2 brilliant 80's Classics; two obscure 70's Gialli in one handy 2-Pack; another Blu-ray batch of MST3K goodness; and an ice cream truck driver with an unhealthy obsession... this week's releases make us all kinds of happy. On the inside.
So let's check out this week's New Releases below, and be sure to click the pics to order yourself some flicks!
Manhunter has always been one of our favorite movies (we love Michael Mann), and we've been dying for it to be available in a Blu-ray version that does it justice... and now thanks to Scream Factory, it's finally happening!
Five years before Anthony Hopkins blew audiences away with his portrayal of Hannibal Lecter in the brilliant Silence of the Lambs, there was Manhunter; the tale of FBI agent Will Graham's battle against The Tooth Fairy. And yes, Hannibal was there too.
William Peterson is perfect as Will Graham, and Brian Cox does an admirable job as Hannibal (even though he's not on-screen very much, and Anthony Hopkins did it better), but the best thing about Manhunter is that it's every bit as slick and stylish as it is intense and disturbing.
This is a DAY ONE purchase for us, and it should be for you too.
- DISC 1: Theatrical Version (HD)
- NEW The Mind Of Madness – An Interview With William Petersen.
- NEW Courting A Killer – An interview With Actress Joan Allen.
- NEW Francis Is Gone Forever – An Interview With Actor Tom Noonan.
- NEW The First Lecktor – An Interview With Actor Brian Cox.
- NEW The Eye Of The Storm – An Interview With Director Of Photography Dante Spinotti.
- NEW The Music Of MANHUNTER – Including Interviews With Composer Michel Rubini, Barry .Andrews (Shriekback), Gary Putman (The Prime Movers), Rick Shaffer (The Reds) And Gene Stashuk (Red 7.)
- Theatrical Trailer.
- Still Gallery.
- DISC 2: Director’s Cut (HD With Standard Definition Inserts)
- Audio Commentary By Writer/Director Michael Mann.
- Director’s Cut (Standard Definition).
- The Manhunter Look - A Conversation With Cinematographer Dante Spinotti.
- Inside Manhunter With Stars William Petersen, Joan Allen, Brian Cox And Tom Noonan.
This is most likely going to be a bare-bones release, but The Burbs is such a great 80's Horror Comedy that we don't care all that much about Special Features. Tom Hanks; the late, great, Rick Ducommun; Corey Feldman; Bruce Dern; Courtney Gains; Carrie Fisher... they're all in top comedic form here, and if there's one Horror Comedy from our childhood that always puts a smile on our faces, it's this one.
Another Day One purchase for us.
- Bad Influence was a slick 80's Thriller that saw James Spader face off against a psychotic Rob Lowe. It's like a creepy Brat-Pack movie.
- The Finest Hours was pretty good, if you're in the mood for some Family-Friendly Disney-style thrills, and heart-warming heroism.
- The Killer Dames Collection from Arrow Video is on that we'd like to check out. We've never seen either of the movies in the pack, but we're suckers for classic Gialli flicks, and both The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave and The Red Queen Kills Seven Times are heralded as lost classics of Italian Horror Cinema, so this set is awful enticing. The price is a bit steep at $49.99 (most Arrow releases tend to be higher in price), but for lovers of 70's Giallo flicks, it's probably more than worth it.
- ANY MST3K release is worth a buy in our opinion, especially now that they're releasing their Boxed Sets on Blu-ray. Gotta have it.
- Chocolate, Strawberry, Vanilla is an Australian Thriller that looks just dark and twisted enough for us to check out.
- And everything else, as always, is a crap-shoot.