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 September 24, 2019.

What this week lacks in quantity, it more than makes up for in quality as three titles on our list are getting 4K UHD releases.

First up is from Universal whose new film Yesterday is making its home video debut with a 4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + Digital HD edition that comes with a Dolby Vision/HDR 10 presentation of the film and a ton of extra features including a feature commentary track with director Danny Boyle and Writer/Producer Richard Curtis. {googleads}

A couple of other films making home video debuts are Samuel L. Jackson's Shaft which is getting a Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD release as well as MGM's release of a bu-ray + Digital copy edition of Lars Klevberg's Child's Play. Both titles include an ample supply of bonus materials.

Disney's Maleficent (2014) which stars Angelina Jolie as the evil fairy and the self-proclaimed "Mistress of All Evil" is getting a shiny new 4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + Digital HD edition.

Stephen King's 1994 TV mini-series The Stand has been brilliantly restored and is getting a spiffy new blu-ray collector's edition.

Other titles getting our attention this week are Vampires from Shout Factory, The Circus from Criterion, and Mountain Top Motel Massacre from Vinegar Syndrome.

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

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

Universal Pictures

Street Date: September 24, 2019

Jack Malik was just another struggling songwriter...but that was yesterday. After a mysterious blackout, Jack (Himesh Patel) discovers he is the only person on earth who remembers The Beatles! As he rockets to fame by passing off the Fab Four's songs as his own, Jack risks losing Ellie (Lily James) – the one person who has loved him and believed in him from the start. Before the door to his old life closes forever, Jack must decide if all he needs is love, after all.

  • Dolby Vision/HDR 10 presentation of the film
  • Dolby Atmos Track
  • Feature Commentary with Director Danny Boyle and Writer/Producer Richard Curtis
  • Alternate Ending
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Live at Abbey Road Studios
  • Alternate Opening
  • Gag Reel
  • A Talented Duo
  • Playing for Real
  • Soul Mates
  • Ed Sheeran: From Stadium to Screen
  • Agent of Comedy: Kate McKinnon
  • A Conversation with Richard & Ed

The Stand The Stand (Blu-ray -Collector's Edition)

Paramount Pictures

Street Date: September 24, 2019

In Stephen King's epic vision of an apocalyptic future, the few survivors of a plague-ravaged world must choose sides in the ultimate battle of good vs. evil that will decide the fate of humanity. As the followers of demonic Randall Flagg plot to rebuild the world in his dark image, a courageous foursome embarks on a heroic mission against Flagg and his minions. Fighting overwhelming odds, they will risk more than their lives as they take one desperate last stand against evil.

Child's PlayChild's Play (Blu-ray + Digital Copy)


Street Date: September 24, 2019

Get ready for childhood dreams of talking toys to go completely sideways when Chucky, the sinister killer doll, comes home in Child's Play – a re-imagining of the 1988 horror classic sure to elicit screams from a whole new generation of fans this fall. Realizing that her son Andy (Gabriel Bateman) is lonely, Karen (Aubrey Plaza) buys him a seemingly innocent, AI-enhanced Buddi doll that he names Chucky. But Chucky's safety restrictions have been disabled, and soon, a gruesome series of events unfolds. Unable to convince his mom that the doll is responsible for the carnage, Andy becomes the target of the bloodthirsty Chucky!

  • The Making of Child's Play
  • Bringing Child's Play's Chucky to Life
  • Soundtrack Trailer
  • Lee Hardcastle Claymations:
  • Toy Massacre
  • A.I. Mayhem
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Gallery

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

Disney / Buena Vista

Street Date: September 24, 2019

Driven by revenge and a fierce desire to protect the lands over which she presides, the scorned fairy Maleficent places a cruel curse upon the human king's newborn daughter, Aurora. As she grows and comes of age, Aurora is caught in the center of the dangerous conflict between the forest kingdom she has grown to love and the human kingdom which is to be her legacy. Maleficent realizes Aurora may hold the key to peace in the land and is forced into bold action which may change both of their worlds forever.



ShaftShaft (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Code)

Warner Bros.

Street Date: September 24, 2019

JJ, aka John Shaft Jr. (Jessie T. Usher), may be a cyber security expert with a degree from MIT, but to uncover the truth behind his best friend's untimely death, he needs an education only his dad can provide. Absent throughout JJ's youth, the legendary locked-and-loaded John Shaft (Samuel L. Jackson) agrees to help his progeny navigate Harlem's heroin-infested underbelly. And while JJ's own FBI analyst's badge may clash with his dad's trademark leather duster, there's no denying family. Besides, Shaft's got an agenda of his own, and a score to settle that's professional and personal.

  • Can Ya Dig It? The Making of Shaft
  • A Complicated Man: The Shaft Legacy – Part One: A Bad Mother Born
  • A Complicated Man: The Shaft Legacy – Part Two: No Questions Asked
  • A Complicated Man: The Shaft Legacy – Part Three: A Legend of His Time
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Gag Reel


VampiresVampires (Blu-ray Collector's Edition)

Shout Factory

Street Date: September 24, 2019

"Forget everything you've ever heard about vampires," warns Jack Crow (James Woods), the leader of Team Crow, a relentless group of mercenary vampire slayers. When Master Vampire Valek (Thomas Ian Griffith) decimates Jack's entire team, Crow and the sole team survivor, Montoya (Daniel Baldwin), set out in pursuit. Breaking all the rules, Crow and Montoya take one of Valek's victims hostage – a beautiful but unlucky prostitute (Sheryl Lee). She is the sole psychic link to Valek and they use her to track down the leader of the undead. As Valek nears the climax of his 600-year search for the Berziers Cross, Jack and the new Team Crow do everything possible to prevent him from possessing the only thing that can grant him and all the vampires the omnipotent power to walk the world in daylight.

  • NEW Time to Kill Some Vampires – an interview with composer/director John Carpenter, producer Sandy King Carpenter and cinematographer Garry B. Kibbe
  • NEW Jack the Slayer – an interview with actor James Woods
  • NEW The First Vampire – an interview with actor Thomas Ian Griffith
  • NEW Raising the Stakes – an interview with special effects artist Greg Nicotero
  • NEW Padre – an interview with actor Tim Guinee
  • Audio Commentary by composer/director John Carpenter
  • Isolated Score
  • Vintage Making of featurette
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spots
  • Still Gallery

The CircusThe Circus (Blu-ray)


Street Date: September 24, 2019

In the last film he made during the silent era, Charlie Chaplin revels in the art of the circus, paying tribute to the acrobats and pantomimists who inspired his virtuoso pratfalls. After being mistaken for a pickpocket, Chaplin's Little Tramp flees into the ring of a traveling circus and soon becomes the star of the show, falling for the troupe's bareback rider along the way. Despite its famously troubled production, this gag-packed comedy ranks among Chaplin's finest, thanks to some of the most audacious set pieces of the director-performer's career, including a close brush with a lion and a climactic tightrope walk with a barrelful of monkeys. Rereleased in 1969 with a new score by Chaplin, The Circus is an uproarious high-wire act that showcases silent cinema's most popular entertainer at the peak of his comic powers.

  • NEW 4K DIGITAL RESTORATION of Charlie Chaplin's 1969 rerelease version of the film, featuring an original score by Chaplin, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New audio commentary featuring Charlie Chaplin biographer Jeffrey Vance
  • Interview with Chaplin from 1969
  • New interview with Chaplin's son Eugene Chaplin
  • In the Service of the Story, a new program on the film's visual effects and production design by effects specialist Craig Barron
  • Chaplin Today: "The Circus," a 2003 documentary on the film, featuring filmmaker Emir Kusturica
  • Excerpted audio interview with Chaplin musical associate Eric James
  • Unused café sequence with new score by composer Timothy Brock, and related outtakes with audio commentary by Chaplin historian Dan Kamin
  • Newly discovered outtakes featuring the Tramp and the bareback rider
  • Original recording of the film's opening song, "Swing, Little Girl," by Ken Barrie
  • Footage of the 1928 Hollywood premiere
  • Rerelease trailers
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Pamela Hutchinson

Mountain Top Motel MassacreMountainTop Motel Massacre (Blu-ray)

Vinegar Syndrome

Street Date: September 24, 2019

After several years in an insane asylum, Evelyn, the keeper of the Mountaintop Motel, is released and resumes doing business. She kills her young charge out of anger, but convinces the police it was an accident - and pushed into insanity, she then proceeds to target her guests, first by releasing vermin into their rooms, but then by using her trusty sickle...

  • Under the Influence
  • Mountaintop Motel Memories
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Stills Gallery
  • Article Gallery