Another week, another slew of Blu-ray releases to consider adding to your outdated physical media shelves. (We’re such old people, aren’t we?) My two recommendations for the week are Spike Lee’s blacKkKlansman and Shout! Factory’s reissue of Single White Female, which, as far as I’m concerned, is the best of the “sleeping with the enemy”-ish thrillers that were popular during the ’90s. (Jennifer Jason Leigh is so, so good in it.)
Also released this week is the forever-in-production prehistoric shark flick The Meg, which has been promoted from the beginning as being “JAWS on steroids,” and that’s appropriate, because, like any man who takes steroids, The Meg is bigger, dumber, and thanks to its PG-13 rating, completely lacks balls.
That said, go buy movies!
Distributor: Universal Pictures
In the early 1970s, Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) becomes the first African-American detective in the Colorado Springs Police Department. Determined to make a difference, he bravely sets out on a dangerous mission: infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan. He recruits a seasoned colleague, Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver), into the undercover investigation. Together, they team up to take down the extremist organization aiming to garner mainstream appeal. Produced by the team behind the Academy Award–winning Get Out, BlacKkKlansman offers an unflinching, true-life examination of race relations in 1970s America that is just as relevant in today’s tumultuous world.
- A Spike Lee Joint – Ron Stallworth, Jordan Peele, and the cast discuss working with the iconic director
- BlacKkKlansman Extended Trailer Featuring Prince’s “Mary Don’t You Weep”
Distributor: Arrow Video
Adapted from the novel Don’t Look and It Won’t Hurt by Richard Peck, Allison Anders (Grace of My Heart) whipped up a storm at the 42nd Berlin International Film Festival with her masterfully crafted tale of a young woman trying to find love while struggling to bring up her two daughters. Abandoned by her husband, Nora (Brooke Adams, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Stuff) waitresses to keep her head above water while raising two teenagers in a small New Mexico town trailer park. Beautiful and rebellious, Trudi (Ione Skye, Wayne’s World, Zodiac) quits school to work alongside her mother, while her sister Shade (Fairuza Balk, The Craft, American History X) whittles away her time watching old movie matinees. Their life is turned on its head when Trudi finds that she has fallen pregnant after a string of promiscuous relationships and the girls’ absent father returns with hopes of mending the relationships he broke when he left. A wonderfully engaging story of the woes of teenagers reaching adulthood, Gas Food Lodging is a distinctly American portrayal of a mother trying to raise two wayward teens with growing pains, who are learning about love, life and each other. This director-approved restoration finally affords this 90s modern classic the home video treatment it rightly deserves.
- The Road to Laramie: A Look Back at Gas Food Lodging, a brand new interview with Allison Anders and Josh Olson
- Cinefile: Reel Women(Chris Rodley, 1995), a documentary looking at the challenges women face in the film industry from independent to studio filmmaking, featuring interviews with Allison Anders, Kathryn Bigelow, Jane Campion, Penny Marshall, Gale Anne Hurd and others
- Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matthew Griffin
- FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film
Distributor: Warner Bros.
A deep-sea submersible—part of an international undersea observation program—has been attacked by a massive creature and now lies disabled at the bottom of the deepest part of the Pacific Ocean…with its crew trapped inside. With time running out, former deep-sea rescue diver Jonas Taylor (Jason Statham) is drawn out of self-imposed exile by a visionary Chinese oceanographer, Dr. Zhang (Winston Chao), against the wishes of his daughter, Suyin (Li Bingbing), who thinks she can rescue the crew on her own. But it will take their combined efforts to save the crew, and the ocean itself, from this seemingly unstoppable threat—a prehistoric 75-foot-long shark known as the Megalodon. Thought to be extinct, the Meg turns out to be very much alive…and on the hunt. Five years before, Jonas had encountered this same terrifying creature, but no one had believed him. Now, teamed with Suyin, Jonas must confront his fears and risk his own life to return to the ocean depths…bringing him face-to-face once more with the apex predator of all time.
- Chomp On This: The Making Of The Meg
- Creating The Beast
Distributor: Shout! Factory
After an unfaithful fiancé leaves her suddenly single, Allison Jones (Fonda) advertises for a roommate to share her spacious apartment. But when the introverted Hedra (Leigh) moves in, she doesn’t just take over Allie’s spare bedroom. She takes over her clothes, her boyfriend … and her identity. An unrelenting thriller from director Barbet Schroeder (Barfly, Reversal Of Fortune), Single White Female boasts terrific performances and stylish suspense to die for. Bring this Blu-ray into your home today (at your own risk).
- NEW Audio Commentary with Director Barbet Schroeder, Editor Lee Percy, and Associate Producer Susan Hoffman
- NEW Interview With Director Barbet Schroeder
- NEW Interview With Actor Peter Friedman
- NEW Interview With Actor Steven Weber
- NEW Interview With Screenwriter Don Roos
- Theatrical Trailer
Distributor: Shout! Factory
Brian Krause (Charmed) and Alice Krige (Ghost Story) star in this terrifying tale of modern-day vampires who move from small town to small town to prey on virtuous young women. Imperceptibly inhuman to everyone except for felines, these vicious shape-shifters have their eyes on a new victim: Mädchen Amick (Twin Peaks) is Tanya, the sexually curious virgin who falls for Charles, the new boy in school (Krause). Mutating at will from golden boy to savage monster, Charles stalks Tanya to feed his seductive mother. As the tension mounts (and the casualties pile up), the town’s tabbies gather for a final, chilling showdown with the monsters in their midst – and we all know it’s not nice to hurt people’s felines. Sleepwalkers also features cameo appearances by Stephen King and horror legend Clive Barker (Nightbreed).
- NEW Audio Commentary with Director Mick Garris And Actors Mädchen Amick And Brian Krause
- NEW Feline Trouble – An Interview with Director Mick Garris
- NEW When Charles Met Tanya – A Conversation with Actors Mädchen Amick And Brian Krause
- NEW Family Values – An Interview with Actress Alice Krige
- NEW Feline Trouble: The FX Of Stephen King’s Sleepwalkers – Interviews with Special
- Make-up Effects Creator Tony Gardner And Prosthetics Designer Mike Smithson
- Behind-The-Scenes Footage
- Theatrical Trailer
- TV Spots
- Still Gallery
Distributor: MVD Visual
In the brutal World War II Battle of Saipan, Sergeant Joe Enders (Academy Award® Winner* Nicolas Cage, Leaving Las Vegas) guards – and ultimately befriends – Ben Yahzee (Adam Beach, Suicide Squad), a young Navajo trained in the one wartime code never broken by the enemy, the Navajo Code. But if Yahzee should fall into Japanese hands, how far will Enders go to save the military’s most powerful secret? John Woo (Face/Off) directs this exciting” (Premiere) “against-all-odds battle adventure (The Toronto Star) co-starring Peter Stormare (Fargo), Noah Emmerich (The Americans), Mark Ruffalo (Avengers: Infinity War) and Christian Slater (Mr. Robot) and written by John Rice and Joe Batteer (Blown Away) and inspired by the true story of the Navajo soldiers whose courage and sacrifices helped win the war in the Pacific.
- Includes both the 134 minute Theatrical Version and the 153 minute Director’s Cut
- Audio Commentary with Director John Woo and Producer Terence Chang
- Audio Commentary with Christian Slater and Nicolas Cage
- Audio Commentary with actor Roger Willie and real-life Navajo code talker consultant Albert Smith
- Deleted Scenes
- “The Code Talkers — A Secret Code of Honor” (23:12)
- WWII Tribute Piece “American Heroes: A Tribute to Navajo Code Talkers” (9:00)
- “The Music of Windtalkers” (4:30)
- Four Fly-on-the-Set Scene Diaries (23:37)
- “Actors Boot Camp” Featurette (15:05)
- Behind The Scenes Photo Gallery
- Windtalkers Theatrical Teaser and Original Theatrical Trailer
Distributor: Arrow Video
From the crazed madman of the macabre, late splatter movie pioneer Herschell Gordon Lewis (Blood Feast, Two Thousand Maniacs!), comes his most fiendish feat of terrifying onscreen trickery yet – behold, The Wizard of Gore! You’ve all seen the trick in which the magician saws his glamorous assistant in half – but what about the spike through the brain gag? Or the good old smashing punch-press? Montag the Magnificent’s blood-curdling onstage performances shock and dazzle his audiences in equal measure. But when his participants start winding up dead, local TV talk show hostess Sherry Carson suspects his gruesome “act” may be more sinister than it first seems… Featuring some of the most notorious gory setpieces in all of director H.G. Lewis’ blood-soaked career, The Wizard of Gore is a stomach-churning, Grand Guignol production that’s less sleight of hand and more slice of hand!
- Bonus Feature! 1968’s How to Make a Doll
- Feature-length audio commentary with Herschell Gordon Lewis and Mike Vraney
- Montag Speaks – an interview with Wizard of Gore actor Ray Sager
- Stephen Thrower on The Wizard of Gore
- The Gore the Merrier – An interview with Jeremy Kasten, director of the 2007
- Wizard of Gore remake
- The Incredibly Strange Film Show – an episode of the cult documentary series focusing on the films of Herschell Gordon Lewis
- Original theatrical trailer Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Twins of Evil