Well this is more like it! Lot of goodies to choose from this week, so let’s not waste any time and kick things off with Uncharted. Based on the hit video game series, Uncharted stars Tom Holland as a young Nathan Drake, a young adventurer who teams up with a rogue seasoned treasure hunter named Sully (Mark Wahlberg) to recover a fortune amassed by Ferdinand Magellan and lost 500 years ago. But Nathan and Sully must race against time as a rich tycoon (Antonio Banderas) is also out to get the treasure, which he believes his family are rightful heirs to. With high paid mercenaries on their trail, they must travel the globe and decipher hidden clues to get to Magellan’s lost ship if they stand to find billions and change their lives forever.
There was some disappointment in the Uncharted fan world when fan favorite Nathan Fillion was not cast as Nathan Drake, but Holland does a great job of filling the shoes of the younger version of the famed adventurer. Tons of laughs, one liners, great action sequences and a stellar cast all add up to a rollicking adventure along the same lines as 2018’s Tomb Raider film with Alicia Vikander. For a fun movie night with the whole family, Uncharted is a treasure.
Next up this week is a brilliant movie finding its way to hi def for the first time ever, The Ghost and the Darkness. Sir Robert Beaumont is building an ambitious railroad in Africa in 1896. He hires a noted engineer, John Henry Patterson (Val Kilmer), to get the project moving and meet his tight deadlines. But when two rogue lions begin stalking the railroad camps and dragging away workers in the middle of the night, Patterson brings in renowned hunter Charles Remington (Michael Douglas) to help him catch the seemingly bloodthirsty and brilliant lions. But the question is can they stop them before they devour Beaumont’s entire workforce.
The Ghost and the Darkness is actually based on a true story. To this day nobody knows why these two lions apparently hunted for sport. The actual lions can still be seen today in the Field Museum in Chicago. The film, directed by Stephen Hopkins and written by William Goldman, is a wonderfully tense thriller full of larger than life characters and spectacular action. Real lions were used for almost every shot in the movie and the feeling of authenticity is amazing. Kilmer puts in a stellar performance and Douglas is over the top, but in the best way possible. If you haven’t seen The Ghost and the Darkness since its release in 1996, take this opportunity now that it is on Blu-ray to finally check it out. Very highly recommended.
Also of note this week is Dog with Channing Tatum, The Alfred Hitchcock Classics Collection: Volume Two on 4K, and the Blu-ray debut of the lesser known Wes Craven horror film Cursed.
Until next week movie lovers, stay safe!
DVD and Blu-ray Releases for Tuesday May 10, 2022
13 Demons: You Play...You Die
A-ha: The Movie (2021)
A.K. Tolstoy's A Taste Of Blood (2020)
All the Kind Strangers
Behind the Monsters: Season One (2021)
Bong of the Living Dead
City of Rott – Wild Eye Raw & Extreme
City of Rott 2– Wild Eye Raw & Extreme
Cursed (2005)* - Collector's Edition
Dark Night of the Scarecrow 2 (2022)
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941)*
Family Plot (1976) 4K
Friday the 13th Part III (1982) Steelbook Edition
Girl with a Straight Razor
Jurassic Shark 2: Aquapocalypse
Kin: Season One (2021)
Marnie (1964) 4K
Megazone 23 (1985-1989)*
Mr. Klein (1976)* - Criterion Collection
Mutant Blast (2018)
Pushing Hands (1992)*
RoboCop: The Series (1994)*
Saboteur (1942) 4K
Shadow of a Doubt (1943) 4K
Skin: A History Of Nudity In The Movies
Son of Samson (1960)*
The Alfred Hitchcock Classics Collection: Volume Two (1942-1976)*
The Alpha Incident (1978)*
The Beta Test (2021)
The Carey Treatment (1972)*
The Cursed (2021)
The Ghost and the Darkness (1996)*
The Mechanic (1972)*
The Salem Witch Trials
The Trouble with Harry (1955) 4K
Treasure of the Four Crowns 3D (1983)*
Two for the Money (2005) – Shout Select
*New to Blu-ray