New DVD, Blu-ray and digital release highlights for the week of June 13-20, 2021
SALT LAKE CITY (KUTV) — We've skipped past the warm nights of early summer in favor of the insufferable heat that usually doesn't arrive until after the 4th of July. So, let's consider staying where there is air conditioning. You could catch "In the Heights" (and you really should) in a theater or stay at home with one of these new releases.
- Godzilla Vs. Kong - Driven by their primal instincts, Godzilla and King Kong face off in a fight that could determine the fate of humankind. It's the sort of summer blockbuster that should be seen on the biggest screen possible (and it still is playing in a handful of theaters) but it is also the sort of film that I'm happy to have in my personal collection. It's the best of the recent Universal MonsterVerse films. The first to really capture the spirit of the films I watched as a child.
- Voyagers - Scientists have discovered a planet suitable for human life. It will take decades to get there. Thirty artificially inseminated children are sent into space unburdened by memories of a life outside a spaceship. One adult (Colin Farrell) is sent along to supervise. In space, nothing ever goes as plan. Stars Tye Sheridan and Lily-Rose Depp.
- Resurrection - Producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett follow the disciples of Jesus Christ following His crucifixion and leading into His resurrection.
- Kindred - A pregnant woman is taken in by her recently deceased boyfriend. What first seems like a ideal arrangement quickly becomes a nightmare as paranoia sets in.
- Walking Dead: World Beyond: Season One -
- French Exit - This overlooked indie film sees Michelle Pfeiffer starring as a former New York City socialite leave the judgmental hordes behind her by leaving with her son (Lucas Hedges) to live in Paris.
- Gattaca 4K UHD - Previously released in a steelbook, Sony has made "Gattaca" available in standard packaging. Released in 1997, "Gattaca" offered a look into a future where scientists are able to genetically engineer a more perfect human being. This leaves those with "natural births" at a great disadvantage regardless of their talents. Vincent Freeman (Ethan Hawke) is a brilliant young man who is forced to buy the identity of a former athlete (Jude Law) to pursue his dreams of becoming an astronaut. Previously released on Blu-ray in 2008, this new 4K release is a radical upgrade that excels in detail and color. It's simply a beautiful film that belongs in every Sci-Fi collection.
- In the Line of Fire 4K UHD - Clint Eastwood and John Malkovich star in Wolfgang Petersen's thriller about Frank Horrigan (Eastwood). a Secret Service agent who failed to stop the assassination of John F. Kennedy, and Booth (Malkovich), a man who is determined to assassinate current president. "In the Line of Fire" takes me back to the summer of 1993. It was one of my favorite films then and it still holds up as an entertaining journey with two fantastic actors.
- Last Action Hero 4K UHD - Previously released in a steelbook, Sony has made "Last Action Hero" in standard packaging. Director John McTiernan ("Die Hard," "Predator") reteamed with Arnold Schwarzenegger for this action film satire that sees a young boy pulled into the cinematic universe of Jack Slater a fictional hero played by actor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Which is to say that Schwarzenegger is playing a fictional version of himself playing a fictional character. Don't over think it. The film was crushed by the success of "Jurassic Park" (it still earned $137 million) the film has gone on to be something of a fan favorite.
- The Awakening - This 1980 horror film stars Charlton Heston as archaeologist unleashes the curse of Egyptian queen's tomb the moment his wife gives birth.
- Streetwise / Tiny: The Life of Erin Blackwell - Filmmaker Martin Bell, photographer Mary Ellen Mark, and journalist Cheryl McCall teamed to make "Streetwise," a documentary about the homeless youth that populated the streets of New York City in the early 1980s. Thirty years later the team caught up with Tiny, one of the most memorable individuals from the original documentary, to explore where her life took her after their cameras stopped rolling.
- Sphinx - This 1981 horror sees an archaeologist (clearly the world's worst job) head to Egypt to uncover a forgotten tomb that may or may not be sealed with a curse.
- Last Train from Gun Hill - Kirk Douglas stars in this 1959 western from John Sturges about a U.S. Marshal who looks to catch the men who raped and murdered his wife. The clues point to an old friend.