May 6, 2021

The best Blu-ray and 4K reissues coming in May 2021...
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The best Blu-ray and 4K reissues coming in May 2021...

300 joins our exclusive Cine Edition, a 1980s cult classic joins the Criterion Collection and National Lampoon goes 4K - all coming your way in the month of May...

300 (hmv Exclusive) - Cine Edition

300: Cine Edition

Zack Snyder

Featuring a resplendent Gerard Butler at his manic, eye-popping best, Zack Snyder’s action-packed adaptation of Frank Miller’s comic book series of the same name is nothing if not a bombastic, big screen epic aimed squarely at enrapturing and audience. Telling the blood-soaked story of the battle between King Leonidas of Sparta and the Persian army, 300 was famously panned by critics at an early press screening before receiving a standing ovation at its public premiere later the same day. High art this is not, but to quote from another well-known historical epic: “Are you not entertained?”

Snyder’s creation becomes the latest addition to our exclusive Cine Edition this month, with a brand new limited edition reissue of 300 arriving in stores on May 10. Presented in 4K UHD and housed in unique box set that ships with a range of goodies including art cards, double-sided poster and a 32-page booklet, the Cine Edition also includes bonus materials such as additional scenes, mini-documentaries on the film’s production, director commentary from Snyder and more.

Fast Times at Ridgemont High - The Criterion Collection

Fast Times at Ridgemont High

Amy Heckerling

First released in 1982, Fast Times at Ridgemont High was originally the brainchild of Cameron Crowe who, after “going undercover” at Claremont High School in San Diego, wrote a book about the experience before adapting the story into a screenplay. A directorial debut for Amy Heckerling, the film has since achieved cult status and is notable for its young ensemble cast, which not only included future Oscar winners Sean Penn, Forest Whitaker and Nicolas Cage, but also early appearances from the likes of Jennifer Jason Leigh, ER star Anthony Edwards and Eric Stoltz, among others.

The film is a new addition the Criterion Collection this month with newly-restored 4K edition set to hit the shelves on May 17.

Mandy - Limited Collector's Edition

Mandy – Limited Collector’s Edition

Panos Cosmatos

Nicholas Cage delivers one of his most memorable and intense performances in recent memory in Panos Cosmatos’ claustrophobic thriller, a psychedelic trip through one man’s blood-soaked ordeal to defend himself and his wife from a nightmarish hippie cult with demonic tendencies.

First released in 2018, the film gets a new, limited run collector’s edition this month, with the film set to re-enter stores on May 24. The Collector’s Edition includes a 40-page soft cover book, poster and limited edition slipcase, as well as bonus materials including one-shots, deleted and extended scenes, and a behind-the-scenes look at the film’s production.

Radio On

Radio On

Christopher Petit

This 1979 film from director Christopher Petit is a uniquely British take on the ‘road movie’ format, casting a lens on life in late 70s Britain through its story about a DJ, employed by a fictional station based on the United Biscuits Network, travelling from London to Bristol to investigate his brother’s apparent suicide. Soundtracked by music from Devo, Ian Dury, Kraftwerk and Berlin-era David Bowie, the film also features an early on-screen appearance from one Gordon Sumner, better known to most at the time as Police frontman Sting.

The folks at the BFI have presided over a new restoration of Petit’s film from the original film negative and are set to reissue the film on Blu-ray this month. Due to arrive in stores on May 17, the new BFI edition also includes bonus materials including an interview with the director, a video essay / ‘remix’ of the film and, with the first pressing, an illustrated booklet.

Weird Wisconsin: The Bill Rebane Collection

Weird Wisconsin: The Bill Rebane Collection

Bill Rebane

Stumbling onto the filmography of Wisconsin based filmmaker Bill Rebane is a little like finding a previously undiscovered cellar in your house filled with weird and wonderful objects; fascinating, more than a little creepy, but strangely compelling nonetheless. While some B-movie specialists such as Roger Corman have enjoyed their share of mainstream success, Rebane remained very much a cult figure throughout a career that produced a string of low-budget horror movies before being cut short by a stroke at the tail end of the 1980s.

Thankfully, Rebane recovered and remains, at the time of writing, alive and well, but his work is also about to get a new lease of life courtesy of a new box set from Arrow, who have compiled six of Rebane’s strange creations into a new collection due to arrive on May 24. Weird Wisconsin includes newly-restored versions of Monster A Go-Go!, Invasion from Inner Earth, The Alpha Incident, The Demons of Ludlow, Twister’s Revenge and The Game (aka The Cold). A wonderful introduction to Rebane’s work that’ll make a fine addition to any b-movie collection.

The World of Wong Kar-Wai Collector's Edition - The Criterion Collection

The World of Wong Kar-Wai

Wong Kar-Wai

In a distinguished career that began with his 1988 debut feature As Tears Go By, Hong Kong born filmmaker Wong Kar-Wai has accumulated a string of accolades including a Best Director award at Cannes Film Festival and a BAFTA nomination for his 2001 film In the Mood for Love, as well as being cited as influence by the likes of Quentin Tarantino, Sofia Coppola and Barry Jenkins.

This month sees the arrival a stunning new box set bringing together seven of his finest films, courtesy of the Criterion Collection, featuring new restorations of Chungking Express, Fallen Angels, Happy Together, In the Mood for Love, As Tears Go By, Being Wild and 2046. Due to arrive in stores on May 31, the new collector’s edition also includes huge range of bonus materials, including a fascinating Q&A session in which the director answers questions from the likes of Sofia Coppola, Rian Johnson and recent Oscar winner Chloé Zhao.

National Lampoon's Animal House

National Lampoon's Animal House

John Landis

Before its eventual decline into chaos and self-parody, National Lampoon – the satirical magazine that evolved out of a Harvard graduate newsletter and into a film studio- had been a hotbed of comedy writing talent whose roster included, at one time or another, John Belushi, Harold Raimis, Dan Akroyd and Bill Murray, to name a handful. While many of their later films are hardly what you would call classics, early creations such as Caddyshack and 1978’s Animal House serve as a reminder of its original greatness.

Featuring cast that includes Belushi, Kevin Bacon and Donald Sutherland, the John Landis-directed Animal House comes to 4K for the first time this month, with a brand new UHD version set to land in stores on May 17.