We are closing in on another Canada Day and Independence Day so note that next week’s releases are included here for your convenience! This week kicks off with the latest in Disney’s live action telling’s of their classic films, Dumbo. Holt Farrier (Colin Farrell) was once a great circus star, but after being injured during the war, he has returned to his children feeling like less of a man. Circus owner Max Medici (Danny DeVito) hires Holt back to take care of the circus’ elephants, especially a newborn with oversized ears Max hopes will make him a lot of money. But when a new investor (Michael Keaton) steps in, it becomes a question of motives and if anyone really has Dumbo’s best interests at heart.
Disney’s new crop of live action remakes have been really good for the most part and Dumbo is a wonderful addition to the roster, especially since it is under the guidance of director Tim Burton. The whole film has a beautiful aged fairy tale look, the entire cast are great with DeVito and Farrell really standing out, and the CG Dumbo is about as adorable as you could possibly get. There are lots of changes to the story here to flesh it out and for the most part they really work. As with many Burton film, the big draw for me was just the sumptuous visuals, and Dumbo is no exception.
Next up is a new action film from Vietnam, Furie. Veronica Ngo stars as Hai Phuong, and ex-gangster trying to leave her violent life behind and start over with her young daughter. When an organ harvesting crime ring kidnap Hai’s daughter not knowing who Hai is, they soon regret their actions as the deadly trained killer sets her sights on anyone who stands between her and getting her daughter back.
There have been some really great action flicks lately, especially from overseas, but Furie is a real standout. Director Le-Van Kiet and cinematographer Morgan Schmidt create a colorful, surreal action film that almost feels dreamlike or graphic novel like in tone. The fight choreography is simply awe inspiring and creative and Veronica Ngo is a phenomenal lead. Not only does she convey a deadly skill set with Hai but her emotional side is brilliantly portrayed as well. In action films like this we don’t always get stellar performances in addition to the great action but Ngo really brings everything to the role of Hai from the fights to the character to the emotion. Furie has it all.
Lastly this week is a new Collector’s Edition of one of the best and sometimes overlooked horror films of 80s, Night of the Creeps. In 1959 an alien experiment crashes to Earth and infects a fraternity member. The government finds him and freezes him hoping to gain information about the aliens. Twenty-seven years later the body is thawed out by pranking frat boys and the college campus is quickly overrun by alien creatures that attack and turn their victims into killer zombies. It is up to cop Ray Cameron (the great Tom Atkins) to stop the aliens and save the world.
Night of the Creeps is among the best 80s comedy horrors ever alongside greats like Re-Animator, House and Return of the Living Dead. Tom Atkins gives an absolutely legendary and eternally quotable performance as Cameron, the laughs are frequent and fun, and the effects and gore are prime 80s practical bliss. The new Collector’s Edition from Shout Factory features the theatrical and Director’s cuts of the film, a five-part documentary on the making of the film that is fun and informative, and tons of brand-new interviews and a new episode of the addictive Horror’s Hallowed Grounds revisiting the filming locations. Fans of 80s horror, this is a necessary staple for your collection. Thrill me!
Also of note this week is the second sequel starring Sylvester Stallone, Escape Plan: The Extractors with Dave Bautista and Curtis Jackson and new MVD Marquee Collection editions of Winter Passing with Ed Harris and Will Ferrell, Resurrecting the Champ with Samuel L. Jackson and Josh Hartnett and The Illusionist with Edward Norton and Jessica Biel.
Until next week movie lovers!
DVD and Blu-ray Releases for Tuesday June 25, 2019
24 Hour Party People* - MVD Marquee Collection
American Horror Project Vol 2
Cinderella (2015) 4K
Cinderella: Anniversary Edition
Fatso (1980) *
Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)* - Criterion Collection
How to Stuff a Wild Bikini (1965)*
Lost Highway (1997)*
MegaloBox Season 1
Midnight Lace (1960)*
Monster on the Campus (1958)*
Night Killer (1990)*
Night of the Creeps: Deluxe Limited Edition
Resurrecting the Champ* - MVD Marquee Collection
The Beast in Heat (1977)*
The Dark Side of the Moon*
The Extraordinary World of Charley Bowers*
The Green Inferno: Collector’s Edition
The Illusionist* - MVD Marquee Collection
The New York Ripper: 3 Disc Limited Edition
The Poison Rose
The Tamarind Seed (1974)*
The Trouble with Angels (1966)*
Thunder Bay (1953)*
War and Peace (1966)* - Criterion Collection
Winter Passing* - MVD Marquee Collection
WWE: Trish and Lita: Best Friends, Better Rivals
*Catalog Blu-ray debut
DVD and Blu-ray Releases for Tuesday July 2, 2019
An Acceptable Loss
Escape Plan: The Extractors
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Set 4: Diamond Is Unbreakable Part 1
Mia and the White Lion
The Best of Enemies
The Professional (1981)*
*Catalog Blu-ray debut