Our Most Wanted on Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD This Week - May 7, 2019

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And another friendly hi-def hello to our fellow blu-ray geeks. Welcome to the weekly look at our most wanted titles coming to blu-ray and/or 4K Ultra HD for the week of May 7, 2019.

After a slow couple of weeks on the blu-ray front, the industry storms back with a week for the ages as five highly desirable films are getting 4K UHD and blu-ray releases with one of those topping the list of our Most Wanted on blu-ray and 4K this week.

First on our list this week comes from Sony who are revisiting the war classic Black Hawk Down with several editions that will features a brand new 4K transfer with HDR of the theatrical and extended versions of the film approved by Ridley Scott. And if that weren't enough, the release comes with new English Dolby Atmos track for both versions. About time! There are several other editions including a 4K Best Buy Exclusive Steelbook.

We're not done with the '90s as Paramount Pictures begins its quarter-century celebration of the Tom Hanks classic Forrest Gump with a 25th Anniversary 4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + Digital Copy edition. The company will also make available a Best Buy Exclusive Steelbook edition.

One of Ron Howard's most beloved films, Backdraft, is also getting an invite to the 4K UHD party courtesy of Universal Studios who are giving us a 4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + Digital HD release of the Kurt Russell classic. The film has been out on blu-ray in many editions through the years, but this new 4K edition features a new HDR presentation of the film plus an English DTS: X immersive audio track. Won't this be fun?

One new film coming to 4K UHD is from Warner Bros. who give us The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part in a 4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + Digital HD, a Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD and Best Buy and Target Exclusive editions.

Another new film, the Nicholas McCarthy horror film The Prodigy is getting a Blu-ray + DVD release that will feature and audio commentary from the director as well a couple of promotional featurettes and a stills gallery.

Peter Jackson's WW1 documentary They Shall Not Grow Old is getting a Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy release while the Ethan Hawke music biopic Blaze is getting the blu-ray treatment from Shout Factory.

Re-emerging from relative obscurity is the Don Bluth animated classic An American Tail which is getting a single-disc blu-ray edition. This makes us keep our fingers crossed for an eventual revisit to An American Tail: Fievel Goes West.An American Tail

The new Taraji P. Henson / Tracy Morgan film, What Men Want is also getting some hi-def love with a Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy edition from Paramount Pictures.

And finally, Kino Lorber gets in on the party with a blu-ray edition of the Roger Moore psychological thriller classic The Man Who Haunted Himself which features an audio commentary with star Roger Moore and uncredited writer/producer Bryan Forbes and moderated by journalist Jonathan Sothcott and a featurette called Masters of Horror Joe Dante and Stuart Gordon on "The Man Who Haunted Himself".


Here is what is coming out on blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD This week

Black Hawk DownBlack Hawk Down (4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray)

Sony Pictures

Street Date: May 7, 2019

From acclaimed director Ridley Scott (The Martian) and renowned producer Jerry Bruckheimer (Pearl Harbor) comes the gripping true story about bravery, camaraderie and the complex reality of war.

Black Hawk Down stars an exceptional cast including Josh Hartnett, Ewan McGregor and Eric Bana. In 1993, an elite group of American Rangers and Delta Force soldiers are sent to Somalia on a critical mission to capture a violent warlord whose corrupt regime has led to the starvation of hundreds of thousands of Somalis. When the mission goes quickly and terribly wrong, the men find themselves outnumbered and literally fighting for their lives.

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Forrest Gump Forrest Gump (25th Anniversary / 4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + Digital Copy)

Paramount Pictures

Street Date: May 7, 2019

Tom Hanks gives an astonishing performance as Forrest, an everyman whose simple innocence comes to embody a generation. Alongside his mamma (Sally Field), his best friend Bubba (Mykelti Williamson), and his favorite girl Jenny (Robin Wright), Forrest has a ringside seat for the most memorable events of the second half of the 20th century.


ProdigyThe Prodigy (Blu-ray + DVD)

MGM

Street Date: May 7, 2019

In her much-anticipated foray into the horror-thriller genre, Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Taylor Schilling stars in THE PRODIGY as Sarah, a mother whose young son Miles' disturbing behavior signals that an evil, possibly supernatural force has overtaken him. Fearing for her family's safety, Sarah must choose between her maternal instinct to love and protect Miles and a desperate need to investigate what -- or who -- is causing his dark turn. She is forced to look for answers in the past, taking the audience on a wild ride; one where the line between perception and reality becomes frighteningly blurry.


The Man Who Haunted HimselfThe Man Who Haunted Himself (Blu-ray)

Kino Lorber

Street Date: May 7, 2019

Harold Pelham, a partner in a large electronics firm, finds himself in bewildering circumstances after recovering from a near-fatal car accident. Why do friends and colleagues repeatedly sight him in places he has never been? Does Pelham really have a doppelganger – or is he losing his mind?


HellBoy II: The Golden Army (Blu-ray)Hellboy II

Universal Studios

Street Date: May 7, 2019

The fate of mankind hangs in the balance in Hellboy II: The Golden Army when a ruthless prince awakens an unstoppable army of creatures and wages war with the human world. It's up to Hellboy (Ron Perlman) and his team of paranormal outcasts to face off with the forces of darkness in the ultimate battle of good versus evil! Prepare to be taken by the visionary director of The Shape of Water (Guillermo del Toro) into a fantastical world with imaginative creatures and thrilling fight sequences unlike anything you've ever seen before!


BackdraftBackdraft (4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + Digital HD)

Universal Studios

Street Date: May 7, 2019

Kurt Russell and William Baldwin star as two feuding siblings carrying on a heroic family tradition as Chicago firefighters. When a puzzling series of arson attacks is reported, they are forced to set aside their differences to solve the mystery surrounding these explosive crimes. Scott Glenn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Rebecca De Mornay, Donald Sutherland and Robert De Niro also star in this critically acclaimed suspense story that features Academy Award-nominated visual effects and sound with some of the most awe-inspiring fire sequences ever filmed.

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They Shall Not Grow Old (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy)They Shall Not Grow Old

Warner Bros.

Street Date: May 7, 2019

Using state of the art technology to restore original archival footage which is more than a 100-years old, Jackson brings to life the people who can best tell this story: the men who were there. Driven by a personal interest in the First World War, Jackson set out to bring to life the day-to-day experience of its soldiers. After months immersed in the BBC and Imperial War Museums’ archives, narratives and strategies on how to tell this story began to emerge for Jackson. Using the voices of the men involved, the film explores the reality of war on the front line; their attitudes to the conflict; how they ate; slept and formed friendships, as well what their lives were like away from the trenches during their periods of downtime.

Jackson and his team have used cutting edge techniques to make the images of a hundred years ago appear as if they were shot yesterday. The transformation from black and white footage to colourised footage can be seen throughout the film revealing never before seen details. Reaching into the mists of time, Jackson aims to give these men voices, investigate the hopes and fears of the veterans, the humility and humanity that represented a generation changed forever by a global war.


What Men WantWhat Men Want (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy)

Paramount Pictures

Street Date: May 7, 2019

Ali Davis (Taraji P. Henson) is a successful sports agent who's constantly boxed out by her male colleagues. After a wild night out with her girls, she mysteriously gains the ability to hear men's thoughts. With her newfound power, Ali looks to outsmart her colleagues as she races to sign the next basketball superstar, but the lengths she has to go to will put her relationship with her best friends and new love interest to the test. The film also stars Aldis Hodge, Richard Roundtree, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Erykah Badu, Max Greenfield, and Tracy Morgan

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BlazeBlaze (Blu-ray)

Shout Factory

Street Date: May 7, 2019

Directed, co-written, and produced by Ethan Hawke, Blaze is inspired by the life of Blaze Foley (Ben Dickey), the unsung songwriting legend of the outlaw music movement that gave the world the likes of Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson. The film weaves together three different periods of time, elegantly braiding re-imagined versions of Blaze's past, present, and future. The different strands explore his love affair with Sybil Rosen (Alia Shawkat); his last, dark night on Earth; and the impact his music had on his fans, friends, and foes. Featuring unforgettable performances and stylish direction, Blaze is a glorious exploration of the profound highs and lows of Foley's life.

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Broken FlowersBroken Flowers (Blu-ray)

Kino Lorber

Street Date: May 7, 2019

When a mysterious pink letter informs Don Johnston that he may have a 19-year-old son, he visits four former lovers, where he comes face to face with the errors of his past and the possibilities of the future.


An American TailAn American Tail (Blu-ray)

Universal Studios

Street Date: May 7, 2019

An American Tail is a beautifully rendered animated flim that tells an overly familiar story in terms children can easily understand. Fievel Mousekewitz and his family of Russian-Jewish mice escape from their homeland in the late 1800s, boarding a boat headed toward America to evade the Czarist rule of the Russian cats. Fievel, however, is separated from his family upon his arrival in New York City, and he discovers to his horror that there are cats in America too (his father said there weren't). Fievel meets his share of friendly and hostile mice, and he eventually befriends a cat as well. Former Disney animator Don Bluth co-produced and directed this often heartwarming yarn, the first animated feature presented by Steven Spielberg, and it has its charms despite a number of cliché situations.

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And now for our MOST WANTED ON BLU-RAY AND 4K for the week of May 7, 2019

The Lego Movie 2 The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + Digital HD)

Warner Bros.

Street Date: May 7, 2019

It's been five years since everything was awesome and the citizens are now facing a huge new threat: LEGO DUPLO® invaders from outer space, wrecking everything faster than it can be rebuilt. The battle to defeat the invaders and restore harmony to the LEGO universe will take Emmet (Chris Pratt), Lucy (Elizabeth Banks), Batman (Will Arnett) and their friends to faraway, unexplored worlds, including a galaxy filled with fantastic planets, strange characters and catchy new songs. It will test their courage, creativity and Master Building skills, and reveal just how special they really are.

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