Welcome back to Blu-Ray Thursday, our coverage of new, upcoming, or on-sale Blu-ray releases. This week we are lucky; there’s an Amazon sale on cult classics, and some new ones. Halloween is coming so be sure to get your Norman Bates and Dr. Frank N. Furter materials!
The Shining [Blu-ray]
This must-have horror classic, on blu-ray with commentary track, 3 featurettes, and the Vivian Kubrick documentary. And now it’s 60% off the regular price!
Grindhouse (Two-Disc Collector’s Edition) [Blu-ray]
This edition of Tarantino and Rodriguez’s Grindhouse has all sorts of goodies, including: Planet Terror commentary by Robert Rodriguez, Planet Terror audience reaction track, trailers for Don’t, Thanksgiving, and Werewolf Woman of the SS; intermission cards, and other featurettes related to Death Proof and Planet Terror. 55% off! Movie reviewed here.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (35th Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray]
This is a perfect item for Halloween. This Blu-ray edition of the mid 70s cult film (some say, the ultimate midnight movie not directed by Jodorowsky) offers the following features: Commentary By Richard O’Brien and Patricia Quinn, The Search for the 35th Anniversary Shadowcast, Deleted Musical Scenes, Outtakes, Alternate Credit Ending, Misprint Ending, Rocky Horror Double Feature Video Show, Time Warp Music Video, 35th Anniversary Book, and much more. the price is right – 70% off!
Halloween (Two-Disc Unrated Collector’s Edition) [Blu-ray]
Rob Zombie’s Halloween remake is available in a 2-disc edition: Disc One -Unrated Director’s Cut with Feature Length Commentary by Rob Zombie, Alternate Ending with Optional Commentary, bloopers, featurettes, and more. Disc Two: Michael Lives: The Making of Halloween, A 4 1/2 Hour Documentary by Rob Zombie. Half off the normal price! Our review here.
The Fly [Blu-ray]
The original! with Vincent Price! 60% off! Extras include a biography on Vincent Price’s film career , a featurette ‘FLY TRAP:CATCHING A CLASSIC’ (carried over from the DVD release), commentary with actor David Hedison and film Historian David Del Valle.
Other Cool Stuff
Curse of Chucky (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet)
Chucky (voiced by Brad Dourif) is back in this 6th installment! When a mysterious package arrives at the house of Nica (Fiona Dourif, Brad’s daughter), she doesn’t give it much thought. However, after her mother’s mysterious death, Nica begins to suspect that the talking, red-haired doll her visiting niece has been playing with may be the key to the ensuing bloodshed and chaos. Unrated version.
The Uninvited (Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
This old-school ghost story gets the Criterion treatment. A pair of siblings (Ray Milland and Ruth Hussey) purchase a surprisingly affordable, lonely cliff-top house in Cornwall, only to discover that it actually carries a ghostly price; soon they’re caught up in a bizarre romantic triangle from beyond the grave. Rich in atmosphere, The Uninvited was groundbreaking for the seriousness with which it treated the haunted-house genre, and it remains an elegant and eerie experience. This release features: a new 2K digital film restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack; a new visual essay by filmmaker Michael Almereyda; booklet featuring an essay by critic Farran Smith Nehm.
The Purge (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet)
In the near future, society is peaceful and crime-free, except for one night every year where the government says “anything goes” including murder. On the night of “The Purge”, Ethan Hawke and his family secure the house. But after his son takes pity on a victim and lets him inside the home, all hell breaks loose… The Purge was surprisingly successful this year, and now you can check it out for yourself.
Psycho II (Collector’s Edition) [Blu-ray]
Anthony Perkins returns in his most famous role. Psycho II came out in 1983, over 22 years after the original, and was a success. This one even brings back Vera Miles. Extras: new Audio Commentary with Screenwriter Tom Holland, interviews with cast and crew including Anthony Perkins and director Richard Franklin, TV spots, trailer. Another nice release from Shout! Factory.
Psycho III (Collector’s Edition) [Blu-ray]
Shout! Factory also gives us Psycho III (1986), which was directed by Perkins himself! Another surprisingly decent sequel that finds Perkins paying tribute to Hitch while also dealing with the plot developments in the second film. Extras: New Audio Commentary with Screenwriter Charles Edward Pogue, interviews with Jeff Fahey and Katt Shea, interview with Special Make-Up Effects Creator Michael Westmore, Body Double: interview with Brinke Stevens, original trailer.