Our Most Wanted on Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD This Week - December 11, 2018

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Let's get this week's Most Wanted list started off with four new movies making their debut on home video with three of those getting the 4K UltraHD treatment.

Denzel Washington's thriller The Equalizer 2 will find itself on shelves with a 4K Ultra HD release that includes a handful of featurettes, a pop-up trivia track, deleted scenes and a "Retribution Mode" feature. The film will also be available in a standard blu-ray + DVD + digital package as well as a Best Buy Exclusive steelbook release.

Also making its home video debut are Jennifer Garner's action thriller Peppermint which is getting a Blu-ray + DVD + Digital release from Universal Studios and Ben Foster's revenge thriller Galveston which is getting a 4K Ultra HD treatment and a Blu-ray + Digital Copy from RLJ Entertainment.

Warner's animated family feature Smallfoot will hit shelves this week with a 4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + Digital HD release in addition to a Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD release and a Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + Digital HD release.

A quartet of horror titles will be available in hi-def this week led by Sam Raimi's Evil Dead 2 which is getting a 4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + Digital Copy remaster from Lionsgate that features a brand new 4K restoration and a Dolby vision HDR presentation of the film and a new featurette.

The horror/thriller Maniac is getting a 3-disc Limited Edition release from Blue Underground with a new 4K restoration that will include a couple of new featurettes and a plethora of extras. Additionally, Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation is getting a blu-ray release that will include the original theatrical cut, the director's cut, a new audio commentary and three new featurettes.

Wrapping up the horror titles on our most wanted list this week is Shout Factory's handling of Lee Harry's black comedy slasher called Silent Night Deadly Night Part 2 that gets a Collector's Edition release with a new 2K remaster from an archival theatrical print, a new audio commentary, three new interviews, and a new featurette in addition to some features ported over from a previous release.

Evil Dead 2

A couple of westerns get our attention this week in the form of Criterion's release of Samuel Fuller's Forty Guns which contains a new 4K restoration and a 50th Anniversary blu-ray treatment of Clint Eastwood's Hang 'Em High that comes with a pair of new audio commentaries from film historians. These are both biggies for classic movie fans and collectors alike. I'll be picking both of these up.

The nature documentary A Beautiful Planet is getting an IMAX Enhanced / 4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + Digital Copy release from Mill Creek Entertainment that is narrated by Jennifer Garner and includes three featurettes.

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And finally, our Most Wanted blu-ray for this week is Warner Archive Collection's blu-ray release of Popeye The Sailor: The 1940s, Volume 1. The release will feature brand new 4K remasters for each episode struck from the original nitrate technicolor negative. Additionally, there will be optional English SDH subtitles for the entire set. Now is the time to replace those old 1980s videotape copies of these cartoons.

 

So, there you have it. Our twelve most wanted blu-rays and Ultra HD’s for the week of December 11, 2018


Popeye

Popeye The Sailor - The 1940s Volume 1

4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + Digital Copy

Street Date: 12/11/2018

Special Features:

Brand new remaster of the original theatrical cut of the film; Leonard Maltin hosts Warner Night at the Movies 1940 (SD) with Newsreel; Alice in Movieland theatrical short; Porky's Poor Fish cartoon (HD); Virginia City Theatrical Trailer (SD); "The Sea Hawk: Flynn in Action" - Featurette; Sea Hawk Theatrical Trailer; Optional English SDH subtitles for the main feature.

The release contains the following episodes: Her Honor, The Mare; The Marry-Go-Round; We're On Our Way To Rio; The Anvil Chorus Girl; Spinach Packin' Popeye; Puppet Love; Pitchin' Woo At The Zoo; Moving Aweigh; She-Sick Sailors; Pop-Pie A La Mode; Tops In The Big Top; Shape Ahoy; For Better Or Nurse; Mess Production.

 

The Equalizer 2

The Equalizer 2

4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + Digital HD

Street Date: 12/4/2018

Special Features:

"Retribution Mode" with Denzel Washington and Director Antoine Fuqua; 11 Deleted & Extended Scenes; "Denzel as McCall: Round Two" Featurette; The Equalizer 2 Pop Up Trivia Track; Four Featurettes
     

The Evil Dead 2

Evil Dead 2

4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + Digital Copy

Street Date: 12/11/2018

Special Features:

Brand new 4K restoration of the film; Dolby Vision HDR presentation of the film; NEW "Bloody and Groovy, Baby!" – A Tribute to Sam Raimi's Evil Dead 2 Featurette; Audio Commentary with writer-director Sam Raimi, actor Bruce Campbell, co-writer Scott Spiegel, and special make-up effects artist Greg Nicotero; "Swallowed Souls: The Making of Evil Dead 2" Featurette; "Cabin Fever – A 'Fly on the Wall' Look Behind-the-Scenes of Evil Dead 2" Featurette; "Road to Wadesboro: Revisiting the Shooting Location with Filmmaker Tony Elwood" Featurette; "Evil Dead 2: Behind-the-Screams" Featurette; "The Gore The Merrier" Featurette; Theatrical Trailer; Still Galleries

 

Galveston

Galveston

4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray

Street Date: 12/11/2018

Special Features:

 

Maniac

Operation Finale - Limited Edition

Blu-ray + DVD

Street Date: 12/11/2018

Special Features:

Brand new 4K restoration of the film; new – Returning to the Scene of the Crime with William Lustig; new – MANIAC Outtakes Featurette; Audio Commentary #1 with Co-Producer/Director William Lustig and Co-Producer Andrew W. Garroni; Audio Commentary #2 with Co-Producer/Director William Lustig, Special Make-Up Effects Artist Tom Savini, Editor Lorenzo Marinelli, and Joe Spinell's Assistant Luke Walter; Anna and the Killer – Interview with Star Caroline Munro; The Death Dealer – Interview with Special Make-Up Effects Artist Tom Savini; Dark Notes – Interview with Composer Jay Chattaway; Maniac Men – Interview with Songwriters Michael Sembello and Dennis Matkosky; Theatrical Trailers, TV Spots, Radio Spots; Mr. Robbie: Maniac 2 Promo Reel; The Joe Spinell Story' MANIAC Publicity; MANIAC Controversy; BONUS CD – MANIAC Original Motion Picture Soundtrack by Jay Chattaway; BONUS Collectable Booklet with new essay by author Michael Gingold

 

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: Next Genreation

Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation - Collector's Edition

Blu-ray

Street Date: 12/11/2018

Special Features:

Theatrical Cut; Director's Cut; New Audio Commentary with writer/director Kim Henkel (on Director's Cut); New The Buzz is Back – an interview with Director of Photography Levie Isaacks; New Marked for Death – an interview with actor Tyler Shea Cone; new If Looks Could Kill: The Return of a "Chainsaw Massacre" – an interview with special makeup effects artist J.M. Logan and production designer Deborah Pastor; Still Gallery; Theatrical Trailer


     

Silent Night Deadly Night

Silent Night Deadly Night: Part 2 - Collector's Edition

Blu-ray

Street Date: 12/11/2018

Special Features:

Brand new 2K remaster of the film from an archival theatrical print; new Audio Commentary with director Lee Harry, actors Eric Freeman and James Newman; new Slay Bells Ring Again: The Story of Silent Night, Deadly Night 2 – featuring interviews with co-writer/director Lee Harry, actors Eric Freeman, James Newman, Elizabeth Kaitan, Darrel Guilbeau, Kenny McCabe and makeup effects artist Christopher Biggs; new Garbage Days Are Here Again – a look at the film's locations; new Ricky Today – a short film featuring a 2018 interview with Ricky Chapman/Caldwell; new I Don't Sleep – an extended interview with makeup effects artist Christopher Biggs Audio Commentary by co-writer/director Lee Harry, co-writer Joseph H Earle and actor James Newman; Theatrical Trailer

 

Peppermint

Peppermint

Blu-ray

Street Date: 12/11/2018

Special Features:

Justice: A behind-the-scenes featurette with Jennifer; Garner & Director Pierre Morel; Feature Commentary by director Pierre Morel
     

Smallfoot

Smallfoot

Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD

Street Date: 12/11/2018

Special Features:

Yeti Set Go Sing-Along – Sing-Along, fun facts and much more!; "Super Soozie" Mini Movie – Custom animation featuring the yeti toddler, Soozie; Migo in The Secret of the Yeti Stones – Featurette featuring Channing Tatum; Yeti or Not, Here They Come! Imagining Smallfoot – The making of Smallfoot; Nial Horran "Finally Free" Music Video; Cyn "Moment of Truth" Music Video; "Wonderful Life: In 28 Languages, Sung Around the World" Music Video; Theatrical promos

 

 Forty Guns

Forty Guns

Blu-ray

Street Date: 12/11/2018

Special Features:

New 4K restorationwith uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray; New interview with director Samuel Fuller's widow, Christa Lang-Fuller, and daughter, Samantha Fuller; A Fuller Life (2013), a feature-length documentary by Samantha Fuller about her father, featuring admirers and collaborators Wim Wenders, William Friedkin, Mark Hamill, James Franco, Monte Hellman, Jennifer Beals, Bill Duke, Constance Towers, and others; New interview with critic Imogen Sara Smith, author of In Lonely Places: Film Noir Beyond the City; Stills gallery; PLUS: An essay by film scholar Lisa Dombrowski and excerpts from Fuller's 2002 autobiography, A Third Face: My Tale of Writing, Fighting, and Filmmaking; Optional English SDH subttiles for the main feature

     

Beautiful Planet

A Beautiful Planet

IMAX Enhanced / 4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + Digital Copy

Street Date: 12/11/2018

Special Features:

An Extraordinary Vision - Featurette; IMAX: Astronaut Filmmakers - Featurette; ABP Computing - Featurette; Blu-ray disc and digital copy included

 

Hang 'em High

Hang 'Em High - 50th Anniversary Edition

Blu-ray

Street Date: 12/11/2018

Special Features:

New Audio Commentary With Western Film Historians Lem Dobbs And Nick Redman; New Audio Commentary With Film Historian Jim Hemphill; Theatrical Trailer; Optional English subtitles

Here are some other notable releases coming this Tuesday:

  • Django
  • Sudden Fury
  • Toy Soldiers
  • The Mangler
  • My Neighbor Totoro
  • Fiend
  • Lizzie
  • Oliver!
  • Colette

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