10 of the best blu-ray & 4K reissues coming in February 2020
Boyz N the Hood, The Hunt for Red October and Shutter Island are among the movies getting the reissue treatment in February...
Boyz N the Hood
John Singleton's debut feature film Boyz n the Hood marked the young director out as a trailblazing voice in cinema and earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Director, making him both the first African-American and the youngest person ever to be nominated for the award. The successful career that followed, which included work on films such as 2 Fast 2 Furious and TV shows like Snowfall, Billions and Empire, was tragically cut short last year when Singleton died following a stroke at the age of 51.
His debut feature has since been given the restoration treatment with a new 4K scan from the original film negatives and is set to be reissued this month, complete with a new Dolby Atmos sound mix and a range of bonus material, including a newly-filmed tribute to Singleton, director commentary, audition tapes from several cast members including Ice Cube and Angela Bassett, and a featurette on the enduring significance of Boyz N the Hood. The new 4K edition arrives in stores on February 3rd.
Under The Shadow
British-Iranian director Babak Anvari had already caught the eye of BAFTA with his 2011 short Two & Two, earning a nomination for Best Short Film, before making his excellent feature-length debut with Under the Shadow in 2016. Set in Tehran during the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s, the film revolves around a woman named Shideh whose life begins to unravel when her husband is sent off to war. After an Iraqi missile crashes through the roof of their apartment, but does not explode, Shideh and her daughter begin experiencing strange nightmares, becoming convinced that the projectile has brought with it a malevolent spirit, which she blames for her daughter's increasingly disturbed behaviour.
Shortly after premiering at Sundance in 2016 the rights were snapped up by Netflix and while the film did emerge on DVD in 2017, Under the Shadow has yet to be released on Blu-ray until now, with a limited edition Blu-ray release set to arrive on February 10th. The Blu-ray edition is a limited run of 2000 copies and includes a rigid slipcase featuring new artwork by Christopher Shy, as well as a range of special features, including Anvari's BAFTA-nominated short, director commentary and newly-recorded interviews with the director, cast members, producers and cinematographer.
Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes
Hugh Hudson had just scooped up the Oscar for Best Picture in recognition of his 1981 film Chariots of Fire when he set about bringing Tarzan back to the big screen in Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan. Starring Christopher Lambert in the title role, the film's cast also includes Ian Holm, Ralph Richardson, Andie MacDowell, James Fox and David Suchet, picking up three Oscar nominations including Best Suporting Actor (for Richardson) and Best Adapted Screenplay.
The film is one of three new additions to hmv's exclusive Premium Collection this month - the others being Stephen Hopkins' 1993 thriler Judgement Night and Richard Lester's 1976 adventure Robin and Marian - all of which arrive in hmv stores on February 3rd. The Premium Collection edition includes the usual collectable slipcase, lobby-style poster and four collectable art cards, while the extras featured on Greystoke include the original theatrical trailer and a commentary from director Hugh Hudson and producer Garth Thomas.
Martin Scorsese's cinematic adaptation of Dennis Lehane's taut thriller Shutter Island celebrates its 10th birthday this year and to mark the occasion Paramount are set to release a new, limited edition Steelbook version, which is set to make its arrival in stores this month.
Including both 4K and Blu-ray discs, the Steelbook edition also includes the previously released featurettes Behind the Shutters and Into the Lighthouse. The Steelbook lands on the shelves in stores on February 10th.
Anyone who has been keeping up with BBC One's new drama series The Trial of Christine Keeler will be familiar with the subject matter of Scandal, Michael Caton-Jones 1989 film about Keeler and her affair with John Profumo, the Conservative politician and then-War Minister. Featuring a stellar cast that includes John Hurt, Ian McKellen, Bridget Fonda, Joanne Whalley, Britt Ekland and, oddly enough, Fine Young Cannibals frontman Roland Gift, the film's controversial orgy scene originally earned the film an X-rating in the US.
To celebrate the film's 30th anniversary, the folks at the BFI are set to release a new dual format edition (DVD and Blu-ray) containing a newly restored version of the film as well as a range of extras including newly-filmed interview with Caton-Jones and producer Stephen Woolley, a documentary about the Cabaret Club where Keeler worked, and the music video for 'Nothing Has Been Proved', the song written and produced by Pet Shop Boys and performed by Dusty Springfield. The anniversary edition is due to arrive in stores on February 17th.
The Hunt For Red October
Tom Clancy's debut novel was the first of many to feature his famous protagonist Jack Ryan, as well as the first of several of his novels to be adapted into a feature film - in this case by screenwriters Larry Ferguson and Donald E. Stewart, with the action overseen by Die Hard director John McTiernan. Alec Baldwin is the man tackling the role of CIA analyst Ryan on his first big screen outing, tasked with briefing the US Government on the disappearance of a new Soviet nuclear submarine capable of evading sonar. Ryan hypothesises that, far from plotting a rogue strike against the US, the ship's captain (Sean Connery) is actually intent on defecting. He is then given three days to prove his theory before orders are issued to capture or sink the Russian vessel.
First released in 1990, the film turns 30 this year and to celebrate its anniversary a new limited edition Steelbook version is headed to stores on February 17th. The two-disc Steelbook edition contains both 4K and Blu-ray, as well as a selection of extras including director commentary from McTiernan and a making-of featurette Beneath the Surface.
British screenwriter and television playwright Dennis Potter is perhaps best known for the string of hit TV series he created such as Pennies from Heaven, Lipstick On Your Collar and The Singing Detective, as well as screenplays for films such as Gorky Park. In 1991, however, Potter stepped behind the camera to take on the role of director, calling the shots on his first and last feature film, Secret Friends, in 1991. Based around the story of a middle-aged illustrator who suffers an identity crisis following an anxiety attack on a train, the film charts the subsequent unraveling of his life as his real life and his fantasies blur into one another, leaving him increasingly delusional.
One of his more overlooked creations, Secret Friends is set to receive a long overdue reissue from the folks at Powerhouse Films, who have overseen a new remaster of the film and are set to release the newly-restored version this month. Presented on Blu-ray for the first time and limited to 3000 copies, the new edition also includes extras such as newly-filmed interviews with actor Ian McNeice and Graham Fuller, he editor of Potter's autobiography. Secret Friends lands on the shelves in stores on February 24th.
Sidney Lumet is justifiably regarded as one of the 20th century's greatest filmmakers and while he is primarily remembered for a string of seminal movies released during the 1970s that included Serpico, Dog Day Afternoon and Network, his work in the previous decade was equally impressive. His 1964 film Fail Safe is a case in point: released less than two years after the Cuban Missile Crisis, the film plays on the Cold War tensions of the era with a storyline that sees US jets scrambled to investigate an unidentified aircraft in American airspace. When it turns out to be a civilian airliner blown off course, the bombers are ordered to stand down, but a computer error results in one group of bombers receiving orders to launch a attack on Moscow, causing an international crisis.
Lumet's film joins the Criterion Collection this month and a newly restored version of Fail Safe is set to arrive in stores on February 3rd. Among the extras on the new edition are an audio commentary from Lumet recorded in 2000, a new interview with film critic J. Hoberman on nuclear paranoia, and a short documentary on the film featuring interviews with Lumet, screenwriter Walter Bernstein and actor Dan O’Herlihy.
One Missed Call Trilogy
Takashi Miike, Renpei Tsukamoto, Manabu Aso
With a filmography that includes cult hits such as Audition and Ichi the Killer, Japanese director Takashi Miike is no stranger to horror movies, but one of his most successful in the genre is undoubtedly his 2003 film One Missed Call. Utilising the same kind of techno-curse themes of films like Ringu and Ju-On: The Grudge, the story revolves around a growing number of people receiving mysterious voicemail messages from their future selves, usually reacting their own violent deaths. When a girl named Yumi receives one such message, she sets out on a mission to solve the mystery before she too falls victim to the strange curse.
The film spawned two sequels, directed by Renpei Tsukamoto and Manabu Aso, and this month the whole trilogy is set to be reissued as a Blu-ray box set for the first time, courtesy of the folks at Arrow Video. In addition to the three films, the box set contains an extensive range of extras including interviews with Miike and various cast members, making-of documentaries, a TV special and a range of deleted scenes. The box set is set to arrive in stores on February 24th.
Cyrano De Bergerac
Edmond Rostand's classic play has enjoyed several film adaptations, the earliest dating back as far as 1900, but Jean-Paul Rappeneau's 1990 version starring Gérard Depardieu is arguably the definitive cinematic adaptation of Rostand's story about the skilled but self-conscious swordsman, whose attempts to woo the object of his desires, Roxanne, by proxy of one of his cadets backfires when she falls for the cadet instead.
Rappeneau's film is another on this list celebrating its 30th birthday recently and to mark the occasion the BFI are set to release a new Blu-ray edition of the film this month. Arriving in stores on February 17th, the BFI edition includes interviews with Rappeneau, Depardieu and Anthony Burgess, who oversaw the translation, as well as a limited edition full colour booklet (included in the first pressing only).