Welcome to October! As expected, there is a fair bit of horror and thriller releases this week, so let’s kick it off with Escape Room: Tournament of Champions. After escaping the "sole survivor" escape rooms set up by Minos, Zoey (Taylor Russell) and Ben (Logan Miller) decide to confront the shadowy organization after finding coordinates to their New York City-based headquarters. But once in New York they find themselves trapped unwittingly in more of Minos’ escape rooms along with other survivors of other games. Now they must navigate the largest and most complex rooms yet if they are to get out alive and finally bring an end to Minos reign of terror.

Escape Room in 2019 was a great surprise hit and an imaginative and fun thriller for any age. Everything great about the first film is back again and amped up in size, scope, and fun. Russell and Miller are great leads and the new cast members are a great selection of characters trying to survive the increasingly intricate traps laid out before them. And the escape rooms really are the star here with lots of thrills and chills to be had in a fast paced well executed thriller. I sincerely hope they keep up the story arc with more films along the lines of the Paranormal Activity series. Escape Room: Tournament of Champions is highly recommended.

Also out this week is a huge bunch of releases for the horror hounds out there. Shout Factory is releasing the first five Halloween films in brand new 4K releases featuring all new transfers that are absolutely stunning along with new transfer Blu-rays and loads of special features on each title. Even the packaging is stunning with all new artwork beautifully printed on hard case slipcovers. For Halloween fans, these are the ultimate editions of these films, even topping the huge Halloween box set Shout released in the past that has become quite coveted. Absolutely worth the upgrade!

Also of note this week is a gorgeous new Best Buy USA Exclusive 4K Steelbook edition of Mary Harron’s brilliant American Psycho. You have to see this amazing new artwork to believe how cool it is. Also out this week is the Blu-ray debut of Kenneth Branagh’s Dead Again, and the new thriller Six Minutes to Midnight starring Judi Dench and Eddie Izzard.

Until next week movie lovers, stay safe!                                

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for Tuesday October 5, 2021

1974: La Posesion De Altair

A Walk Among the Tombstones/Non-Stop – Liam Neeson Double Feature

American Psycho (2000) 4K Steelbook – Best Buy US Exclusive

Another 48 Hrs (1990)*

Audrey Hepburn 7-Movie Collection

Ballistica + Star Force [Action + Sci-Fi Double Feature]

Broken Diamonds

Chocolate, Strawberry, Vanilla – Wild Eye Raw & Extreme

Dark Shadows and Beyond: The Jonathan Frid Story (2021)

Dead Again (1991)*

Dirty Laundry (1987)* - MVD Rewind Collection

Django Collection Volume One: Six Film Set

Dracula In Love + Shira: The Vampire Samurai + Horrors Of War [Horror Triple Feature]

Dragon/Unleashed – Martial Arts Double Feature

Elvira's Haunted Hills (2001)* - Collector's Edition

Escape Room: Tournament of Champions (2021)

Fried Barry (2020)

Halloween (1978) 4K Special Edition

Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988) 4K Special Edition

Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989) 4K Special Edition

Halloween II (1981) 4K Special Edition

Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982) 4K Special Edition

I Spit On Your Grave: Deja Vu [Special Edition]

In Furs – Wild Eye Raw & Extreme

La Condesa

Little Vampire

Night Feeder

Night of the Animated Dead (2021)

Night Shift (1982)*

Onibaba (1964)* - Criterion Collection

Scream, Pretty Peggy (1973)*

Six Minutes to Midnight (2021)

Sons of Steel (1988)*

Space Jam: A New Legacy (2021)

Spring Blossom

Star Of David: Beautiful Girl Hunter

Tab Hunter Confidential

Tex Avery Screwball Classics: Volume 3 (1942-1957)*

The Amazing Mr. X (1948)*

The Collingswood Story

The Don Knotts Collection (1966-1971)*

The Evil Bong Stash Box: 9 Blu-ray Collection

The Hunt for Red October (1990) 4K

The Longleg

The Nevers: Season 1, Part 1

The Screaming Woman (1972)*

The Stand (2020)

The Underworld Collection 4K

The Victim (1972)*

Trick or Treats (1982)*

Universal Classic Monsters Icons of Horror Collection 4K

Weekend With Bob

Witching and Bitching (2013)

Zillafoot

*New to Blu-ray