The best Blu-ray & 4K reissues coming in August 2019
Being John Malkovich, Do The Right Thing and Stand By Me amongst the best films set to be reissued in August...
Being John Malkovich
Sprung from the warped imaginations of director Spike Jonze and screenwriter Charlie Kaufmann, Being John Malkovich is a delightfully weird cult classic that stars John Cusack as a down-on-his-luck street puppeteer who discovers a mysterious portal in the office of his new employer which allows him to see the world through the eyes of John Malkovich, who also co-stars as a fictional version of himself.
The film is one of the latest to be given the remaster & reissue treatment from the folks at Arrow and a new version of the film is set to arrive in stores on Blu-ray this month. Benefitting from a new 4K scan of the original film negatives approved by Jonze himself, the Arrow edition also includes a range of bonus features including a full version of the 'documentary' on Malkovich featured in the film and the full orientation video for The 7 ½ Floor. There are also interviews with Jonze and Malkovich, as well as various featurettes by Lance Bangs on the arts of puppeteering and background driving. The new edition of the film is set to arrive in stores on August 12th.
Do The Right Thing
Set in a Brooklyn neighbourhood over the course of one extremely hot summer day, Spike Lee's seminal 1989 film revolves around Sal, the Italian-American owner of a Brooklyn neighbourhood pizzeria which, like the rest of the area, is increasingly populated by African-Americans. What begins as a question about why none of the pictures of famous people on the restaurant's 'wall of fame' are black, soon escalates into a riot that sees the pizzeria burned to the ground.
Featuring a cast that includes Giancarlo Esposito, John Turturro, Rosie Perez, Samuel L. Jackson and Martin Lawrence, Lee's film is one of the latest additions to the Criterion Collection, who are set to release a new version on August 26th. The Criterion edition of Do The Right Thing benefits from a new 4K restoration overseen by cinematographer Ernest Dickerson, as well as a host of extras including a newly remastered 'making of' documentary filmed in 1989, three programmes featuring interviews with the cast, and a range of deleted and extended scenes.
Seven Days in May
One of two new additions to hmv's exclusive Premium Collection this month, Seven Days in May first made its arrival in cinemas in 1964, at the height of the Cold War and in the wake of increasing tensions between the West and the Soviets that had culminated just two years earlier in the Cuban missile crisis. John Frankenheimer's film stars Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas in a tense story about paranoia in the US military and a plot to overthrow the president over fears of an impending Soviet nuclear attack.
The Premium Collection edition arrives in stores on August and comes with the usual selection of collectable art cards and lobby-style poster, as well as an original theatrical trailer and a director commentary by John Frankenheimer.
Stand By Me
Throughout he 1980s and into the early 1990s, Rob Reiner directed an almost faultless string of acclaimed movies that included This Is Spinal Tap, The Princess Bride and When Harry Met Sally, but even amongst these classics there are few films that inspire quite as much fond affection than his adaptation of Steven King's coming-of-age story The Body, adapted for the screen with the title Stand By Me. One of two King adaptations Reiner helmed as well as Misery, Stand By Me remains one of Reiner's most beloved films and a newly-remastered edition will see the film arrive on 4K UHD for the first time this month.
The new 4K edition arrives in stores on August 26th and includes a range of bonus material including deleted/alternate scenes, a picture-in-picture commentary from Rob Reiner, Wil Wheaton and Cory Feldman, and a making-of documentary Walking the Tracks: The Summer of 'Stand By Me'.
Al Pacino stars in this 1980 film from The Exorcist director William Friedkin as a young police officer sent undercover to investigate a series of brutal killings in New York, with the killer believed to be targeting exclusively gay men. Working almost alone on the streets of the city's S&M and leather districts, barely seeing his girlfriend, it isn't long before the assignment begins to change his outlook on life.
The film is set to arrive in stores on Blu-ray for the first time this month courtesy of Arrow who, along with Friedkin himself, have overseen a new 4K remaster of the film and bundled the new version with a host of extras including archival audio commentary by the director, a brand new commentary with Friedkin and film critic Mark Kermode, and featurettes exploring the origins and production of the film, which is set to arrive in stores on August 19th.
The second of two new additions to hmv's Premium Collection coming to stores in August, Big Wednesday is a coming-of-age film directed by John Milius, who based the story co-written with screenwriter Dennis Aaberg on his own experiences of Malibu's surfing culture in the late 1960s, against the backdrop of the looming wear in Vietnam.
First released in 1978, the film traces the draft-dodging escapades of a group of surfing fanatics and is set to be reissued as part of our exclusive Premium Collection on August 12th and is packaged with the usual collectable art cards and a lobby-style poster, as well as extras including director commentary from John Milius and retrospective making-of documentary Capture the Swell.
Flight of the Navigator
While hardly one of the more serious sci-fi adventures to arrive during the 1980s, Randall Kleiser's 1986 film Flight of the Navigator was nevertheless a big hit with audiences and a beloved fixture in many of the decade's video collections. Starring child actor Joey Craner as a young boy who is abducted by aliens, only to be returned eight years later to find everyone has aged except him, Kaiser's film is set to be reissued on Blu-ray this month with a limited edition arriving in stores on August 26th.
The limited edition benefits from a new 4K scan overseen by the director, while extras include commentary from Kleiser and producer Jonathan Sanger, new interviews with the cast and a featurette exploring the film's impressive special effects.