Monday, August 1, 2016

Bluray Tuesday: Featuring Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Bite and The Lobster

August 2nd 2016

Our favorite day of the week returns and it's a hefty release week to start of the new month! There are lots of choices both new and old to add to our collections. Scream Factory has three releases today: eerie 70's classic Invasion of The Body Snatchers is added to their collector's edition line and is my number one pickup today. It's newly remastered and includes a few new bonus features. Scream Factory's other two releases are recent supernatural horror, The Binding and body changing creature horror, Bite. Indie drama which is also certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, The Lobster arrives on bluray today. I missed The Lobster in theaters and am looking forward to checking this one out soon. Viral, which was pushed back a bit, is finally going to be released. It's an interesting take on the zombie outbreak sub genre. I'd definitely say rent this one first before the purchase commitment.  It's not a bad film but I feel it's a bit overpriced at the moment. The second main release I'm definitely looking to pick up this week is Batman The Killing Joke. I have been seeing mixed reviews on this film, but the graphic novel was really good and these DC animated films are really well done. Best Buy has an exclusive graphic novel packaged with The Killing Joke bluray and Target is carrying an in-store only limited steelbook edition.

Invasion of The Body Snatchers (1978): Amazon - $21.06

This remake of the classic horror film is set in San Francisco. Matthew Bennell (Donald Sutherland) assumes that when a friend (Brooke Adams) complains of her husband's strange mood, it's a marital issue. However, he begins to worry as more people report similar observations. His concern is confirmed when writer Jack Bellicec (Jeff Goldblum) and his wife (Veronica Cartwright) discover a mutated corpse. Besieged by an invisible enemy, Bennell must work quickly before the city is consumed.

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Blu-ray) 

Bite:  Amazon - $13.99

While on her bachelorette party getaway, Casey, the bride to be, gets a seemingly harmless bite from an unknown insect. After returning home with cold feet, Casey tries to call off her wedding but before she's able to, she starts exhibiting insect traits.

Bite (Blu-ray) 

The Binding: Amazon - $21.99

A young woman's faith is put to the ultimate test when she is forced to uncover the truth behind her husband's horrific visions.

The Binding (Blu-ray) 

The Night Visitor: Amazon - $19.99

Wrongly convicted criminal Salem (Max von Sydow) escapes from a mental institution hoping to get revenge on the man who put him there, his brother-in-law Anton (Per Oscarsson). Driven genuinely insane by his time in the institution, Salem plots to commit a series of crimes to frame Anton. Caught up in this murderous scheme is Anton's wife, Salem's sister Ester (Liv Ullmann). The three are thrown together, and the couple must outfox the madman in order to survive.

The Night Visitor (Blu-ray) 

Manhattan Night: Amazon - $19.99

Porter Wren is a Manhattan tabloid writer with an appetite for scandal. On the beat he sells murder, tragedy, and anything that passes for the truth. At home, he is a dedicated husband and father. But when Caroline, a seductive stranger asks him to dig into the unsolved murder of her filmmaker husband Simon, he is drawn into a very nasty case of sexual obsession and blackmail--one that threatens his job, his marriage, and his life.

Manhattan Night (Blu-ray) 

The Lobster: Amazon - $17.99

A love story set in a dystopian near future where single people are arrested and transferred to a creepy hotel. There they are obliged to find a matching mate in 45 days. If they fail, they are transformed into an animal and released into the woods.

The Lobster (Blu-ray) 

Batman The Killing Joke: Amazon - $16.99
W/ Figure: Amazon - $22.99

The history of the Clown Prince of Crime, from his humble beginnings as a struggling comedian to his fateful encounter with Batman that changes both of their lives forever. Years later, and now escaped from Arkham Asylum, The Joker devises a plan to prove that one bad day can make anyone as insane as he is.

Batman: The Killing Joke (Blu-ray)
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Batman: The Killing Joke (Blu-ray)
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Steelbook: Target - $16.99

Batman: The Killing Joke (Blu-ray) 

W/Graphic Novel: Best Buy - $29.99 

Batman: The Killing Joke (Blu-ray)
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The Trust: Amazon - $19.99

Waters and Stone are two nobody police officers working dull administrative jobs and making extra money selling stolen Civil Service Exams to other officers. When Stone hears a story about a heroin dealer quickly beating his extremely high bail, the two friends set into motion a plan to find the origin of such a large amount of cash. Through diligent police work they follow a trail that leads directly to a custom bank-style vault built into the back room freezer of a small grocery store. They put a plan into motion to rob the vault and split whatever they find inside. But by the time they figure out what the vault contains, it’s already too late to turn back.

The Trust (Blu-ray) 

Red Sonja: Queen of Plagues: Amazon - $17.99

Red Sonja, the She-Devil with a Sword, intends to pay back a blood debt owed to the one man who has gained her respect... even if it means leading a doomed army to their certain deaths! Who is Dark Annisia, and how has this fearsome warrior accomplished what neither god nor demon has been able to do - force Sonja to her knees in surrender? An epic tale of blood, lust, and vengeance, Queen of the Plagues takes Red Sonja from the depths of her own grave to the heights of battlefield glory.

Red Sonja: Queen of Plagues (Blu-ray) 

Keanu: Amazon - $19.99

Recently dumped by his girlfriend, slacker Rell (Jordan Peele) finds some happiness when a cute kitten winds up on his doorstep. After a heartless thief steals the cat, Rell recruits his cousin Clarence (Keegan-Michael Key) to help him retrieve it. They soon learn that a thug named Cheddar (Method Man) has the animal, and he'll only give it back if the two men agree to work for him. Armed with guns and a gangster attitude, it doesn't take long for the hapless duo to land in big trouble.

Keanu (Blu-ray) 

Viral: Amazon - $24.99

Following the outbreak of a virus that wipes out the majority of the human population, a young woman documents her family's new life in quarantine and tries to protect her infected sister.

Viral (Blu-ray) 

Meet The Blacks: Amazon - $15.99

When some unexpected money comes his way, Carl Black (Mike Epps) moves his family from cold and windy Chicago to bright and sunny Beverly Hills, Calif. As the Blacks settle into their beautiful new home, they start to notice some strange behavior in the neighborhood. Nighttime is approaching, and President El Bama (George Lopez) announces that the annual purge is about to begin. Carl and his loved ones must now endure a 12-hour period of lawlessness before they can enjoy life once again.

Meet the Blacks (Blu-ray)   

Saving Mr. Wu: Amazon - $29.99

Mr. Wu is kidnapped in Beijing by Zhang Hua and three accomplices, all disguised as cops and demanding a ransom of 3 million RMB. In the ensuing 20 hours, the Chinese detectives led by Chief Xing quickly form a task force and sweep the city. Time is of the essence though as Mr. Wu is ordered to be killed at 9pm regardless of whether the money is collected or not. The police eventually apprehend Hua alone and a dangerous mental showdown develops between police interrogators and Hua.
Saving Mr. Wu (Blu-ray) 

- The Impostor

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