A really solid Stephen King mini-series; an insane Turkish gore-fest throwback; and a British remake of an excellent Danish/Swedish TV show... this is definitely a week where TV on Blu-ray rules the release roost.
*Be sure to click the pics below to buy the movies, or even rent them. Or both. Or neither. It really depends on your mood, now doesn't it?
Based on the Stephen King novel (which I really liked), 11.22.63 was a mini-series that aired on HULU earlier this year, and one that did the book as much justice as it could in 8 episodes. It dragged in parts, and it left some of the good stuff from the book out, but it was a solidly engaging watch that kept me tuning in every week. James Franco was awesome in this.
If you don't have HULU, and never got a chance to check this one out, now is your chance.
As good as Scream Factory is with bringing older, beloved Genre titles to Blu-ray, they also give us some newer, lesser-known movies too, like Baskin. This Turkish effort is gory and surreal, and if you like your flicks a bit on the different side, then this might be a BD that you want to check out.
A British remake of the hit Scandi TV series Bron/Broen (there was a version in the U.S. called The Bridge as well), The Tunnel may not be as good as those two, but it's a solid effort with a great cast, and it's well-worth watching. Come on, it's got Clemence Poesy in it!
*The first season of The Tunnel premiered all the way back in 2013, and its 2nd season didn't arrive until April of this year. That may have something to do with Stephen Dillane being busy playing Stannis on Game of Thrones, but at least we got a 2nd season. Or 2nd series, if you're British.
- Synapse is releasing Basket Case 2 & 3 on Blu-ray this week, and while reviews have sited how gorgeous the discs look, I'm still waiting for them to finish up Suspiria and Phenomena (which they've been working on forever), so I'm kinda like "Why are you wasting your time on the Basket Case movies?" That's just me being impatient though, so the bottom line is if you're a fan of these B-movie sequels, then both of these discs are Must Own material.
- Arrow Video U.S. is releasing a slew of new titles this week, all of which are related: "The celebrated Battles Without Honour and Humanity series continues with its second episode, Hiroshima Death Match, setting aside part one protagonist Shozo Hirono (Bunta Sugawara) to follow a side story showcasing genre icons Sonny Chiba (The Street Fighter) and Meiko Kaji (Female Prisoner 701: Scorpion)." Could be interesting.
- And everything else, as always, is a crap-shoot.