimism. In the Heights continues that tradition with a beautifully written, acted, choreographed, and designed movie. In the Heights is a little different than many musicals in that everyone is kind of singing dialogue as opposed to musicals where there is a bunch of dialogue with intermittent songs. The result is a gorgeous to look at musical story that captures the heart of a tight knit neighborhood of people who just want to live, dream, love and get the most out of life. If you have a 4K set up, definitely pick up the 4K version of In the Heights, the picture is stunning and just makes a perfect companion to the booming musical numbers. And turn that volume way up! Highly recommended.

Also of note this week is Arrow Video’s new 4K special edition of David Lynch’s Dune from 1984, Fear the Walking Dead: The Complete Sixth Season, and the Blu-ray debut of the excellent 1976 Alan Parker film Bugsy Malone.

Until next week movie lovers, stay safe!                                                                    

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for Tuesday August 31, 2021

12 Mighty Orphans (2020)

Auntie Lee's Meat Pies (1992)*

Beasts of No Nation (2015) - Criterion Collection

Blue Bloods: The Eleventh Season

Bugsy Malone (1976)*

Coraline – LAIKA Studios Edition

Dune (1984) 4K Special Edition

Fantasm/Fantasm Comes Again (1976-1977)*

Fear the Walking Dead: The Complete Sixth Season

Future Robot Daltanious (1979-1980)*

Girls School Screamers (1984)*

Grimm's Fairy Tale Classics: Season 2 (1987-1989)*

In the Heights

Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple - The Complete First Season (2006-2007)*

Love Rites (1987)*

Lupin the 3rd Part III: The Pink Jacket Adventures (1984-1985)*

Master of the World (1961)*

Mitchiri Neko (2018)*

Mortal Kombat Legends: Battle of the Realms (2021)

NCIS: New Orleans: The Final Season

No One Heard The Scream (1973)*

Rancho Deluxe (1975)*

She Freak (1967)*

Spirit Untamed (2021)

Terminal Island (1973)*

The Boss Baby: Back in Business - Seasons 1 & 2

The Box Trolls – LAIKA Studios Edition

The Brotherhood of Satan (1971)*

The Comedy of Terrors (1963)

The Devil's 8 (1969)*

The Gang (1977)*

The Gestapo's Last Orgy (1977)*

The Last Man on Earth (1964)

The Raven (1963)

Three Men to Kill (1980)*

Tough Guys Don't Dance (1987)*

Truth to Power

Whatever It Takes (1998)*

*New to Blu-ray