Now we’re talking, a nice full week kicking off with the newest film from DC, Aquaman. Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa) has always been different. The son of a human father and Atlantean mother, Curry is known to those who sail the seas as Aquaman. When his mother’s home, Atlantis, is threatened by its own leader, King Orm (Patrick Wilson), who plans to conquer the oceans as well as the lands of humans, Aquaman must find the legendary Trident of Atlan and embrace his legacy as the true King of Atlantis.
Aquaman continues the new quality bar for DC set by Wonder Woman with a wonderfully fun and visually stunning new adventure. Jason Momoa own the role of Aquaman and plays it with gleeful joy and power. Director James Wan proves he has what it takes to get behind a gigantic Hollywood project just as easily as a low budget horror film and delivers a unique, funny, action packed and visionary new entry in the DC universe.
Next up is a new 30th Anniversary Blu-ray edition of the Stephen King horror classic, Pet Sematary. Louis Creed (Dale Midkiff) and his family move from Chicago to Ludlow, Maine to start anew with Louis taking a medical job at the local University and the family moving into a beautiful old house close to a busy rural highway. Louis’ new neighbor Jud (Fred Gwynne) tells him of a mysterious graveyard behind their house that can bring the dead back to life. When tragedy strikes Louis tests Jud’s story, but the horrible consequences may be much more than Louis bargained for.
Pet Sematary remains one of the more beloved Stephen King adaptation and director Mary Lambert did in fact create a faithful and utterly creepy film that hits directly in the heart of family horror. Midkiff delivers a heartfelt performance as Louis and Fred Gwynne is just pure gold as Jud Crandall. The atmosphere is heavy and full of dread and the makeup effects are among the best of the time. The new special edition contains a new doc, new interviews and galleries, and some great vintage special features. Perfect for those wanted to get reacquainted before the new remake hits the big screen.
Lastly this week is the Blu-ray debut of an underappreciated horror gem from the 80s, Warning Sign. Joanie Morse (Kathleen Quinlan) works security at an ultra-secret laboratory that develops biological weapons. When Joanie gets a contamination alarm she locks down the facility as a sinister bacteria spreads throughout the building turning people into maniacal raving killing machines. Now it is up to Joanie’s husband Cal (Sam Waterston) and a former scientist to find a way to rescue Joanie and stop the virus before it escapes the building and spreads even further.
Warning Sign is a great thriller that was really ahead of its time paving the way for films like Contagion and 28 Days Later. The cast is phenomenal and the pacing is deliberate and tense making for a fun and over the top thriller that keeps it held back just enough to make it more realistic and making the stakes more earnest. The new Blu-ray edition features new interviews with the director and producer as well as some great vintage features. Fans of modern zombie and virus movies take note, this is a great one to check out.
Also of note this week is the excellent new biographical drama Stan and Ollie starring John C. Reilly and Steve Coogan as legendary comedy duo Laurel and Hardy, the Blu-ray debut of the 80’s dance drama White Nights with Gregory Hines, and FINALLY the Blu-ray debut of the William Shatner cult classic Kingdom of the Spiders!
Until next week movie lovers!
DVD and Blu-ray Releases for Tuesday March 26, 2019
Blood Hunger: The Films of Jose Larraz [Limited Edition]*
Brighton Beach Memoirs (1986)*
Dragons: Race to the Edge - Seasons 5 & 6
Fleshpot on 42nd Street (1973)*
Flying Clipper (1962)*
For a Few Dollars More Special Edition
Greasy Strangler (Special Director's Edition)*
I Wanna Hold Your Hand* - Criterion Collection
In the Cold of the Night (1990)*
Japón* - Criterion Collection
King of Thieves
Kingdom of the Spiders*
Land of Doom (1986)*
Life After Flash
Midnight, Texas: Season Two
Monsieur La Souris a.k.a. Midnight in Paris (1942)*
Naruto Shippuden Uncut DVD Set 37
Nemesis + Angel Town (Olivier Gruner Double Feature)
Nemesis: Sequel Trilogy* - MVD Rewind Collection
Ninpuu Sentai Hurricaneger: The Complete Series
Pet Sematary 30th Anniversary 4K
Road to Morocco*
Road to Singapore*
Road to Utopia*
Road to Zanzibar*
Stan and Ollie
The Body Snatcher (1945)*
The Golden Head (1964)*
The Iceman Cometh (1973)*
The Miseducation of Cameron Post (Special Edition)
The Street Fighter Collection*
The Suckling (1990)*
The Tarnished Angels (1957)*
Vengeance: A Love Story
Warning Sign (1985)*
*Catalog Blu-ray debut