Our Most Wanted on Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD This Week - April 30, 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 April 30, 2019.

It's a rather light offering this week with regards to new films making their home video debuts. We only have two new films on our list of most wanted this week and neither of those is getting a 4K release.

But it is Vinegar Syndrome making the biggest splash with four catalog titles rocking the trash and schlock meter while Shout Factory puts their signature treatment to a classic creature feature and a '90s Christian Slater action/comedy. A couple of new films, a Criterion digipak, and a 4K release from Kino Lorber round out our list of Most Wanted this week.

Our List of Most Wanted Blu-rays is topped this week by Criterion's Digipak double-feature edition of the Jackie Chan classics Police Story and Police Story 2 which get 4K restorations and tons of new and old extra features like interviews, alternate audio tracks, and featurettes. We're getting ready for jaws to drop and fists to fly with this release.

Vinegar Syndrome has lovingly restored the Spanish language thriller The Corruption of Chris Miller and packaged it in a blu-ray + DVD edition that features a 4K restoration from the original camera negative and a handful of existing interviews, alternate endings a short featurette and more.

The company is also releasing a blu-ray + DVD edition of 1989's Grandmother's House which features a brand new 4K restoration from the original camera negative and the gothic horror film Skin Flicks, which features a brand new 2K restoration.Tarantula

20th Century Fox is giving us a 4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + Digital Copy of X-Men: Beginnings Trilogy and Shout Factory is putting out on blu-ray a brand new 2K remaster of 1955's Tarantula that will come with a new audio commentary from film historians Tom Weaver, Dr. Robert J. Kiss and David Schecter.

Meanwhile Sony is is hitting us with a blu-ray + Digital HD release of its action thriller Miss Bala which is directed by Catherine Hardwicke and stars Gina Rodriguez. There is no 4K Ultra HD however.

And lastly, Severin gets our attention this week with their release of the Italian prison sexploitation film Escape From Women's Prison which will include the Le Evase: Italian cut of the film and an interview with director Giovanni Brusadori.


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

HannibalHannibal (4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray)

Kino Lorber

Street Date: April 30, 2019

The silence has been broken... "This follow-up to The Silence Of The Lambs is an "audacious success" (Us Weekly)! Anthony Hopkins is "perverse perfection" (Rolling Stone) in his return to the role of Dr. Hannibal Lecter, the sophisticated killer who comes out of hiding to draw FBI agent Clarice Starling (Julianne Moore) into a high-stakes battle that will test her strength, cunning... and loyalty. Drenched in terror, suspense and shocking visual effects, Hannibal is "as compelling a film as you will ever see" (Joel Sigel, "Good Morning America")!

Blu-ray Details:

  • Brand new 4K restoration of the film with exclusive HDR/SDR color grading by Cinematographer John Mathieson
  • Audio Commentary by director Ridley Scott
  • Breaking the Silence: Five Unique Making-of Hannibal including rare footage and interviews (75 Minutes)
  • Anatomy of a Shoot-Out: A Five-Angle Breakdown of the "Fish Market" Action Scene (40 Minutes)
  • Ridleygrams: A Featurette on the Art of Storyboarding (8 Minutes)
  • An Exploration of the Film's Opening Title Design (8 Minutes)
  • Over 35 Minutes of Deleted and Alternate Scenes with Optional Director Commentary
  • Alternate Ending with Optional Director Commentary (6 Minutes)
  • 19 TV Spots
  • Theatrical Teaser
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • 5.1 Surround and 2.0 Stereo
  • Limited O-card Slipcase

The Corruption of CHris Miller The Corruption of Chris Miller (La corrupción de Chris Miller / Blu-ray + DVD)

Vinegar Syndrome

Street Date: April 30, 2019

Chris Miller (former Spanish child star, Marisol) lives with her stepmother Ruth (Jean Seberg; Breathless) in a large secluded mansion in the countryside. Both women have been traumatized by the mysterious disappearance of Chris' father but their isolation is soon interrupted by the arrival of a mysterious young drifter, Barney (Barry Stokes; Prey), who they take on as a handyman. All the while, an unknown scythe wielding killer has been stalking the area, leaving an ever growing body count, and it's not long before the women grow increasingly suspicious of Barney…Blu-ray Details:

  • Brand new 4K restoration from the original 35mm camera negative
  • Archival career retrospective interview with director Juan Antonio Bardem
  • "Jean Seberg: Movie Star" – a short film exploring the tragic life of Jean Seberg
  • English and Spanish sound mixes
  • Alternate Spanish ending
  • Alternate Spanish insert shot and partial title sequence
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Reversible cover artwork

Dragged Across ConcreteDragged Across Concrete (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD)

Lionsgate

Street Date: April 30, 2019

Dragged Across Concrete follows two police detectives who find themselves suspended when a video of their strong-arm tactics is leaked to the media. With little money and no options, the embittered policemen descend into the criminal underworld and find more than they wanted waiting in the shadows.Special Features:

  • "Elements of a Crime" 3-Part Documentary
  • "Moral Conflict: Creating Cinema that Challenges" Featurette

Grandmother's HouseGrandmother's House (Blu-ray + DVD)

Vinegar Syndrome

Street Date: April 30, 2019

David and Lynn have just lost their father. Now orphaned, the youngsters are sent to live with their grandparents in a beautiful victorian mansion. But no sooner than boarding the coach bus scheduled to take them to their new home do strange things start to occur, initially in the form of a mysterious woman who seems to appear and disappear in the blink of an eye. It's not long, however, before murdered bodies are found in the area and, to make matters worse, David becomes increasingly fearful that his doting grandparents might be involved in the killings.Special Features:

  • Brand new 4K restoration from the original camera negative
  • "The Mysterious Woman" – an interview with actress Brinke Stevens
  • "Back to Grandmother's House" – an interview with director Peter Rader
  • "Slow n' Steady" – an interview writer/cinematographer Peter Jensen
  • Archival 'making-of' featurette – which includes the original short concept film
  • 5.1 & stereo sound mixes
  • Still gallery
  • Original trailer
  • Reversible cover artwork

Tarantula (Blu-ray)Tarantula

Shout Factory

Street Date: April 30, 2019

Feeding on cattle and humans, this towering tarantula has the people of Desert Rock, Arizona running for their lives. Can this horrifying creature be stopped, or will the world succumb to this oversized arachnid? This classic sci-fi film from director Jack Arnold (Creature From The Black Lagoon, It Came From Outer Space) stars John Agar (The Mole People, Attack Of The Puppet People) and Mara Corday (The Black Scorpion, The Giant Claw) and features a cameo by Clint Eastwood as a jet squadron leader!Special Features:

  • Brand  new 2K restoration of the film
  • NEW audio commentary with film historians Tom Weaver, Dr. Robert J. Kiss and David Schecter
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Still Gallery

KuffsKuffs (Blu-ray)

Sony

Street Date: April 30, 2019

Christian Slater stars in this non-stop action-comedy! George Kuffs (Slater) is a restless young man who wants to make the big score. but when his beautiful girlfriend (Milla Jovovich) begins to get serious, George decides it's time to move on.

Approaching his older brother Brad (Bruce Boxleitner) for a loan, George receives a job proposal instead: join Brad's well-regarded Patrol Special team. Not real keen on the idea, George nonetheless becomes the new owner of the business when Brad is heartlessly gunned down in the line of duty.

Soon George finds himself battling a crime spree in his district with a surly police partner (Tony Goldwyn). Out to avenge his brother, George closes in on a crooked art dealer who is trying to wrestle the district away from him.

Special Features:

  • New Audio Commentary With Co-Writer/Director Bruce A. Evans And Co-Writer/Producer Raynold Gideon
  • New A Conversation With Bruce A. Evans And Raynold Gideon
  • New A Conversation With Composer Harold Faltermeyer
  • Trailers & TV Spots

Skin Flicks (Blu-ray + DVD)Skin Flicks

Vinegar Syndrome

Street Date: April 30, 2019

Harry (Tony Hudson) is an ambitious director of hardcore movies who's reached a breaking point. Fearing that he is artistically burnt out and struggling to find meaning in both his life and work, Tony finds solace with the companionship of an equally emotionally damaged young actress named Susan (Sharon Mitchell). As their relationship grows, Tony hopes to find the creative inspiration to finish his latest film, as Susan continues on a downward spiral which threatens to destroy them both.Special Features:

  • Brand new 2K restoration of the film
  • Feature-length audio interview with actress Sharon Mitchell
  • Audio commentary with film historians Samm Deighan and Heather Drain
  • Reversible cover artwork

X-Men BeginningsX-Men: Beginnings Trilogy (4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + Digital Copy)

20th Century Fox

Street Date: April 30, 2019

Special Features:


Miss BalaMiss Bala (Blu-ray + Digital HD)

Sony Pictures

Street Date: April 30, 2019

Gloria (Gina Rodriguez), drives to Tijuana, Mexico to visit her best friend who is competing in the local "Miss Baja" beauty pageant. During a night out, her friend is abducted and Gloria finds herself a pawn in a dangerous game being played by the CIA, the DEA and a charismatic yet ruthless cartel kingpin. Finding power she never knew she had, Gloria plays one organization against the other, as she seeks to rescue her friend. Surviving will require all of her cunning, inventiveness, and strength.

Special Features:

  • Eight Deleted Scenes & Extended Scenes
  • Three Featurettes:
    • "Gina: The Unstoppable Strength of a Woman"
    • "The Bigger the Bang: Action on Set"
    • "Making of Miss Bala"
  • A Look into the Stunts and Costumes with Catherine Hardwicke
  • Feature Commentary with Director Catherine Hardwicke, Executive Producer Jamie Marshall, and Associate Producer Shayda Frost

Escape from Women's PrisonEscape From Women's Prison (Blu-ray)

Severin Films

Street Date: April 30, 2019

When four hardened female convicts escape and take a women’s tennis team hostage, they’ll force the girls into a nightmare of lesbianism, Marxism and murder.

  • Le Evase: Italian cut
  • Freedom, Sex & Violence: Interview with Director Giovanni Brusadori
  • Trailer

DarkroomDarkroom (Blu-ray)

Vinegar Syndrome

Street Date: April 30, 2019

Janet has just returned home from college to visit her conservative family at their remote farmhouse, nestled deep in the countryside. What should be a happy reunion is quickly disrupted by the arrival of an unexpected guest: a mystery killer who photographs their unsuspecting victims before murdering them in a variety of brutal ways. As her family and friends are picked off one by one, Janet is forced to fend off the mysterious maniac, all the while uncovering unsettling secrets surrounding her family's violent and perverse past.

Special Features:

  • Brand new 4K restoration from the original camera negative
  • "Developing Fear" – an interview with actor Aarin Teich
  • "Exposing the Truth" – an interview with actor Jeff Arbaugh
  • 5.1 & stereo sound mixes
  • Still gallery
  • Original trailer
  • Reversible cover artwork

And now for our MOST WANTED ON BLU-RAY AND 4K for the week of April 30, 2019

Jackie Chan Police Story / Police Story 2 (Blu-ray Digipack)

Criterion

Street Date: April 30, 2019

The director/star/one-man stunt machine plays Ka-Kui, a Hong Kong police inspector whose methods are, ahem, unorthodox; the phenomenal Maggie Cheung, in a star-making role, plays his much-put-upon girlfriend, May. Packed wall-to-wall with astoundingly acrobatic fight choreography, epic explosions, charmingly goofball slapstick, and awesomely 1980s electro soundtracks, Police Story and Police Story 2 set a new standard for rock-'em-sock-'em mayhem that established Chan as a performer of unparalleled grace and daring and would influence a generation of filmmakers, from Hong Kong to Hollywood.

Special Features:

  • New 4K restoration of both fims
  • Alternate 5.1 surround and English-dubbed soundtracks for both films
  • Hong Kong-release version of Police Story 2, presented in a high-definition digital transfer for the first time
  • New programs on Chan's screen persona and action-filmmaking techniques featuring author and New York Asian Film Festival cofounder Grady Hendrix
  • Archival interviews with Chan and actor and stuntman Benny Lai
  • Television program from 1964 detailing the rigors of Peking-opera training, akin to the education that Chan received as a child
  • Chan stunt reel
  • Trailers
  • New English subtitle translations
  • More!
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Nick Pinkerton

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