Can you believe that Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho is 50? Where does the time go? Well, a documentary focusing on the horror classic leads off this week’s new releases. Other notable titles making their DVD and Blu-ray debuts this week include a 1970s TV favorite, an attempted relaunch of the Predator franchise, a fun, short-lived TV series, and the most mainstream cult classic ever. Let’s do the time warp again and check out what new releases are now available!
“A boy’s best friend is his mother,” and over the years the Psycho series of films have thrilled and frightened scores of mothers and sons. This documentary–celebrating the original film’s 50th anniversary–examines the franchise that changed horror filmmaking forever, from director Alfred Hitchcock’s original masterpiece and the shower scene through all the sequels, and more. Interviews with stars Robert Loggia, Olivia Hussey, and Henry Thomas, as well as unseen footage of Anthony Perkins, illuminate the films’ influence.
In this 1976-78 spinoff of “The Six Million Dollar Man,” a skydiving accident leaves tennis pro Jaime Sommers (Lindsay Wagner) with a series of traumatic injuries. Rebuilt using state-of-the-art bionic parts that give her enhanced speed, strength, and hearing, Jaime must put her powers to good use as an agent for the Office of Scientific Intelligence. With Richard Anderson, Martin E. Brooks. All 16 episodes from the first season–including the two-part crossover “The Bionic Woman,” the two-part “Welcome Home, Jaime,” “Claws,” “Canyon of Death,” and “The Ghost Hunter”–are featured in a four-disc set. It’s amazing to finally have this on DVD…even though it doesn’t feature any of the appearances from the Bionic Bigfoot.
Produced by Robert Rodriguez, this follow-up to “Predator” follows a diverse group of mercenaries, criminals, and generally bad folks as they are mysteriously transported to a game reserve planet. Led by the enigmatic Royce (Adrien Brody), they find themselves hunted by ruthless alien Predators and must band together in order to stay alive. With Alice Braga, Topher Grace, Laurence Fishburne, and Danny Trejo. This film was goofy fun, but it wasn’t the blockbuster Fox was hoping for. If you saw it, feel free to offer up your thoughts on it in the comments.
A Manhattan married couple (Catherine Keener, Oliver Platt) making a comfortable living selling off the furnishings of the recently deceased gets involved in complicated relationships with the granddaughters (Rebecca Hall, Amanda Peet) of their elderly neighbor (Ann Guilbert). Each character works their way through issues of guilt and betrayal in writer/director Nicole Holofcener’s (“Lovely and Amazing”) sharp and darkly funny film. With Elise Ivy, Josh Pais.
Unable to adapt his hit film “Creepshow” into a television show, horror master George Romero instead developed this 1984-88 syndicated anthology series that featured weekly forays into the world of the macabre. With appearances by Danny Aiello, Christian Slater, Brent Spiner, Fritz Weaver, Keenan Wynn, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and episodes penned by Romero, Stephen King, and David Gerrold. And remember, try to enjoy the daylight. All l 20 episodes from the fourth and final season–including “Beetles,” “Sorry, Right Number,” “The Deal,” “Going Native,” and “Basher Malone”–are featured in a three-disc set.
Billie (Jenna Elfman) is a thirtysomething San Francisco film critic who has a one-night stand with Zack (Jon Foster), an aspiring chef in his 20s, in an effort to get over a recent break-up. When the fling results in an unexpected pregnancy, not only does Billie elect to keep the baby, but she also decides to move Zack into her apartment so they can raise the baby as a platonic pair. What could possibly go wrong? Grant Show, Ashley Jensen, Nicolas Wright also star in this short-lived sitcom. All 18 episodes of the series–including the “Pilot,” “The Godfather,” “Class,” “The Rock,” and the two-part “Speed”–are featured in a two-disc set
Oh Rocky! The horror-comedy-musical and quintessential cult movie follows hero Brad Majors (Barry Bostwick) and heroine Janet Weiss (Susan Sarandon) as a flat tire leads them to a bizarre castle and the “hospitality” of mad scientist Dr. Frank N. Furter (Tim Curry). Richard O’Brien (the show’s author), Patricia Quinn, Little Nell, and Meatloaf also star. Songs include “The Time Warp,” “Sweet Transvestite,” and “Dammit Janet.” This special set celebrating the film’s 35th anniversary is a Blu-ray exclusive. So I suppose now you can throw rice and toast at your HD television if you’d like.
Here’s a look at last week’s New DVD Releases.