We kick off this week with a phenomenal new box set that film lovers are sure to go a little nuts over, Alfred Hitchcock Classics Collection 4K. Universally recognized as the Master of Suspense, the legendary Alfred Hitchcock directed some of cinema's most thrilling and unforgettable classics. The Alfred Hitchcock Classics Collection features four iconic films from the acclaimed director's illustrious career including Rear Window, Vertigo, Psycho and The Birds in stunning 4K resolution. Starring Hollywood favorites such as James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Tippi Hedren, Kim Novak and Rod Taylor, this essential collection features hours of bonus features as well as the original uncut version of Psycho for the first time ever.
As with many film fanatics, I am a huge fan of Hitchcock. I remember when many of Hitch’s classics hit Blu-ray for the first time, I was absolutely stunned at how stunning the picture quality was over any versions I had seen before on VHS, DVD, TV etc. In many cases, these films looked as good as new films in terms of picture quality and sound. Well now I am experiencing this all over again with the Alfred Hitchcock Classics Collection in 4K. The 4K just pushes the quality of these timeless gems over the edge. The clarity of the picture on all four of these films is just unbelievable. It is almost impossible to believe these films are more half a century old. The sound is just as impressive and is immersive but crystal clear. There are also tons of special features for all four films including feature length documentaries, some fantastic audio commentaries (including a must hear one from author Stephen Rebello on Psycho) and best of all, this set features an uncut version of Psycho that has not been seen since its original theatrical run in 1960. This set is the most essential purchase of the year for film lovers. Very highly recommended.
Also this week is a great new Canadian horror title, Blood Quantum. The indigenous people in the isolated reserve of Red Crow are immune to the zombie plague that has taken over the nation, but that doesn’t mean their lives aren’t at risk. It’s up to Traylor (Michael Greyeyes), the tribal sheriff, to protect the families residing on the reserve and a flood of desperate refugees from the hordes of bloodthirsty, walking white corpses that are closing in.
The zombie genre is on a roll in 2020 with fantastic films like Peninsula and #alive and Blood Quantum is keeping that trend alive. This film is firmly rooted in the George A. Romero/Tom Savini era of zombie movies and does so with great gusto and phenomenal old school gore. But the setting and casting of Blood Quantum also keeps the storytelling fresh by setting it on a reserve with a mostly Indigenous cast. This makes for a very entertaining, sometimes funny, fast paced and exciting zombie flick that is sure to please the most diehard zombie fan. Michael Greyeyes is a stoic and formidable lead and is backed up by an ensemble that really sells the post-apocalyptic setting for all its worth. Horror fans get out there and check out Blood Quantum, it’s bound to become an instant classic.
Also of note this week is the musical comedy drama Mighty Oak, the acclaimed drama First Cow and the new Ron Perlman thriller The Big Ugly with Vinnie Jones and Malcolm McDowell.
Until next week movie lovers, stay safe!
DVD and Blu-ray Releases for Tuesday September 8, 2020
Alfred Hitchcock Classics Collection 4K
Batman: Death in the Family
Brute Force (1947)* - Criterion Collection
Bull: Season Four
Cartoon Network: We Bare Bears Movie
Cary Grant Collection (1934-1936)*
Chicago P.D.: Season Seven
Dear Diary a.k.a. Caro Diario (1993)*
First Cow (2019)
Ghost in the Shell (1995) 4K
Graveyards of Honor (1975-2002)* - Special Edition
Jojo Siwa: Party Pack
Kentucky Kernals (1934)*
Pokémon the Series: The Last Grand Trial
Prodigal Son: The Complete First Season
Psycho: 60th Anniversary Edition
Supergirl: The Complete Fifth Season
Superman: Man of Tomorrow
The Big Ugly
The Cordillera of Dreams (2019)
The Grey Fox (1982)*
The Naked City (1948)* - Criterion Collection
True History of the Kelly Gang (2019)
Vitalina Varela (2019)
*Catalog Blu-ray debut